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The Story of Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand
Eight years ago, an old man told me a story that took my breath away. His name was Louie Zamperini, and from the day I first spoke to him, his almost incomprehensibly dramatic life was my obsession.
It was a horse--the subject of my first book, Seabiscuit: An American Legend--who led me to Louie. As I researched the Depression-era racehorse, I kept coming across stories about Louie, a 1930s track star who endured an amazing odyssey in World War II. I knew only a little about him then, but I couldn’t shake him from my mind. After I finished Seabiscuit, I tracked Louie down, called him and asked about his life. For the next hour, he had me transfixed.
Growing up in California in the 1920s, Louie was a hellraiser, stealing everything edible that he could carry, staging elaborate pranks, getting in fistfights, and bedeviling the local police. But as a teenager, he emerged as one of the greatest runners America had ever seen, competing at the 1936 Berlin Olympics, where he put on a sensational performance, crossed paths with Hitler, and stole a German flag right off the Reich Chancellery. He was preparing for the 1940 Olympics, and closing in on the fabled four-minute mile, when World War II began. Louie joined the Army Air Corps, becoming a bombardier. Stationed on Oahu, he survived harrowing combat, including an epic air battle that ended when his plane crash-landed, some six hundred holes in its fuselage and half the crew seriously wounded.
On a May afternoon in 1943, Louie took off on a search mission for a lost plane. Somewhere over the Pacific, the engines on his bomber failed. The plane plummeted into the sea, leaving Louie and two other men stranded on a tiny raft. Drifting for weeks and thousands of miles, they endured starvation and desperate thirst, sharks that leapt aboard the raft, trying to drag them off, a machine-gun attack from a Japanese bomber, and a typhoon with waves some forty feet high. At last, they spotted an island. As they rowed toward it, unbeknownst to them, a Japanese military boat was lurking nearby. Louie’s journey had only just begun.
That first conversation with Louie was a pivot point in my life. Fascinated by his experiences, and the mystery of how a man could overcome so much, I began a seven-year journey through his story. I found it in diaries, letters and unpublished memoirs; in the memories of his family and friends, fellow Olympians, former American airmen and Japanese veterans; in forgotten papers in archives as far-flung as Oslo and Canberra. Along the way, there were staggering surprises, and Louie’s unlikely, inspiring story came alive for me. It is a tale of daring, defiance, persistence, ingenuity, and the ferocious will of a man who refused to be broken.
The culmination of my journey is my new book, Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption. I hope you are as spellbound by Louie’s life as I am.
Louis Zamperini's story is absolutely amazing and was an incredibly inspirational man.
Those men gave their all to protect our freedom, reading this will make one appreciate how much of a sacrifice that was.
This is a true story - author Laura Hillenbrand's research was impeccable - very well written - an excellent read!
An amazing book that bears witness to the tenacity of the human spirit. Hillenbrand is as awesome a writer as her subject is survivor. Read morePublished 2 minutes ago by Teena Ann Henderson
My uncle was a Marine in WWII and fought on Guadalcanal and Tarawa. He was wounded several times and finally was hit by a bullet that tore out his right eye and that put him in the... Read morePublished 7 hours ago by Kernen
Great read. Couldn't stop. Read it in two days for I needed to know. Not sure I could have been as forgiving.Published 7 hours ago by J. A. R. Ncp
Don't see the movie before you read this. Every kid high school should read these 2 books and "The sea wolf" by Jack LondonPublished 7 hours ago by Mike Beche
I liked the action part but the torture and mistreatment of the POWs was a hurtful thing to read . As a former soldier of the Vietnam war era , it is hard to read these things and... Read morePublished 8 hours ago by James Mcentire
Unbroken is a book of struggle and hope, of pain and healing. A book where forgives and peace have the final say!Published 8 hours ago by Nancy Wokoun
Loved this book! I have recommended it to many people. Just a wonderful readPublished 9 hours ago by iowa shopper
From deep pain and anger to self aware and forgiveness. An amazing ride and true appreciation in finding peace and good in all things come what may.Published 9 hours ago by VooDooTen