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Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption (udgave 2014)

af Laura Hillenbrand

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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.… (mere)
Medlem:cdiemert
Titel:Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption
Forfattere:Laura Hillenbrand
Info:Random House Trade Paperbacks (2014), Edition: Reprint, Paperback, 528 pages
Samlinger:Dit bibliotek
Vurdering:*****
Nøgleord:wwii, true story

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Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption af Laura Hillenbrand

  1. 50
    Ghost Soldiers: The Epic Account of World War II's Greatest Rescue Mission af Hampton Sides (phm)
    phm: Nonfiction but reads like fiction and tells of a heroic plot by US Rangers to rescue Allied soldiers from a Japanese POW camp.
  2. 30
    The Boys in the Boat af Daniel James Brown (terran)
    terran: Both books deal with participants in the 1936 Olympic Games in Berlin and with personal stories of individuals growing up in that time period. Both are incredible true stories that read like fiction.
  3. 30
    The Long Walk: The True Story of a Trek to Freedom af Sławomir Rawicz (clif_hiker)
  4. 20
    Tears in the Darkness: The Story of the Bataan Death March and Its Aftermath af Michael Norman (TooBusyReading)
    TooBusyReading: Another remarkable story about survival during WWII, about what humans can do to one another.
  5. 10
    A Train in Winter: An Extraordinary Story of Women, Friendship, and Resistance in Occupied France af Caroline Moorehead (srdr)
    srdr: A well-told story with similar themes…WW II survival, friendship under difficult conditions.
  6. 10
    We Die Alone: A WWII Epic of Escape and Endurance af David Howarth (srdr)
    srdr: Jan Baalsrud's incredible survival and escape from Nazi-occupied arctic Norway.
  7. 10
    The Forgotten 500: The Untold Story of the Men Who Risked All for the Greatest Rescue Mission of World War II af Gregory A. Freeman (HistoryNutToo)
  8. 10
    Flyboys: A True Story of Courage af James Bradley (whymaggiemay)
    whymaggiemay: both examine prisoners of the Pacific islands
  9. 10
    Devil at My Heels af Louis Zamperini (Stbalbach)
    Stbalbach: Louis Zamperini's autobiography published in 2003, with intro by John McCain.
  10. 11
    So Close to Home: A True Story of an American Family's Fight for Survival During World War II af Michael J. Tougias (Othemts)
  11. 00
    What It Is Like to Go to War af Karl Marlantes (TooBusyReading)
    TooBusyReading: Based on the author's experiences, starting with the Vietnam war. Gave me lots of insight into war and warriors.
  12. 00
    Frozen in Time: An Epic Story of Survival and a Modern Quest for Lost Heroes of World War II af Mitchell Zuckoff (srdr)
    srdr: A gripping, non-fiction story of a WW II airplane crash on Greenland.
  13. 00
    Once Upon a Town af Bob Greene (cransell)
    cransell: An uplifting true story about World War II. Perhaps a good read after the harsh experiences in Unbroken.
  14. 00
    Road to Valor: A True Story of WWII Italy, the Nazis, and the Cyclist Who Inspired a Nation af Aili McConnon (sboyte)
    sboyte: Athletes and their experiences in the second World War.
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Viser 1-5 af 537 (næste | vis alle)
4.75*
I don't usually enjoy nonfiction however this story and the way it was written drew me in right away and kept me hooked the entire time. There were a few parts that I seem to tune out for during this audiobook such as when some statistics and facts from World War II we're being red, however a lot of the facts and statistics surprised me and literally had me with my mouth hanging open. This author has a way with words and it almost makes me want to listen to her first book Seabiscuit. ( )
  courty4189 | Mar 24, 2021 |
"Anyone who enjoyed Hillenbrand's previous book, Seabiscuit, will know that she has a fine line in compelling narrative. Unbroken is no different: meticulously researched and powerful. The reader, unlike the airmen, would rather the days adrift went on longer. They end, however, in grim style. Zamperini and fellow survivor are in sight of land when they are captured by Japanese forces. The Red Cross, however, is never informed and the two are declared dead."

editwww.theguardian.com, Kevin Rushby (Feb 18, 2011) ( )
  Kayla1318 | Mar 6, 2021 |
Everybody should read this to better understand POWs and vets, what we're capable of enduring for survival, and the difference attitude can make. Holy wow. ( )
  pmichaud | Dec 21, 2020 |
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I don't remember what I wrote!

I only remember I was in tears reading this. ( )
  xKayx | Dec 14, 2020 |
When I started this book, I knew absolutely nothing. It appeared as a suggestion in my library app. The audio version was available, so I started listening. I thought that I was listening to fiction, and found the first few chapters sort of dry. Why was this slow-moving backstory on Louis Zamperini so important? When would the story begin? So, I actually read the book description and realized that I was listening to a biography and a history. So when I continued listening, I paid more attention and learned an incredible amount. I really cannot say enough good things about this well-researched deeply affecting book.

Louis was a little lost in his early years. What turned things around? Running - and a push from Pete, his older bother. It was the 1930's in California. Once Louis started running, he started winning. On his high school track team he was a star. His winning track record led him to college - with a scholarship at the University of Southern California. And Louis, single-minded and determined, earned a spot on the Olympic track team in 1936 at 19 years old. While he didn't medal, his ending sprint caught the attention of Hitler who shook his hand, impressed with the effort and speed. And all this. The road from starting school when he could only speak Italian, to being bullied, to learning to fight, being disaffected, to being driven to run in the Olympics - all of this - led him to become a man who survived unimaginable deprivation and hardship.

The author paints an unflattering portrait of the Air Force in the early years of WWII. The airplanes were ill-equipped and the airmen too inexperienced. Many, many planes were lost in the Pacific Ocean in 1941 and 1942. As a bombardier, Louis flew numerous, dangerous missions. In April 1943, Louis's airplane was damaged during a bombing raid on a Japanese held Island. Louis provided emergency add to injured crew-mates as the bullet-ridden aircraft headed back to base. Incredibly, they made made it back but the plane was out of commission. And this all, was the best part of Louis's experience in WWII.

When Louis's aircraft is shot down over the Pacific (on his very next mission with a different crew and an airplane that had been stripped for parts), the unbearable, unreal journey through hell begins. Louis and one other survivor of the crash drifted for 47 days (the only other surviver died on day 33). What follows is an even more impossible and unbelievable 2 years as a prisoner of war.

This is where the author really shows her stripes as a researcher and writer. While providing as much detail as one might imagine of that harrowing time, she is also telling the story of the men's families, the military, and the country. It is more than just a who-knew-what-when. It is a personal and affecting account of the horror of war. And for those of us who think about WWII in terms of the battles on the European front, a reminder of equally painful price paid on the Pacific front. While Europe had the systematic extermination of Jews and others under the Third Reich, the Pacific had mass enforced enslavement and starvation of civilians (Koreans, Chinese) and prisoners of war. This was a genocide by the Empire of Japan.

At the end of this incredible book, I had an different view of the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Seeing the WWII Japan through this lens left me feeling that there was no other way to end the war. The Empire who enslaved, beat, starved, humiliated, and literally broke (in body and spirit) their enemies would never have surrendered with only conventional weapons. While a different perspective may show America as the mass-murderer of civilians, there are more than two sides to this incredibly complicated story. I found this book eye-opening. ( )
  sbecon | Dec 12, 2020 |
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"Anyone who enjoyed Hillenbrand's previous book, Seabiscuit, will know that she has a fine line in compelling narrative. Unbroken is no different: meticulously researched and powerful. The reader, unlike the airmen, would rather the days adrift went on longer. They end, however, in grim style. Zamperini and fellow survivor are in sight of land when they are captured by Japanese forces. The Red Cross, however, is never informed and the two are declared dead."
 
The ideal way to read “Unbroken” would be with absolutely no knowledge of how Mr. Zamperini’s life unfolded. Ms. Hillenbrand has written her book so breathlessly, and with such tight focus, that she makes it difficult to guess what will happen to him from one moment to the next, let alone how long he was able to survive under extreme duress...So “Unbroken” is a celebration of gargantuan fortitude, that of both Ms. Hillenbrand (whose prose shatters any hint of her debilitating fatigue) and Mr. Zamperini’s. It manages to be as exultant as “Seabiscuit” as it tells a much more harrowing, less heart-warming story.

 

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