Unbroken: by Laura Hillenbrand

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This nonfiction book with a historical focus on World War II was a reading option of AP US History students during the summer. 

Unbroken follows the life of Louis Zamperini, a California track star and Olympian who eventually becomes a Japanese prisoner of war.  As America enters the second World War and the draft is enacted, Zamperini volunteers before he is drafted with the incentive of being able to choose his branch of service.  He enters the Air Force, and is bombardier of a very successful crew.  However, an accident in the air results in a plane crash, leaving Zamperini and part of his crew stranded in the Pacific Ocean. 

Hillenbrand crafts a vivid depiction of life for a Japanese prisoner of war during World War II, with Zamperini at the hub of her illustration.  Unbroken is both a story of historical significance and a testament of human resilience.  Whether readers are looking for an inspirational story or an informational read, they won’t be disappointed.