Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience and Redemption

Written byLaura Hillenbrand

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About "Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience and Redemption"

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. 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.

  • Nonfiction
  • History
  • Biography
  • World War II
  • War
  • Historical
  • Audiobook
  • Military Fiction
  • Memoir
  • Biography Memoir
  • Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Biography (2010)
  • Pennsylvania Young Readers' Choice Award Nominee for Young Adults (2014)
  • Indies Choice Book Award for Nonfiction (2011)
  • Dayton Literary Peace Prize Nominee for NonFiction (2011)
  • Lincoln Award Nominee (2015)
  • Andrew Carnegie Medal Nominee for Nonfiction (2012)
  • Goodreads Choice Award Nominee for History and Biography (2010)
ISBN9781400064168pages492publisherRandom Houseseriessettings
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