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 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. Though Laura Hillenbrand had been writing about thoroughbred racing since 1988 as a contributing writer/editor for Equus magazine and other publications, it was her riveting 2001 retelling of the super-inspirational Seabiscuit saga that captured the nation's attention.
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Probably in the best 20 books I have read. I could not put the book down.
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This book is especially for those who doubt the power of God or doubt His existence at all. Louie Zamparini was without God but had a tremendous gift of physical strength that took him very far, however, he came to the end of himself and met God and that made all the difference between a life full of darkness and hopelessness and one filled with light & joy.
"These things I have spoken to you, so that in Me you may have peace. In the world you have tribulation, but take courage; I have overcome the world." John 16:33
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This book is so inspirational and is based on a true story but reads like an unbelievable novel.
Extraordinarily moving . . . a powerfully drawn survival epic. The Wall Street Journal [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 Ambitious and powerful . . . a startling narrative and an inspirational book. The New York Times Book Review Marvelous . . . Unbroken is wonderful twice over, for the tale it tells and for the way it s told. . . . It manages maximum velocity with no loss of subtlety. Newsweek Moving and, yes, inspirational . . . [Laura] Hillenbrand s unforgettable book . . . deserve[s] pride of place alongside the best works of literature that chart the complications and the hard-won triumphs of so-called ordinary Americans and their extraordinary time. Maureen Corrigan, Fresh Air 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. . . . When it comes to courage, charisma, and impossible adventure, few will ever match the boy terror of Torrance, and few but the author of Seabiscuit could tell his tale with such humanity and dexterity. Hillenbrand has given us a new national treasure. Christopher McDougall, author of Born to Run Riveting . . . an exceptional portrait . . . So haunting and so beautifully written, those who fall under its spell will never again feel the same way about World War II and one of its previously unsung heroes. The Columbus Dispatch Magnificent . . . incredible . . . [Hillenbrand] has crafted another masterful blend of sports, history and overcoming terrific odds; this is biography taken to the nth degree, a chronicle of a remarkable life lived through extraordinary times. The Dallas Morning News No other author of narrative nonfiction chooses her subjects with greater discrimination or renders them with more discipline and commitment. If storytelling were an Olympic event, [Hillenbrand would] medal for sure. Salon A celebration of gargantuan fortitude . . . full of unforgettable characters, multi-hanky moments and wild turns . . . Hillenbrand is a muscular, dynamic storyteller. The New York Times [A] masterfully told true story . . . nothing less than a marvel. Washingtonian Zamperini s story is certainly one of the most remarkable survival tales ever recorded. What happened after that is equally remarkable. Graydon Carter, Vanity Fair Irresistible . . .Hillenbrand demonstrates a dazzling ability one Seabiscuit only hinted at to make the tale leap off the page. Elle A tale of triumph and redemption . . . astonishingly detailed. O: The Oprah Magazine An astonishing testament to the superhuman power of tenacity. Entertainment Weekly Intense . . . You better hold onto the reins. The Boston Globe Incredible . . . Zamperini s life is one of courage, heroism, humility and unflagging endurance. St. Louis Post Dispatch Hillenbrand has once again brought to life the true story of a forgotten hero, and reminded us how lucky we are to have her, one of our best writers of narrative history. You don t have to be a sports fan or a war-history buff to devour this book you just have to love great storytelling. Rebecca Skloot, author of The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks"
Number Of Pages: 473
Published: 16th November 2010
Publisher: Waterbrook Press (A Division of Random House Inc)
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.9 x 16.5 x 3.6
Weight (kg): 0.82