A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption
On Sale: November 16, 2010
Featuring: Louis Zamperini
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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
struggling to a life raft and pulling himself aboard. So
began one of the most extraordinary odysseys of the Second
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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