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 found this book to be extremely inspirational especially the way Louis the protagonist bounced back.
A large portion of the book was devoted to describing his torture in POW camps by the Japanese. I appreciated learning about the details but felt this description took up too much content for my taste.
Nevertheless it's an inspirational story about a truly remarkable individual and how he managed to survive and overcame his limitations.
Although this is a somewhat difficult read due to the atrocities committed by the Japanese guards and the depths of depravity you see in human nature, this is a must read story. The great lengths and details the auther put into the book speak volumes of telling this terrific story.
Great narrator!!! I was very invested in the story and It helped me understand WWII a little better! Hear it before watching the movie and have a tissue handy!
loved this book! had a hard time putting it down. So inspirational. Well written. I liked the background information given on the people involved in Louie's life. Was easy to picture what was going on and get a very clear idea of what this anazing man went through.
Even if you saw the movie, you did not get 30% of the real story and you are really missing out on what we really owe our military if you rely on the movie and accept it as the whole. Hollywood left out a significant part of this hero's story which is both heart wrenching and heart warming.
The narration is seamless and brings the pictures full force to your mind! Take a moment of your time to thank a Veteran and mean it!
This book is an incredible true story, and the narrator is engaging. A must read for anyone who enjoys a true story of war history, athletes, strength, love a d forgiveness
Great book thoroughly chronicalling an amazing life. Redemption was tremendously uplifting. A life that gives encouragement just knowing it was lived.
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