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)
Somewhat of a student of the Wars of our fathers this was a great story and I thank Ms Hillenbrand for a well written slice of history
I was deeply moved by this story. The narrator did a great job expressing the books characters and engaging your emotions.
Louis Zamperini was my favorite character in the story and his life changing experience during World War II.
When Louis felt compelled to go back to Japan and talk to the Japanese soldiers that hurt him and he expressed love and forgiveness. There are so many details about this time period I had forgotten and wasn't aware of. It was written unabashedly honest in the treatment of our soldiers in Japan and the honesty of telling the story of one soldiers personal experience both during the war and after the war.
I couldn't help but be moved to to tears both out of sadnes and then later joy. It's extreme what Louis Zamperini experienced and to have victory in the end is inspiring.
This book could be useful in understanding history better.
I love this book. My husband and I listened to the book during our daily commute. It shows the seriousness of war and survival as a POW. Although some of this book may be fictional it's and eye-opener. My heart goes to soldiers and I have a new found respect for them. The sacrifices they make constantly for my freedom and how hard they fight to protect and keep us free. May God bless and keep them.
In other words this book was so well written the story came to life right before my eyes causing me to relate. Love this book!
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