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Unbroken

Book rating: 05 Paperback Fourth Estate

By (author) Laura Hillenbrand

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  • Publisher: FOURTH ESTATE LTD
  • Format: Paperback | 500 pages
  • Dimensions: 126mm x 196mm x 34mm | 340g
  • Publication date: 2 February 2012
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0007378033
  • ISBN 13: 9780007378036
  • Illustrations note: Illustrations, 1 map, ports.
  • Sales rank: 255

Product description

Now a major film directed by Angelina Jolie to be released in 2014, this is the true story of one incredibly resilient WWII flier from the author of 'Seabiscuit'. On a May afternoon in 1943, a US bomber crashed into the Pacific Ocean. After an agonising delay, a young lieutenant finally bobbed to the surface and struggled aboard a life raft. So begins one of the most extraordinary odysseys of the Second World War. The lieutenant's name was Louis Zamperini. As a boy, he turned to petty crime until he discovered a remarkable talent for running, which took him to the Berlin Olympics. But as war loomed, he joined up and was soon embroiled in the ferocious battle for the Pacific. Now Zamperini faced a journey of thousands of miles of open ocean on a failing raft, dogged by sharks, starvation and the enemy. Driven to limits of endurance, Zamperini's fate, whether triumph or tragedy, would depend on the strength of his will...

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Author information

Laura Hillenbrand is the author of the number-one bestseller Seabiscuit, which won the William Hill Sports Book of the Year award. It was made into a major international film, which was nominated for seven Academy Awards, including Best Picture. Hillenbrand's New Yorker article, 'A Sudden Illness,' won the 2004 National Magazine Award, and she is a two-time winner of the Eclipse Award. She and actor Gary Sinise are the co-founders of Operation International Children, a charity that provides school supplies to children through American troops. She lives in Washington, D.C.

Customer reviews

By marja 29 Aug 2014 5

one of the best books I have ever read! Such an amazing read, a truly courageous person, who could believe one could survive all he went through.

By Andy Pullar 25 Apr 2013 5

A great story, extremely readable for a non-fiction book. The characters are very real and the story fascinating. What these guys endured in the Japanese POW camp and the sadistic guards that dealt out the inhuman treatment makes disturbing reading. The strength of the main character and his will to live comes through from page one. Definitely worth a read.

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'The pages almost turn themselves. His tale is remarkable and his resilience inspiring.' Ben Macintyre 'An instant classic.' Mail on Sunday 'Hillenbrand must be congratulated for chiselling out such an uplifting story...This is tremendous stuff.' Daily Telegraph 'A riveting read.' Spectator 'Hillenbrand's storytelling is gripping.' Financial Times '"Unbroken" is an extraordinarily compelling read, a match for any thriller...a remarkable book.' Evening Standard '"Unbroken" is gripping in an almost cinematic way. To have written something so ambitious and powerful under such trying circumstances is an act of courage even a Louis Zamperini would admire.' Scotsman More gripping than fiction' Sunday Telegraph