Unbroken

Unbroken

A World War II Airman's Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption

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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.


From the Hardcover edition.

Baker & Taylor
Relates the story of a U.S. airman who survived when his bomber crashed into the sea during World War II, spent forty-seven days adrift in the ocean before being rescued by the Japanese Navy, and was held as a prisoner until the end of the war.

Random House Digital
#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • NOW A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE • Hailed as the top nonfiction book of the year by Time magazine • Winner of the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for biography and the Indies Choice Adult Nonfiction Book of the Year awardOn 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.Praise for Unbroken "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 w

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#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • NOW A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE • Hailed as the top nonfiction book of the year by Time magazine • Winner of the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for biography and the Indies Choice Adult Nonfiction Book of the Year award

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.

Praise for Unbroken
 
"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 ha

Publisher: New York : Books on Tape, 2010
ISBN: 9781415962763
1415962766
Characteristics: 1 sound file : digital
Additional Contributors: Herrmann, Edward 1943-2014

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Cheryl_JHL Jun 02, 2017

I listened...then relistened, and am now listening again.

The first time through, I listened during runs and hikes, then progressed to listening to it here, there, everywhere just so I could hear more. It is so well done, and so worth reading. If you are expecting a dry, dull narrative in age tinted black and white, you could not be more wrong. If the idea of sitting down to read non-fiction leaves you cold, opt for the audiobook narrated by the late Edward Herrmann. He was wonderful to listen to.

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jturpin58
Jan 25, 2017

This is one of the most powerful stories I have ever read. Mr. Zamperini was a world class Olympic athlete that spent his prime surviving unbelievable brutality as a prisoner of war in Japan. Colin Kaepernick should read this book.

A must read for students of history and a must listen-to for those fans of audiobooks, this story will inspire and entertain.

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DigitalDiva
Jan 27, 2015

What an incredible story of inner strength allowing Louis Zamperini to persevere through trial after trial with seemingly impossible odds. Laura Hillenbrand does her usual thorough research and tells the story so the reader understands the gravity of the numerous statistics quoted. Equally engaging is the narrator who tells the story.

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IV27HUjg
Jan 02, 2015

Excellent writer, amazing man & the fantastic reader Edward Herrmann. Sadly, Louis died as the movie was being completed and doubly sad & will be greatly missed is Herrmann, who died at the close of 2014. What a lose to the reader community.

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pragna
Dec 10, 2014

One of the best audio books I have heard. An awesome story elegantly read!

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becker
Nov 08, 2014

The Ultimate survival story. A bit long winded at times but quite fascinating.

TrishH1 Oct 29, 2014

every American should read this!

beckyp21 Sep 25, 2014

This is an amazing story of the human will to triumph over unimaginable odds and adversity. It is well researched and written and the narration is captivating. It is shocking how human beings can treat each other and inspiring as to the strength of the human spirit. This book shares a lesson of the strength of the human spirit but also provides invaluable history lessons of WWII that I don't ever recall learning before.

beckyp21 Sep 25, 2014

This is an amazing story of the human will to triumph over unimaginable odds and adversity. It is well researched and written and the narration is captivating. It is shocking how human beings can treat each other and inspiring as to the strength of the human spirit. This book shares a lesson of the strength of the human spirit but also provides invaluable history lessons of WWII that I don't ever recall learning before.

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