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In boyhood, Louis Zamperini was an incorrigible delinquent. As a teenager, he channeled his defiance into running, discovering a prodigious talent that had carried him to the Berlin Olympics. But when World War II began, the athlete became an airman, embarking on a journey that led to a doomed flight on a May afternoon in 1943. When his Army Air Forces bomber crashed into the Pacific Ocean, against all odds, Zamperini survived, adrift on a foundering life raft. Ahead of Zamperini lay thousands of miles of open ocean, leaping sharks, 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.
"e;Unbroken "e;is an unforgettable testament to the resilience of the human mind, body, and spirit, brought vividly to life by "e;Seabiscuit"e; author Laura Hillenbrand.
Hailed as the top nonfiction book of the year by "e;Time"e; magazine - Winner of the "e;Los Angeles Times"e; Book Prize for biography and the Indies Choice Adult Nonfiction Book of the Year award
"e;Extraordinarily moving . . . a powerfully drawn survival epic."e;--"e;The Wall Street Journal"e;
"e; 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."e;"e;--New York"e;"e;"e;
"e;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."e;--"e;People"e;
"e;A meticulous, soaring and beautifully written account of an extraordinary life."e;"e;--The Washington Post"e;
"e;Ambitious and powerful . . . a startling narrative and an inspirational book."e;"e;--The New York Times Book Review"e;
"e;Magnificent . . . incredible . . . Hillenbrand] has crafted another masterful blend of sports, history and overcoming terrific odds; this is biography taken to the nth degree, a chronicle of a remarkable life lived through extraordinary times."e;"e;--The Dallas Morning News"e;
"e;An astonishing testament to the superhuman power of tenacity."e;--"e;Entertainment Weekly"e;
"e;A tale of triumph and redemption . . . astonishingly detailed."e;--"e;O: The Oprah Magazine"e;
"e; A] masterfully told true story . . . nothing less than a marvel."e;--"e;Washingtonian"e;
"e; Hillenbrand tells this] story with cool elegance but at a thrilling sprinter's pace."e;"e;--Time"e;
"e;Hillenbrand is] one of our best writers of narrative history. You don't have to be a sports fan or a war-history buff to devour this book--you just have to love great storytelling."e;--Rebecca Skloot, author of"e; The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks"e;"e;
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A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption
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