Unbroken - Laura Hillenbrand


By Laura Hillenbrand

  • Release Date: 2010-11-16
  • Genre: Biographies & Memoirs
Score: 4.5
From 10,008 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


  • Captivating!

    By Latent reader
    The classic page-turner! You lose yourself in this story. Laura H is a great story teller.
  • This was very good

    By zje8
    The only reason for the 4 stars is that it was somewhat like trying to drink from a fire hose. The information kept coming and coming without a break and sometimes repeated. It was an amazing story though and I can't even imagine living through it. This should be required reading for all high school kids who think war is all glory.
  • Unbroken

    By Sjervis
    Admirable. Excellent research work. Congratulations to Laura. Hope she recovers well soon. Santiago Jervis.
  • Great read

    By safetyobc
    Great book. Highly recommend.
  • Great

    By Real Donald Trump
    More inspirational than my "Make America Great Again" speeches.
  • Unbroken

    By Kurt longhorn
    Beautifully written by Laura My fav part is when he runs faster than any other Olympians
  • Unbroken

    By Booklover664
    This book was truly inspiring. I couldn't put it down. The book put me on an emotional roller coaster. At one moment I was smiling, then I was crying.
  • Inspiring!

    By Icymikeg
    Such a great book based on the life of an individual who saw humanity at its darkest and was able to become a beacon of light. Highly recommend!
  • Amazing

    By Angry flappy bird
    I was honestly obsessed with the this book for at least a year. I read it twice and I could never put it down. This author captures his life in great detail. Definitely read it!!!!!!!!!
  • An amazing read

    By KBlair210
    This is without a doubt one of my favorite books. I'm so glad I read this before the movie came out. It's an addictive and easy read. I recommend it to everyone.