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'Unbroken' by Jesus

Louie Zamperini's life included Olympic races, torture, and starving on shark-infested waters, but the real thrill was a 1949 Billy Graham crusade.

Update: Louis Zamperini died July 2, 2014 at age 97.

Look at the word unbroken.

An uncommon word that begins with a common prefix. Un- is so familiar that its meaning is rarely considered. Those two little letters just mean "not," don't they?

It makes good sense, then, that Laura Hillenbrand used the prefix in the title of her new biography, Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption. The title pays tribute to the strength of the book's subject, Louis Zamperini—an Olympic distance runner, war hero, and former POW who survived outrageous challenges, beatings, and torture with body and spirit in tact. Zamperini, in fact, is still living, at age 94 in Hollywood, California.

Hillenbrand's book has garnered much popular and critical acclaim, but some reviewers have complained that her choice is "generic," even a "goofy mushball of a title." "Not broken? That's the best you could do?" They seem ...

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