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Unbroken

A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption
Hillenbrand, Laura (Book - 2010)
Average Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5.
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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--Lt. Louis Zamperini. Captured by the Japanese and driven to the limits of endurance, Zamperini would answer desperation with ingenuity; suffering with hope, resolve, and humor.
Authors: Hillenbrand, Laura
Title: Unbroken
a World War II story of survival, resilience, and redemption
Publisher: New York : Random House, c2010
Edition: 1st ed
Characteristics: xviii, 473 p. :,ill., map ;,25 cm
Statement of Responsibility: Laura Hillenbrand
Summary: 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--Lt. Louis Zamperini. Captured by the Japanese and driven to the limits of endurance, Zamperini would answer desperation with ingenuity; suffering with hope, resolve, and humor.
ISBN: 9781400064168
1400064163
Branch Call Number: 940.547252092 H651u 2010
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references (p. 405-457) and index
Subject Headings: Zamperini, Louis, 1917- World War, 1939-1945 Prisoners and prisons, Japanese Prisoners of war United States Biography Prisoners of war Japan Biography World War, 1939-1945 Aerial operations, American World War, 1939-1945 Campaigns Pacific Area United States. Army Air Forces. Heavy Bombardment Group, 307th Long-distance runners United States Biography
Topical Term: World War, 1939-1945
Prisoners of war
Prisoners of war
World War, 1939-1945
World War, 1939-1945
Long-distance runners
LCCN: 2010017517
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Not a civilian story, but a thrilling one not to be missed. 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--Lt. Louis Zamperini.

Nonfiction Alert! 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--Lt. Louis Zamperini.

Captured by the Japanese during World War II and driven to the limits of endurance, Lt Louis Zamperini answered desperation with ingenuity; suffering with hope, resolve, and humor.

Relates the story of a U.S. airman who survived when his bomber crashed into the sea during World War II, spent forty-seven days adrift in the ocean before being rescued by the Japanese Navy, and was held as a prisoner until the end of the war.

Captured by the Japanese and driven to the limits of endurance, Zamperini would answer desperation with ingenuity; suffering with hope, resolve, and humor.


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Oct 21, 2014
  • Britty346 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This book was so amazing to read. Laura Hillenbrand is such a spectacular writer. She captured Louie's story in such a breath taking way that carries the reader through times of laughter, terror, sorrow and finally joy!
This book gave me a new perspective on World War 2 that I didn't know at all or not very much about. I have a greater respect and concern for soldiers and POWs as well.

This is a book I will defiantly share with others and I can't wait to see how the film will turn out too!

Sep 24, 2014
  • EndsWell rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This is one of the best adventure nonfiction books I have read. I downloaded it onto my iphone and sat for several hours reading it in one sitting. A truly amazing story.

This is a book I want to own so I can read it again. And again.

I've recommended it to many, many people and not one has been disappointed.

To say it's amazing is an understatement.

M&M

Jul 24, 2014
  • nappunkkomah rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

An amazing and inspiring story of a WWII survivor. A book that was very hard to put down and excellent to listen to by audible.

Jul 18, 2014
  • knabors rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This book tells the story of Louis Zamperini and his experience in the Olympics as well as World War II. I learned a great deal about the war in the Pacific from this book and can utilize this in the classes I teach.

Jul 06, 2014
  • kelliyfults rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

well-told tale; very appealing protagonist. Just the right amount of personal tidbits... the details of Japanese suffering and Japanese INFLICTED suffering were told with important cultural explanations. I have read SO much on the european theater of WW2; this really satisfied my curiosity on understanding just a bit more about WW2 in the Pacific.

Jul 01, 2014
  • flowerlvr rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I have just started this book, but I really like it. I like the character development so far...

Jun 20, 2014
  • tcorey63 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I read some of the book out loud to my kids and they loved it. I only had to edit out very few details.

Jun 18, 2014
  • KathysReading rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

It's hard to believe that amount of pain one human being can inflict on another human being!!!

Oct 18, 2013
  • JCLKimG rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

This is truly an amazing story that has the capacity to change the way you think about WWII and the heroes who fought in it. This book has everything: action, despair, love, revenge, forgiveness, even shark attacks. It is a rare book that I can honestly say I recommend to anyone and everyone. Look for the movie to come out in 2014, directed by Angelina Jolie.

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Jul 18, 2014
  • knabors rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Violence: This book takes place during a war

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Coarse Language: Some harsh language it does take place during a war.

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