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Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption
 
 
Author
Laura Hillenbrand.
Publisher Random House  
Format paperback
ISBN 9780812974492
Pages/Publication Date 528/2014
Daedalus Item Code 49384
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He was a prankster, a free spirit, and a hell-raising kid on the streets of Torrance, California, in the 1930s, but Louie Zamperini found a purpose in running; his blazing performance at the 1936 Olympics (at 19, he was the youngest qualifier ever for the 5000 meter race) earned a handshake from Hitler—after which Louie stole a Nazi banner from the Reich Chancellery. He is brilliantly portrayed in this New York Times best-selling biography by the author of Seabiscuit, who tells us how Zamperini's hopes for gold in 1940 were ended by the war, while his career as an airman was ended when his bomber plunged into the Pacific in 1943. He and his pilot Russell Phillips survived an incredible 47 days in a raft in shark-infested waters until they were picked up by the Japanese, but Zamperini's most harrowing journey had only just begun. Laura Hillenbrand recounts how this remarkable man—who only recently died, at the age of 97—endured a living hell at the hands of prison camp commander Mutsuhiro "the Bird" Watanabe, and how the Bird's tortures nearly broke him long after his release.

"Unbroken is too much book to hope for: a hellride of a story in the grip of the one writer who can handle it. Killing sharks with his bare hands ... outracing Olympic runners ... outwitting one of the most notorious fiends to stalk Japan's POW camps—when it comes to courage, charisma, and impossible adventure, few will ever match 'the boy terror of Torrance,' and few but the author of Seabiscuit could tell his tale with such humanity and dexterity. Laura Hillenbrand has given us a new national treasure."—Christopher McDougall

 
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