Hillenbrand, Laura.

Unbroken : a World War II story of survival, resilience, and redemption / Laura Hillenbrand. - 1st ed. - xviii, 473 pages : illustrations, map ; 25 cm.

Includes bibliographical references (p. [407]-457) and index.

The one-boy insurgency -- Run like mad -- The Torrance tornado -- Plundering Germany -- Into war -- The flying coffin -- "This is it, boys" -- "Only the laundry knew how scared I was" -- Five hundred and ninety-four holes -- The stinking six -- "Nobody's going to live through this" -- Downed -- Missing at sea -- Thirst -- Sharks and bullets -- Singing in the clouds -- Typhoon -- A dead body breathing -- Two hundred silent men -- Farting for Hirohito -- Belief -- Plots afoot -- Monster -- Hunted -- B-29 -- Madness -- Falling down -- Enslaved -- Two hundred and twenty punches -- The boiling city -- The naked stampede -- Cascades of pink peaches -- Mother's Day -- The shimmering girl -- Coming undone -- The body on the mountain -- Twisted ropes -- A beckoning whistle -- Daybreak.

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.

William Hill Sports Book of the Year, 2010

9781400064168 (alk. paper) 1400064163 (alk. paper) 9780679603757 (ebook) 0679603751 (ebook)


Zamperini, Louis, 1917-2014.

United States. Army Air Forces. Heavy Bombardment Group, 307th.

World War, 1939-1945--Prisoners and prisons, Japanese.
Prisoners of war--United States--Biography.
Prisoners of war--Japan--Biography.
World War, 1939-1945--Aerial operations, American.
World War, 1939-1945--Campaigns--Pacific Area.
Long-distance runners--United States--Biography.

D805.J3 / Z364 2010

940.54/7252092 B