Unbroken: A Word War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption by Laura Hillenbrand is story of individual courage overcoming extreme adversity. It is inspirational nonfiction told by a master storyteller. Once you are finished with Unbroken, here are some similar titles you’ll want to check out:
The American Plague: The Untold Story of Yellow Fever, the Epidemic that Shaped Our History
By Molly Crosby
Yellow fever arrived in America with the slave ships in the mid-seventeenth century creating a crisis of monumental proportions for our new nation. This history weaves the story of the ravages of the mosquito-borne disease in cities ranging from New Orleans and Memphis to New York and Philadelphia, and profiles four men who had a profound effect on medical history through their efforts to combat the deadly scourge.
In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror, and An American Family in Hitler’s Berlin
By Erik Larson
William E. Dodd, a mild-mannered professor from Chicago, became the first US ambassador to Hitler’s Germany in 1933. Dodd, his wife, their son, and their 24-year-old daughter Martha experienced life in an increasingly violent city. While Dodd tries to alert the State Department to the increasing Jewish persecution, his daughter embarks on affairs with high-ranking Nazi officials.
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Somewhere Inside: One Sister’s Captivity in North Korea and the Other’s Fight to Bring Her Home
By Laura Ling
Americans Laura Ling and Euna Lee were filming a documentary about North Korean defectors fleeing their homeland when they were chased down by North Korean soldiers, charged, interrogated, imprisoned, and put on public trial. This harrowing account alternates between Laura’s experience in captivity and the activities of her sister Lisa Ling to get Laura and Euna released.
Lost in Shangri-la: A True Story of Survival, Adventure, and the Most Incredible Rescue Mission of World War II
By Mitchell Zuckoff
On May 13, 1945, twenty-four American servicemen and WACs boarded a transport plane for a sightseeing trip over a beautiful and mysterious valley deep within the jungle-covered mountains of Dutch New Guinea. But the pleasure tour became an unforgettable battle for survival when the plane crashed. Miraculously, three passengers survived, through badly injured. Caught between man-eating headhunters and enemy Japanese, the wounded passengers endured a harrowing hike down the mountainside.
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Deep Survival: Who Lives, Who Dies and Why: True Stories of Miraculous Endurance and Sudden Death
By Laurence Gonzales
After her plane crashes, a seventeen-year-old girl spends eleven days walking through the Peruvian jungle. Against all odds, with no food, shelter, or equipment, she gets out. A better-equipped group of adult survivors of the same crash sits down and dies. What makes the difference? When confronted with a life-threatening situation, 90% of people freeze or panic. Gonzales examines stories of miraculous endurance and tragic death in this exploration of what makes the remaining 10% stay cool, focused and alive.
Cruelest Miles: The Heroic Story of Dogs and Men in a Race Against an Epidemic
By Gay Salisbury
In 1925, a deadly diphtheria epidemic swept through icebound Nome, Alaska. The life-saving serum was a thousand miles away, and a blizzard was brewing. Airplanes could not fly in such conditions: only the dogs could do it. Racing against death, twenty dog teams relayed the serum across the Alaskan wilderness as newspapers nationwide headlined the drama, enthralling an entire generation. The heroic dash to Nome inspired the annual Iditarod Dog Sled Race in Alaska.
The Last Run: A True Story of Rescue and Redemption on the Alaska Seas
By Todd Lewan
A painful, exhilarating narrative of the ordeal of a fishing schooner that tried to cheat the weather forecasts in the Gulf of Alaska and got caught. In the winter of 1998, an old boat with bad gear and a hard crew set off for the Gulf of Alaska at night. 18 hours from port five crew members went into 38-degree seas with rough waves and winds topping 100 miles per hour. The author cuts back and forth between the men in the water and the three helicopter rescue teams sent one after the other in an effort to pull them out.
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Escape from Camp 14: One Man’s Remarkable Odyssey from North Korea to Freedom in the West
By Blaine Harden
Shin Dong-hyuk was born in an infamous North Korean political prison. Rarely allowed to see his parents, Shin lived in barracks and was forced to endure labor that killed many. Everyone was encouraged to snitch on each other, a policy so ingrained that Shin snitched on his mother, resulting in her public execution. In his early twenties, Shin became the first person to escape to China, and struggle through difficult years in South Korea and the United States.
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Double Cross: The True Story of the D-Day Spies
By Ben Macintyre
Despite massive efforts by the German espionage service, the where and when of the D-Day landings were perhaps the most successfully kept secrets of WWII. The Double Cross system which specialized in turning German spies into double agents, tricked the Nazis into believing that the Allied attacks would come in Calais and Norway rather than Normandy. Together the double agents made up one of the oddest and most brilliant military units ever assembled. This is D-Day from their perspective: a tense, and exciting real-life spy story.
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Strength in What Remains
By Tracy Kidder
Deo arrives in the United States from Burundi in search of a new life. Having survived a civil war and genocide, he lands at JFK airport with two hundred dollars, no English, and no contacts. He ekes out a precarious existence delivering groceries, living in Central Park, and learning English by reading dictionaries in bookstores. Then Deo begins to meet the strangers who will change his life, pointing him eventually in the direction of Columbia University, medical school, and a life devoted to healing.
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