Unbroken: Louie Zamperini (Book Club)

Last weekend I finally decided to delve into Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand, and I could.not.put.it.down. From page 1 to the end (and after, as I endlessly googled interviews with Louie) I was absolutely engrossed. It is the unbelievably TRUE story of WWII vet and Olympian Louie Zamperini (he ran in the 1936 Berlin Olympics as a teenager). At times, you can’t believe one person was able to endure so much – I think he was just destined for greatness. His story of triumph, resilience and love is so moving, and his outlook on life in his years after the war is incredibly inspiring (he maintained a cheerful disposition and never got sick – not even a headache – once he forgave his captors and moved on). While he recently passed away at age 97 on July 2nd, his message and legacy will live on in those he touched, either in person, through his book or in the movie about his life coming out on Christmas Day (directed by Angelina Jolie). I could go on and on, but instead I highly insist that you read the book and see for yourself!  I also want to read his memoir, Devil at My Heels.

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Mr. Zamperini, record-setting miler, 1939 Associated Press

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Mr. Zamperini, in his bomber jacket Sally Peterson for The Wall Street Journal

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Louie finally comes home

Here is the first movie trailer – it gives me goose bumps every time:

Can’t wait to go see it!

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