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Barbara W. Tuchman, Robert K. Massie
Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption - Laura Hillenbrand Unbroken: A World War II Story Of Survival, Resilience, And Redemption…TEN STARS because it is twice as good as the best book you ever read about WWII in the Pacific. And not just WWII air combat…it is one of the best tales of survival against nature’s cruel tests. And not just surviving nature’s staggering ordeals…the mind-blowing story about hardship, suffering, tribulation, adversity of a prisoner-of-war. And not only survival in war but a heartwarming, transcendent journey from the depths of hate and revenge to love, forgiveness and healing. And this does not even begin to do justice to how good this book really is.

This is the story of Louis Zamperini. What a story! A wild youth finally tamed by sports, he would go to the 1936 Olympics as a teammate of Jesse Owens, would meet Hitler, would set track records that pointed to his potential to achieve true greatness. Then WWII intervened. He became a bombardier on a B-24, took part in early strikes against the Japanese in the Pacific. While searching for a missing plane, his plane crashes. He survives with 2 crew members, and begins an incredible journey. You simply will be amazed at what this man went through. When he is captured by the Japanese, his journey has only begun. Interrogated on "Execution" Island, shipped to Japan to a secret POW camp where he can be disappeared, then sent to another camp to be degraded beyond belief...his journey is still not half way finished...Please read it.

If I were stranded on an island, this would be in the top 10 and possibly the top 5 books I would want to have. Why? Because it is more than a story about a man in WWII, it is a triumph of the human spirit over daunting obstacles. You will be glad you read this book.