Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand


By Laura Hillenbrand

  • Release Date: 2011-01-20
  • Genre: Biographies & Memoirs
Score: 4.5
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The incredible true story of Louis Zamperini, now a major motion picture directed by Angelina Jolie.


In 1943 a bomber crashes into the Pacific Ocean. Against all odds, one young lieutenant survives. Louise Zamperini had already transformed himself from child delinquent to prodigious athlete, running in the Berlin Olympics. Now he must embark on one of the Second World War’s most extraordinary odysseys. Zamperini faces thousands of miles of open ocean on a failing raft. Beyond like only greater trials, in Japan’s prisoner-of-war camps.

Driven to the limits of endurance, Zamperini’s destiny, whether triumph or tragedy, depends on the strength of his will …

Now a major motion picture, directed by Angelina Jolie and starring Jack O’ Connell.


‘The pages almost turn themselves. His tale is remarkable and his resilience inspiring.’ Ben Macintyre

‘An instant classic’ Mail on Sunday

‘One of the most remarkable survival tales ever recorded. Do yourself a favour and by the book’ Vanity Fair

‘”Unbroken” is an extraordinarily compelling read, a match for any thriller…a remarkable book.’ Evening Standard

‘More gripping than fiction’ Sunday Telegraph

‘Staggering … mesmerising … Hillenbrand’s writing is so ferociously cinematic, the events she describes so incredible, you don’t dare take your eyes off the page’ People

About the author

Laura Hillenbrand is the author of the number one bestsellers Unbroken and Seabiscuit, which won the William Hill Sports Book of the Year and was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. The film it inspired was nominated for seven Academy Awards, including Best Picture. She served as a consultant on the Universal Pictures feature film based on Unbroken. Hillenbrand’s New Yorker article, ‘A Sudden Illness’, won the 2004 National Magazine Award, and she is a two-time winner of the Eclipse Award. She and actor Gary Sinise co-founded Operation International Children, a charity that provided school supplies to children through American troops. She lives in Washington, D.C.


  • Unbroken

    By Elyagm
    An incredible life - a captivating read
  • Unbroken

    By Den1959
    Wonderfully written. Thank you for giving us an insight into WW2 in the Pacific. Very educational and a must read for high schoolers.
  • A great story!

    By Cuttlefish310
    Although this book is some 1136 pages long when using size 12 font in iBooks, the last three hundred or so are dedicated to cross references, indices and such, take out the first few hundred pages of Zamperini's childhood and the amount of this book dedicated to his actual wartime experiences, and you have a very enjoyable and fascinating account of one mans fight against well recorded Japanese brutality! I did find myself flipping over pages in the first page of the book but once you get to the actual crash of his bomber, you can't put it down! Overall I enjoyed it immensely though feel it could be condensed quite a lot and get rid of the last three hundred pages!
  • Unbroken

    By Lethal61
    The best book I've read in over 20 years. I couldn't put it down once I started to read it. Riveting!
  • Absolutely fascinating

    By 33pairs
    An amazing read that I could not put down once I started. Louis' story is written so well and full of insight, not since Life of Pi have I read a book that has left such a lasting impression.
  • The Book of Inspiration

    By Injenooitee
    This is the first book I have read cover to cover for at least ten years. It takes a lot to inspire me to read but this story somehow gripped me like no other has. The life and pure determination of Mr Zamperini is a real inspiration and we could all learn something from his story. Highly recommend to all.
  • It just doesn't get better than this

    By Nelstar Stuson
    This is quite simply one of the best books ever written. The read-500-pages-in-one-sitting level has never been higher in a book. Must buy.