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Unbroken : An Extraordinary True Story of Louis Zamperini's Courage and Survival -  - Laura Hillenbrand

Unbroken

An Extraordinary True Story of Louis Zamperini's Courage and Survival -

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The new book from the author of the bestselling and much-loved Seabiscuit.

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 channelled 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 humour; 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.

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Great reading, the most amazing bio.

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    The most amazing biographical book I have ever read.

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    Lots of war history and details.

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      This book was inspirational. Well worth the read. Amazing true story of what one man overcame. Heroic.

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        Cannot wait for movie adaption

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            5.0

            GREAT BOOK GREAT READ COULD NOT PUT IT

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              'The pages almost turn themselves. His tale is remarkable and his resilience inspiring.' Ben Macintyre 'An instant classic' Mail on Sunday 'One of the most remarkable survival tales ever recorded. Do yourself a favour and by the book' Vanity Fair '"Unbroken" is an extraordinarily compelling read, a match for any thriller...a remarkable book.' Evening Standard 'More gripping than fiction' Sunday Telegraph 'Staggering ... mesmerising ... Hillenbrand's writing is so ferociously cinematic, the events she describes so incredible, you don't dare take your eyes off the page' People

              ISBN: 9780007378036
              ISBN-10: 0007378033
              Audience: General
              Format: Paperback
              Language: English
              Number Of Pages: 500
              Published: 1st May 2012
              Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
              Country of Publication: GB
              Dimensions (cm): 19.7 x 13.0  x 3.1
              Weight (kg): 0.35