Margaret, LFHS class of 2021, has a favorite book called Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand. Margaret says,¨I love this book because the story wraps around the engaging life of Olympian Louis Zamperini and how he went from world-famous Olympic runner to tortured prisoner of war for 2 years. This story is so entrancing through the many experiences Zamperini had growing up in California, at the Olympics, on a lifeboat, and in 3 separate Japanese prisoner of war camps. His story is one that everyone should be aware of because he suffered through so much as well as risked his life during WWII, and that deserves such an honor. The book is so inspiring, it just makes me feel that no matter what troubles arise in life, I should just stick to what I believe and stay unbroken.¨
¨On a May afternoon in 1943, an Army Air Forces bomber crashed into the Pacific Ocean and disappeared, leaving only a spray of debris and a slick of oil, gasoline, and blood. Then, on the ocean surface, a face appeared. It was that of a young lieutenant, the plane’s bombardier, who was struggling to a life raft and pulling himself aboard. So began one of the most extraordinary odysseys of the Second World War.
The lieutenant’s name was Louis Zamperini. In boyhood, he’d been a cunning and incorrigible delinquent, breaking into houses, brawling, and fleeing his home to ride the rails As a teenager, he had channeled his defiance into running, discovering a prodigious talent that had carried him to the Berlin Olympics and within sight of the four-minute mile… Ahead of Zamperini lay thousands of miles of open ocean, leaping sharks, a foundering raft, thirst and starvation, enemy aircraft, and, beyond, a trial even greater… His fate, whether triumph or tragedy, would be suspended on the fraying wire of his will.¨