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

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

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 man's journey into extremity, Unbroken is a testament to the resilience of the human mind, body, and spirit. On a May afternoon in 1943, an Army Air Forces bomber crashed into the Pacific Ocean and disappeared In her long-awaited new book, Laura Hillenbrand writes with the same rich and vivid narrative voice she displayed in Se...

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Title:Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience and Redemption
Author:Laura Hillenbrand
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Genres:Nonfiction
ISBN:Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:473 pages pages

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

  • Otis Chandler
    Nov 20, 2011
    Wow. Amazing story, and well told - kept me up late at night! Louie Zamperini truly went through hell and came back - and it's inspiring to read a story of such willpower and determination. It was also interesting to me to learn more about Japan and their role in the war. One big ta...
  • Alison
    Mar 27, 2011
    If you are wondering if you should read "Unbroken", just read it. Even if you don't end up liking it, you just need to read it. Everyone does. Louis Zamperini was an Italian-American Olympic runner whose plane goes down in World War 2, and he and two other men drift on a raft for a ...
  • Steve
    Jul 27, 2012
    Laura Hillenbrand?s book about Louie Zamperini?s life as an Olympian and later as a POW in Japan gives us powerful reminders that some things in life are real cool and some things just basically suck. Here?s a list that Unbroken brings to mind ? things that would be either grea...
  • Diane
    Jan 02, 2011
    Unbroken is an amazing survival story, but this book is also so grim that it took me five years to finish it. I had loved Hillenbrand's previous work, Seabiscuit, and had bought a copy of Unbroken back in 2010 as soon as it was released. I started reading it, and admired the writing...
  • Books Ring Mah Bell
    Dec 03, 2010
    All the cheesy, tired words people use to review books seem to apply to this book: remarkable, intense, striking, exceptional. I hate to use them, but all of them are relevant in regard to this work. I even could use that silly phrase, "I couldn't put it down." Literally, yes, I could ...
  • Kemper
    Nov 24, 2010
    I was cleaning up after the wife and I had dinner last night and there was a small amount of green beans left. There weren?t nearly enough for another serving to make them worth saving so I dumped them in the sink, but just as I was about to turn on the garbage disposal, I realized t...
  • Annalisa
    Oct 04, 2011
    Hillenbrand has broken the unwritten code for Americans to downplay the wrongs of the Japanese during World War II (other than Pearl Harbor) in favor of focusing on the egregious acts of the Nazis. My education in World War II history has focused on the Holocaust and the unforgivable d...
  • Chrissie
    Nov 23, 2010
    Too long ; needs better editing. For example, the time spent on the raft is just too long and drawn out. I have a very hard time believing some of the events: (view spoiler)[the numerous Japanese bullets missed Allan Phillips and Max on the raft and fixing the bullet holes in the r...
  • Jeanette  "Astute Crabbist"
    Mar 19, 2011
    A solid and resounding 3.5 stars The promotional buzz for this book focuses on Louis Zamperini's survival at sea after a WWII plane crash, and his subsequent ordeal as a POW in Japan. If that's what piqued your interest in the book, I suggest beginning with Chapter 12,(or a few pages ...
  • Amy S
    Sep 26, 2011
    Powerful. Riveting. Beautiful. Probably the best book I have read this year. "Unbroken" was our book club choice for the month, and I picked it up somewhat reluctantly. It seemed awfully big and I worried it would be too slow and too depressing. How glad I am that it was chosen! I ...
  • Petra X
    Sep 25, 2011
    Part of my reading of war books and memoirs, this one enlightened to me as to why the Japanese were so reviled by Americans. Fit partners for Hitler indeed. ...
  • Douglas Wilson
    Oct 26, 2011
    Louie Zamperini and my father, Jim Wilson, were friends, and so I have known the outlines of Zamperini's story my whole life. Somewhere in the photo archives around Moscow, we have a baby photo of me, taken by Zamperini. I am drooling in that picture, something I have contrived not to ...
  • Will Byrnes
    Mar 29, 2011
    Louie Zamperini was quite a character, wild, given to mayhem and thievery, but he straightened out enough to become a world-class runner, joining the US team in the Berlin Olympics. He continued his athletic career at USC, setting running records there, preparing for the next internati...
  • Craig
    Jan 26, 2011
    I?ve seen recently that negative commentary or reviews about this book invoke a kind of backlash normally reserved for non-conformists who critique the Bible, The Diary of Ann Frank, The Last Lecture, or any Oprah 'Book of the Month'. Well, brace yourself because here comes another o...
  • Erin
    Apr 16, 2012
    I enjoyed the beginning of the book somewhat, learning about the main character's struggles to become an Olympic runner. It quickly transitioned into an account of his experiences at war. I had a very difficult time connecting to/caring about any of the characters. (Perhaps the third-p...
  • Laura
    Apr 02, 2011
    Wow am I in the minority. I absolutely loved Seabiscuit, so I expected great things from this one. However, where Seabiscuit focused narrowly on a small set of characters and events, this was more sprawling, bursting with a poorly-sketched cast of characters who, over time, became ...
  • Amy
    Sep 05, 2018
    5x5x5x5 stars! Any part of Louis Zamperini's life would be worth telling a story about. From running in the Olympics to fighting sharks on a deflating life raft to surviving horrors as a prisoner of war, this man experienced the inexpressible. Yet he came through it. Unbroken tells...
  • Hannah
    May 24, 2012
    I've just finished this awesome book, and have since washed the tears from my face. I can't hope to write a coherent review (there are so many good ones already written), so I'll just jot a few thoughts down: * This is why I love non-fiction. * Best book (by far) I've read this y...
  • Jason
    Nov 08, 2012
    Holy mackerel. This is the single non-fiction book you ought to put on your read list for 2013. Even if you don?t read it, it?s presence on your shelf will enrich your library. This is a WWII survival story of an American aviator in the Pacific theater. And wow! Louis Zamperini....
  • Dem
    Jun 25, 2011
    This is a inspiring and educational read. It?s one of those books that you gasp out load while reading it as the horrors of war really come to the forefront in this book. This is a story of five parts and I really enjoyed the first three parts. Part one deals with the protagonist Lou...
  • Jeffrey Keeten
    Jul 11, 2012
    ?If I knew I had to go through those experiences again,? he finally said, ?I?d kill myself.? Louis Zamperini was a precocious child. He was always finding creative ways to get himself in trouble. He was desperate for any attention. Causing trouble is one way to get it...
  • Zach A.
    Jan 05, 2011
    Unbroken WWII Was More Than Meets the Eye Imagine that you are an American soldier. You and two other of your fellow soldiers are lost in the South Pacific Ocean after a horrific plane crash. You have little water or food to keep you alive, and the scorching sun in relentless. Oh,...
  • Jason
    Mar 08, 2011
    Remember when we used to have live TV and stations would air previews for a program they were trying to promote? Have you ever then gone and watched that program only to discover that the preview was kind of misleading? Well, the previews for this book are wicked misleading. Everyth...
  • Ariel
    Jun 29, 2012
    The best book I have read all year and one of the best non fiction books I have ever read. I saw the interview with Louis Zamperini on 60 minutes and immediately ordered the book. See it here: http://www.cbsnews.com/video/watch/?i... While the interview made Louis seem likeable and swe...
  • Arah-Lynda
    Jul 11, 2012
    Most of us are all too familiar with the atrocities of the Holocaust. Most of us cannot let our minds and hearts forget the unbelievable destruction of Japan and it?s people as a result of America unleashing the atomic bomb. In Unbroken, Laura Hillenbrand has focused her resear...
  • Sarah
    Jan 05, 2017
    "I'm loving this book. I would love to just breeze through it but there is so much information. I'm only on page 28 but I'm listening to an audio book at the same time. I'm almost don't with that. Anyway, this book is a must read. Very well written !" "I'm reading this book slower tha...
  • Laz
    Jul 23, 2014
    Louis Silvie "Louie" Zamperini 1917-2014 Louie as a kid was a troublemaker. He was vivacious and naughty and always managed to get some mischief done. He either caused trouble or trouble followed him around wherever he went. His older brother, Pete, in order to counterac...
  • David Baldacci
    Nov 15, 2013
    A true tale of human resilience so unbelievable that you would think it was a novel. But Louis Zamperini did it and Hillenbrand chronicles that harrowing journey in a way only she can. ...
  • Mandy
    Apr 20, 2015
    I'm not a huge non-fiction fan, but when a friend of mine suggested this as a book club read I changed my mind entirely! Louie was truly a remarkable man and loved such a life! Such a hero and so glad I read this! If you haven't you need to pick it up :) his story is unbelievable and m...
  • Alex Farrand
    Apr 25, 2017
    This book deserves the best review I could give it. It hit me hard. It will be awhile. ...