We finally saw Unbroken last week. The book version of the story -- Laura Hillenbrand's 2010 biography of Olympic athlete and WWII veteran Louis Zamperini -- is a spell-binding, white-knuckled page-turner. It's well researched, lovingly crafted, and unflinching in its portrayal of the danger and brutality endured by Zamperini and his comrades during 47 days adrift in a life raft after their plane crashes into the Pacific and two and a half years in Japanese prison camps.
I know many people now, men and women alike, who have read this book, and every single one has loved it. When I finished it, I told Jodi this man had four or five movies worth of material happen to him in his lifetime, and I blogged that "the fact that all of them really happened to one man is almost too much to be believed."
Zamperini died just this past summer at age 97. When I heard the news on the radio, I choked up. What an amazing man.