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Ebook ↠ Unbroken A World War II Story of Survival Resilience and Redemption ã Laura Hillenbrand Lane'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 WarThe lieutenant’s name was Louis Zamperini In boyhood he'd been a cunning and incorrigible delinuent 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 t ”If I knew I had to go through those experiences again” he finally said “I’d kill myself” Louis Zamperini was a precocious child He was always finding creative ways to get himself in trouble He was desperate for any attention Causing trouble is one way to get it another way is to become really really good at something His brother Pete a multi sport star athlete forced him into cross country and track in the hopes of keeping him out of trouble The running at first felt like a punishment for all of Louis’s misdeeds but then something clicked over and he discovered that not only did he like running but that he had an aptitude for it He started winning races and then he started breaking records I went out for cross country my senior year of high school not because I had a burning desire to run but because I wanted to get in shape for basketball season The football coach had visions of me being a tall reasonably fast wide receiver I had visions of a helmet crashing into my knee ending not only a short lived football career but also wiping out my penultimate season of basketball On the cross country team was a guy named Roger His father had been an Olympic athlete He had ualified for the games in Mexico drank the water and became too sick to compete Roger had dreams of the Olympics in his future I had a much smaller goal of improved stamina for basketball By the time the first race rolls around I’m still not sure how I will stack up with the other runners With Roger beating me easily every day at practice I was worried about embarrassing myself At this point I had no racing strategy no thought except finishing two miles The gun sounds everybody takes off in a stampede At about the one mile marker I started passing scads of runners who were flagging I was thinking am I outpacing myself here? Am I going to run out of gas? Then up ahead I caught a flash of Phillipsburg Panther blue I could see Roger He was duking it out with a pair of twins from a rival city The stories that Zamperini told the author about runners elbowing pushing gougingall true Of course Roger wasn’t worried about how long he took to run the race he was just putting a pace out there that eliminated all but his most formidable opponents When the finish line came into sight he kicked down the afterburners and won with ease I finished 6th out of 65 runners suddenly running took on a new meaning for me I was descended on by the local radio television and newspaper reporters They asked me about the upcoming basketball season a sport with a lot interest to the community than cross country They did ask me a few uestions about the race which I couldn’t really answer because I wasn’t really sure how I managed to come in 6th I looked over at Roger who was sitting on the ground changing out of his running shoes No one was asking him any uestions I wish I’d motioned him over or walked over to him bringing the people asking uestions with me but I was still trying to make sense of everything He told me later that he was just glad I was bringing some attention to the program He was magnanimous but I felt about four inches tall Louis and Roger would have understood each other perfectly They knew all they had to do was keep winning and eventually the world would notice Louis Zamperini’s Olympic passportI never did learn to love running but I did love competing Laura Hillenbrand knows how to tell a story Readers will find the descriptions of Zamperini's races leading up to the Olympics much compelling than they think even if they don’t have an interest in sports Zamperini ualified in the 5000 meters by the skin of his teeth for the historic 1936 Olympic Games Jesse Owens was the story that year He was putting a finger in Adolf Hitler’s eyes every time he stepped onto the track Zamperini finished eighth but he was determined to return in 1940 and win a fist full of medals The wheel of fortune landed on a different fate for Louis Zamperini B 24 diagramWorld War Two put a crimp in many plans dreams were put on hold careers were set aside and marriages were speeded up Zamperini ended up a bombardier in a B 24 His job of dropping bombs on the Japanese was hazardous enough but when a commanding officer ordered his crew up in a plane that flew “mushy” and had been stripped of all nonessential parts he was certainly tempting fate The plane was called The Green Hornet and just like the movie by the same name it crashed and burned Three members of the crew survived and Zamperini was one of the fortunate few The Bucket of Bolts that dropped the boys into the Pacific I always love the airplane artworkAfter drifting for months surviving by sheer grit and determination they are picked up as prisoners of war by the Japanese Life has got to improve right? After all they don’t have sharks rubbing at the bottom of their survival raft every day and every night They don’t have to worry about where their next drink of water is going to come from or their next mealWrong The shark metamorphosis into a Bird the Bird is Matsuhiro Watanabe He is a psychopath who actually became sexually aroused beating up helpless prisoners When the movie comes out this guy is going to be known the world over as one of the sickest most despicable human beings to ever exist The list of charges against him at the end of the war were a stream of paper eight feet long Matsuhiro “the Bird” WatanabeHis favorite target Lieutenant Louis Zamperini ”The Pacific POWs who went home in 1945 were torn down men They had an intimate understanding of man’s vast capacity to experience suffering as well as his eually vast capacity and hungry willingness to inflict it They carried unspeakable memories of torture and humiliation and an acute sense of vulnerability that attended the knowledge of how readily they could be disarmed and dehumanized”I was surprised to learn that my own understanding of the treatment of POWs under the Japanese was sketchy at best I’m still processing the images invoked from recently reading The Devil of Nanking about the massacres at Nanking in 1937 Like the Nazis the Japanese at this time were interested in the purity of their own race They felt that as a superior race it was their place to rule all of Asia They believed that to surrender was cowardly and dishonorable behavior This belief led to some very erratic aggressive behavior by Japanese soldiers who would rather die than be taken prisoner So The Bird was a corporal who had been turned down for an officer’s position this humiliation infuriated him He despised these American soldiers who had surrendered and he especially despised the officers More than 37% of Americans held captive by the Japanese died Only 1% of Americans held by the Nazis and Italians died The Japanese guards were brutal and sadistic and at the end of the war many of them were prosecuted and executed This changed as the Americans discovered that Japan would prove a valuable ally in the upcoming Cold War The prosecution of further war criminals became a political stumbling block and were stopped I reached a point where I wondered why Louis Zamperini continued to want to live He was too strong too stubborn too competitive to give up When he crashed his parents didn’t know he survived They were kept in nervous soul crushing suspense because a demented Corporal decided that the POWs under his command would not be able to write home Laura Hillenbrand could have let the behavior of the Japanese guards weigh this book down into a horrific tale of depressing stories of physical and mental abuse but though she does share a lot of those stories with us they are uplifted by the sheer determination of Zamperini not only to live but to get one chance to wrap his hands around the neck of his tormentor This book had me considering who we are when we go to war Why do so many leave their homes as fathers husbands brothers and become this shockingly terrifying person capable of the most sadistic behavior? War is hell I know that but there is a huge difference between killing someone in self defense on a battlefield and uite another to systematically with creativity torture people The Rape of Nanking or the abuse of POWs defies all logic These soldiers are not criminals or murderers These are normal people until they are put in a uniform; and then somehow they transform into criminals and murderers Laura Hillenbrand with Louis ZamperiniHillenbrand includes a plethora of pictures all placed in with the text so you can look at a picture of what she is describing as you read it I wish publishers would do this for books It really enhances the experience Hillenbrand is an excellent writer with a gift for storytelling She adds in these wonderful details that really bring the story to life so instead of waiting for the movie pick up the book and marvel at the capacity of humans to survive and bring their lives back from the brink of despair Survival Resilience and Redemption are the subtitle of this book You will end the book knowing and believing that Louis Zamperini exemplified all those ualities in the face of impossible oddsIf you wish to see of my most recent book and movie reviews visit also have a Facebook blogger page at

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Download Unbroken A World War II Story of Survival Resilience and Redemption Ebook Ñ 492 pages × Hannahredhead ↠ In her long awaited new book Laura Hillenbrand writes with the same rich and vivid narrative voice she displayed in Seabiscuit Telling an unforget He athlete had become an airman embarking on a journey that led to his doomed flight a tiny raft and a drift into the unknownAhead 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 Louie Zamperini was uite a character wild given to mayhem and thievery but he straightened out enough to become a world class runner joining the US team in the Berlin Olympics He continued his athletic career at USC setting running records there preparing for the next international competition But the world would skip that event leaving Louie adrift He joined the military and washed out but he was drafted back in after Pearl Harbor as a bombardier When Louie’s plane went down in the middle of the Pacific while on a bombing run his great adventure began Unbroken is Louie’s tale of survival Laura Hillenbrand image from FlavorwireLouie and two other crew members would drift for an unthinkable duration before sighting land struggling to collect potable water desperate to catch fish and birds for food and terrified of being devoured by the constantly marauding sharks Once they finally landed it was out of the frying pan and into the rising sun as they were taken prisoner by the Japanese Enduring years of the beatings deprivations forced labor and humiliations that were daily fare in Japanese POW camps made their ocean voyage seem like a pleasure cruise This is not only an amazingly researched book with details that clearly took serious serious digging to unearth but Laura Hillenbrand is a gifted story teller as any who have read Seabiscuit can attest and she brings her narrative skills to this remarkable real life tale Having introduced Louie in the early chapters and providing reasons to care she documents a relentless seuence of trials that he and his mates had to endure It does get a little repetitive but there were times when the hairs on my arm stood up and saluted and I had to put the book down because the horrors these men faced were so frightening and upsetting Think Jaws vs a rubber raft But I was so captivated by the story that I dove right back in after a short break The unpleasantness of the Geneva challenged WW II Japanese military was not news to me but the details Hillenbrand provides gave that vision considerable depth There is a psycho guard character in this story who would fit in well in many a horror film And yet with all the monstrtosities of the camps there is also Hogan’s Heroes type humor that will make you laugh out loud Louis ZamperiniLouie’s life post liberation was no picnic either PTSD was not in the lexicon at the time but anyone today would recognize the symptoms Even though the unspeakable horrors he endured had not killed him the internalized terrors he brought home might have finished the job Hillenbrand takes us through those trials and tells the surprising story of how this incredibly strong but seriously damaged man was mended Unbroken offers an important portrait about a dark time but shows how strength courage incredible determination and a dose of faith can overcome any obstacle You will weep rage laugh and cheer What can a reader ask?EXTRA STUFFThe author's personal and FBpagesA fascinating article on Laura Hillenbrand from Smithsonian MagazineJuly 3 2014 Zamperini passes the NY Times obit

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Unbroken A World War II Story of Survival Resilience and RedemptionIn her long awaited new book 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 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 p Hillenbrand has broken the unwritten code for Americans to downplay the wrongs of the Japanese during World War II other than Pearl Harbor in favor of focusing on the egregious acts of the Nazis My education in World War II history has focused on the Holocaust and the unforgivable damage we did to Japan by unleashing the atomic bomb I appreciate all the research Hillenbrand did to bring us the other side of the storyLouis Zamperini is my new hero I loved his charisma and endurance both of which shined through in Hillenbrand's meticulous writing I haven't been this invested in non fiction in a long time Even when she was talking about airplane design I was enthralled And even though I figured Zamperini had to have survived his ordeal to give Hillenbrand an interview I was still anxious about his survival My favorite part of Louis' story is view spoilerhis journey to forgiveness and healing through his conversion to Christianity especially his willingness to meet with The Bird and offer unconditional forgiveness hide spoiler