A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption

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Relates the story of a U.S. airman who survived when his bomber crashed into the sea during World War II, spent forty-seven days adrift in the ocean before being rescued by the Japanese Navy, and was held as a prisoner until the end of the war.
Publisher: New York : Random House Trade Paperbacks, 2014.
Edition: Random House trade paperback edition.
Copyright Date: ©2010
ISBN: 9780812974492
Branch Call Number: BOOK CLUB UNBROKEN
Characteristics: 12 books (473 pages) (2 large print), 1 discussion guide, 1 bag.


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Aug 03, 2018

It’s 1943 as an Army Air Force bomber crashes into the Pacific Ocean with one survivor, a young lieutenant, the plane's bombardier, Louis Zamperini. This unforgettable true story follows his struggles of endurance to survive on a raft, imprisonment and trial. It certainly shows the testament to the resilience of the human mind, body, and spirit. One of my favorite non-fiction books.

HCL_staff_reviews Jul 23, 2018

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, Lt. Louis Zamperini. Captured by the Japanese and driven to the limits of endurance, Zamperini would answer desperation with ingenuity; suffering with hope, resolve, and humor. — Jennifer W., Westonka Library

May 27, 2018

Totally remarkable...worth 10 stars!

Apr 13, 2018

This is well written and inspiring in its way but it is heavy - This is a true story and the main character when through very difficult experiences, even torture. Not to be read unless you are in a good mindset.

Mar 17, 2018

Excellent biography about Zamperini, his early childhood and success as an Olympic athelete intertwined with the story of his Military service, internment by the Japanese and how his life was transformed. I especially like Hillenbrands attention to historical accuracy. Like the title says, a story of survival, resilience, and redemption - that these POWs persevered despite their treatment at the hands of the Japanese is a testament to the human spirit.

Jan 20, 2018

I’ve always liked historical fiction (particularly those focused around WWI and WWII), but I have not had luck in finding a good non-fiction/biography until now. “Unbroken” by Laura Hillenbrand felt as though I was there are knew Louis Zamperini myself. Had it not been a biography I would not have liked it as much because the things he went through seemed so unbelievable. I do not know much about World War II so I cannot say much from a technical viewpoint, but I enjoyed the book and loved how the author seamlessly added facts at just the right places - intensifying my emotions towards what was happening. By the middle of the book I was turning around, no matter where I was, every couple of seconds to tell the people around me about what was happening because it was so moving. As expected, it did slow down a bit at the end, but I refused to put it down until I read through everything and figured out what happened (even the author’s notes at the end which, to be honest, I usually just quickly skim through). I will definitely not forget anything about this book anytime soon.

Oct 24, 2017

I feel this book deserves a 4.5 star rating because of the imagery that the author uses through out the whole book. It really does seem like it was told from this person directly.

Oct 24, 2017

I read this book for English class as a project. I think this book is a great non-fiction book about the troubles of a veteran and a prisoner of war because it highlights the transformation of the main character, Louie Zamperini, in a unique way that differs from many other non-fiction books about war. I think the author, Laura Hillenbrand, thoroughly researched the accounts and diaries of many soldiers to produce such a masterpiece of a book. Therefore, I recommend this book to those that love books about war or post-war experiences.

Jul 18, 2017

A Truly, remarkable Story. Many stories amongst the main story. Transformation. Loving your enemies, under great duress, heart break, cruelty. Giving back to those, who, need someone to really care.

Cheryl_JHL Jun 02, 2017

I listened...then relistened, and am now listening again.

The first time through, I listened during runs and hikes, then progressed to listening to it here, there, everywhere just so I could hear more. It is so well done, and so worth reading. If you are expecting a dry, dull narrative in age tinted black and white, you could not be more wrong. If the idea of sitting down to read non-fiction leaves you cold, opt for the audiobook narrated by the late Edward Herrmann. He was wonderful to listen to.

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Mar 23, 2012

Violence: some parts are grusome.

Algonquin_Lisa Mar 05, 2011

Violence: Main character's treatment in the internment camp was violent.


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Jul 03, 2015

“A lifetime of glory is worth a moment of pain. Louie thought: Let go.”

Jun 24, 2015

"I'm free! I'm free! I'm free!"


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Jun 24, 2015

Story of Louis Zamperini, started as an Olympian when WWII starts and Louis enlists in the Air Force.

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