Unbroken: An Olympian's Journey From Airman To Castaway To Captive
ISBN: 0385742517
EAN13: 9780385742511
Language: English
Release Date: Nov 11, 2014
Pages: 320
Dimensions: 1.3" H x 9.1" L x 7.2" W
Weight: 1.55 lbs.
Format: Hardcover

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In this captivating and lavishly illustrated young adult edition of her award-winning #1 New York Timesbestseller, Laura Hillenbrand tells the story of a former Olympian's courage, cunning, and fortitude following his plane crash in enemy territory. This adaptation of Unbroken introduces a new generation to one of history's most thrilling survival epics.
On a May afternoon in 1943, an American military plane 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 sagas of the Second World War.
The lieutenant s name was Louis Zamperini. As a boy, he had been a clever delinquent, breaking into houses, brawling, and stealing. As a teenager, he had channeled his defiance into running, discovering a supreme talent that carried him to the Berlin Olympics. But when war came, the athlete became 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 sinking raft, thirst and starvation, Read More chevron_right

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   Inspirational & Heartwrenching
The more graphic and violent scenes in the adult version were disturbing and overwhelming, but I wanted to share this unbelievable, inspiring tale as a middle school librarian. Laura Hillenbrand still communicated the terrible treatment of Allied POW's by the Japanese even though she removed some of the more violent parts of her adult version. Unlike the Nazis, the Japanese were never brought to trial for their crimes against humanity, and have continued to teach revisionist history to the generations since.
   Almost perfect
The story is excellent. The young adult version had the F word in it. I bought the young adult version for my daughter to read, hoping it would be a clean one. The word could not have been avoided all together. The book was good, other than that.
   You will be held captive by this one!
The life of a person who went from a rough childhood to an almost Olympic track star is a story that is very long. He was an American soldier who was held captive in POW camps during World War II. This is a book that is hard to put down.
Amazing story about Louis Zamperini. Will give you hope to surpass any obstacles you encounter, especially during COVID. Louie was a close friend of mine, and very time I get frustrated, I think of his life, and my issues pale by comparison. Do yourself a favor and read this.
   1000x better than the movie
The movie doesn’t even come close to how good this book was. Was very upset as to how bad the movie actually was compared to the book, I never wanted to put the book down and ended up flying through the book. So detailed that I felt like I lived through it.
   Permanent sticker on cover
There is a sticker on the dust jacket. It is a nice gift but it is ugly. It's so sad.
   Highly recommended: still an engaging & compelling story, even as a young reader adaptation
We decided our son would read a book a week, and write a short report on it, in the summer of COVID 19 without camps or other structured activities. It was difficult to find books that would engage him, as he is a reluctant reader. He said it was the best book he had read thus far. Highly recommended!
   Not great for a reluctant reader
My 14 year old son is a very reluctant reader. We need to do a lot of research before we pick a book. The subject and reviews were very promising and we both agreed this one looked great. I would ask him how the book was and he looked tortured. He couldn't get into it and said it was boring. I asked if he wanted a different book and he said yes. This may not be the book for reluctant readers. I can't comment from an adult perspective because I haven't read it.
   Tear Jerker
I have never read a book like this. My husband is in a nursing home and I got it to read to him. We both cried when we read the story. Louie was an American hero who lived the worst life anyone could imagine. He lived to spite his captivity. I don't understand how Louie was able to forgive his abductors, but it is a lesson we could learn from. God, may he rest in peace.
   If you didn’t have utmost respect for American Vets before, you will after you read this. Must read!
It's enlightening and engaging. It's great to know how much we owe our veterans. It is easy to follow and understand. Pictures help a lot!