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 enjoyed the history lessons form this book but more so I enjoyed the lesson of how a strong mind can be so powerful. A positive attitude can get a person through anything.
This was an astounding story with many gripping moments, it shared Zamparinis inspirational testimony of how he came to Christ and was an example for us all that Christ can truly change a persin. However this book did contain a good deal of profanity which is why I only rated the over all as a 4 star. This book should be read by matured readers who want to be amazed, grow in Christ, and a great book.
Amazing story. I couldn't help but move through the emotions with the characters! Heart wrenching experiences and forgiveness portrayed so well!
I knew of Louie Zamperini the gifted runner, but this book is so much more. It is the true story of a troubled kid overcoming his past to become an Olympic runner. It is the heart wrenching story of the indomitable spirit of Zamperini and his fellow POWs in Japanese camps during World War Two. It is expertly written and perfectly told. I don't want to give away any more of the story. It is simply one of the best books I have ever listened to. A life-affirming, get off your butt and do something great motivational 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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