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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.

BONUS: This edition contains an excerpt from Laura Hillenbrand's Seabiscuit.

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    I could not put this book down. Laura Hillenbrand has given the readers a story of courage, determination, and forgiveness that needed to be told. I've read many stories of heroes from the war, but the story of Louis Zamperini will stay with me forever. I don't know how an individual can endure what he endured, but thanks to Laura Hillenbrand who magnificently described his life story, we can better understand the spirit of the man that kept him going against all odds. Awesome!

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    Highly recommend

    I could not put this book down. One of the best books I have ever read. The story was a real eye opener for me.

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    Awesome

    Great read for anyone interested in what some of our young men hsd to endure during WWll

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    Amazing Book!!!

    This book is such an eye-opener, it really made me look at life a different way. I couldn't put it down until I was done with it. I feel awful for Louis Zamperini, but he is such an amazing person, I knew he would live! Zamperini is now my here/idol I will never forget this true story! Best book ever!!!!!!!

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    Great read

    Riveting story. An incredible story of overcoming adversity and forgiveness. A highly recommended read.

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