I want to read Lauren Hillenbrand's Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption, but I'm a little nervous.
Louie Zamperini was an Olympic athlete, a runner of whom it was said, “The only runner who could beat him was Seabiscuit.” He was scheduled to compete in the Tokyo Olympics, but the games were canceled. A few years later, instead of participating in a competition dedicated to the concept of peace, he found himself fighting against the Japanese in the South Pacific, where his plane was shot down, and he was captured.
That's the part that scares me. The reviews I've read about this book indicate its depiction of the tortures Louie Zamperini went through as a prisoner of war are very ... ummm ... honest. I've read before about what Japanese POWs went through in WWII, and reading things like that is not what I consider to be a fantastic experience. And yet, this story fascinates me to the point that I'm seriously considering reading it anyway, and just skimming the difficult sections.
(I'm such a coward. No need to point it out. I already know.)
Any books you want to read, but think might be a little too intense for you?