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I've just finished reading: Unbroken

JANE BROWN
Last updated 05:00 22/09/2012
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A REVELATION: Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand.

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This is Olympic miler and World War II veteran Louis Zamperini's true survival story.

Zamperini became a bombardier for the United States air force and the book describes his life from his upbringing in Torrance, California to his time spent in Japanese POW camps.

Zamperini is a real character - defiant and unruly, as much in his boyhood as when his captors are trying to crush his spirits after he fell into Japanese hands.

His story is recorded by Laura Hillenbrand, award-winning author of the book Seabiscuit.

This book offers an insight into parts of the war they just don't teach in high school history - for example, the "kill all" policy of the Japanese when faced with defeat.

It was a revelation, casting a light on the shocking statistics of war, the unimaginable treatment of POWs and how they tried to resume a normal life after witnessing so many atrocities.

Photos dotted throughout the book make it that little bit easier to get your head around where Zamperini was and the situation he was in.

I'm not a great fan of war literature but I can't recommend this book enough. It is really well written and the story is gripping; sometimes it just seems too horrendous to believe.

The full title of the book is Unbroken: A World War II story of survival, resilience and redemption - which sums it up perfectly.


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