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Unbroken : An Extraordinary True Story of Courage and Survival - Laura Hillenbrand

Unbroken

An Extraordinary True Story of Courage and Survival

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Published: 2nd February 2012
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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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5.0

A detailed exploration of history and the power of humans

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      Comments about Unbroken:

      Hillenbrand employs Louis Zamperini's life as a device to display a timeline of history. Instead of filling the reader with undesirable statistics and simply stating the most notable times in history Hillenbrand allows the reader to learn and indulge in the history of WW2 through writing Louis' life herself with the aid of the younger lieutenant. Through writing the book as 'an outsider' Hillenbrand yields the opportunity to provide more than just a first person perspective of the war, but also allows the the stories of other victims as well further historical moments to be included. We track Louis' life from his young days as a child kleptomaniac, to his Olympic days, travelling with him in his B-24 'Superman' as a Bombardier to his 47 days on a life raft in the Pacific Ocean stranded. This is only the first third of the book as well. The story is about survival, courage, history and relationships but most of all it is to educate the masses as to what has happened in history, and allow us to appreciate what we have today.

      Often with biographies they are seen as very self-centred, which is understandable as it is all about one person. Unbroken is Zamperini's life story, however you come to understand that everyone is grounded and comprised of other people. Hillenbrand delves into the lives of other prisoners (of War) just as much as Louis, in an attempt to illustrate the wide spread affect the war had on civilian and military lives. While reading I felt just as much as part of the story as Zamperini himself as I found out exactly what war was like. The book is so beautifully detailed that I never felt exhausted with history or that I didn't understand any of the terminology. Hillenbrand has mastered the art of paying homage to someone with respect whilst maintaining her alluring language that is ubiquitous on every page.

       
      5.0

      Brilliant book

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        Comments about Unbroken:

        Amazing read, couldn't put it down. Inspirational and gives you insight into what makes someone a true hero

         
        5.0

        Fantastic survival story

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          Comments about Unbroken:

          It's all been said already. This is a fantastic story and hard to put down between chapters.

           
          4.0

          For Real??

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            Comments about Unbroken:

            Could this be true? Apparently it is. Laura Hillenbrand can write a great true story. I not only learned a lot about the man but also about the times; and especially just how the Japanese "managed" their prisoners of war and the contrast between the treatment by the Japanese versus those in similar camps in Europe. Some parts of the book are difficult to stomach; others parts are just remarkable. A great tale of survival and will to live through extreme conditions.

             
            5.0

            Great reading, the most amazing bio.

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              The most amazing biographical book I have ever read.

               
              5.0

              Lots of war history and details.

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                Comments about Unbroken:

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

                 
                4.0

                Good read

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                  This book was a gift it the recipient to enjoyed it .

                   
                  4.0

                  Cannot wait for movie adaption

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                      Quick delivery.

                       
                      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: 473
                        Published: 2nd February 2012
                        Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
                        Country of Publication: GB
                        Dimensions (cm): 19.7 x 13.0  x 3.1
                        Weight (kg): 0.35