All library locations are closed Monday, May 28, in observance of Memorial Day.

Unbroken: a World War II story of survival, resilience, and redemption

Book Cover
Average Rating
5 star
 
(11)
4 star
 
(5)
3 star
 
(4)
2 star
 
(2)
1 star
 
(1)
Publisher:
Varies, see individual formats and editions
Pub. Date:
Varies, see individual formats and editions
Language:
English
Description
#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

Also in this Series
More Like This
More Details
ISBN:
9781400064168
9780679603757
9780812974492
9781415962763
Reading Level:
UG
Level 7.7, 24 Points
Lexile measure:
1010L
Reviews from GoodReads
Loading GoodReads Reviews.
Staff View

Grouping Information

Grouped Work ID e387a189-3f9f-4c26-447d-c4b1614f62f5
Full title unbroken a world war ii story of survival resilience and redemption
Author hillenbrand laura
Grouping Category book
Last Update 2018-05-24 16:04:15PM
Last Indexed 2018-05-24 16:05:20PM

Solr Details

accelerated_reader_interest_level UG
accelerated_reader_point_value 24
accelerated_reader_reading_level 7.7
author Laura Hillenbrand
author_display Hillenbrand, Laura
available_at_catalog Annex, Bellevue, Bellevue Kids, Edmondson Pike, Edmondson Pike Kids, Green Hills, Green Hills Kids, Hadley Park, Inglewood, Main Kids, Main Library, Thompson Lane
collection_catalog Non-Fiction
detailed_location_catalog Annex - Adult Non-Fiction, Bellevue - Adult Non-Fiction, Edmondson Pike - Adult Non-Fiction, Green Hills - Adult Non-Fiction, Hadley Park - Adult Non-Fiction, Hermitage - Adult Non-Fiction, Inglewood - Adult Non-Fiction, Main Library - Adult Non-Fiction, Richland Park - Adult Non-Fiction, Thompson Lane - Adult Non-Fiction
display_description 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--Lt. Louis Zamperini. Captured by the Japanese and driven to the limits of endurance, Zamperini would answer desperation with ingenuity; suffering with hope, resolve, and humor.
format_catalog Book, eAudiobook, eBook
format_category_catalog Audio Books, Books, eBook
id e387a189-3f9f-4c26-447d-c4b1614f62f5
isbn 9780679603757, 9780812974492, 9781400064168, 9781415962763
item_details ils:CARL0000358391|35192038935528|Bellevue - Adult Non-Fiction|940.547 H651u|||1|false|false|||||On Shelf||BL||, ils:CARL0000358391|35192038935536|Edmondson Pike - Adult Non-Fiction|940.547 H651u|||1|false|false|||||On Shelf||EP||, ils:CARL0000358391|35192038935619|Richland Park - Adult Non-Fiction|940.547 H651u|||1|false|false|||||Checked Out||RP||, ils:CARL0000358391|35192038935627|Main Library - Adult Non-Fiction|940.547 H651u|||1|false|false|||||On Shelf||MN||, ils:CARL0000358391|35192038935643|Hadley Park - Adult Non-Fiction|940.547 H651u|||1|false|false|||||On Shelf||HP||, ils:CARL0000358391|35192038935668|Green Hills - Adult Non-Fiction|940.547 H651u|||1|false|false|||||On Shelf||GH||, ils:CARL0000358391|35192040945770|Green Hills - Adult Non-Fiction|940.547 H651u|||1|false|false|||||On Hold Shelf||GH||, ils:CARL0000358391|35192040950663|Edmondson Pike - Adult Non-Fiction|940.547 H651u|||1|false|false|||||On Shelf||EP||, ils:CARL0000358391|35192040950697|Thompson Lane - Adult Non-Fiction|940.547 H651u|||1|false|false|||||On Shelf||TL||, ils:CARL0000358391|35192042013023|Hermitage - Adult Non-Fiction|940.547 H651u|||1|false|false|||||Checked Out||HM||, ils:CARL0000358391|35192042809115|Green Hills - Adult Non-Fiction|940.547 H651u|||1|false|false|||||On Shelf||GH||, ils:CARL0000358391|35192046308973|Edmondson Pike - Adult Non-Fiction|940.547 H651u|||1|false|false|||||Checked Out||EP||, ils:CARL0000358391|35192046421545|Inglewood - Adult Non-Fiction|940.547 H651u|||1|false|false|||||On Shelf||IN||, ils:CARL0000358391|35192046470716|Green Hills - Adult Non-Fiction|940.547 H651u|||1|false|false|||||Checked Out||GH||, ils:CARL0000358391|35192046938860|Annex - Adult Non-Fiction|940.547 H651u|||1|false|false|||||On Shelf||AX||, ils:CARL0000358391|B00636323|Hillwood High - Teen Biography|B ZAM HIL|||1|false|false|||||On Shelf||67440||, ils:CARL0000358391|FF00090138|Overton High - Teen Biography|B ZAM HIL|||1|false|false|||||On Shelf||6F615||, ils:CARL0000358391|FF00097260|Cane Ridge High - Teen Biography|B ZAM HIL|||1|false|false|||||On Shelf||61182||, ils:CARL0000358391|QQ00123997|Hume-Fogg High Magnet - Teen Biography|B ZAM HIL|||1|false|false|||||On Shelf||69450||, ils:CARL0000358391|QQ00145034|MLK Jr. Magnet - Teen Biography|B ZAM HIL|||1|false|false|||||On Shelf||6C497||, ils:CARL0000358391|QQ00153898|McGavock High - Teen Biography|B ZAM HIL|||1|false|false|||||On Shelf||6D532||, ils:CARL0000358391|QQ00153899|McGavock High - Teen Biography|B ZAM HIL|||1|false|false|||||On Shelf||6D532||, ils:CARL0000358391|QQ00159221|Antioch High - Teen Non-Fiction|940.54 HILL|||1|false|false|||||On Shelf||60110||, ils:CARL0000358391|QQ00161785|Hillsboro High - Teen Biography|B HIL ZAM|||1|false|false|||||On Shelf||66435||, ils:CARL0000358391|QQ00166674|MLK Jr. Magnet - Teen Biography|B ZAM HIL|||1|false|false|||||On Shelf||6C497||, ils:CARL0000358391|QQ00184589|Pearl-Cohn High - Teen Biography|B ZAM HIL|||1|false|false|||||On Shelf||6G632||, ils:CARL0000358391|QQ00185722|Hillsboro High - Teen Biography|B HIL ZAM|||1|false|false|||||On Shelf||66435||, overdrive:7bf6eaad-0cfb-4c83-97c4-88db64d89fa9|-1|Online OverDrive Collection|Online OverDrive|eBook|eBook|30|false|true|OverDrive|||Adobe EPUB eBook,OverDrive Read,Kindle Book|Available Online||||, overdrive:8929eed1-f6d3-49a2-866f-988f4742da47|-1|Online OverDrive Collection|Online OverDrive|eAudiobook|Audio Books|12|false|true|OverDrive|||OverDrive MP3 Audiobook,OverDrive Listen|Available Online||||
itype_catalog , Book
last_indexed 2018-05-24T21:05:20.143Z
lexile_score 1010
literary_form Non Fiction
literary_form_full Non Fiction
local_callnumber_catalog 940.547 H651u
owning_library_catalog Nashville Public Library
owning_location_catalog Annex, Bellevue, Bellevue Kids, Edmondson Pike, Edmondson Pike Kids, Green Hills, Green Hills Kids, Hadley Park, Hermitage, Hermitage Kids, Inglewood, Main Kids, Main Library, Richland Park, Thompson Lane
primary_isbn 9781400064168
publishDate 2010
record_details ils:CARL0000358391|Book|Books|1st ed.|English|Random House,|c2010.|xviii, 473 p. : ill., map ; 25 cm., overdrive:7bf6eaad-0cfb-4c83-97c4-88db64d89fa9|eBook|eBook||English|Random House Publishing Group|2010|, overdrive:8929eed1-f6d3-49a2-866f-988f4742da47|eAudiobook|Audio Books||English|Penguin Random House Audio Publishing Group|2010|
recordtype grouped_work
scoping_details_catalog ils:CARL0000358391|35192038935528|On Shelf|On Shelf|false|true|true|false|false|true||||, ils:CARL0000358391|35192038935536|On Shelf|On Shelf|false|true|true|false|false|true||||, ils:CARL0000358391|35192038935619|Checked Out|Checked Out|false|false|true|false|false|true||||, ils:CARL0000358391|35192038935627|On Shelf|On Shelf|false|true|true|false|false|true||||, ils:CARL0000358391|35192038935643|On Shelf|On Shelf|false|true|true|false|false|true||||, ils:CARL0000358391|35192038935668|On Shelf|On Shelf|false|true|true|false|false|true||||, ils:CARL0000358391|35192040945770|Currently Unavailable|On Hold Shelf|false|false|true|false|false|true||||, ils:CARL0000358391|35192040950663|On Shelf|On Shelf|false|true|true|false|false|true||||, ils:CARL0000358391|35192040950697|On Shelf|On Shelf|false|true|true|false|false|true||||, ils:CARL0000358391|35192042013023|Checked Out|Checked Out|false|false|true|false|false|true||||, ils:CARL0000358391|35192042809115|On Shelf|On Shelf|false|true|true|false|false|true||||, ils:CARL0000358391|35192046308973|Checked Out|Checked Out|false|false|true|false|false|true||||, ils:CARL0000358391|35192046421545|On Shelf|On Shelf|false|true|true|false|false|true||||, ils:CARL0000358391|35192046470716|Checked Out|Checked Out|false|false|true|false|false|true||||, ils:CARL0000358391|35192046938860|On Shelf|On Shelf|false|true|true|false|false|true||||, overdrive:7bf6eaad-0cfb-4c83-97c4-88db64d89fa9|-1|Available Online|Available Online|false|true|true|false|false|false||||, overdrive:8929eed1-f6d3-49a2-866f-988f4742da47|-1|Available Online|Available Online|false|true|true|false|false|false||||
subject_facet Long-distance runners -- United States -- Biography, Prisoners of war -- Japan -- Biography, Prisoners of war -- United States -- Biography, United States. -- Army Air Forces. -- Heavy Bombardment Group, 307th, World War, 1939-1945 -- Aerial operations, American, World War, 1939-1945 -- Campaigns -- Pacific Area, World War, 1939-1945 -- Prisoners and prisons, Japanese, Zamperini, Louis, -- 1917-2014
title_display Unbroken : a World War II story of survival, resilience, and redemption
title_full Unbroken : a World War II story of survival, resilience, and redemption / Laura Hillenbrand, Unbroken A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption
title_short Unbroken :
title_sub a World War II story of survival, resilience, and redemption
topic_facet Aerial operations, American, Biography & Autobiography, Campaigns, History, Long-distance runners, Military, Nonfiction, Prisoners and prisons, Japanese, Prisoners of war, Sports & Recreations, World War, 1939-1945, Zamperini, Louis