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The new book from the author of the bestselling and much-loved Seabiscuit. On a May afternoon in 1943, a 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, who struggled to a life raft and pulled himself aboard. So began one of the most extraordinary odysseys of the Second World War. The lieutenant's name was Louis Zamperini. In boyhood, he'd been an incorrigible delinquent, breaking into houses, brawling, and fleeing his home to ride the rails. As a teenager, he had channelled 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 adrift 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 humour; brutality with rebellion. His fate, whether triumph or tragedy, would be suspended on the fraying wire of his will. The long-awaited new book from Laura Hillenbrand, 'Unbroken' is a gripping account of human endurance and the resilience of one remarkable individual.
Meet the Author
Laura Hillenbrand has been writing about Thoroughbred racing since 1988 and has been a contributing writer/editor for "Equus" magazine since 1989. Her work has also appeared in "American Heritage, ABC Sports Online, The Blood-Horse, Thoroughbred Times, The Backstretch, Turf "and "Sport Digest" and many other publications. Her 1998 "American Heritage" article on Seabiscuit won the Eclipse Award for Magazine Writing, the highest award for Thoroughbred racing. She is currently serving as a consultant on a Universal Studios movie based on this book. Born in Fairfax, Virginia, Laura lives in Washin
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A friend of mine said to me 'if you haven't read this book yet, read it next'. I took his advice, and within a couple of days I had finished it. I found myself reading it on the train, on my lunchbreak, at breakfast time, before bed...I simply could not put it down. Why? Well, Louis Zamperini's tale is just astonishing. From delinquent youth to national athletics hero, to bombardier over the Pacific, to POW in Japan, Louie's journey is just unreal. In this book he witnesses the death of close friends, experiences the depth of human depravity and barbarity, grapples with the loss of his Olympic future and becomes a testament to God's saving power. Laura Hillenbrand has captured the life of this man with exceptional skill, with sources from all over the globe providing the compelling details that will render you unable to part from this book until it's finished! It has won a number of literature awards, and they are testament to Hillenbrand's biographical ability. If you read this, you will come face to face with the darkest parts of mankind's sinful nature, but you will also be drawn to the God who saves, redeems and provides. Louis' tale of survival is incredible, almost unbelievable, and that's why I couldn't put it down.