Unbroken is so many stories rolled into one. Louie Zamperini had a talent for running, he ran at the 1936 games in Berlin and had been widely tipped to become the first man to run a mile under 4 minutes, then war arrived.
Wgen another plane goes missing at sea, Zamperini and a crew of volunteers take another plane to search for survivors. Their plane ditches in the middle of the Japanese controlled Pacific. The surviving crew-men begin a harrowing journey for survival aboard a disintegrating raft. Initially their goal is merely to stay alive as long as Eddie Rickenbacker, the former WW1 ace, who in 1942 survived for 24 days in the Pacific before reaching safety. Forced to eat inedible seabirds that alight on their raft and kept alive by an occasional rain shower, Zamperini and his crew mates achieve an incredible feat of survival.
This is followed by capture by the Japanese and is then held in POW camps till the end of the war. I won't go into the details of this, it's probably better reading the book to have the full frustration of the captured troops told by Hillenbrand.
Not ending the story on Zamperini's release the story goes on to his personal life after the war and different experiences had by surviving POW's.
I've read a few books about the treatment the Japanese dealt to POW's and this further shows the mental and physical torture to the troops.
Fascinating read and a very inspiring story.