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Unbroken: An Olympian's Journey from Airman to Castaway to Captive
 

Unbroken: An Olympian's Journey from Airman to Castaway to Captive (Trade Paperback / Paperback, Young Adult Adaptation ed.)

By Hillenbrand, Laura

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Original version published: New York: Random House, A2010.

ISBN 9780385742528
Barcode 9780385742528
Published 27 August 2018 by Random House
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback, Young Adult Adaptation ed.
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ISBN-13 9780385742528
ISBN-10 0385742525
Stock Available
Status Internationally sourced; usually ships 2-3 weeks
Publisher Random House
Imprint Random House Inc
Publication Date 27 August 2018
International Publication Date 25 April 2017
Publication Country United States United States
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback, Young Adult Adaptation ed.
Edition Young Adult Adaptation ed.
Author(s) By Hillenbrand, Laura
Category History
Sports & Outdoor Recreation
Warfare, Defence & Peace Studies
Personal Family, Relationship & Social Issues
Number of Pages 320
Dimensions Width: 178mm
Height: 229mm
Spine: 22mm
Weight 454g
Interest Age 13+ years
Reading Age 13+ years
Library of Congress World War, 1939-1945, Prisoners of war, Prisoners of war - United States, World War, 1939-1945 - Prisoners and prisons, Japanese, Prisoners of war - Japan
NBS Text Young Adult General Interest & Leisure
ONIX Text General/trade
Dewey Code B
Catalogue Code 728727

Description of this Book

In this captivating and lavishly illustrated young adult edition of her award-winning #1 New York Timesbestseller, 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 forUnbroken 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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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

NZ Review This adaptation of Hillenbrand s adult best-seller is highly dramatic and exciting, as well as painful to read as it lays bare man s hellish inhumanity to man. --<i>Booklist</i>, 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. --<i>SLJ This fine adaptation ably brings an inspiring tale to young readers. --<i>Kirkus A humdinger ofa page-turner: a noble story about the courage of America's Greatest Generation, personified. --<i>The Horn BookReview

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Author's Bio

Laura Hillenbrand is the author of the #1 New York Times bestseller Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption and Seabiscuit: An American Legend, which was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, won the Book Sense Nonfiction Book of the Year award and the William Hill Sports Book of the Year Award, landed on more than fifteen best-of-the-year lists, and inspired the film Seabiscuit, which 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 National Magazine Award. Her work has also appeared in such publications as the New York Times, Vanity Fair, the Washington Post, and the Los Angeles Times. She and actor Gary Sinise were cofounders of Operation International Children, a charity that provided school supplies to children through American troops.

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