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.
©2010 Laura Hillenbrand; 2010 Random House Audio
"Unbroken is wonderful twice over, for the tale it tells and for the way it’s told. A better book than Seabiscuit, it manages maximum velocity with no loss of subtlety. [Hillenbrand has] a jeweler’s eye for a detail that makes a story live." (Newsweek)
"A master class in narrative storytelling…Extraordinarily moving...A powerfully drawn survival epic." (The Wall Street Journal)
"Ambitious and powerful… Hillenbrand is intelligent and restrained, and wise enough to let the story unfold for itself. Her research is thorough, her writing crystalline. Unbroken is gripping in an almost cinematic way." (The New York Times Book Review)
I have not read the print version but the audio edition, with Edward Hermann's narration was really good.
The description of the end of war - very vivid description that had me visualizing the pallets of food, candies, and magazines falling in rice paddies.
The fastest mile - the apparent nonchalance of Luis at the end.
Luis' and Phil's ability to forgive Mac for eating all their provisions on the first night of their ordeal and his death.
I learned a great deal from this book. Especially about the treatment of the P.O.Ws that were held by the Japanese. Of course Louie's sorry is very hear reverting, but I was glad that the author chose to include the other heroes as well as Louie. Bey Well written and presented.
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Highly recommended. This is a true story that every man and woman should hear. Very touching and sobering. Brought me to tears a few times to be honest.
Very well performed too.
Wow. The film did this book zero justice. 12 hours later and I didn't want it to be over. Tears streaming down my face... What a remarkable story. What a remarkable man. What a remarkable God. Just incredible. This book has given me a whole new appreciation for our men and women in uniform. I can't say enough great things about Unbroken.
No, but I would be interested in listening to his own account
Too many to mention without giving it away
Well paced, well read throughout
Survival with courage and dignity
Listen to this story!
"It's a definitely must-read book"
An extremely interesting, involving and touching story. No doubt, one of the best I’ve heard!
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