Morris County Book Club March Meetup

Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption
by Laura Hillenbrand
Non-Fiction; 473pp.

On a May afternoon in 1943, an Army Air Forces bomber crashed into the Pacific Ocean and disappeared, leaving only a spray of debris and a slick of oil, gasoline, and blood. Then, on the ocean surface, a face appeared. It was that of a young lieutenant, the plane’s bombardier, who was struggling to a life raft and pulling himself aboard. So began one of the most extraordinary odysseys of the Second World War.

The lieutenant’s name was Louis Zamperini. In boyhood, he’d been a cunning and incorrigible delinquent, breaking into houses, brawling, and fleeing his home to ride the rails. As a teenager, he had channeled his defiance into running, discovering a prodigious talent that had carried him to the Berlin Olympics and within sight of the four-minute mile. But when war had come, the athlete had become an airman, embarking on a journey that led to his doomed flight, a tiny raft, and a drift into the unknown.

Ahead of Zamperini lay thousands of miles of open ocean, leaping sharks, a foundering raft, thirst and starvation, enemy aircraft, and, beyond, a trial even greater. Driven to the limits of endurance, Zamperini would answer desperation with ingenuity; suffering with hope, resolve, and humor; brutality with rebellion. His fate, whether triumph or tragedy, would be suspended on the fraying wire of his will.

Laura Hillenbrand writes with the same rich and vivid narrative voice she displayed in Seabiscuit. Telling an unforgettable story of a man’s journey into extremity, Unbroken is a testament to the resilience of the human mind, body, and spirit.

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Really enjoyed meeting everyone.

    March 20, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Planning to meet you next month :-)

    March 15, 2013

  • Kimberley

    I encourage everyone to also read Hillenbrand's previous book, "Seabiscuit," because you will learn a lot about the history of horse racing in America.

    March 4, 2013

  • Doug

    This book is yet another fascinating saga from WW II and a great read. I look forward to this discussion about another "Greatest Generation" soldier who truly kept the faith.

    February 24, 2013

  • Karen F

    I will be in Hawaii :)

    December 29, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    What a great group of books have been selected for the next 8-9 months! Kudos and wonderful reading for all of us!

    July 19, 2012

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