Unbroken is the true story of a man named Louis Zamperini, who made a name for himself as an incredibly fast mile runner in the late 1930s. He was expected to be the first man to run a 4-minute mile. Then Pearl Harbor happened, and Zamperini joined the Army Air Forces as a bombardier. On a rescue mission in the Pacific, his plane went down. His story is one of survival, faith and perseverance first on the raft and then as a Japanese POW.
Hillenbrand is a thorough researcher peppering her book with small details that other writers would not have deemed necessary to Zamperini's story. But in her capable hands, the story is rich and robust and never dull.
At times it was hard to read about the brutality and psychological torment that Zamperini and his fellow POWs endured, but their survival in spite of how they were treated, how they fought back in their own way, is inspiring.
If you're at all into World War II, this is a must read.
Next month - Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
Disclosure: No one paid me in any way, form or fashion for this review.