Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand

Unbroken

By Laura Hillenbrand

  • Release Date: 2010-11-16
  • Genre: Biographies & Memoirs
Score: 4.5
4.5
From 154 Ratings
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In boyhood, Louis Zamperini was an incorrigible delinquent. As a teenager, he channeled his defiance into running, discovering a prodigious talent that had carried him to the Berlin Olympics. But when World War II began, the athlete became an airman, embarking on a journey that led to a doomed flight on a May afternoon in 1943. When his Army Air Forces bomber crashed into the Pacific Ocean, against all odds, Zamperini survived, adrift on a foundering life raft. Ahead of Zamperini lay thousands of miles of open ocean, leaping sharks, 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.
 
Unbroken is an unforgettable testament to the resilience of the human mind, body, and spirit, brought vividly to life by Seabiscuit author Laura Hillenbrand.

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
 
“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
 
“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
 
“An astonishing testament to the superhuman power of tenacity.”Entertainment Weekly
 
“A tale of triumph and redemption . . . astonishingly detailed.”O: The Oprah Magazine
 
“[A] masterfully told true story . . . nothing less than a marvel.”Washingtonian
 
“[Hillenbrand tells this] story with cool elegance but at a thrilling sprinter’s pace.”—Time
 
“Hillenbrand [is] 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

Reviews

  • Amazing

    5
    By AlbertaAggie
    Such an amazing book. I have no words for how this book has affected me. Louie Zamperini is an inspiration!
  • Unbroken

    5
    By Kdclarke
    This was a fantastic book to read. You really got the feel of what Louie and his fellow POW'S went through. How they lived through it all is incredible!
  • Riveting

    5
    By Strong silent
    One of the best narratives I have ever read. In this tale of life, struggles and oppression, the author captures the essence of feeling like no other book I have ever read.
  • Unbroken

    5
    By Eleanor Montgomery
    This is such an amazing book I hope everyone gets a chance to read it!! The movie is incredible too
  • Amazing

    5
    By Andrew Shackleton
    Great book amazing story
  • Truly remarkable.

    5
    By justcuzz
    Inspiring story that has many life lessons to teach us. It should be mandatory reading. A great book about amazing people!
  • Where is the sample ?

    3
    By Velxt
    ?please
  • Great book

    5
    By Cathy Cho-Chu
    Wow. This book was a true eye opener to our past and what was endured to ensure our future. Thank you to all the men and women who made that possible. A must read for all!
  • We have no clue!

    4
    By Marshman
    Incredible true story of the rarely referenced Japanese narrative of the Second World War. Almost all modern day recollections focus on Germany, for the obvious reasons, but this book sheds light on the almost unbelievable horrors endured by the allies fighting realistically two wars at once. If anyone wants to feel truly humbled, and absorb what these men endured for us, please read this book. I finally understand what "fought for our freedom" really means. It took this book to make me understand.
  • What a story!!!

    5
    By Tricoloured Beech
    I guess we all read biographies in order to gain some insights into human nature, but Hillenbrand's insights are incredible. "Unbroken" is a powerful glimpse into the best and the worst of our species. The effort she put into writing this account is obvious from page 1. I am still in awe that an author could piece together another person's life's story so brilliantly.

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