Unbroken Book Review Essay

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Morgan Cook Unbroken Book Review 1/16/18 Mrs. Campbell Honors Literature PD 1 “Unbroken” by Laura Hillenbrand was published in 2010. From the first chapter i was hooked. Hillenbrand’s imagery and style caught my eye and pulled me into Louie’s story with no hesitation. I absolutely loved Hillenbrand’s structure in this book and it was much better than others i have read. She did an absolutely wonderful job of creating this time period with just her words and it’s one of my favorite things about this book. The As a boy, Louie Zamperini was always in trouble, but with the help of his older brother, he turned his life around and channeled his energy into running. He set his first record in high school, “He ran a field of milers off their feet, stopping the watches in 5:03. Three seconds faster than Pete’s record.”(17) He moved on from high school and set his eyes on the 1936 Berlin Olympics. Louie “lived and breathed the 1,500 meters and Berlin.”(22) Louie couldn’t get into what he could do best which was the 1,500 meters because “he couldn’t force his body to improve quickly enough to catch his older rivals by summer. He was heartbroken.”(22) so he shot for the 5,000. He ran against Norm Bright to qualify for the 5,000 meter. Louie finished in a dead-heat tie against Don Lash, an American record-holder and qualified for the Summer Olympics in Germany. At 19 years of …show more content…

He was assigned as a second lieutenant and a Bombardier on the B-24 liberator bomber later named “The superman” by Louie and his crewmates. In April of 1943, during a bombing mission against the Japanese-held island of Nauru, “The superman” was badly damaged. No longer able to fly, “the Superman” was decommissioned and able bodied crew members were sent to Hawaii for reassignment. Louie and some of his crew mates were assigned to another B-24 nicknamed “The Green Hornet” and was notorious amongst the other pilots as a “lemon” and

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