World War II hero Louis Zamperini died recently at age 97 (“Olympian, Stayed ‘Unbroken’ by War,” July 4 news obituary). His inspiring story is chronicled in the best-seller “Unbroken,” written with compassion and zeal by Laura Hillenbrand. Although tortured and beaten by his Japanese captors, Louis returned to Japan after the war and forgave his tormentors in person. His is a story of courage, grit and survival, but also of redemption and forgiveness. There are lessons there for all of us.
Remarkable, too, is the author Ms. Hillenbrand, who suffers from a disease which prevents her from leaving home. Yet she has researched and produced this rich volume of American history. Both Louis and his biographer are indeed “unbroken.”
Go to your local library and treat yourself to this compelling drama of a true hero.
PETER J. TAYLOR