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

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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 Nonf......more

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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.

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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.

Author:
Hillenbrand, Laura
Genre:
BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Military
Audience:
General/trade
Format:
Hardcover
Pages:
473
Language:
English
Publisher:
Random House Inc
Publish Date:
11/16/2010
Copyright Year:
2010
ISBN:
9781400064168
Height:
9.25 in
Wdth:
6.25 in
Thickness:
1.25 in
Unit weight:
1.8 lb
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  • Great book!

    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!

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  • Unbroken - A World War II story

    A really great read of an actual account. Difficult to put it down. Well worth getting.

    • How did the image on site compare with the actual product? Right on.
    • How accurate was the on site description of the product? Good
    • Please tell us about the quality of the product. Nicely printed and bound.
    • Would you recommend this to a friend? Yes
  • Unbroken

    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!!!!!

    • How did the image on site compare with the actual product? Perfect
    • How accurate was the on site description of the product? Good
    • Please tell us about the quality of the product. The book arrived in a timely manner and in perfect condition.
    • Would you recommend this to a friend? Yes
  • A Riveting Almost Unbelivable Story!!

    A friend recommended this book to me. My husband read it first and loved it. Then I just read it here in the Outer banks of NC on vacation. I stayed up until 2 last night and finshed it this afternoon. I was riveted. It is a fascinating book. As a child I read all of the biographies in the library. This tops almost all of them. You HAVE to read this book. It helped my understandign of war and the impact it can have on soliders and thier families. I have a renewed appreciation for the perils they suffer. Louie Z is an amazing man who had the resolve to survive in unbelievable circumstances. You MUST read this great book! I am sure you will love it!Please note is is not for the faint of heart, God bless!

    • How did the image on site compare with the actual product? Good
    • How accurate was the on site description of the product? Great
    • Please tell us about the quality of the product. This book is an excellent book. It is a non fiction book that is well documented. It gave me a new appreciation for our soldiers
    • Would you recommend this to a friend? Yes

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  • Incredible story.

    This was a compelling read. Although reading about the torture in the POW camps was difficult, I was able to get through it knowing that the author is still alive, at the age of 94, and still giving motivational speeches at events. My daughter's high school assigned this book to the entire student body, their parents and the teachers and staff as a summer reading assignment.

    • How did the image on site compare with the actual product? Exactly as depicted
    • How accurate was the on site description of the product? Very accurate.
    • Please tell us about the quality of the product. Nice quality
    • Would you recommend this to a friend? Yes
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