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Number-one New York Times best seller

The incredible true story of survival and salvation that is the basis for two major motion pictures: 2014’s Unbroken and the upcoming Unbroken: Path to Redemption

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 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

Critic Reviews

"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)

“[A] one-in-a-billion story...designed to wrench from self-respecting critics all the blurby adjectives we normally try to avoid: It is amazing, unforgettable, gripping, harrowing, chilling, and inspiring.” (New York)

“Staggering...mesmerizing...Hillenbrand’s writing is so ferociously cinematic, the events she describes so incredible, you don’t dare take your eyes off the page.” (People

“A meticulous, soaring and beautifully written account of an extraordinary life.” (The Washington Post)

“Hillenbrand...tells [this] story with cool elegance but at a thrilling sprinter’s pace.” (Time)

Unbroken is too much book to hope for: a hellride of a story in the grip of the one writer who can handle it.” (Christopher McDougall, author of Born to Run

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One of the best books I've ever read.

Absolutely incredible book! One of the best I've ever read. Incredible journey into depravity and triumph and grit.

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Unbelievable Unbroken!

If you ever wanted to know of how the human spirit, mind, body, & soul can triumph over man's depravity and the blows of fate, this story is undoubtedly "unbroken" in its endeavor to do so. As one enters into Zamperini's world, you are taken back to every imaginable triumph and tragedy into his life. From his childhood life to his tormented days as a prisoner of war under ruthless Japanese prison guards, Hildebrand's account leaves no questions unanswered. The account is breathtakingly poignant and portrays Zamperini's life and the lives' of his comrades with such detailed descriptions that the reader is transported back to those unforgettable moments in their extraordinary journeys. Upon completion of this account, one is left
with the sense that America had a number of great heroes from that war era and we, as a nation, have been unable to fully recognize each and every one of their triumphant acts of courage and heroism. May this account stand as a tribute to all of those that lost so much. Worth every penny!

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Could not put it down

It's an amazing story with an even amazing ending! I honestly love the book and the true story must read or must listen!!

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A MUST read for every American!

What did you love best about Unbroken?

The story of suffering and redemption, the story of the true men who fought for this country.

What did you like best about this story?

This is an important story that needs to be told again and again. America is forgetting it's roots, it's history. This is a must read.

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Outstanding

Absolutely astonishing story that's both inspiring and grounding. I listen to audio books while traveling for work -mainly in the car - but I couldn't stop listening to this even when I wasn't in the car. Can't recommend highly enough.

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Amazing read!

Simply unbelievable! It's a beautiful story of the power of forgiveness, reconciliation and pure determination. Let this book be an inspiration to you.

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Riveting, sad and amazing story

Must read this book. Recommended for all military. Riveting, sad and amazing story. Louis Zamporini is influential to me.

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it was a strong and powerful book, very emotional and hives you perspective on what it must have been like as a POW

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Worth reading again!

Amazing story!! Nicely written and read. Brought me to tears many times! I will listen again!

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This book changed my perspective of war and life and caused me to reflect on my own moral compass.

Great story of resilience, the protection of God and the truth of life. I highly recommend this riveting, well narrated story.