Unbroken : A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption (Paperback)

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Publisher Random House Inc
Mfg Part# 9780375435010
SKU 213646606
Format Paperback Large Print
ISBN10 0375435018
Release Date 11/16/2010
Author Info
Laura Hillenbrand
Laura Hillenbrand has earned her reputation for books about racers--both human and equine. She began her writing career with occasional freelance articles about equine medicine and horseracing. Coming across the story of Seabiscuit, a champion American racehorse who provided much-needed distraction during the Great Depression, Hillenbrand--who once aspired to be a jockey--became determined to write a book about him. The resulting volume, SEABISCUIT: AN AMERICAN LEGEND (2001), spent almost a year on the New York Times bestseller list and inspired an Oscar-nominated 2003 film. While researching Seabiscuit, Hillenbrand often saw mention of Louis Zamperini, a runner who had competed at the 1936 Olympic Games in Berlin, Germany, coming close to breaking the four-minute mile; he had later become an Air Force bombardier and had been captured by the Japanese during World War II. After conducting hundreds of phone interviews and completing countless hours of research, in 2010 Hillenbrand published the biography UNBROKEN: A WORLD WAR IISTORY OF SURVIVAL, RESILIENCE, AND REDEMPTION. Hillenbrand, who is married to her college sweetheart, a government-studies professor named Borden Flanagan, suffers from Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, a debilitating condition that keeps her largely confined to her home. She has said, "While [writing is] really hard to do, at the same time, I'm escaping my body. . . . I'm living someone else's life. I get very intensely into the story, into the interviews and the research. I'm experiencing things along with my subjects. I have a freedom I don't have in my physical life."
"The ideal way to read UNBROKEN would be with absolutely no knowledge of how Mr. Zamperini's life unfolded. Ms. Hillenbrand has written her book so breathlessly, and with such tight focus, that she makes it difficult to guess what will happen to him from one moment to the next, let alone how long he was able to survive under extreme duress."
"...Hillenbrand is particularly well suited to tell this inspiring tale. [S]he is intelligent and restrained, and wise enough to let the story unfold for itself. Her research is thorough, her writing (even on complicated, technical wartime topics) crystalline. UNBROKEN is gripping in an almost cinematic way."
From the Publisher
Annotation There are many so-called ordinary people whose lives merit the telling to a wide audience, and Louis Zamperini is certainly one of them. Hillenbrand, author of SEABISCUIT, has once again selected an unlikely but immensely appealing champion around whom to center her tale. UNBROKEN is the story of a wild youth, outstanding athlete, and WWII bombardier who became a Japanese POW after surviving an almost unbelievable ordeal at sea. Freed at last, returned to his California home, Zamperini found himself fighting an equally cruel (but for years unnamed) enemy: post-traumatic stress disorder. The second part of his life, post-War, becomes an equally inspiring tale. Interspersed with the author's explorations of the history and culture against which Zamperini's adventures, travails, and triumphs occurred, the book becomes a portrait of an unforgettable individual. UNBROKEN was selected by Publishers Weekly as a 2010 Top 10 Book.
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Book Format Large Print Paperback
Number of Pages 0776
Publisher Random House Large Print Publishing

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