Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand

About The Author

Laura Hillenbrand was born May 15, 1967, in Fairfax, Virginia. She is married to Borden Flanagan. She is the author of Seabiscuit: An American Legend, as well as Unbroken. She has a disease called Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.


This book was about the life of the POW, and a former Olympic runner, Louis Zamperini.

Fact #1

Zamperini broke the record for the most days at sea.

Fact #2

He also broke the NCAA mile record.

Fact #3

He was a competitor at the 1936 Olympics.

Fact #4

When he was in the Air Force, he was the rank of Lieutenant.

Fact #5

He was captured by the Japanese, and went to numerous POW camps.

New Vocabulary

tooling around(verb)-to drive around without any specific goal.

reverie(noun)-a state of being pleasantly lost in one's thoughts.

squalor(noun)-the state of being extremely dirty/unpleasant.

incongruity(noun)-the state of being out of place

gaunt(adjective)-grim or desolate in appearance.

Text-to-self/world/text connection

I have a text-to-text connection with this book because I can relate it to books about other Pacific POWs. 


Finally, I recommend this book to all of you because it tells the story of a man who was captured, was beaten, was out at sea, and still survived, and I think that it is truly a story of how dignity can take a man very far. 

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