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Unbroken [Englisch] [Taschenbuch]

Laura Hillenbrand
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9. Dezember 2010
The new book from the author of the bestselling and much-loved Seabiscuit. 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. 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 odysseys of the Second World War. The lieutenant's name was Louis Zamperini. In boyhood, he'd been a cunning and incorrigible delinquent, breaking into houses, brawling, and fleeing his home to ride the rails. As a teenager, he had channelled his defiance into running, discovering a prodigious talent that had carried him to the Berlin Olympics and within sight of the four-minute mile. But when war had come, the athlete had become 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 foundering raft, thirst and starvation, enemy aircraft, and, beyond, a trial even greater. Driven to the limits of endurance, Zamperini would answer desperation with ingenuity; suffering with hope, resolve, and humour; brutality with rebellion. His fate, whether triumph or tragedy, would be suspended on the fraying wire of his will. In her long-awaited new book, Laura Hillenbrand writes with the same rich and vivid narrative voice she displayed in Seabiscuit. Telling an unforgettable story of a man's journey into extremity, Unbroken is a testament to the resilience of the human mind, body, and spirit.

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  • Taschenbuch: 500 Seiten
  • Verlag: Fourth Estate Ltd (9. Dezember 2010)
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 0007386648
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007386642
  • Größe und/oder Gewicht: 23,4 x 15,2 x 4,4 cm
  • Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 4.6 von 5 Sternen  Alle Rezensionen anzeigen (5 Kundenrezensionen)
  • Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 260.685 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)

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'Hillenbrand has once again brought to life the true story of a forgotten hero, and reminded us how lucky we are to have her, one of our best writers of narrative history. You don't have to be a sports fan or a war-history buff to devour this book -- you just have to love great storytelling.' Rebecca Skloot, author of The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks Praise for Seabiscuit 'A rip-roaring narrative from a cobwebbed chapter of the Depression' Sunday Times 'Hillenbrand tells the story of the triumphs and tribulations of her cast of misfits with flair and skill, relishing the larger than life characters who inhabited this forgotten demimonde.' Sunday Times 'Most readable!a wonderful tale' Daily Mail 'This season's literary sensation' Financial Times A classic tale.' Sunday Times' 'Great horse, great name, great story, very good book!this one could run and run' Observer

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Laura Hillenbrand is the author of the number-one bestseller Seabiscuit, which won the William Hill Sports Book of the Year award. It was made into a major international film, which was nominated for seven Academy Awards, including Best Picture. She lives in Washington, D.C.

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4.0 von 5 Sternen tortured diginity 23. Mai 2011
The book is a very heart rendering read. Louie Zamperini's dreams are chattered through agonizing torture which he is forced to endure through his capture by the Japanese during WWII. He does not get rescued by any drummed up parade of soldiers. Not when he is stranded in the middle of the Pacific, not when he is taken prisoner by the Japanese and not while he is a POW. Why one human race can be so extreme cruel is beyond comprehension. Yet the book does not radiate hate or racism. The story does not provoke pity towards the protagonist or any other character of the book. I questioned myself: why am I reading this? It is because I had to know if he/they survive. I had to find out if they are taken out of the struggle to live. It was soothing to realize families really can stick together and believe. Throughout the book Louie knew and trusted his faith in his family and his family had faith in Louie.

Knowing that this novel is true was mind -boggling. If it was fiction it would seem that the author was exaggerating a story. It would probably be deemed that the protagonist should be named John Wayne and the whole episode was dreamed up in Hollywood. But exactly the opposite is true. The protagonist Louie Zamperini was not anything like Wayne he was like you and me (a mensch) and the setting was nothing close to Hollywood. I kept asking myself how much one human being can be made to suffer. I haven't felt so touched by a war novel since Irwin Shaw's "The Young Lions"; and that was fiction.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen A MUST READ BOOK 1. November 2013
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Strongly recommend. A must read book. An incredible story of WWll POWs how they managed to survive in rubber boat in the middle of Pacific ocean for over a month without food and water. Then to be captured by the Japanese. Sent to POWs camps in Japan. It was a shocking story how they survived the conditions and the kind of treatment in the camps. It's the WWll's untold story of the survival of POWs.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Motivating 21. September 2013
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Very interesting and amazing biography. It makes you realize how little you had to go through compared to the victims of the second world war.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Spitze! 19. September 2013
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Louis Zamperini ist ein junger talentierter Leichtathlet, der 1936 bei den Olympischen Spielen in Berlin teilnimmt. Noch zu jung, um in die große Weltspitze vorzudringen, will er dies 1940 erreichen. Doch dann kommt der 2.WK dazwischen und Zamperini geht zur amerikanischen Luftwaffe und wird mit Kameraden über dem Pazifik abgeschossen. Es beginnt eine jahrelange Odyssee...
Ein sachliches, packendes und emotionales Buch zugleich, welches eine wahre Geschichte verarbeitet und einen Teil des 2.WK beleuchtet, der Europäern eher unbekannt sein dürfte. Fünf Sterne von mir, da es ein Pageturner ist. Gleichzeitig bin ich auf die bevorstehende (9/13) Verfilmung gespannt, denn das Buch hat alles für einen Oscar-Kandidaten und Blockbuster...
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4.0 von 5 Sternen An Inspiring Story 17. August 2013
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"Unbroken" is the almost incredible story of Louis Zamperini, Olympian, Air Force Veteran, prisoner of war and inspirational speaker. Normally I tell a lot of the facts of a history or biography, but this book reads so much like a novel that I want you to have the thrill of suspense that I did.

To give you a few details, Zamperini grew up in California, became an Olympic runner who was expected to medal at the 1940 Tokyo Summer Olympics that were cancelled due to World War II. Joining the Army Air Force, Zamperini was shot down over the Pacific, floated in a raft for 47 days after which they were captured by Japanese. Author Laura Hillenbrand tells of the unspeakable cruelties inflicted on the prisoners until their liberation by Allied Forces. Upon return to the States Zamperini struggled from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder until, well I better stop here.

Suffice it to say, "Unbroken" is a well written tale of courage that truly could not be broken. It tells a of a tragedy of war that is often overlooked, the sufferings of the POW. Whether you are student of World War II or just looking for an inspiration "Unbroken" is the choice for you.
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