Unbroken - Laura Hillenbrand


By Laura Hillenbrand

  • Release Date: 2010-11-16
  • Genre: Biographies & Memoirs
Score: 4.5
From 10,382 Ratings


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In boyhood, Louis Zamperini was an incorrigible delinquent. As a teenager, he channeled his defiance into running, discovering a prodigious talent that had carried him to the Berlin Olympics. But when World War II began, the athlete became an airman, embarking on a journey that led to a doomed flight on a May afternoon in 1943. When his Army Air Forces bomber crashed into the Pacific Ocean, against all odds, Zamperini survived, adrift on a foundering life raft. Ahead of Zamperini lay thousands of miles of open ocean, leaping sharks, 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.
Unbroken is an unforgettable testament to the resilience of the human mind, body, and spirit, brought vividly to life by Seabiscuit author Laura Hillenbrand.

Hailed as the top nonfiction book of the year by Time magazine • Winner of the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for biography and the Indies Choice Adult Nonfiction Book of the Year award
“Extraordinarily moving . . . a powerfully drawn survival epic.”The Wall Street Journal
“[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.”—New York
“Staggering . . . mesmerizing . . . Hillenbrand’s writing is so ferociously cinematic, the events she describes so incredible, you don’t dare take your eyes off the page.”People
“A meticulous, soaring and beautifully written account of an extraordinary life.”—The Washington Post
“Ambitious and powerful . . . a startling narrative and an inspirational book.”—The New York Times Book Review
“Magnificent . . . incredible . . . [Hillenbrand] has crafted another masterful blend of sports, history and overcoming terrific odds; this is biography taken to the nth degree, a chronicle of a remarkable life lived through extraordinary times.”—The Dallas Morning News
“An astonishing testament to the superhuman power of tenacity.”Entertainment Weekly
“A tale of triumph and redemption . . . astonishingly detailed.”O: The Oprah Magazine
“[A] masterfully told true story . . . nothing less than a marvel.”Washingtonian
“[Hillenbrand tells this] story with cool elegance but at a thrilling sprinter’s pace.”—Time
“Hillenbrand [is] one of our best writers of narrative history. You don’t have to be a sports fan or a war-history buff to devour this book—you just have to love great storytelling.”—Rebecca Skloot, author of The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks


  • Incredible story.

    By ejb0321
    Best biography I’ve read.
  • Gut Wrenching And Tragic

    By Joci1727
    An absolutely gut wrenching read that makes this story very very awe inspiring. Hard to finish, and hard to read, but well worth the read and attention.
  • Such a powerful story

    By adaywithjilly
    Although hard at times to read what these men had to go through, I am so enamored by Laura’s telling of Louis’ story.
  • Jaw dropping

    By Jenwith1n73
    I’m late to this book, as it was published years ago, and the reason I didn’t pick it up then was I don’t particularly enjoy military history or stories about the cruelties of war. However I was recently looking for a book about resilience during difficult times... and WOW, this upended my perspective on both suffering and the human spirit. I doubt I will ever view pain or disappointment in my own life in the same way after reading what Louie and his fellow soldiers endured. As it’s been said many times, and more eloquently than I, this book is truly inspirational. Read it, you won’t regret it.
  • Good Movie Better Book!

    By elt223
    One word, Redemption.
  • Unbroken Is The BEST!!!!

    By ManaMaster56
    Unbroken is a great book and I enjoyed it a lot. My favorite section of the book was when they where stranded on the raft and the Japanese bomber swept over them in a hail of bullets. Overall this book is a thrilling adventure and it maybe me not want to put it down.😀😀😀
  • Engulfing story of a brave soldier

    By cabinreader
    This is a must read for anyone interested in the personal stories of the soldiers and sailors of WWII. Even if you have seen the movie, the writer captures much more of the essence of the man and the story.
  • Favorite book yet

    By asti006
    Incredible story
  • Unbroken

    By chtwthtck
    Amazing book amazing story amazing writing Lura hilibard gives amazing contest and information for the events surrounding her main events. The book is filled Hoth amazing stories fascinating facts history descriptions and explanations. I loved it. I am in 8th grade and was fully engaged by it I recommend it for all ages after 12.
  • Oh WOW

    By Raveclaw Girl
    My brother had this book for a while. Then we were watching Shark Week and they had a special in Luis Zamperini. My stinger then wanted to read it but never picked it up. I took it from her and read it... I WAS SPELLBOUND. I couldn’t put it down. His life amazed me. How he could go through all that pain and torture. Sooo inspiring! If you are not sure about this book I would think again. When I finished it I loved it even more! One of my favorite books ever. READ IT. P.S.- the movie is ok but, like You know, Hollywood mixed Ofuna and Omari together! The book is way way better!