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Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption
Contributor(s): Hillenbrand, Laura (Author)

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ISBN: 1400064163     ISBN-13: 9781400064168
Publisher: Random House
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Binding Type: Hardcover - See All Available Formats & Editions
Published: December 2010
Additional Information
BISAC Categories:
- Biography & Autobiography | Military
- History | Military - World War Ii
- History | Military - United States
Dewey: B
LCCN: 2010017517
Lexile Measure: 1010(Not Available)
Physical Information: 1.4" H x 6.2" W x 9.4" (1.80 lbs) 496 pages
- Chronological Period - 1940's
Features: Bibliography, Dust Cover, Illustrated, Index, Maps, Price on Product, Price on Product - Canadian, Table of Contents
Awards: Pennsylvania Young Reader's Choice Award, Nominee, Young Adult, 2014
ALA Notable Books, Winner, Nonfiction, 2012
Christopher Awards, Winner, Books for Adults, 2011
Grand Canyon Reader Award, Recommended, Teen, 2013
Colorado Blue Spruce Award, Nominee, Young Adult, 2016
L.A. Times Book Prize, Winner, Biography, 2010
Indies Choice Book Awards, Winner, Nonfiction, 2011
Review Citations: Entertainment Weekly 07/29/2011 pg. 19
Entertainment Weekly 03/11/2011 pg. 81
Library Journal Prepub Alert 07/01/2010 pg. 57
Kirkus Reviews 09/01/2010
Library Journal 10/01/2010 pg. 84
Publishers Weekly 10/11/2010 pg. 34
Booklist 11/01/2010 pg. 14
People Weekly 11/22/2010 pg. 45
Entertainment Weekly 11/19/2010 pg. 101
Newsweek 11/22/2010 pg. 51
Entertainment Weekly 12/03/2010 pg. 83
New York Times Book Review 11/21/2010 pg. 20
New York Times Book Review 11/28/2010 pg. 26
Christian Century 01/11/2011 pg. 42
Publishers Weekly Best Books 11/08/2010 pg. 22
People Weekly 10/21/2013 pg. 42
Entertainment Weekly 11/08/2013 pg. 12
BookPage 11/01/2010
Accelerated Reader Info
Quiz #: 144668
Reading Level: 7.7   Interest Level: Upper Grades   Point Value: 24.0
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Publisher Description:
#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER - The incredible true story of survival and salvation that is the basis for two major motion pictures: 2014's Unbroken and the upcoming Unbroken: Path to Redemption.

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. It was that of a young lieutenant, the plane's bombardier, who was struggling to a life raft and pulling himself aboard. So began one of the most extraordinary odysseys of the Second World War.

The lieutenant's name was Louis Zamperini. In boyhood, he'd been a cunning and incorrigible delinquent, breaking into houses, brawling, and fleeing his home to ride the rails. As a teenager, he had channeled his defiance into running, discovering a prodigious talent that had carried him to the Berlin Olympics and within sight of the four-minute mile. But when war had come, the athlete had become an airman, embarking on a journey that led to his doomed flight, a tiny raft, and a drift into the unknown.

Ahead of Zamperini lay thousands of miles of open ocean, leaping sharks, a foundering raft, 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.

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.

Praise for Unbroken

"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

"Marvelous . . . Unbroken is wonderful twice over, for the tale it tells and for the way it's told. . . . It manages maximum velocity with no loss of subtlety."--Newsweek

"Moving and, yes, inspirational . . . Laura] Hillenbrand's unforgettable book . . . deserve s] pride of place alongside the best works of literature that chart the complications and the hard-won triumphs of so-called ordinary Americans and their extraordinary time."--Maureen Corrigan, Fresh Air

"Hillenbrand . . . tells this] story with cool elegance but at a thrilling sprinter's pace."--Time

"Unbroken is too much book to hope for: a hellride of a story in the grip of the one writer who can handle it."--Christopher McDougall, author of Born to Run

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