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On a May afternoon in 1943, an Army Air Force bomber crashed into the Pacific Ocean and disappeared, leaving only a spray of debris and a slick of oil, gasoline, and blood. Minutes later, the plane's bombardier, twenty-six-year-old Lieutenant Louis Zamperini, surfaced. Bruised and battered, but alive, he summoned the strength to reach a life raft carrying several surviving crewmen. Just a month earlier, Zamperini had been a world-celebrated runner. He had competed in the Olympics at Berlin, where his athleticism had impressed Hitler, who made a point of shaking the young runner's hand. Now, in the weeks that followed, Zamperini would face thirst and starvation, a floundering raft, hungry sharks, and enemy aircraft.
After forty-seven days, Zamperini was plucked from the water by the Japanese Navy. His once-athletic body had withered to less than one hundred pounds. For the next two years, he was held as a prisoner of war and subjected to appalling cruelty and living conditions at the hands of his captors. He was denied food and water, threatened with beheading, and used as a human guinea pig in medical experiments. His fate, whether triumph or tragedy, was suspended on the fraying wire of his will. A testament to the resilience of the human mind, body, and spirit, Unbroken brings Zamperini's incredible story to life.
Laura Hillenbrand, author of the New York Times bestseller Seabiscuit, spent seven years researching Zamperini's story. She pored over thousands of documents-letters, diaries, essays, military reports and telegrams and conducted hundreds of interviews with people who knew Zamperini. Accounts from his friends, family members, Olympians, former POWs, and Japanese veterans provided her with the insight needed to craft an incisive, accurate portrait.
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Book clubs are a great way to shop for books: by joining, an avid reader can save a significant amount of money, get personalized recommendations on what to read, access to exclusive author interviews, articles etc. However, with so many options out there things can get confusing in a hurry and make it difficult to make the right choice. This is where BookClubs-Online.com steps in: it is a place to browse, review, compare and choose the suitable book club for you.
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