Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption
This book on Olympian-turned-World War II prisoner of war of the Japanese Louis Zamperini has been on the New York Times Best Sellers list for the past 34 weeks.
Of 1,472 readers who sent their reviews to Amazon 1,280 gave it the highest praise, five star. (As of July 23, 2011)
"A master class in narrative storytelling…Extraordinarily moving...A powerfully drawn survival epic." --The Wall Street Journal
"Ambitious and powerful… Hillenbrand is intelligent and restrained, and wise enough to let the story unfold for itself. Her research is thorough, her writing crystalline. Unbroken is gripping in an almost cinematic way." -- The New York Times Book Review
In Her Own Words: NPR’s interview with Ms. Hillenbrand
November 20, 2010
Laura Hillenbrand has written two great big books about exceptional athletes and
inspiring survivors that the world somehow managed to forget for a while. The
first was Seabiscuit, the tale of the Depression-era racehorse.
Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience and Redemption follows
Zamperini as a bombardier during World War II. When a plane he is piloting
disappears into the Pacific Ocean, years of starvation, imprisonment and
Listen to the entire interview at NPR Hillenbrand interview
Message to Japanese people
Ms. Hillenbrand recently sent the following message to this website:
There were two things that compelled me to write "Unbroken." First, it tells one of the most extraordinary and unlikely true stories I have ever heard, a breathtaking tale of a World War II soldier's survival in the face of almost incomprehensible hardships and challenges. But this is so much more than a soldier's adventure. I saw this story as an opportunity to explore the forces within Japan, and America, that created the Second World War in the Pacific, and to bring understanding and healing to people on all sides of the conflict. Louis Zamperini's life is a testament to the power of forgiveness. I hope my readers in Japan, as well as those all over the world, will be inspired by it.
It has been reported that Universal Pictures is making this book into a feature
Recent TV program on Mr. Zamperini
I hope that Unbroken will be translated into Japanese so that many people in Japan will be inspired by this remarkable story.