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Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption [Kindle Edition]

Laura Hillenbrand
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (135 customer reviews)

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Amazon Best Books of the Month, November 2010: From Laura Hillenbrand, the bestselling author of Seabiscuit, comes Unbroken, the inspiring true story of a man who lived through a series of catastrophes almost too incredible to be believed. In evocative, immediate descriptions, Hillenbrand unfurls the story of Louie Zamperini--a juvenile delinquent-turned-Olympic runner-turned-Army hero. During a routine search mission over the Pacific, Louie’s plane crashed into the ocean, and what happened to him over the next three years of his life is a story that will keep you glued to the pages, eagerly awaiting the next turn in the story and fearing it at the same time. You’ll cheer for the man who somehow maintained his selfhood and humanity despite the monumental degradations he suffered, and you’ll want to share this book with everyone you know. --Juliet Disparte

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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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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A truly outstanding book May 24 2011
Format:Hardcover
A truly outstanding book, beautifully written and that leaves you unable to put the book down. Louis Zamperini's courage and determination not to give in to one of mankind's worst periods of abuse is a tribute not only to him but does justice to the many men mentioned within his account who despite being beaten,tortured and abused did not lose their desire to survive and fight back no matter how small the victory. This should be required reading for young people to appreciate how power and cultural pressures if not curtailed can lead to atrocities and abuses of power. A sad book in many ways but ultimately also one that demonstrates the power of the human spirit to rise above hatred and find new paths to forgiveness. A book I will pass to my friends and children to read.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Incredible Book July 28 2011
By JD
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Absolutely incredible book. Laura Hillenbrand is an amazing writer. She makes you feel as if you were right there experiencing everything the main character, Louie, went through. The book should be mandatory reading for all school age kids from grade 6 and up and all adults too. We often whine about stuff which is insignificant when you read this book. What Louie and all the men and women who went through WWII went through was insane. It's so incredible how Louie never gave up despite what at times seemed like insurmountable challenges. This is definitely a book that makes you gain an appreciation for what we have and for all men and women who fought in WWII. The only thing I would have liked is if Laura spent some more time discussing Louie's life after the war and after he found God. Other than that, this book is a treasure.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Heroic, Violent and Commemorative July 31 2013
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
The lifetime of Zamperini was scarred with challenge from his youth until his redemption through the influence of a Christian Church. The story is one of overcoming these challenges as a renegade, a prisoner of war, an alcoholic and eventually a leader.
It is remarkable but the violence and terror as a POw is a difficult read. I would recommend this book to those who have an interest in World War !! as well as those who enjoy reading biographies of resilience and survival
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Life in Strong Context June 19 2011
By Jeffrey Swystun TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Hardcover
There were many times throughout the book that I had to pause and take stock of the overwhelming adversity faced by Louis Zamperini. It makes the current complaints of my generation and our children's look small and petty. Zamperini's athletic accomplishments, life raft survival, POW experiences, and post-war challenges seems to represent the lives of several men not one. Hillenbrand's deeply respectful treatment is thoroughly researched and beautifully written. People, places, situations, and emotions flow off the page in a clear and engaging visual. The aspects dealing with Matsuhiro Watanabe are incredible and will elicit a strong reaction. And though Zamperini is the linchpin and primary focus, the author ensures that his family, crew mates, fellow prisoners are properly shown as much more than supporting characters. They were, in fact, Zamperini's reason to survive.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
By Nicola Mansfield HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Hardcover
Reason for Reading: This book dealt with many topics that interest me: World War II, especially the war with Japan, the Japanese war atrocities and survival stories, especially those at sea.

What an amazing book! I would give it 10/10 if I could and two thumbs up if it were a movie. I'd be very surprised if it wasn't made into a movie either, unless telling about the relatively unknown Japanese atrocities is too much for Hollywood to handle.

Louis Zamperini was a boy with humble beginnings, who grew up to have a shot at Olympic stardom, which was torn away from him by WWII and instead replaced by one of the most horrific survival stories you will ever hear. Seven years in the writing Hillenbrand has brought a book and a story that will not be forgotten by time. This is a story that everyone need read to see what despicable, horrific things human beings are capable of doing to others and how the spirit of other human beings are capable of surviving even the most degrading and self-demeaning tasks placed on top of daily torture of the most extreme kind. This book is hard to read in many places, but is also full of many moments of pathos. The POWs managed to find little ways to brighten their days at the expense of their prison keepers to help keep their morale up.

Louis started life as a thief and a thug, until his older brother took his energy and placed it into something more constructive. Track. Louis was a natural, but didn't take to it kindly at first, since he easily won without trying, until he saw that with real effort he could actually break efforts and his dream for the Olympics took over and he became a changed youth, participating in the Berlin Olympics. The War came along, and the draft changed Louis's life forever.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding April 23 2011
Format:Hardcover
This book reads like a fiction thriller. I have to admit, for me,most non fiction books tend to be very dry and boring. This book raises the bar for non fiction books everywhere. The fact that these events actually happened to this man is astounding. The resilience of Louis can only provide inspiration to anyone that reads this book. I highly recommend this to anyone that is interested in a spell binding,engrossing,suspenseful book. You will not be disappointed!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wow!
What an emotional ride. Incredibly written and gripping from start to finish. My only wish us that I may have known of this story years ago before the passing of Louis and perhaps... Read more
Published 2 days ago by Sharon Thesen
5.0 out of 5 stars READ THIS BOOK INSTEAD OF WATCHING THE MOVIE <3
As usual, when I hear of a promising new film hitting theatres that was based on a novel, I head out to my local bookstore and purchase it. Read more
Published 3 days ago by Maria Casacalenda
5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating book
As I read the book I was amazed by the detail of the events. Finishing the book I was equally amazed at the amount of research that went into the writing of this story as well as... Read more
Published 4 days ago by Dave Waggoner
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Way better than the movie.
Published 5 days ago by S LeBoutillier
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
My son saw the movie "The enigma" an had to have this book
Published 6 days ago by hwy2heaven
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book, fast shipping and good price.
Very happy with purchase
Published 20 days ago by Rita Reitsma
5.0 out of 5 stars this story breaks my heartand cannot say that about a ...
this story breaks my heartand cannot say that about a lot of then , I got interested when I saw him leading thin yeare rose bowl parade
Published 22 days ago by colin e jacobsen
5.0 out of 5 stars Unforgettable.
Absolutely amazing story. Laura tells it so well.
Published 23 days ago by smannarn
5.0 out of 5 stars Incredible story of World War II Veteran
Hillenbrand did a wonderful job writing this book. Reading this book really brought awareness to what POW's went through in Japan.
Published 26 days ago by Kindle Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars could not put down
What an amazing book! I had no idea. Gives me a new appreciation of vets worldwide.
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