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Unbroken

A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption
Hillenbrand, Laura (Book - 2010 )
Average Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5.
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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--Lt. Louis Zamperini. Captured by the Japanese and driven to the limits of endurance, Zamperini would answer desperation with ingenuity, suffering with hope, resolve, and humor.
Authors: Hillenbrand, Laura
Title: Unbroken
a World War II story of survival, resilience, and redemption
Publisher: New York : Random House, c2010.
Edition: 1st ed.
Characteristics: xviii, 473 p. :,ill., map ;,25 cm.
Summary: 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--Lt. Louis Zamperini. Captured by the Japanese and driven to the limits of endurance, Zamperini would answer desperation with ingenuity, suffering with hope, resolve, and humor.
Local Note: LINCOLNNOM
ISBN: 1400064163
9781400064168
Statement of Responsibility: Laura Hillenbrand
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references (p. [407]-457) and index.
Subject Headings: Long-distance runners United States Biography. World War, 1939-1945 Campaigns Pacific Area. World War, 1939-1945 Aerial operations, American. Prisoners of war Japan Biography. Prisoners of war United States Biography. World War, 1939-1945 Prisoners and prisons, Japanese. United States. Army Air Forces. Bombardment Group, 307th. Zamperini, Louis, 1917-
Topical Term: Long-distance runners
World War, 1939-1945
World War, 1939-1945
Prisoners of war
Prisoners of war
World War, 1939-1945
LCCN: 2010017517
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List - EPL Picks - July 2012 by: EPLReadersServices Jul 18, 2012

Louie Zamperini was a character—a wild, troublemaking kid, a record-setting Olympian in ’36, and a survivor of a truly horrific World War II experience. When his plane crashed in the Pacific, Louie and two fellow airmen were adrift for 45 days. Rescue came at the hands of the Japanese, and so beg... Read More »

Comment by: m2 May 31, 2011

Amazing read -- I read it in 2 days over Memorial Day Weekend. Beautifully researched account of the story of one Pacific POW who survived both being lost at sea and some of the worst of the Japanese camps. Recommended for all.

Comment by: Algonquin_Lisa Feb 18, 2011

Amazing what the human spirit can survive. An inspirational, eye-opening story.


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May 09, 2014
  • amandagonzales715 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

One of the best stories of mental and physical survival of World War II that I have ever read.

Mar 29, 2014
  • bibliotechnocrat rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Terrific book. This narrative follows the exploits of Louis Zamperini whose eventful life beggars belief: juvenile delinquent, Olympic track star, WWII bomber pilot, inflatable raft voyage survivor (involving sharks, starvation and strafing) following a plane crash, POW slave labourer in Japan, romantic, vengeful alcoholic, husband, father, and finally proponent of forgiveness and reconciliation.

Far too implausible to be fiction, this book nevertheless reads like a novel. I found myself cringing at some of his all-too-human choices and decisions, anxious at his extreme circumstance, and celebrating with his triumphs. There's a reason this book keeps cropping up on bestseller lists - it's definitely worth your time.

Jan 24, 2014
  • emerald2pac rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Amazing story of the ultimate survival. Heartwarming and breaking as well. Inspirational read for sure,had me on the end of my seat at times. Side not there were a few boring parts as well as brutal parts included but it's war what do you expect it to be sugarcoated. All in all a good book and a harrowing story of a man's journey through life and death situations.

Nov 13, 2013
  • EPLGreatStuff_Julie rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

An amazing TRUE story of a man who persevered against all obstacles. A highly recommended read.

Sep 16, 2013
  • mm120pit rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

my father was in the 2nd world war for 5 years and served in the navy.
for some reason he did not want to share his wartime experiences which always made be curious. Even though he did not serve in the airforce, I found this book a door into my father's past and an insight into what he must have suffered.
I loved this book!

Jul 11, 2013
  • yogacookie rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This book is seriously an amazing story, and the best part is its true. I can't think of a better way to spend my time in learning of a person that overcame ALL odds. This book makes lots of other books seem like a waste of time. Well done Laura. Can't wait to read Seabiscuit

Jul 09, 2013
  • pokano rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Louis Zamperini was an Olympic runner. Shot down by the Japanese in WWII, he and two crewmen drifted in the Pacific without food, water, or shelter for weeks before Zamperini and the only other survivor were picked up and shipped to Japan to a POW camp. There they endured horrific torture, both physical and emotional. This is a story of how the human spirit can overcome hardships so awful to be nearly beyond belief. A quick read and highly recommended.

Enjoyed this book Immensely. Was never aware of the depth of hardships that the men who fought in WWII endured. Was shocked at the abuse and indignity that our POW recievec. I have a new respect to these men and to all our armed service men and women. Thank You for your service.

I am not usually drawn towards N-F wartime stories but the Pass the Book promotion and stories in the paper about the author intrigued me. This book was a powerful and amazing read. Louie Z. was the 'ultimate survivor' and his story should be a must-read for everyone. I am recommending this book to all my friends and I have put it on children's summer reading list. A quote... 'the war changed one generation and shaped another'. I am both 'changed and shaped' by reading this book. EXCELLENT!!!!!

May 13, 2013
  • gracindaisy rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Louie Zamperini’s story of survival at sea, 2-year POW capture and regaining his life after WWII. Compelling – I read it in a week! Must read Seabiscuit, this author is amazing!

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Feb 18, 2012
  • lukeooo2 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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Mar 05, 2011
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Mar 23, 2012
  • lukeooo2 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Violence: some parts are grusome.

Mar 05, 2011
  • Algonquin_Lisa rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Violence: Main character's treatment in the internment camp was violent.

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