"Why we fight" was a WW II slogan used when illustrating points to the people in News Reels etc.Both my dad and father in law were Veterans of the War in the Pacifc.Dad in the Navy and my father in law ,a machine gunner in the Army.
Both were very warm,caring,compassionate human beings and patriotic Americans.
Neither would ever own a Japanese car or wanted much to do with Japanese.
Imagine the perspective of a POW.
I of course knew about things like the Bataan death march and the mistreatment of Chinese,Koreans,Phillipinos etc.This book brings it home in spades.You find yourself asking "How can people be like this ??"
Hillendbrand explains the why and how of it and you do realize that not all Japanese, civilians or military ,were like this.Still enough were to make things like this happen.
Unbroken is about not only what happens to Louie and his buddies[ a great story in itself] but how he succeeds and prevails.Sound corny ? ?Well it's not.It's pretty amazing actually.
Louie forgave everyone and became a better person and a great American because of it.
And this was not his goal.
What really happened is worth reading about.The irony was I listened to most of it driving around in my Acura.
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