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

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 , 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 WarThe 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 unknownAhead 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

About the Author: Laura Hillenbrand

Laura Hillenbrand born 1967 is the author of the acclaimed Seabiscuit An American Legend, a non fiction account of the career of the great racehorse Seabiscuit, for which she won the William Hill Sports Book of the Year in 2001 The book later became the basis of the 2003 movie Seabiscuit Her essays have appeared in The New Yorker, Equus magazine, American Heritage, The Blood Horse, Thoroughbred Times, The Backstretch, Turf and Sport Digest, and many other publications Her 1998 American Heritage article on the horse Seabiscuit won the Eclipse Award for Magazine Writing.Born in Fairfax, Virginia, Hillenbrand studied at Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio, but was forced to leave before graduation when she contracted chronic fatigue syndrome, which she has struggled with ever since She now lives in Washington, D.C.

10 thoughts on “Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience and Redemption

  1. says:

    I was cleaning up after the wife and I had dinner last night and there was a small amount of green beans left There weren t nearly enough for another serving to make them worth saving so I dumped them in the sink, but just as I was about to turn on the garbage disposal, I realized that to the POWs described in Unbroken those few green beans I was about to mulch would have been a feast they would have risked torture and beating

  2. says:

    Hillenbrand has broken the unwritten code for Americans to downplay the wrongs of the Japanese during World War II other than Pearl Harbor in favor of focusing on the egregious acts of the Nazis My education in World War II history has focused on the Holocaust and the unforgivable damage we did to Japan by unleashing the atomic bomb I appreciate all the research Hillenbrand did to bring us the other side of the story.Louis Zampe

  3. says:

    Wow am I in the minority I absolutely loved Seabiscuit, so I expected great things from this one However, where Seabiscuit focused narrowly on a small set of characters and events, this wassprawling, bursting with a poorly sketched cast of characters who, over time, became nearly indistinguishable For most of the middle section, the book wore me down with its unrelenting catalogue of abuse and privation On a related note, I wasn t

  4. says:

    I ve seen recently that negative commentary or reviews about this book invoke a kind of backlash normally reserved for non conformists who critique the Bible, The Diary of Ann Frank, The Last Lecture, or any Oprah Book of the MonthWell, brace yourself because here comes another one This book is a poorly written, exaggerated, sensationalized version of a true story, an over hyped pop history bookconcerned with drumming home the messa

  5. says:

    If I knew I had to go through those experiences again, he finally said, I d kill myself Louis Zamperini was a precocious child He was always finding creative ways to get himself in trouble He was desperate for any attention Causing trouble is one way to get it, another way is to become really, really good at something His brother Pete, a multi sport star athlete, forced him into cross country and track in the hopes of keeping him out

  6. says:

    I ve just finished this awesome book, and have since washed the tears from my face I can t hope to write a coherent review there are so many good ones already written , so I ll just jot a few thoughts down This is why I love non fiction Best book by far I ve read this year Every positive cliche adjective should be applied to this story 5 stars isn t enough If it was fiction, you wouldn t believe it Go buy yourself a cloth hankie, cause

  7. says:

    Louie Zamperini was quite a character, wild, given to mayhem and thievery, but he straightened out enough to become a world class runner, joining the US team in the Berlin Olympics He continued his athletic career at USC, setting running records there, preparing for the next international competition But the world would skip that event, leaving Louie adrift He joined the military and washed out, but he was drafted back in after Pearl Harb

  8. says:

    Holy mackerel This is the single non fiction book you ought to put on your read list for 2013 Even if you don t read it, it s presence on your shelf will enrich your library.This is a WWII survival story of an American aviator in the Pacific theater And wow Louis Zamperini Zamp An Italian immigrant with the fastest mile in college track who shook hands with Hitler at the 36 Olympics, shot down in the pacific, 40 days in a 2 man raft with 3

  9. says:

    If you are wondering if you should read Unbroken , just read it Even if you don t end up liking it, you just need to read it Everyone does.Louis Zamperini was an Italian American Olympic runner whose plane goes down in World War 2, and he and two other men drift on a raft for a long, long time I don t want to tell you anything else, because I want you to experience it This books packs a double punch the story itself is as amazing as Laura Hil

  10. says:

    Louie Zamperini and my father, Jim Wilson, were friends, and so I have known the outlines of Zamperini s story my whole life Somewhere in the photo archives around Moscow, we have a baby photo of me, taken by Zamperini I am drooling in that picture, something I have contrived not to do withrecent photographs.Though I have been familiar with this story for a long time, Hillenbrand s telling of it is magnificent This is a book to reinforce everyt

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