This book just jumped to the top of my favorites list and nonfiction is quickly becoming a larger part of my book collection. I spent a few hours this past weekend finishing Unbroken by Lauren Hillenbrand because I didn’t want to put it down.
Fair warning: this book is long and has some pretty intense content. It is the true story of a record-setting Olympic runner, Louis Zamperini, drafted to fight in WWII and taken prisoner by the Japanese. When most people imagine the atrocities of WWII, they think of Europe and the Jewish death camps, which were bad enough. But what I never knew, or maybe I just didn’t pay attention to in history class, was that the camps in Japan were just as bad, if not worse. POWs as well as conquered eastern nations were kept in Japanese ‘work’ camps – where they were worked (to death in some instances), starved, demoralized, tortured, beaten, and treated as animals. Louie spent years in such camps and the details of what went on are almost unbelievable.
But this is Louie’s story (and I am not giving anything away by saying) of his fight for survival. It really is one of the most incredible stories I have ever read. Even if you hate nonfiction, I highly recommend this book. And soon, since the movie comes out this Christmas. Enjoy!