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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.
Unbroken
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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.
Publisher: New York : Random House, c2010
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9781400064168
1400064163
Branch Call Number: 940.547252092 H651u 2010
Characteristics: xviii, 473 p. :,ill., map ;,25 cm

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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 fl... Read More »

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.


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Jan 16, 2015
  • Memawrayne rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Excellent read. History covers the torture and the fate of POWs during WW11, but does not do justice to what these men suffered. Men being lost at sea and suffering attacks by sharks is horrible. The planes didn't seem that well built yet and were difficult to fly. These brave men tolerated alot more than we realize. It's no wonder that they suffered even after returning from the war.

Jan 11, 2015
  • Skydiveboy rated this: 0.5 stars out of 5.

This truly is a book about torture. I felt tortured beginning with the first page until I managed to escape fifteen pages further at the end of the second chapter of this awful, poorly written trash.

I really looked forward to reading this after it was so highly recommended to me. Why people are taken in by garbage like this is far more than I can understand.

Doesn't even deserve one star.

Jan 10, 2015
  • wesmlds rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

It was better than the movie.

Dec 30, 2014
  • comis rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Great book, hope the movie is as good

Nov 14, 2014
  • paulsarkisian rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This is a great book, well deserving of the praise it receives. The story of this amazing individual is at the same time compelling, upsetting and uplifting. Laura HIllenbrand knows how to tell a story with depth and feeling. It reads like great historical fiction, but the reader keeps remembering that "This really happened." This is a great book for lovers of aviation and WWII history, although a fair warning would be that many parts of the story are upsetting and graphic; but not gratuitiously so in the context of the character's life. This is one of the best books.

Pure inspiration. Eye opener to the survival mechanisms & sheer resilient nature of human beings.

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.

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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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