Wars & Military Hist

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

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#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER NOW A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE Hailed as the top nonfiction book of the year by Time magazine Winner of the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for biography and the Indies Choice Adult Nonfiction Book of the Year award
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. It was that of a young lieutenant, the plane s bombardier, who was struggling to a life raft and pulling himself aboard. So began one of the most extraordinary odysseys of the Second World War.
The lieutenant s name was Louis Zamperini. In boyhood, he d been a cunning and incorrigible delinquent, breaking into houses, brawling, and fleeing his home to ride the rails. As a teenager, he had channeled his defiance into running, discovering a prodigious talent that had carried him to the Berlin Olympics and within sight of the four-minute mile. But when war had come, the athlete had become an airman, embarking on a journey that led to his doomed flight, a tiny raft, and a drift into the unknown.
Ahead of Zamperini lay thousands of miles of open ocean, leaping sharks, a foundering raft, thirst and starvation, enemy aircraft, and, beyond, a trial even greater. Driven to the limits of endurance, Zamperini would answer desperation with ingenuity; suffering with hope, resolve, and humor; brutality with rebellion. His fate, whether triumph or tragedy, would be suspended on the fraying wire of his will.
In her long-awaited new book, Laura Hillenbrand writes with the same rich and vivid narrative voice she displayed in Seabiscuit. Telling an unforgettable story of a man s journey into extremity, Unbroken is a testament to the resilience of the human mind, body, and spirit.
Praise for Unbroken
Extraordinarily moving . . . a powerfully drawn survival epic. The Wall Street Journal

[A] one-in-a-billion story . . . designed to wrench from self-respecting critics all the blurby adjectives we normally try to avoid: It is amazing, unforgettable, gripping, harrowing, chilling, and inspiring. New York
Staggering . . . mesmerizing . . . Hillenbrand s writing is so ferociously cinematic, the events she describes so incredible, you don t dare take your eyes off the page. People

A meticulous, soaring and beautifully written account of an extraordinary life. The Washington Post

Ambitious and powerful . . . a startling narrative and an inspirational book. The New York Times Book Review

Marvelous . . . Unbroken is wonderful twice over, for the tale it tells and for the way it s told. . . . It manages maximum velocity with no loss of subtlety. Newsweek
Moving and, yes, inspirational . . . [Laura] Hillenbrand s unforgettable book . . . deserve[s] pride of place alongside the best works of literature that chart the complications and the hard-won triumphs of so-called ordinary Americans and their extraordinary time. Maureen Corrigan, Fresh Air
Hillenbrand . . . tells [this] story with cool elegance but at a thrilling sprinter s pace. Time

Unbroken is too much book to hope for: a hellride of a story in the grip of the one writer who can handle it. Christopher McDougall, author of Born to Run"
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9781400064168
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2010-11-16
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Vanished : The Sixty-Year Search for the Missing Men of World War II

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$27.95
Praised by Robert Kurson, Philipp Meyer, Hampton Sides, Michael Paterniti, and many others
"A powerful story, masterfully told." "GQ"
"[A] deeply textured, propulsive new book...a phenomenal writer." "TIME.com"
"Marries an almost cinematically well-paced narrative with a deep sensitivity to the people whose lives it tells." "The Boston Globe"
"Superb... Part Pacific Theater history, part Indiana Jones thriller." "Newsday"
As featured on NPR's"Weekend Edition" and "The Diane Rehm Show"
In the fall of 1944, a massive American bomber carrying eleven men vanished over the Pacificislands of Palau, leaving a trail of mysteries. According to mission reports from the Army Air Forces, the plane crashed in shallow water but when investigators went to find it, the wreckage wasn't there. Witnesses saw the crew parachute to safety, yet the airmen were never seen again. Some of their relatives whispered that they had returned to the United States in secret and lived in hiding. But they never explained why.
For sixty years, the U.S. government, the children of the missing airmen, and a maverick team of scientists and scuba divers searched theislands for clues. They trolled the water with side-scan sonar, conducted grid searches on the seafloor, crawled through thickets of mangrove and poison trees, and flew over the islands in small planes to shoot infrared photography. With every clue they found, the mystery only deepened.
Now, in a spellbinding narrative, Wil S. Hylton weaves together the true story of the missing men, their final mission, the families they left behind, and the real reason their disappearance remained shrouded in secrecy for so long. This is a story of love, loss, sacrifice, and faith
of the undying hope among the families of the missing, and the relentless determination of scientists, explorers, archaeologists, and deep-sea divers to solve one of the enduring mysteries of World War II."
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9781594487279
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2013-11-01
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