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)
...But so glad that he did. I think everything there is to be said about this book has probably already been said - and better than I could have. I'll just let the stars speak for themselves.
A terrific performance and touching story made this book chilling and heart warming. The devastation to the human soul that come with war is terrifying but the souls ability to rebuild is heart warming and beautifully depicted.
Very rarely does a book affect me as deeply as this one has. The faith and forgiveness felt and shown by Louis after hearing Billy Graham has touched me more than I can say. The story and performance were both outstanding. This and Fearless written by Eric Blehm are now my top two favorite books just below the Holy Bible. Well done indeed!!!
I cried multiple times during this book. I feel that if you're a veteran who has struggles with your military history, this book is very inspiring. It might trigger you if you suffer significantly from PTSD, etc., but I found it very inspirational for myself.
No I have not.
Author and narrator outstanding. The true story, simply amazing
Highly recommend reading Great appreciation for the costly freedom we enjoy.
Incredible story about an incredible hero. Truly reminded me how thankful I am of our Veterans!
Hey, that's pretty good...I wonder if anyone will pay me for it. I can even tell you who you can cast for each part, and I bet that will be willing to do it.
I greatly appreciated Louis story being shared for all who are willing to learn from. I am so grateful to all the men and women who sacrificed so greatly to assure the freedom we enjoy. Words are not enough to express how I feel. Thank you.
"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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