Unbroken [electronic resource (EPUB eBook)]: a World War II story of survival, resilience, and redemption / Laura Hillenbrand. On a May afternoon in , an Army Online Access: Go to download page. Tags: Add Tag. No Tags, Be the first. Read "Unbroken A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption" by Laura Hillenbrand available from Rakuten Kobo. Sign up today and get $5 off . 1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLERSOON TO BE A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE • Look for special features inside. Join the Random House Reader's Circle for.
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Also available as: Not in United States? Choose your country's store to see books available for purchase. In boyhood, Louis Zamperini was an incorrigible delinquent. As a teenager, he channeled his defiance into running, discovering a prodigious talent that had carried him to the Berlin Olympics. But when World War II began, the athlete became an airman, embarking on a journey that led to a doomed flight on a May afternoon in
After an astonishing but losing race at the Olympics, Louie was hoping for gold in the games. But war ended those dreams forever. In May his B crashed into the Pacific. After a record-breaking 47 days adrift on a shark-encircled life raft with his pal and pilot, Russell Allen "Phil" Phillips, they were captured by the Japanese.
In the "theater of cruelty" that was the Japanese POW camp network, Louie landed in the cruelest theaters of all: Omori and Naoetsu, under the control of Corp. Mutsuhiro Watanabe, a pathologically brutal sadist called the Bird by camp inmates who never killed his victims outright--his pleasure came from their slow, unending torment.
After one beating, as Watanabe left Louie's cell, Louie saw on his face a "soft languor It was an expression of sexual rapture. By war's end, Louie was near death. When Naoetsu was liberated in mid-August , a depleted Louie's only thought was "I'm free!
I'm free! Even as, returning stateside, he impulsively married the beautiful Cynthia Applewhite and tried to build a life, Louie remained in the Bird's clutches, haunted in his dreams, drinking to forget, and obsessed with vengeance. In one of several sections where Hillenbrand steps back for a larger view, she writes movingly of the thousands of postwar Pacific PTSD sufferers. With no help for their as yet unrecognized illness, Hillenbrand says, "there was no one right way to peace; each man had to find his own path It is impossible to condense the rich, granular detail of Hillenbrand's narrative of the atrocities committed one man was exhibited naked in a Tokyo zoo for the Japanese to "gawk at his filthy, sore-encrusted body" against American POWs in Japan, and the courage of Louie and his fellow POWs, who made attempts on Watanabe's life, committed sabotage, and risked their own lives to save others.
Hillenbrand's triumph is that in telling Louie's story he's now in his 90s , she tells the stories of thousands whose suffering has been mostly forgotten.
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Please try again later. Paperback Verified Purchase. Laura Hillenbrand follows her spectacular biography of race horse Seabiscuit with the gripping tale of Louis Zamperini's life and tribulations as a downed airman in WWII. Zamperini and his family and fellow airmen. Prior to the war, Zamperini had overcome serious obstacles to become one of the best milers in track and field history, competing in the Olympics in Berlin with Jesse Owens and other famous American Olympians.
When his plane ditched in a remote part of the Pacific, Louie and two colleagues survived the crash, and drifted thousands of miles for more than 47 days before being picked up by a Japanese ship. During those weeks they endured unthinkable hardships: After Louis and his pilot, Russell Allen Phillips were "rescued," an even more harrowing journey began, as both men were incarcerated in a series of brutal Japanese POW camps. The vivid descriptions of camp conditions and the inhuman brutality of many of the prison guards are gut wrenching.
The depth of depravity that Louie and his fellow prisoners had to endure is unimaginable, and the fact that he survived to live a productive life is a testament to his incredibly resilient and unbreakable will and spirit. The account of Zamperini's reluctant encounter with evangelist Billy Graham,is touching and instructive, for it proved to be the event that allowed Louie to finally come to peace with his hatred of the worst of the Japanese guards, Mutsuhiro Watanabe, "The Bird," Louie was finally free of the haunting nightmares and his need to seek revenge.
As I was reading this book, one of my close friends saw the book in my hand and said: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase. I'm a voracious reader.
Addicted to reading since I was a young child. I love and read a great deal of history. Laura Hillenbrand is now as beloved an author to me as Stephen Ambrose. My mother tells the story of meeting her father for the first time when he came home after the war. He left when she was a toddler and she has no memories of him before the war. Sadly, there was no information on PTSD in those years. He did his best, but the war broke him in profound ways that would chase all his children and grandchildren through the years.
This book has given me great sadness for what all the men suffered, but has also healed a wound. Grandfather didn't hate us all, he was merely dealing with a burden he could never share. Great book.
Very well written. I haven't stayed up all night reading in many years, but this book have me that rare pleasure of trading sleep for getting lost in a story. The bravery, unbelievable sacrifices, devotion, patriotism, and tenacity of "The Greatest Generation" should never be forgotten.
And he believes he's lived this long so he could see it written and read. And that was the loveliest thing he's ever said to me. If you hate somebody, you're not hurting the person you hate. You're hurting yourself. And that's a healing. Actually, it's a real healing, forgiveness. Share Tweet Reddit Flipboard Email. I suffered for a couple of years. CBSN Live watch. Bike-riding face slasher arrested in Los Angeles, police say.
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. 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.
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. Book Details Author: Laura Hillenbrand Pages: Audible Audiobook Brand: Unknown ISBN: Book Appearances 5.
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