This book was amazing! It is a nonfiction about a World War II plane crew that crashes, how the survivors make in on a raft for the longest time ever known in the Pacific Ocean and then as POW's in Japan. This was hard to read at times and turned my stomach as I read about the treatment of the POW's by their captors, but I had such an overwhelming sense of gratitude for what those brave men did and went through for others, myself, my country, and my freedom. A friend said, "It was an honor to read this book," and I agree. Anything that makes us understand and better appreciate our history is well worth our time. WWII has so many stories from the millions that were involved on both sides, and we can learn and grow so much from those, and it is so important that we do. This is a wonderful example. Laura Hillenbrand has a wonderful writing style that takes you right there to help you appreciate it even better. How these men went through all this, came out alive (which is a miracle) and then were able to overcome and move on and even forgive (which is an even bigger miracle) is so uplifting and amazing and a tribute to God and the human spirit. Please check this one out. You will not regret it.