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Discussion Questions for Unbroken

Our staff readers have prepared this list of discussion questions for those reading Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption by Laura Hillenbrand.

We hope you will join the conversation – register at no cost to join our Global Book Club if you haven’t already.

1. Do you agree that Unbroken is the perfect title for Hillenbrand’s book?  Why? If not, what do you feel would be more fitting?  Join the discussion.

2. Even before his wartime travails, Louie Zamperini’s athletic abilities had already guaranteed him a notable life. Do you think certain people are predisposed to greatness or do situations bring it out in them?  Join the discussion.

3. Louie endured many trials; which one put you most on edge while reading? Join the discussion.

4. The role of the Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombings in Japan’s surrender and the U.S.’s ethical justification for them has been the subject of scholarly and popular debate for decades. Even one of the characters in the book, John Falconer – a survivor of the Bataan Death March, stated that the Hiroshima bombing was “beautiful.” What are your thoughts about the bombing after reading the book? Join the discussion.

5. Have your views on war and conflict changed after reading this book? Join the discussion.

6. Did the book evoke empathy or disdain for the Japanese people and culture? Join the discussion.

7. What emotion did the story bring out most in you? Join the discussion.

8. Which Prisoner of War (POW) do you identify with most? Join the discussion.

9. Louis said he was a “broken man” after the war. How did he become the happy, successful man he is in his later years? Join the discussion.

People to People International’s Global Book Club is a way to connect with your global community. Global Book Club members communicate about valuable, international topics and gain unique insight and understanding of various cultural views in relation to those topics. For more information on People to People International, visit www.ptpi.org

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2 Responses to “Discussion Questions for Unbroken”

  1. Ceska says:

    I read this book in two days flat and I know that, had I had the time, I would have read it in one sitting. This is a book that grips you, draws you in and leaves you feeling a slightly better person for having read it.

  2. Ruth G says:

    I found this great article in Runner’s World about Louis Zamperini’s running career. He was one of the best middle distance runners of his time. http://www.runnersworld.com/article/0,7120,s6-239-567–13794-0,00.html

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