Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption (Hardcover)
#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 theLos Angeles Times Book Prize for biography and the Indies Choice Adult Nonfic...
ITEM#: 12907572#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 theLos 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 inSeabiscuit. 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
|Genre||BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Military|
|Publisher Date||2010-11-16 00:00:00.0|
|Publisher||Random House Inc|
|Unit weight||1.8 lb|
|Subtitle||A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption|
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Bought this as a stocking stuffer for my husband. He is retired military and we have two sons active duty. Excellent read and can't wait to see the movie.Read More
I enjoyed this book so much that I couldn't put it down.Read More
I had heard about this book from a flight attendant and decided to read it on vacation. I finished the book in the first three days - I could not put it down. I also had people walking by at the pool, who saw me reading the book and would make comments on what a great book it was. I highly recommend this book!Read More
A really great read of an actual account. Difficult to put it down. Well worth getting.Read More
This is by far, the best book I have ever read. It is heartwrenching to me to read, hear, and see what our men and women went through during their service to our country. It's an absolute miracle for this man to come out of what he went through with a heart of forgivness the way he has. If you love history, this is a must read!!!!!Read More
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