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release date: Jul 29, 2014
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Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption
#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • NOW A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE • Look for special features inside. Join the Random House Reader’s Circle for author chats and more.

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 1943. When his Army Air Forces bomber crashed into the Pacific Ocean, against all odds, Zamperini survived, adrift on a foundering life raft. Ahead of Zamperini lay thousands of miles of open ocean, leaping sharks, 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.
 
Appearing in paperback for the first time—with twenty arresting new photos and an extensive Q&A with the author—Unbroken is an unforgettable testament to the resilience of the human mind, body, and spirit, brought vividly to life by Seabiscuit author Laura Hillenbrand.

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
 
“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
 
“Magnificent . . . incredible . . . [Hillenbrand] has crafted another masterful blend of sports, history and overcoming terrific odds; this is biography taken to the nth degree, a chronicle of a remarkable life lived through extraordinary times.”—The Dallas Morning News
 
“An astonishing testament to the superhuman power of tenacity.”Entertainment Weekly
 
“A tale of triumph and redemption . . . astonishingly detailed.”O: The Oprah Magazine
 
“[A] masterfully told true story . . . nothing less than a marvel.”Washingtonian
 
“[Hillenbrand tells this] story with cool elegance but at a thrilling sprinter’s pace.”—Time
 
“Hillenbrand [is] one of our best writers of narrative history. You don’t have to be a sports fan or a war-history buff to devour this book—you just have to love great storytelling.”—Rebecca Skloot, author of The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
release date: Apr 25, 2017
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Unbroken (The Young Adult Adaptation): An Olympian's Journey from Airman to Castaway to Captive
In this captivating and lavishly illustrated young adult edition of her award-winning #1 New York Times bestseller, 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, enemy aircraft, and, beyond, a trial even greater. Driven to the limits of endurance, Zamperini would respond to desperation with ingenuity, suffering with hope and humor, brutality with rebellion. His fate, whether triumph or tragedy, would hang on the fraying wire of his will.
 
Featuring more than one hundred photographs plus an exclusive interview with Zamperini, this breathtaking odyssey—also captured on film by director Angelina Jolie—is a testament to the strength of the human spirit and the ability to endure against the unlikeliest of odds.

Praise for Unbroken

"This adaptation of Hillenbrand's adult bestseller is highly dramatic and exciting, as well as painful to read as it lays bare man's hellish inhumanity to man."—Booklist, STARRED

"This captivating book emphasizes the importance of determination, the will to survive against impossible odds, and support from family and friends. A strong, well-written work."—SLJ

"This fine adaptation ably brings an inspiring tale to young readers."—Kirkus
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release date: Mar 26, 2002
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Seabiscuit: An American Legend (Ballantine Reader's Circle)
Laura Hillenbrand, author of the runaway phenomenon Unbroken, brilliantly re-creates a universal underdog story in this #1 New York Times bestseller.

Seabiscuit was one of the most electrifying and popular attractions in sports history and the single biggest newsmaker in the world in 1938, receiving more coverage than FDR, Hitler, or Mussolini. But his success was a surprise to the racing establishment, which had written off the crooked-legged racehorse with the sad tail. Three men changed Seabiscuit’s fortunes:

Charles Howard was a onetime bicycle repairman who introduced the automobile to the western United States and became an overnight millionaire. When he needed a trainer for his new racehorses, he hired Tom Smith, a mysterious mustang breaker from the Colorado plains. Smith urged Howard to buy Seabiscuit for a bargain-basement price, then hired as his jockey Red Pollard, a failed boxer who was blind in one eye, half-crippled, and prone to quoting passages from Ralph Waldo Emerson. Over four years, these unlikely partners survived a phenomenal run of bad fortune, conspiracy, and severe injury to transform Seabiscuit from a neurotic, pathologically indolent also-ran into an American sports icon.


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release date: Jan 01, 2001
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Seabiscuit: An American Legend
Laura Hillenbrand, author of the runaway phenomenon Unbroken, brilliantly re-creates a universal underdog story in this #1 New York Times bestseller. Seabiscuit was one of the most electrifying and popular attractions in sports history and the single biggest newsmaker in the world in 1938, receiving more coverage than FDR, Hitler, or Mussolini. But his success was a surprise to the racing establishment, which had written off the crooked-legged racehorse with the sad tail. Three men changed Seabiscuit's fortunes: Charles Howard was a onetime bicycle repairman who introduced the automobile to the western United States and became an overnight millionaire. When he needed a trainer for his new racehorses, he hired Tom Smith, a mysterious mustang breaker from the Colorado plains. Smith urged Howard to buy Seabiscuit for a bargain-basement price, then hired as his jockey Red Pollard, a failed boxer who was blind in one eye, half-crippled, and prone to quoting passages from Ralph Waldo Emerson. Over four years, these unlikely partners survived a phenomenal run of bad fortune, conspiracy, and severe injury to transform Seabiscuit from a neurotic, pathologically indolent also-ran into an American sports icon.
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release date: Nov 30, 2014
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Unbroken (en español) MTI (Spanish Edition)
UNBROKEN (EN ESPAÑOL)
Una historia de supervivencia, fortaleza y 
redención durante la Segunda Guerra Mundial

AHORA EN EL CINE 

EN SU NIÑEZ, LOUIS ZAMPERINI FUE UN DELINCUENTE INCORREGIBLE. Ya siendo adolescente, canalizó su rebeldía en las pruebas de pista y campo, y en este afán descubrió que poseía un talento prodigioso que lo catapultó a los Juegos Olímpicos de Berlín. Pero cuando comenzó la Segunda Guerra Mundial, el atleta devino aviador y se embarcó en una empresa que lo condujo a un fatídico vuelo una tarde de mayo de 1943. Cuando su bombardero de la Fuerza Aérea se estrelló en el océano Pacífico, contra todo pronóstico, Zamperini sobrevivió y quedó a la deriva en una precaria balsa de náufrago. Frente a Zamperini se desplegaban amenazantes miles de kilómetros de mar abierto, erizado de tiburones, amenazado por la sed y el hambre, por aviones enemigos y, más allá, por una prueba aún mayor. En los límites de su resistencia, Zamperini respondería a la desesperación con ingenio; al sufrimiento con esperanza, determinación y humor; a la brutalidad con rebelión. Su destino, ya sea el triunfo o la tragedia, pendería del raído hilo de su voluntad.
Unbroken es un testimonio inolvidable de la capacidad de recuperación de la mente, el cuerpo y el espíritu humano, contado vivamente por la autora de Seabiscuit, Laura Hillenbrand.
release date: May 16, 2017
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Unbroken: An Olympian's Journey From Airman To Castaway To Captive (Young Readers Edition) (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition)
FOR USE IN SCHOOLS AND LIBRARIES ONLY. Beautifully illustrated throughout, this riveting biography includes more than 100 black-and-white photos. 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.
release date: Aug 17, 2020
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By Richard Adams The Unbroken Web: Stories and Fables (1st First Edition) [Hardcover]
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release date: Oct 30, 2011
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Inquebrantable (Unbroken) (Spanish Edition)
#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER SOON TO BE A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE

Spanish Description: El nuevo exito de Laura Hillenbrand narra la historia de Louie Zamperini, un disciplinado campeon de carreras que corrio en los Juegos Olímpicos de Berlin en 1936 y del que se esperaba seria el primero en correr una milla en menos de 4 minutos, pero no solo no rompio el record, tampoco gano la carrera. Con la esperanza de ganar el oro en las siguientes olimpiadas, se puso a entrenar de nuevo pero la Segunda Guerra Mundial acabo con su sueno. Su voluntad de vivir fue cruelmente puesta a prueba cuando se convirtio en parte del Cuerpo Aereo del Ejercito Bombardero en 1941, especialmente al estrellarse en el Pacifico junto con su amigo y piloto Russell Allen Phillips. Despues de 47 días a la deriva en una balsa salvavidas, y rodeados de tiburones, fueron rescatados y capturados por los japoneses. En los, teatros de la crueldad, que fueron los campamentos de prisioneros de guerra japoneses, Louie cayo en el mas cruel de todos: Omori y Naoetsu, bajo el control del capitan Mutsuhiro Watanabe, un sadico, patologico y brutal lider cuya satisfaccion provenia de no matar nunca a su victimas, sino de atormentarlas poco a poco hasta su muerte. Una de las cosas que hizo alguna vez, fue exhibir a uno de sus prisioneros desnudo en un zoologico de Tokio para mostrar, lo sucio que era. Despues de una de las palizas que recibía de el, Louie incluso asegura haberle visto una expresion de extasis sexual, y tanto Louie como sus companeros de prision arriesgaron su vida varias veces para tratar de salvar a otros. Solo su espiritu rebelde e inquebrantable logro que fuera rescatado vivo al final de la guerra, a mediados de agosto de 1945. Pero en realidad, Louie aun no estaba libre. A pesar de que pudo regresar a su hogar en Torrance, California, se caso impulsivamente con la bella Cynthia Applewhite y trato de construir una vida, Louie no podia liberarse se las garras de Watanabe, y era perseguido y atormentado en sus suenos.

From Laura Hillenbrand, the best-selling author of Seabiscuit, comes a long-awaited new book that tells the story of Louis Zamperini, a runner whose prodigious talent carried him to the Berlin Olympics in 1936. Zamperini was the favorite for the one-mile race and was expected to break the 4-minute record, but he failed on both counts. He began training with the hopes of winning the gold in the following Olympics but the onset of WWII ended his dream. His will to live was sorely tested when his Army Air Forces bomber crashed into the Pacific Ocean. Together with his friend and pilot Russell Allen Phil Phillips, he drifted in shark-infested waters on a tiny raft for 47 days only to be rescued and then captured by the Japanese. Louis was held captive at Omoriy Naoetsu, controlled by Mutsuhiro Watanabe, a brutal, pathological and sadist leader whose main satisfaction came from slowly torturing his victims, delaying the agony of death. Zamperini s unbreakable will was the only thing that kept him alive until he was rescued in the summer of 1945. He returned to his home in Torrence, California, impulsively married beautiful Cynthia Applewhite, and tried to build a new life. No longer captive, he was still, however, a prisoner, tormented by nightmares in which he was hunted by Watanabe. He suffered from PTSD, an illness unknown at the time, and drank heavily in an effort to block the memories. With Cynthia s help, Louis, now 91, has finally found his way back home. Hillenbrand brings to life an almost-forgotten story of heroism, cruelty, life, death, joy, and suffering. A #1 best-seller in the US for over eight months, Unbroken is a testament to the resilience of the human mind, body, and spirit, and a story of resistance, survival, and redemption during WWII. It is, without a doubt, the book of 2011.

release date: Aug 17, 2020
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Laura Hillenbrand: Unbroken : A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption (Hardcover); 2010 Edition
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release date: Oct 11, 2012
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Invincible [ Unbroken ] (French Edition)
Louis Zamperini est né en 1917 à New York. Quand il arrive en Californie, trois ans plus tard, il ne parle que l'italien. Dans un contexte de dépression économique, il doit apprendre à se battre très tôt, au sens propre comme au figuré. Quand la délinquance le guette, c'est son frère qui le sauve en le présentant à l'équipe scolaire de course de fond. Cette décision change sa vie à tout jamais. De sa gloire locale aux Jeux olympiques de 1936, Louis devient un homme et un bourreau des c urs. Mais son âge d'or prend fin en 1941 lorsqu'il s'engage dans l'armée. Après un bombardement japonais, son avion s'écrase dans un atoll du Pacifique et il est fait prisonnier de guerre. Dans les camps de travail, il fait face à des conditions de vie atroces : l'humidité, la chaleur, les moustiques... Mais, en véritable force de la nature, il survit à toutes ces épreuves. A son retour aux Etats-Unis, il est considéré comme un héros par ses proches. Pourtant, son traumatisme est tel qu'il plonge dans l'alcool et la violence. Sa rédemption vient alors de son premier amour : la course. Il retrouve goût à la vie en entraînant des jeunes gens et en les poussant à dépasser ses propres exploits. Ce livre témoigne du parcours prodigieux d'un champion pris dans les tourments d'un contexte historique chaotique.
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