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

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

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

  1. Kemper Kemper 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, bu

  2. Annalisa Annalisa 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 h

  3. Laura Laura 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 ca

  4. Craig Craig 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

  5. Jeffrey Keeten Jeffrey Keeten 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 t

  6. Hannah Hannah 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 re

  7. Will Byrnes Will Byrnes 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

  8. Jason Jason 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

  9. Alison Alison 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, lon

  10. Douglas Wilson Douglas Wilson 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

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