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 ...
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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Unbroken is the life story of Louis Zamperini. He was a runner, Olympian, World War II bomber and prisoner of war. In other words, he has an amazing story to tell.
Laura Hillenbrand has uncovered a special story that could have been lost in time; it's a good one to tell as it embodies so many aspects of historical details. It is a journey of epic proportions.
I would have loved to give this book 5 full stars, but I couldn't.
Vulgar language started appearing after 1/3 of the way into the book. More precisely, it is vulgar name-calling. I rather wish the author could have not used the exact names (yet stay true to the facts), and perhaps pulled it off in a more discreet way.
Oct 4, 2014
A powerful MUST READ book. If you ever start to think you have it bad read this book!
Jul 4, 2013
It is truly amazing what the human body and brain can endure. I really enjoyed the book.
Cynthia Bell C
Apr 28, 2012
Received in standard timeframe. Book received in wonderful shape. This is a fantastic read.
Feb 23, 2012
Great book of life before and during World War II. It shows how anyone can come to faith and how faith can sustain one in times of need.
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