Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption

Author(s): Laura Hillenbrand

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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.
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.


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Praise for Laura Hillenbrand�s "Seabiscuit: An American Legend"
�Captivating . . . a flawless trip, with the detail of good history, the blistering pace of Biscuit himself, and the charm of grand legend.��"The New York Times Book Review"
�Wonderful . . . astounding . . . almost unbearably suspenseful . . . Ideally, you wouldn�t just find Laura Hillenbrand�s "Seabiscuit: An American Legend" in bookstores. It would be next to Frank Sinatra and Nat King Cole or Lee Wiley CDs as well�anywhere you�d go to look for love songs.��Salon
�It is hugely refreshing when [a book] as fine as this one comes along. The research is meticulous, the writing elegant and concise, so that every page transports you back to the period. . . . This is a remarkable tale well told.��"The Economist"
�Engrossing . . . terrific . . . Hillenbrand not only ties . . . dive

General Fields

  • : 9781400064168
  • : Random House Publishing Group
  • : Random House
  • : November 2010
  • : 241mm X 162mm X 36mm
  • : United States
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Hardback
  • : English
  • : 940.54/7252092 B
  • : 473
  • : illustrations
  • : Laura Hillenbrand