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Unbroken A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption

ISBN-10: 1400064163

ISBN-13: 9781400064168

Edition: 2010

Authors: Laura Hillenbrand

List price: $28.00
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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. It was that of a young lieutenant, the planers"s bombardier, who was struggling to a life raft and pulling himself aboard. So began one of the most extraordinary odysseys of the Second World War. The lieutenantrs"s name was Louis Zamperini. In boyhood, hers"d been a cunning and incorrigible delinquent, breaking into houses, brawling, and fleeing his home to ride the rails. As a teenager, he had channeled 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 a drift 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 humor; brutality with rebellion. His fate, whether triumph or tragedy, would be suspended on the fraying wire of his will. In her long-awaited new book, Laura Hillenbrand writes with the same rich and vivid narrative voice she displayed inSeabiscuit. Telling an unforgettable story of a manrs"s journey into extremity, Unbroken is a testament to the resilience of the human mind, body, and spirit. From the Hardcover edition.
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Book details

List price: $28.00
Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 11/16/2010
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 496
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 2.068
Language: English

Laura Hillenbrand was born in Fairfax, Virginia on May 15, 1967. She studied at Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio, but was forced to leave before graduation because she contracted chronic fatigue syndrome. She has been writing about history and thoroughbred racing since 1988 and has been a contributing writer and editor at Equus magazine since 1989. Her work has appeared in many other publications including The New Yorker, American Heritage, ABC Sports Online, Thoroughbred Times, Talk, and The Backstretch. Her 1998 American Heritage article on Seabiscuit won her an Eclipse Award for outstanding feature article. In 2004, she won the National Magazine Award for the New Yorker article, A Sudden Illness. Her first book Seabiscuit: An American Legend won the Book Sense Nonfiction Book of the Year Award and the William Hill Sports Book of the Year in 2001. She served as a consultant on the Universal Pictures movie Seabiscuit, which was based on her book. Her second book, Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption, a biography of World War II hero Louis Zamperini, was also made into a movie. She was honored by the Turf Publicists of America for her contributions to the sport of thoroughbred racing with the 36th annual Big Sport of Turfdom award, making her just the fifth woman to win the award.

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Preface
The One-Boy Insurgency
Run Like Mad
The Torrance Tornado
Plundering Germany
Into War
The Flying Coffin
�This Is It, Boys�
�Only the Laundry Knew How Scared I Was�
Five Hundred and Ninety-four Holes
The Stinking Six
�Nobody's Going to Live Through This�
Downed
Missing at Sea
Thirst
Sharks and Bullets
Singing in the Clouds
Typhoon
A Dead Body Breathing
Two Hundred Silent Men
Farting for Hirohito
Belief
Plots Afoot
Monster
Hunted
B-29
Madness
Falling Down
Enslaved
Two Hundred and Twenty Punches
The Boiling City
The Naked Stampede
Cascades of Pink Peaches
Mother's Day
The Shimmering Girl
Coming Undone
The Body on the Mountain
Twisted Ropes
A Beckoning Whistle
Daybreak
Epilogue
Acknowledgments
Notes
Index