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Unbroken
Laura Hillenbrand

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

Random House
November 2010
On Sale: November 16, 2010
Featuring: Louis Zamperini
486 pages
ISBN: 1400064163
EAN: 9781400064168
Hardcover
$27.00
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Non-Fiction Biography

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 planeís 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 lieutenantís name was Louis Zamperini. In boyhood, heíd 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 manís journey into extremity, Unbroken is a testament to the resilience of the human mind, body, and spirit.

Media Buzz

CBS Sunday Morning - December 28, 2014
Good Morning Texas - Buy The Book - June 30, 2014
Today - July 3, 2013
CBS Sunday Morning - August 12, 2012
The View - May 2, 2012
Fresh Air - NPR - December 1, 2010
Today - November 21, 2010
Weekend Edition Saturday - November 21, 2010

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