(PDF DOWNLOAD) [Unbroken A World War II Story of Survival Resilience and Redemption] ☆ Laura Hillenbrand


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  • Unbroken A World War II Story of Survival Resilience and Redemption
  • Laura Hillenbrand
  • English
  • 11 October 2018
  • 9780007378036

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Summary Unbroken A World War II Story of Survival Resilience and Redemption 100 T extraordinary odysseys of the Second World War as Zamperini is driven to the limits of enduranc. I m in awe I cannot imagine living through this amount of torture and torment It s truly heartbreaking the catastrophes of war This mans determination to survive was simply amazing I can see why there was a movie made Just wow

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Summary Unbroken A World War II Story of Survival Resilience and Redemption 100 On a May afternoon in 1943 an Army Air Forces bomber crashed into the Pacific Ocean and disappear. Wow am I in the minority I absolutely loved Seabiscuit so I expected great things from this one However where Seabiscuit focused narrowly on a small set of characters and events this was sprawling bursting with a poorly sketched cast of characters who over time became nearly indistinguishable For most of the middle section the book wore me down with its unrelenting catalogue of abuse and privation On a related note I wasn t crazy about the fact that the book endlessly described what was happening to Zamperini as opposed to what was going through his mind what gave him hope etc material that I would have found infinitely interesting As other reviewers have noted although listed as non fiction the book suffers from potentially unreliable narration as most details were reported to the author some 50 years after the fact After that long memories of events dim or conversely are embellished Indeed some details felt a bit off to me for instance Zamperini described being tangled up in wires and going down with his plane when he blacked out he was miraculously free of all encumbrances when he came to A huge detail that seemed off was Zamperini s redemption at the end it didn t make sense to me that Zamperini s problems with alcoholism post traumatic stress disorder and rage fueled by years of the aforementioned abuse and privation were all completely and conveniently cured by a couple of hours listening to the preaching of Billy Graham To be honest I thought this plot point tends to demean veterans struggles generally But the book moved along at a brisk pace and held my attention I feel like I learned a lot about an aspect of American and WWII history that may be overlooked the experiences of POWs in Japan was never covered in any of my high school or college history classes So for that I give this book an enthusiastic 3 stars

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Summary Unbroken A World War II Story of Survival Resilience and Redemption 100 Ed Only one crew member survived a young lieutenant named Louis Zamperini So began one of the mos. I ve seen recently that negative commentary or reviews about this book invoke a kind of backlash normally reserved for non conformists who critiue the Bible The Diary of Ann Frank The Last Lecture or any Oprah Book of the Month Well brace yourself because here comes another one This book is a poorly written exaggerated sensationalized version of a true story an over hyped pop history book concerned with drumming home the message that the human spirit can be indestructible in the face of extreme adversity a pet theme for the author it seems than in being a tight and accurate biography of a war hero I had the feeling throughout the book that the true story was buried somewhere deep in the pages struggling to get past the hyperbole and over the top events to floor the reader with what really happened It s instead mired in the monotonous descriptions of our protagonist s lurid misfortunes and maltreatment told in mind numbing detail and never really allowed to break free Judging by the notes Laura Hillenbrand has put in a respectable amount of research yet the way in which she weaves the facts into the book is so sloppy and lacking any hint of subtlety it leaves you feeling like you re reading a first draft script for a Michael Bay flick remains to be seen if you are The resulting story is horrendously tedious repetitive and despite the fascinating subject and the stage where it s all taking place boring as all hell The first part of the book takes us from Louie s humble beginnings through his meteoric rise to the Olympics The second part involves Louie s time in the military and all of his oftentimes unbelievable achievements The third is the account of his B 24 bomber crash subseuent loss at sea capture by the Japanese and the endless rounds of torture and beatings The fourth and last part is his rescue life after the War and finding God with Billy Graham How can this be made boring Well it can if your prose never rises above a dull rambling ill constructed narrative about how this event happened then this one did and then this thing happened after thatThe characters in the book are so shallow and one dimensional hardly a one is given than a passing intro before the story bumbles on to the next thinly veiled anecdote The people begin blurring into the next and you re left struggling to tell one cardboard person from another Apart from Louie and his family the only other characters that really stood out were his raft mate and best buddy Phil and his most sadistic prison guard dubbed The Bird Every minute of every one of Louie s beatings by The Bird is documented to the nth degree every one of The Bird s tantrums mood changes facial tics and spazz attacks is written about in the most curious of detail The reader is subjected to dozens of last sightings of The Bird only to have him shockingly resurface in the most unlikely of situations a chapter later You know the kind of scene I mean And Louie looked up at the new arrival only to discover once again Dah dum duuuuuuum that it was The Bird This can only be pulled so many times before the reader starts to feel like they re being strongly manipulated by the author It happens so often in fact you start to think of it as a good candidate for some kind of literary drinking game where you take a shot of bourbon every time he shows upNow far be it for me to disparage war veterans especially POWs who ve endured the kinds of crushing abuse that Louie and his fellow service men have but how is it that we are able to get such detailed minutia over 50 years after it all went down I ll bet you can t describe the full details of the days of your wedding your first child being born your first car crash your first date getting your driver s license etc These were all life changing and in some cases traumatic days in your life and it s a safe bet that most if not all of these events took place recently for you than 50 years ago Most of us remember scant bits and pieces of events and many of these memories have drifted from reality in our fallible brains Even polling spectators who were there at the time and cobbling together all of the recollections won t make for a fully fleshed out memory This thought kept rattling around my brain as I made my way through the book How on earth could these things be recalled so clearly and precisely after all that time I ve read other POW accounts that say that all days start to blur together and the extreme horrors the soldiers endured are blocked out of memory Some soldiers as Hillenbrand herself says in the book forget the war entirely The sneaking suspicion and you can t help but feel like a total shit for thinking it is that a lot of the filler put in the book to string the anecdotes together is fabricated to puff up the story to appeal to a broader audienceThese suspected filler bits are nothing compared to some of the fantastical events scattered throughout the book Zemperini is cheapened and the readers are dared not to roll their eyes as he is aggrandized and endlessly adulated from a man to a superhuman demi god He can withstand plane crashes hourly beatings for over a year prolonged starvation backbreaking physical labor diseases and anything else that can be dished out Consider his scenes of fist fighting sharks in open water meeting Hitler after his Olympic race running a 412 mile in the fucking sand surviving violent dysentery for weeks on end with only scant handfuls of polluted water to drink not to mention the death sentence disease beriberi that he contracted and overcame despite it being untreated blacking out as he s tangled in wires in his sinking bomber only to wake up untangled and able to swim freely to the surface self repairing a broken nose and leg while at prison camp and living through 40 days at sea with practically no water or food then having the patience to wait offshore overnight once he reaches an island of course just in time for a typhoon to hit them in their raft Seriously These personal achievements are apart from his sufferings in a group setting like enduring over 220 punches in the face during one camp thrashing and moving 20 30 tons yes TONS 40000 to 60000 US pounds of material at a rail yard in a day Why the author stopped there and didn t throw in a cage match with a silverback gorilla to determine alpha male dominance I m not sureI imagine therein lies part of the reason why this book resonates so deeply with our intelligence starved society today Long titillated by years of reality TV Saw movie seuels and other torture porn many are conditioned to be drawn to the grisly and violent story of a guy who went through hell and made it to the million dollar vote by the end It s the car crash scene you slowly drive by and can t pull your eyes away from Can you pull those bodies closer to me so I can get a better look I also suspect the book serves as a keen display to whiners in search of inspiration that hey maybe my life ain t so bad after allI say hats off to Louis Zamperini and his fellow soldiers Seriously A toast I have nothing but bottomless admiration respect and gratitude for his service and am in awe of his mettle and perseverance He is one tough as nails guy whose achievements should not be overlooked and never be forgotten It just would have been nice if his story could have been told in a honest and fair manner letting the facts speak for themselves without all the earnest dramatization unabashed hero worship and hyperbole slathered so thickly over them His autobiography Devil at My Heels maybe


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    (PDF DOWNLOAD) [Unbroken A World War II Story of Survival Resilience and Redemption] ☆ Laura Hillenbrand Free read ☆ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook · Laura Hillenbrand 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 l

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