Best nonfiction books of 2010
Laura Hillenbrand's long-awaited second book (after "Seabiscuit") tells the story of another person who was willing to die for his country, and almost did. Louis Zamperini, the subject of "Unbroken," was an extraordinary runner favored to win the gold at the 1942 Olympics — except those Games never took place. Instead, Zamperini became a gunner in the Air Force; in 1943, his plane went down in the Pacific. Zamperini survived, spent 45 days in a life raft, and eventually drifted ashore — only to be taken prisoner by the Japanese and subjected to two years of physical and psychological torture.