《Preloved Paperback + Biography of A U.S.Airman Who Survived When His Bomber Crashed Into The Sea During World War II》Laura Hillenbrand - UNBROKEN : A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption (JILL)
★★ #1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER★★ ★★ HAILED AS THE TOP NONFICTION BOOK OF THE YEAR BY TIME ★★ ★★ WINNER OF THE LOS ANGELES TIMES BOOK PRIZE FOR BIOGRAPHY ★★ ★★ THE INDIES CHOICE ADULT NONFICTION BOOK OF THE YEAR AWARD★★ This New York Times & The LA Times bestseller in paperback edition is a preloved book and wrapped with protective book-wrapper. Noted that there is detachment pages but had been remedied and taped (refer to the attached photos). Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption is a 2010 non-fiction book by Laura Hillenbrand, author of the best-selling book Seabiscuit: An American Legend (2001). Unbroken is a biography of World War II hero Louis Zamperini, a former Olympic track star who survived a plane crash in the Pacific theater, spent 47 days drifting on a raft, and then survived more than two and a half years as a prisoner of war in three brutal Japanese prisoner-of-war camps. Unbroken has spent more than four years on The New York Times best seller list, including 14 weeks at number one. It is the 5th longest-running nonfiction best seller of all time. As a young boy, Louie Zamperini is a major troublemaker in his hometown of Torrance, California. He steals food and runs away. Pete, his older brother, pushes him to developing his love for running. Once Louie realizes he not only loves but is good at running, he trains constantly and is able to breaks many records. He also makes it to the Olympic Games in Berlin in 1936. His running career, however, ends abruptly as World War II begins. Louie enlists in the air corps, and he becomes a bombardier. He and his crew grow close during this time, experiencing many battles. Their plane, the Super-Man, takes a ton of abuse and still continues to fly until it gets shot over five hundred times. Even then all the crew survive the ordeal. The plane is replaced with a less reliable plane, the Green Hornet. The Green Hornet ends up crashing almost immediately due to mechanical difficulties while on a search mission some 850 miles (1,370 km) south of Oahu, killing eight of the 11 men aboard. Not only does most of the crew die, but the three that survive the crash, Louie, Phil, and Mac, are wounded and face a grave future. Phil become depressed and Mac goes insane and eats all their calorie-filled chocolate. They all become creative, devising ways to get clean water and food. They manage to repair their life raft after Japanese gunners shot holes in it. Even with this success, Mac dies shortly after. Louie and Phil survive for forty-six days but get captured by the Japanese. They get sent to several POW camps. Louie survives, despite the sadistic guard nicknamed “the Bird.” After the war is declared over, American planes drop food and other supplies to the camps. Louie reunites with his family, who all worried and presumed him dead. Louie marries Cynthia Applewhite. They have a daughter, but Louie has become an alcoholic and has flashbacks of the war. Louie cannot find a new career or do what he loves, running. So he tries to run from reality with alcohol. He thinks only of wanting to murder the Bird because of the torment that the Bird caused. Because of this Cynthia files for divorce. However, Billy Graham comes to town and starts a series of revivals. Cynthia convince Louie to at least come to one of the revivals. There Louie flashes back to when he made a bargain with God on the raft, and Louie finds his faith again. This enables him to leave his bad habits, find a new life and to save his marriage. Many years later, Louie forgives all who wronged him during WWII. When he hears that the Bird is still alive, Louie wants to go meet him and express his forgiveness. The Bird refuses, and Louie ends up sending him a letter. In 1998, Louie carries the Olympic torch past Naoetsu, one of the locations where he was once imprisoned, we see his true forgiveness and “unbrokenness.” A feature film based on the book was adapted by Universal Pictures and Legendary Pictures. Angelina Jolie directed this film while the Coen brothers, Richard LaGravenese, and William Nicholson wrote the screenplay. Jack O'Connell portrays Louis Zamperini and the film had its general release on Christmas, 2014. About the Author Laura Hillenbrand is the author of the #1 New York Times bestseller Seabiscuit: An American Legend, which was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, won the Book Sense 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. Hillenbrand’s New Yorker article, “A Sudden Illness,” won the 2004 National Magazine Award, and she is a two-time winner of the Eclipse Award, the highest journalistic honor in Thoroughbred racing. She and actor Gary Sinise are the co-founders of Operation International Children, a charity that provides school supplies to children through American troops. She lives in Washington, D.C.
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