#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER â€˘ SOON TO BE A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE â€˘Â Hailed as the top nonfiction book of the year by Time magazine â€˘ Winner of the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for biography and the Indies Choice Adult Nonfiction Book of the Year awardOn 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 planeâ€™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 lieutenantâ€™s name was Louis Zamperini. In boyhood, heâ€™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 in Seabiscuit. Telling an unforgettable story of a manâ€™s journey into extremity, Unbroken is a testament to the resilience of the human mind, body, and spirit.Praise for Unbroken Â â€śExtraordinarily moving . . . a powerfully drawn survival epic.â€ťâ€”The Wall Street Journal Â â€ś[A] one-in-a-billion story . . . designed to wrench from self-respecting critics all the blurby adjectives we normally try to avoid: It is amazing, unforgettable, gripping, harrowing, chilling, and inspiring.â€ťâ€”New York Â â€śStaggering . . . mesmerizing . . . Hillenbrandâ€™s writing is so ferociously cinematic, the events she describes so incredible, you donâ€™t dare take your eyes off the page.â€ťâ€”People Â â€śA meticulous, soaring and beautifully written account of an extraordinary life.â€ťâ€”The Washington Post Â â€śAmbitious and powerful . . . a startling narrative and an inspirational book.â€ťâ€”The New York Times Book Review Â â€śMarvelous . . . Unbroken is wonderful twice over, for the tale it tells and for the way itâ€™s told. . . . It manages maximum velocity with no loss of subtlety.â€ťâ€”Newsweek Â â€śMoving and, yes, inspirational . . . [Laura] Hillenbrandâ€™s unforgettable book . . . deserve[s] pride of place alongside the best works of literature that chart the complications and the hard-won triumphs of so-called ordinary Americans and their extraordinary time.â€ťâ€”Maureen Corrigan, Fresh Air Â â€śHillenbrand . . . tells [this] story with cool elegance but at a thrilling sprinterâ€™s pace.â€ťâ€”Timeâ€śUnbroken is too much book to hope for: a hellride of a story in the grip of the one writer who can handle it.â€ťâ€”Christopher McDougall, author of Born to RunFrom the Hardcover edition.
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