Length: 492 pages
Audiobook Length: 13 hours and 56 minutes
First Published: 2010
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Laura Hillenbrand’s bestselling book details the life of Louis Zamperini, a former Olympic runner who even shook hands with Hitler at the Berlin Olympics. Shot down in the Pacific Ocean in 1943, Lt. Zamperini managed to survive on a life raft for 47 days only to be found by the Japanese. Lt. Zamperini’s resilience will amaze you as he struggles to survive life as a Japanese prisoner for almost three years. Hillenbrand’s superb writing brings Zamperini’s tale to life while also helping you understand the historical context. A fascinating read for anyone who loves to read WWII history and memoirs.
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 flight on a May afternoon in 1943. When his Army Air Forces bomber crashed into the Pacific Ocean, against all odds, Zamperini survived, adrift on a foundering life raft. Ahead of Zamperini lay thousands of miles of open ocean, leaping sharks, 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.
Quotes from Unbroken
Without dignity, identity is erased.
A lifetime of glory is worth a moment of pain.
Dignity is as essential to human life as water, food, and oxygen.
Movie Trailer for Unbroken (2014)
About Laura Hillenbrand
Laura Hillenbrand is the author of Seabiscuit and Unbroken. She is the co-founder of Operation International Children, which provides school supplies to children through American troops. She currently lives in Washington, D.C.