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Unbroken [Kindle Edition]

Laura Hillenbrand
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‘The pages almost turn themselves. His tale is remarkable and his resilience inspiring.’ Ben Macintyre

‘An instant classic’ Mail on Sunday

‘One of the most remarkable survival tales ever recorded. Do yourself a favour and by the book’ Vanity Fair

‘”Unbroken” is an extraordinarily compelling read, a match for any thriller…a remarkable book.’ Evening Standard

‘More gripping than fiction’ Sunday Telegraph

‘Staggering … mesmerising … Hillenbrand’s writing is so ferociously cinematic, the events she describes so incredible, you don’t dare take your eyes off the page’ People


'Hillenbrand has once again brought to life the true story of a forgotten hero, and reminded us how lucky we are to have her, 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 Praise for Seabiscuit 'A rip-roaring narrative from a cobwebbed chapter of the Depression' Sunday Times 'Hillenbrand tells the story of the triumphs and tribulations of her cast of misfits with flair and skill, relishing the larger than life characters who inhabited this forgotten demimonde.' Sunday Times 'Most readable!a wonderful tale' Daily Mail 'This season's literary sensation' Financial Times A classic tale.' Sunday Times' 'Great horse, great name, great story, very good book!this one could run and run' Observer

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3747 KB
  • Print Length: 473 pages
  • Publisher: Fourth Estate (20 Jan 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004HD686G
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (232 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #173 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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65 of 67 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars First class read. 26 Jan 2011
By Arheddis Varkenjaab TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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This is a fantastic book, one of the most entertaining I've read in years. It's a biography of Louis Zamperini who, judging by the number of schools and airports named after him in the US, is a rather famous individual.

Most British readers, myself included, will not have heard of him. Don't let that put you off though, as Zamperini is one of those individuals who has led both a charmed, lucky, and fascinating life.

We start with his youth, where despite the book making light of his mischief, he was a thug and a thief, destined for a life of dodging the police and jail. He is saved by discovering he has a talent for running. Inspired by his slightly more cunning brother (who is just as much a tearaway as Louis but has the charm to get away with it) he finds himself at the Berlin olympics, running in front of Hitler. His natural talent has him on the verge of a four-minute mile and he appears certain for gold at the 1940 games. Instead, Louis finds himself over the Pacific, manning the bombsight of a B24 bomber, and ultimately fighting for survival in a canvas raft in the middle of the ocean.

And this is just the start of his adventures! Louis Zamperini, as well as being talented, lucky, and brave, is revealed to be pretty much indestructible. I won't summarise any more of the story, as it would spoil it, but this is a great book. A real page turner, written with a wonderfully engaging style that will keep you awake to find out what happens next.

Absolutely first class, highly recommended.
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43 of 46 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Riveting story - glorious ending 21 Feb 2011
By Mark Loughridge VINE VOICE
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Stunning. That sums this book up in a word.

I had read a brief summary of Louis Zamperini's life in Don Stephens' excellent book War and Grace and was fascinated to see a much longer version. I wasn't disappointed.

Some authors struggle when they are faced with a welter of facts, details, interviews - they either smother you with them, thus losing the storyline, or they ignore them, thus depriving the story of colour, depth and character. Laura Hillenbrand has mastered her homework without it mastering her. She strikes a perfect balance, and delivers an engrossing, engaging read.

From Zamperini's early days as a tearaway, to his success as an athlete, through his American Air Force career, to the POW camps in Japan, to his return from the 'grave', to his even more amazing transformation by God's grace - all is superbly told. It is hard to find a point at which to put the book down.

The story captures the horror of air combat, the sickening losses even before combat, the sheer awfulness of the POW camps and the trauma the men faced on returning to 'normal' life. The characters are very real, their fear, courage, humanity, anger, bitterness are all displayed, rather than hyped up or hidden away. One of the aspects I liked was the balance in which the Japanese camp officials were portrayed - some brutal and sadistic, but some deeply courageous and humane. It would have been easy to create a one sided impression.

But for me the absolute highlight is found in the closing chapters. I dont think a review would be complete without mentioning them - But STOP HERE if you dont want to know the ending!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One hell of a story, one hell of a man... 15 Feb 2012
Laura Hillenbrand's first book Seabiscuit is one of my favourite reads; I've read it multiple times, which is unusual for me for a non-fiction book. But she is such a wonderful storyteller and her books are as readable as fiction - and this one is no exception.

I couldn't put this down. I started it one day, finished it the next - and that was with working full-time in-between. I have no doubt that someone somewhere is planning the film version of this, because, well, what a story! What a life! From juvenile delinquent to Olympic runner, from Air Force bombardier to castaway, from Japanese prisoner-of-war to inspirational speaker, from officially dead to most definitely alive, Louis Zamperini's story is so incredible you can hardly believe it's true.

Hillenbrand's account of Zamperini's two and a half years in a Japanese prisoner of war is so harrowing it's hard to read, but if Zamperini and men like him survived it then the very least we can do is read about it, learn from it, never forget it. This is an incredible story, tremendously moving and uplifting, and Louis Zamperini - still alive! - is one hell of a man.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An astonishing and totally gripping read. 1 Feb 2011
By Caroline P. VINE VOICE
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I admit I approached this book with a certain amount of trepidation. I wondered how you could write a book about someone spending weeks on a raft and yet keep it interesting? It turns out that there is so much more to Louie Zamperini's story than that, although I don't want to give too much away.

This is a man I suspect very few Brits will have heard of. And yet his story is utterly astonishing and completely riveting. This was a very hard book to put down and I read it very quickly.

I love the way the author has told this story. No lantern-jawed heroes, fearing nothing, in these pages. Rather, very genuine and very honest, flesh-and-blood people - scared to death at times, traumatised by what has happened to them. The real deal. People like you and me who yet find within themselves a courage to endure that is so astounding, so amazing that you are left in awe. Which is how it should be. Still, I think she did take a certain lick of gloss to Louie's youth and I was left a little curious, suspecting more 'behind the scenes'. But that is a very, very small point and this is someone who earned redemption. This was, ultimately, a man unbroken by what happened to him - but who came, many times, very very close to being destroyed by it.

Ms Hillenbrand is an excellent author and this is a brilliant tale. I cannot recommend it highly enough and I'll certainly be looking out for other books she has written. You won't regret buying this book, I'm certain
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4.0 out of 5 stars Louis
A great book which would be considered far fetched if it were fiction. An incredible insight into one man's great ability to endure and forgive.
Published 1 day ago by Ann Ducas
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
Tell s a story of inspiration of people and a time that should never be forgotten and shows what we all at capable of
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5.0 out of 5 stars What an amazing story
Fantastic book, look forward to seeing the film in the New Year
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One of the best books I've read . From the very beginning I was hooked 😊
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Awesome book. Amazing man. Moving, insightful and very hard to put down.
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Published 10 days ago by pat wilson
4.0 out of 5 stars I have read only part of the book so far ...
I have read only part of the book so far but it is enjoyable and I am looking forward to the completing it.

Published 13 days ago by Richard
5.0 out of 5 stars A must read, buy it now!
I was keen to read this book partly because it is the type of story I like and partly because I really enjoyed Laura Hillenbrand's descriptive and impartial writing in Seabiscuit... Read more
Published 14 days ago by Freddie
5.0 out of 5 stars Incredible - a must read!
This book is incredible. From the first page I was gripped by the description of Louie Zamperini and that was before everything he goes through. Read more
Published 14 days ago by Lucy Morrison
5.0 out of 5 stars inspirational spirit is touching
Fascinating and true account of the unbreakable and inspirational human spirit of an amazing-yet at the same time-very normal man. Read more
Published 15 days ago by Richard Wells
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