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Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption - Laura Hillenbrand
Unbroken: A World War II 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... show more
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.
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Format: hardcover
ISBN: 9781400064168 (1400064163)
ASIN: 1400064163
Publisher: Random House, Inc.
Pages no: 473
Edition language: English
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Cheri's Book Blog
Cheri's Book Blog rated it
3.5 Very much enjoyed most of the book
I found I was pretty well engaged throughout most of the book but once the war was over and I listened for several more hours about the aftermath - particularly the Billy Graham portions - I found my interest nearly non-existent. Truly what these men went through was harrowing and it would have b...
Angel's Book Reviews 2.0
Angel's Book Reviews 2.0 rated it
1.0 Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption
62. UNBROKEN, BY LAURA HILLENBRANDRecommended by Trisha Cook, on Goodreads. Actually, I was very vague when I asked for recommendations, and I get the feeling that she recommended many, wildly varied, radically different books, probably sure that at least one of them would please me... I definitely ...
As Usual, I Need More Bookshelves
As Usual, I Need More Bookshelves rated it
4.0 Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand
I had a lot of reasons to be interested in this book, not in the least being that my grandpa served in the Pacific Theater during WWII. I think the war in Europe often overshadows the war in the Pacific, so whenever I see something set in that area of the world I'm interested. And then, of course, t...
Amber's Thoughts
Amber's Thoughts rated it
5.0 Resilience Personified
The life story of Louis Zamperini is more remarkable than anything a fiction writer could have invented. No one would believe this if it were fiction, but it’s meticulously researched. I read not only the story, but the acknowledgements and the notes. The author was thorough. There’s incredible ar...
Summer Reading Project, BookLikes Satellite
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4.0 Unbroken, by Lauren Hillenbrand
Every now and then, I read a book that reminds me just how young I am. Last year, I read Terry Tempest William's memoir, When Women Were Birds. I didn't get it. It wasn't that I didn't have the right life experiences to understand the book; I just didn't have enough life experiences, period. Last ni...
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