Unbroken: An Extraordinary True Story of Courage and Survival (Paperback)

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Hillenbrand's Seabiscuit captivated readers with her compelling story of an underdog horse who rose to great heights. In Unbroken we meet a young man, an unruly teenage delinquent, whose life turned around when he took up running. But this Olympic runner's greatest race happened as an airman in World War II. In May, 1943, while on a search mission, his plane crash-landed in the Pacific Ocean. Three men survived on a raft. This is their story - their hope, their physical and emotional endurance, their will - over an unbelievable number of days on a raft at sea. Louie Zamperini proved himself a champion in this unforgettable story of a man's journey in difficult circumstances. His spirit, will, ingenuity, and resolve lead the reader to admire a great race, well run!

— Margaret, Pittsburgh

In Laura Hillenbrand’s follow-up to Seabiscuit, she recounts the amazing story of Louis Zamperini, a juvenile delinquent who becomes an Olympic runner who joins the military to become a bombardier in World War II. Her meticulous research and engaging narrative style draws you into a story that you can’t believe is true but no reliable author would put a main character through such trials. Unbroken tells the tale of a resilient, resourceful and amazing member of the Greatest Generation.

— Sydne, Atlanta

December 2010 Indie Next List

“Unbroken is a vivid story of Louis Zamperini who, as an athlete, ran in the 1936 Berlin Olympics and then became an airman when World War II broke out. When his plane crashed into the Pacific Ocean, he and two other crew members floated in a tiny raft across thousands of miles of ocean only to be rescued by the Japanese and placed in a POW camp. This book is about survival, emotional and physical endurance, hope, humor, and determination. An absolutely mesmerizing and incredible story.”
— Pam Clarke, Edgartown Books, Edgartown, MA

Product Details
ISBN: 9780007378036
Publisher: Fourth Estate
Publication Date: February 1st, 2012