Laura Hillenbrand’s book Unbroken is easily one of the best books I’ve ever experienced. I love biographies, but this one is a stand-out. I first heard about this book years ago but only recently took the time to go through it myself. I just finished it Friday evening.
If you are unfamiliar with the story, the book is about the life and times of Louie Zamperini, a 1936 Olympian and hero of World War II. His story is larger than life, painted on a global canvas, encompassing the heights of human triumph and the depths of human degradation. In short, Zamperini went from juvenile delinquent to Olympian (who met Hitler!) to bombardier to lost at sea to POW to home again. The story is incredible. You will cringe in horror and exult with joy while reading this book. I cannot recommend it highly enough.
Many of you have already read the book. Perhaps less of you have heard that Zamperini’s story has been made into a feature length motion picture to be released this December. Angelina Jolie fell in love with Zamperini’s story, pitched the movie herself, and ended up directing it. By a strange coincidence, she and Louie are neighbors but didn’t know one another until the movie was in production. See the story and the trailer below. Yes, Zamperini is still alive today. He’s 97 years old.
I look forward to seeing the story on the big screen, but it is hard to imagine it being better than Hillenbrand’s book. If you haven’t already, read the book. Don’t wait for the movie!