Yesterday was Veteran’s Day and it seems appropriate that we will be discussing Laura Hillenbrand’s astonishing biography of WWII POW, Louis Zamperini, Unbroken A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption, at this week’s book groups. Hillenbrand won acclaim from critics for striking the right balance between meticulously researched historical narrative and nail-biting suspense. Reviews of Unbroken A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption appear in the L.A. Times, New York Times, Washington Post, and The Guardian. Additionally, yesterday’s Boston Globe Magazine ran a short piece by Mark Pothier about interviewing his uncle about surviving the Bataan Death March.
Want to see what Louis’ plane looked like? This short video on PBS’ website features a B-24 bomber, which is the type of plane Louis and his crew manned during the war. The video shows the inside of the plane and includes an interview with a veteran who was a tail gunner on a B-24.
Interestingly, stories by the L.A. Times and The Daily Beast reveal that Hillenbrand’s debilitating chronic fatigue syndrome prevented her from meeting with Zamperini until after her research was completed for the book. Since she was unable to go on tour to promote the book, the still-unstoppable 94 year-old Zamperini actually went on tour in her place.