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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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I'm amazed at the resilience of some people

I loved this book because it reveals the horrors of war
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A story that must be heard!

This is the best book I've ever read! Unbroken is a perfect title for Louis' story and Laura tells it so beautifully. I am ruined for all books now. I have yet to find some an incredible story elsewhere.

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This will forever be one of my favorite books. The performance is amazing and the story is enough to bring tears to your eye. If there is any Audible book you should listen to, it is this one. I would give it 100 stars if I could.

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Amazing Story!

A testament to human will and endurance. This should be required reading, the sacrifices, the hardships and why the bomb was needed. This book is well worth it

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I couldn't stop listening this book. I totally loved it. Wonderfull story on how brokenness, hate and lonely can be overcome by the power of God.

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In my top 5 books of all time. Very well written. Incredible story. Performance did the book justice as well.

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Fantastic!

Amazing story! Wonderful storytelling by the author and a great narrator too! For all the harrowing ordeals the characters endured, I came away from the book uplifted. It renews a belief in the strength and goodness of ordinary people.

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Just amazing!

This story is a compelling read from the beginning. The transformation of the man by Christ is real.

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I cried at the end. The story for me climaxed at the salvation of Louis Zamperini. I wept at the kindness of Jesus. Romans 8:28

I cried at the end. The story for me climaxed at the salvation of Louis Zamperini. I wept at the kindness of Jesus. Romans 8:28

“And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.”
‭‭Romans‬ ‭8:28‬ ‭ESV‬‬
http://bible.com/59/rom.8.28.esv

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Unbroken is an inspiring true story

What a story! A much more detailed account of the war in the pacific which you don't hear as much as the war in Europe. I appreciated the context the author provides along with the story itself. I also think it was moving to teach into the time after the war and long lasting impact the events had on so many. Really enjoyed it.