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by Laura Hillenbrand
The poet Robert Burns could have been predicting the plight of American prisoners of war in Japan when he penned the famous words "Man's inhumanity to man makes countless thousands mourn!" [ref]
And one POW who could take the stand as a leading witness for the prosecution in the case of man (Allied POWs) vs. man (Japanese prison guards) is Louis Zamperini, former Olympian and U.S. Air Corps bombardier.
Zamperini was on the verge of becoming the first man to break the four minute mile, and looking forward to the 1940 Olympics, when World War II dashed his dreams. He ended up in the Army Air Corps, stationed in the Pacific. He and two crewmates were lost at sea when their B-24 crashed during a search and rescue mission.
Unbroken, by Laura Hillenbrand, masterfully tells the compelling and uplifting story of Louis Zamperini, tracing his troubled childhood to his triumphant track career, then focusing on his miraculous survival of 46 grueling days on a raft in the Pacific and his two plus years of torture and starvation as a prisoner of the inhumane Japanese, to his reunion with his family, and his troubled resumption of civilian life.
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