Friday, August 14, 2015

Review: Unbroken: A World War II Book of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption

Unbroken: A World War II Book of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption Unbroken: A World War II Book of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption by Laura Hillenbrand
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I just finished reading this book! Gimme a second to compose myself! As I reflect now on the words I just read; a desire to do more and give more to others while I am on Earth is brewing within me. You never know where life will take you.

I know little about the war between Japan and the rest of the world. I am very familiar with the suffering Germany brought to the world during the same period, but I had no idea that Japan brought the same in that part of the world. This book taught me a lot about the Japanese culture and how honor is so important to them. It also taught me that what one person considers honorable is not necessary of equal value for another. But I am derailing... this book is not about the horrific acts the Japanese army performed.. it is about the triumphant life of a man who was able to beat all odds.

Louis Zamperini is an extraordinary man. His life is an example of courage, resilience and service to humanity. Laura Hillenbrand succeeded to put in words the full spectrum of human emotions and physical limits POWs had to go through. She also infused the book with the beauty of the human soul and how in the midst of great pain, a man can still find in himself to help others.

There is still time this summer to fit another great book on your list. If you have not read this one, please do.

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