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

(Hardback - Nov 2010)
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#1 "NEW YORK TIMES" BESTSELLER - SOON TO BE 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"
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" 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"
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"A meticulous, soaring and beautifully written account of an extraordinary life.""--The Washington Post"
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"Ambitious and powerful . . . a startling narrative and an inspirational book.""--The New York Times Book Review"
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"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
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""Unbroken" is too much book to hope for: a hellride of a story in the grip of the one writer who can handle it."--Christopher McDougall, author of "Born to Run"

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  • SKU: 9781400064168
  • SKU10: 1400064163
  • Title: Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption
  • Qty Remaining Online: 657
  • Publisher: Random House
  • Release Date: Nov 16, 2010
  • Pages: 473
  • Illustrated: Yes
  • Weight lbs: 1.80
  • Dimensions: 9.40" L x 6.50" W x 1.40" H
  • Features: Table of Contents, Price on Product, Price on Product - Canadian, Maps, Index, Illustrated, Dust Cover, Bibliography
  • Themes: Chronological Period | 1940's;
  • Awards: 2014 Pennsylvania Young Reader's Choice Award (Nominee - Young Adult)
    2013 Grand Canyon Reader Award (Recommended - Teen Readers)
    2013 Grand Canyon Reader Award (Recommended - Teen)
    2012 ALA Notable Books (Winner - Nonfiction)
    2011 Christopher Awards (Winner - Books for Adults)
    2011 Indies Choice Book Awards (Winner - Nonfiction)
    2010 L.A. Times Book Prize (Winner - Biography)
  • Category: GENERAL INTEREST
  • Subject: Military

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