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The incredible true story of Louis Zamperini, now a major motion picture directed by Angelina Jolie.


In 1943 a bomber crashes into the Pacific Ocean. Against all odds, one young lieutenant survives. Louise Zamperini had already transformed himself from child delinquent to prodigious athlete, running in the Berlin Olympics. Now he must embark on one of the Second World War's most extraordinary odysseys. Zamperini faces thousands of miles of open ocean on a failing raft. Beyond like only greater trials, in Japan's prisoner-of-war camps.

Driven to the limits of endurance, Zamperini's destiny, whether triumph or tragedy, depends on the strength of his will ...

Now a major motion picture, directed by Angelina Jolie and starring Jack O' Connell.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 500 pages
  • 129 x 198 x 32mm | 350g
  • Fourth Estate Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 4th. Ed.
  • 0007378033
  • 9780007378036
  • 6,115

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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

'One of the most remarkable survival tales ever recorded. Do yourself a favour and by the book' Vanity Fair

'"Unbroken" is an extraordinarily compelling read, a match for any thriller...a remarkable book.' Evening Standard

'More gripping than fiction' Sunday Telegraph

'Staggering ... mesmerising ... Hillenbrand's writing is so ferociously cinematic, the events she describes so incredible, you don't dare take your eyes off the page' People
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About Laura Hillenbrand

Laura Hillenbrand is the author of the number one bestsellers Unbroken and Seabiscuit, which won the William Hill Sports Book of the Year and was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. The film it inspired was nominated for seven Academy Awards, including Best Picture. She served as a consultant on the Universal Pictures feature film based on Unbroken. 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 co-founded Operation International Children, a charity that provided school supplies to children through American troops. She lives in Washington, D.C.
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Rating details

4.37 out of 5 stars
- 890,919 ratings
5 59% (529,368)
4 26% (232,694)
3 9% (81,787)
2 3% (24,773)
1 3% (22,297)

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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.show more
by marja Wood
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.show more
by Andy Pullar
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