Unbroken - Laura Hillenbrand


By Laura Hillenbrand

  • Release Date: 2010-11-16
  • Genre: Biographies & Memoirs
Score: 4.5
From 10,548 Ratings


#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • The incredible true story of survival and salvation that is the basis for two major motion pictures: Unbroken and Unbroken: Path to Redemption.

“Extraordinarily moving . . . a powerfully drawn survival epic.”—The Wall Street Journal

Hailed as the top nonfiction book of the year by Time magazine • Winner of the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for biography

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.

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.


  • Unbelievable! Compelling! Moving!

    By k-mart 007
    One of the best biographical books I’ve read. You read it and think “I can’t believe he’s going through this!” And then something else crazy happens. His recall about detail is truly unparalleled and makes this book nearly feel like you are right there with him. His personal struggles are heartfelt and his triumphs that much sweeter. An amazing read!!
  • Yay

    By Emmccaff
    It is a good book
  • Great story

    By Pls913
    Wow.. amazing story
  • Absolutely incredible journey of life

    By humingxi
    “Louie ran through the place where cages had once held him, where a black-eyed man had crawled inside him. But the cages were long gone, and so was the Bird. There was no trace of them here among the voices, the falling snow, and the old and joyful man, running.”
  • Amazing

    By Cabinet Company
  • Incredible story.

    By ejb0321
    Best biography I’ve read.
  • Gut Wrenching And Tragic

    By Joci1727
    An absolutely gut wrenching read that makes this story very very awe inspiring. Hard to finish, and hard to read, but well worth the read and attention.
  • Such a powerful story

    By adaywithjilly
    Although hard at times to read what these men had to go through, I am so enamored by Laura’s telling of Louis’ story.
  • Jaw dropping

    By Jenwith1n73
    I’m late to this book, as it was published years ago, and the reason I didn’t pick it up then was I don’t particularly enjoy military history or stories about the cruelties of war. However I was recently looking for a book about resilience during difficult times... and WOW, this upended my perspective on both suffering and the human spirit. I doubt I will ever view pain or disappointment in my own life in the same way after reading what Louie and his fellow soldiers endured. As it’s been said many times, and more eloquently than I, this book is truly inspirational. Read it, you won’t regret it.
  • Good Movie Better Book!

    By elt223
    One word, Redemption.