Unbroken. I thought he would enjoy learning about a contemporary of sorts, a man born in New York state in 1917. Louie Zamperini, had a far different life than my Dad. He survived an almost unbelievable series of life and soul threatening experiences in service as an air-force bombardier in the Pacific during World War II. Hillenbrand, the author of another bestseller, Seabiscuit writes about Zamperini's life and experiences so deftly I found putting this book down tough, really tough.
Dad likes this book. The last few times I've stopped by for a visit, I've found him in his chair studying the pages. I was glad to talk with him about the book today. Sometimes when I visit there's not much to say. But, with Unbroken, we could go on and on.
This is a highly recommended read and a piece of American history. Mr. Zamperini, now 94, just like my Dad, is still living and worked with Hillenbrand for a number of years to document his life. His mind blowing war experience aside, (lost at sea, drifting for weeks in a raft without food or water and his gruesome time as an American POW in the Japanese camps) he also starred as an Olympic quality athlete as a young man and as an older man, overcame what would now be termed PTSD related to his war experience. No end of praise for this book and for this amazing man.