I just finished reading Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption by Laura Hillenbrand. I have to say, it’s one of the best books I’ve ever read. (And like you, I’ve read a lot of books.)
Laura Hillenbrand is truly a gifted writer, one of the best in the narrative non-fiction genre. And this book was life-changing for me. As someone who knew alarmingly little about World War II, I found Unbroken to be eye-opening, heartbreaking, angering, and most of all, riveting. I believe it has permanently changed the way I think about certain things. It has vastly improved my understanding of the true costs of war, imperialism, man’s capacity for evil, and even more stunningly, man’s capacity for redemption and recovery.
After reading this book, I’m committed to seeking out more works of narrative nonfiction having to do with important events in the last century, and I especially want to read more books about the major wars that have forever changed our world. Unbroken is only the second “war” book I’ve ever read — I recently read Lost in Shangri-La: A True Story of Survival, Adventure, and the Most Incredible Rescue Mission of World War II by Mitchell Zuckoff which was also narrative nonfiction, and also amazing.
I think my next one will be We Who Are Alive and Remain: Untold Stories from the Band of Brothers written by my friend Marcus Brotherton.
This is why I treasure my career in the literary world. The power of books to change lives never ceases to amaze me! I’m constantly thrilled by the ability of books to inform, enlighten, and entertain… often all at the same time. Thank God for all you writers. Keep doing what you do, so that I can keep reading!
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