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)
Historically enlightening, this book brought to life the many atrocities, struggles, triumphs, and paradigms of life in the early to mid 20th century, and even war itself. I'm grateful to have experienced this wonderfully written and engaging book, and many thanks and praise be given to it's author.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The descriptions were vivid and it brought you into their struggle. Some of it was hard to read due to its graphic content but the style of narrating suited the book wonderfully. I learned a lot about the war and I am so glad our book club chose this book.
Yes! Such a captivating story that goes to show how insignificant our everyday problems are compared to that of POW from WWII.
No other book comes close.
Pete. The caring brother who just wanted to see his brother happy and succeed.
An Unimaginable Journey of a WWII Bombadier
Greatest book I've listened to yet. Such an amazing story of Louis Zamparini who goes from Olympic track star to a POW in Japan's most brutal camps during WWII. This story will make you feel guilty for cursing the traffic on your way to work this morning, for complaining about the missing cream in your coffee you got at Tim Horton's and for all those little things that we allow to disrupt our day. The sub-title of the book is spot on as the words survival, resilience and redemption sum up Louis' journey flawlessly. Listen. To. This. Book. You won't regret it.
"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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