Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption  -     By: Laura Hillenbrand
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Random House, Inc / 2010 / Hardcover

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On a May afternoon in 1943, an Army Air Forces bomber crashed into the Pacific Ocean and disappeared, leaving only a spray of debris and a slick of oil, gasoline, and blood. Then, on the ocean surface, a face appeared. It was that of a young lieutenant, the plane's bombardier, who was struggling to a life raft and pulling himself aboard. So began one of the most extraordinary odysseys of the Second World War.

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Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 473
Vendor: Random House, Inc
Publication Date: 2010
Dimensions: 9.4 X 6.3 (inches)
ISBN-13: 9781400064168
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#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • SOON TO BE A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE • Hailed as the top nonfiction book of the year by Time magazine • Winner of the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for biography and the Indies Choice Adult Nonfiction Book of the Year award

On a May afternoon in 1943, an Army Air Forces bomber crashed into the Pacific Ocean and disappeared, leaving only a spray of debris and a slick of oil, gasoline, and blood. Then, on the ocean surface, a face appeared. It was that of a young lieutenant, the plane’s bombardier, who was struggling to a life raft and pulling himself aboard. So began one of the most extraordinary odysseys of the Second World War.

The lieutenant’s name was Louis Zamperini. In boyhood, he’d been a cunning and incorrigible delinquent, breaking into houses, brawling, and fleeing his home to ride the rails. As a teenager, he had channeled his defiance into running, discovering a prodigious talent that had carried him to the Berlin Olympics and within sight of the four-minute mile. But when war had come, the athlete had become an airman, embarking on a journey that led to his doomed flight, a tiny raft, and a drift into the unknown.

Ahead of Zamperini lay thousands of miles of open ocean, leaping sharks, a foundering raft, thirst and starvation, enemy aircraft, and, beyond, a trial even greater. Driven to the limits of endurance, Zamperini would answer desperation with ingenuity; suffering with hope, resolve, and humor; brutality with rebellion. His fate, whether triumph or tragedy, would be suspended on the fraying wire of his will.

In her long-awaited new book, Laura Hillenbrand writes with the same rich and vivid narrative voice she displayed in Seabiscuit. Telling an unforgettable story of a man’s journey into extremity, Unbroken is a testament to the resilience of the human mind, body, and spirit.

Praise for Unbroken
 
"Extraordinarily moving . . . a powerfully drawn survival epic."The Wall Street Journal
 
"[A] one-in-a-billion story . . . designed to wrench from self-respecting critics all the blurby adjectives we normally try to avoid: It is amazing, unforgettable, gripping, harrowing, chilling, and inspiring."—New York
 
"Staggering . . . mesmerizing . . . Hillenbrand’s writing is so ferociously cinematic, the events she describes so incredible, you don’t dare take your eyes off the page."People
 
"A meticulous, soaring and beautifully written account of an extraordinary life."—The Washington Post
 
"Ambitious and powerful . . . a startling narrative and an inspirational book."—The New York Times Book Review
 
"Marvelous . . . Unbroken is wonderful twice over, for the tale it tells and for the way it’s told. . . . It manages maximum velocity with no loss of subtlety."Newsweek
 
"Moving and, yes, inspirational . . . [Laura] Hillenbrand’s unforgettable book . . . deserve[s] pride of place alongside the best works of literature that chart the complications and the hard-won triumphs of so-called ordinary Americans and their extraordinary time."—Maureen Corrigan, Fresh Air
 
"Hillenbrand . . . tells [this] story with cool elegance but at a thrilling sprinter’s pace."Time

"Unbroken is too much book to hope for: a hellride of a story in the grip of the one writer who can handle it."—Christopher McDougall, author of Born to Run

Author Bio

Laura Hillenbrand is the author of the #1 New York Times bestseller Seabiscuit: An American Legend, which was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, won the Book Sense Book of the Year Award and the William Hill Sports Book of the Year Award, landed on more than fifteen best-of-the-year lists, and inspired the film Seabiscuit, which was nominated for seven Academy Awards, including Best Picture. Hillenbrand’s New Yorker article, "A Sudden Illness," won the 2004 National Magazine Award, and she is a two-time winner of the Eclipse Award, the highest journalistic honor in Thoroughbred racing. She and actor Gary Sinise are the co-founders of Operation International Children, a charity that provides school supplies to children through American troops. She lives in Washington, D.C.

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Reader’s Guide: Unbroken: A WWII Story of Survival, Resilience and Redemption, by Laura Hillenbrand

Editorial Reviews

"Extraordinarily moving . . . a powerfully drawn survival epic."The Wall Street Journal
 
"[A] one-in-a-billion story . . . designed to wrench from self-respecting critics all the blurby adjectives we normally try to avoid: It is amazing, unforgettable, gripping, harrowing, chilling, and inspiring."—New York
 
"Staggering . . . mesmerizing . . . Hillenbrand’s writing is so ferociously cinematic, the events she describes so incredible, you don’t dare take your eyes off the page."People

"A meticulous, soaring and beautifully written account of an extraordinary life."—The Washington Post
 
"Ambitious and powerful . . . a startling narrative and an inspirational book."—The New York Times Book Review
 
"Marvelous . . . Unbroken is wonderful twice over, for the tale it tells and for the way it’s told. . . . It manages maximum velocity with no loss of subtlety."Newsweek
 
"Moving and, yes, inspirational . . . [Laura] Hillenbrand’s unforgettable book . . . deserve[s] pride of place alongside the best works of literature that chart the complications and the hard-won triumphs of so-called ordinary Americans and their extraordinary time."—Maureen Corrigan, Fresh Air
 
"Hillenbrand . . . tells [this] story with cool elegance but at a thrilling sprinter’s pace."Time
 
"Unbroken is too much book to hope for: a hellride of a story in the grip of the one writer who can handle it. . . . When it comes to courage, charisma, and impossible adventure, few will ever match ’the boy terror of Torrance,’ and few but the author of Seabiscuit could tell his tale with such humanity and dexterity. Hillenbrand has given us a new national treasure."—Christopher McDougall, author of Born to Run
 
"Riveting . . . an exceptional portrait . . . So haunting and so beautifully written, those who fall under its spell will never again feel the same way about World War II and one of its previously unsung heroes."—The Columbus Dispatch
 
"Magnificent . . . incredible . . . [Hillenbrand] has crafted another masterful blend of sports, history and overcoming terrific odds; this is biography taken to the nth degree, a chronicle of a remarkable life lived through extraordinary times."—The Dallas Morning News
 
"No other author of narrative nonfiction chooses her subjects with greater discrimination or renders them with more discipline and commitment. If storytelling were an Olympic event, [Hillenbrand would] medal for sure."Salon

"A celebration of gargantuan fortitude . . . full of unforgettable characters, multi-hanky moments and wild turns . . . Hillenbrand is a muscular, dynamic storyteller."The New York Times

"[A] masterfully told true story . . . nothing less than a marvel."Washingtonian

"Zamperini’s story is certainly one of the most remarkable survival tales ever recorded. What happened after that is equally remarkable."—Graydon Carter, Vanity Fair

"Irresistible . . . Hillenbrand demonstrates a dazzling ability—one Seabiscuit only hinted at—to make the tale leap off the page."Elle

"A tale of triumph and redemption . . . astonishingly detailed."O: The Oprah Magazine

"An astonishing testament to the superhuman power of tenacity."Entertainment Weekly

"Intense . . . You better hold onto the reins."The Boston Globe

"Incredible . . . Zamperini’s life is one of courage, heroism, humility and unflagging endurance."St. Louis Post Dispatch

"Hillenbrand has once again brought to life the true story of a forgotten hero, and reminded us how lucky we are to have her, one of our best writers of narrative history. You don’t have to be a sports fan or a war-history buff to devour this book—you just have to love great storytelling."—Rebecca Skloot, author of The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

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    Incredible story of Gods hand breaking, making and shaping a mans life for Himself through unimaginably horrendous obstacles. I bought this for my husband and he said it was the best book he had ever read.
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    I won't go into details about this book other than I read it in 3 days, and I do not read fast. My Wife & I attend one of Any Stanley's Satellite churches in Dothan, Al. and Andy had Louie come from Ca. to Atlanta, Ga. for an appearance. It just sent chills down my spine listening to him speak of the horrible conditions he went through as a WW II POW in the Pacific. The book draws you in to it like you were right there with Louie being tortured. I cannot say enough about this book. It will give you hope in our Lord during rough times.
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