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)
What was endured by this man and so many others humbles me and feeds the pride of a noble generation. well written..engaging..
The descriptive events, history, and perspectives enrich my knowledge of the period while providing an unexpectedly rich literary experience.
The narration was wonderful. the explicit details in which the author wrote the story was amazing. some of the details made you feel like you were right there in the story with them I don't know if I would want to see the movie after the picture the book left in my mind.
All I heard in school is how bad America was for dropping the atom bomb. This man and others with him went through hell.
One of the finest non-fiction books I have ever heard.
How forgiveness relieves your soul. What a remarkable story of survival and redemption,
Unbroken of course.
I think this should be on the read list in all schools in the US.
It was very emotional and made a mark with the sacrifices that our forefathers made in WWII becoming more real to me. A reminder that freedom isn't free and human feelings of superiority can quickly lead to atrocious acts of evil. The resilience of human beings in dire circumstances is utterly amazing.
So good, this story possessed me with a plethora of emotions. I could not put it down any more than I could abandon a dear friend. I felt bitterness, anger, revenge, tears, forgiveness, hope, inspiration, love. So good., just so very good.
"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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