Half way through Laura Hillenbrand's meticulously researched account of Louie Zamperini's war time experiences, I thought that the truth was so painful to read and almost impossible to credit that I could hardly believe that one man could endure the terrible deprivations forced him by the elements and subsequently by the awful cruelties endemic in being a Japanese Prisoner of War.That Louie Zamperini did was due to his indomitable spirit, his steely resolve and to what some might call pure luck.
This is one of the finest and most moving of wartime tales and Laura Hillenbrand recounts it with honesty and diligence. Readers will be amazed by Zamperini's ingenuity in adversity and his ability to survive against almost insurmountable odds. Hillenbrand does not shirk in her descriptions and is also most telling in her depiction of what is now called PTSD ( Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.) The war may have ended for these men, but for some, the terrors of what they had endured never left them.
This was an engrossing read and I recommend it highly to anyone with an interest in the second world war and its terrible human cost.
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