If this story doesn’t nearly move you to tears, check your pulse. This World War II story of incredible survival and resilience is so gripping and unforgettable it’ll undeniably shape your perceptions of WWII far more deeply than the stories of history books. You’ll endure the epic, unfathomable journey of resilient Olympian Louis Zamperini. His experiences—from horrifying to inspiring—immerse readers into a full gamut of horrifying realism to earnest empathy. No wonder the story became a major motion picture. If you haven’t yet read Unbroken, treat yourself to a true American experience.