Saturday, March 24, 2012
Wow! What an amazing true story. Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand is about Louis Zamperini and his spirit that could not be broken. Louie was a former Olympic runner. He joined the Army Air Forces. His bomber plane crashed on the ocean where he endured 46 days on a small raft. 46 days of heat, thirst, starvation, and sharks constantly swimming around them. When that ordeal was over, he was taken as a prisoner of war to several Japanese POW camps. For 2 1/2 years he was beaten, starved, enslaved, and deprived of basic human needs and dignities. What happened to those POW's is heartbreaking. Louie's resilience and drive to survive is inspiring. For him WWII did not end when he was released; his war ended when he was able to forgive those who tried to take everything from him. They almost succeeded, but his unbreakable spirit could not be taken from him.