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

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Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption
Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand (cover).jpg
AuthorLaura Hillenbrand
Original titleUnbroken
PublisherRandom House
Publication date
November 16, 2010
Media typePrint
LC ClassD805.J3 Z364 2010

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, 14 weeks at number one, it is the 5th longest-running nonfiction best seller of all time. [1][non-primary source needed]

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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.[9] Jack O'Connell portrays Louis Zamperini[10] and the film had its general release on Christmas, 2014.[11][12]


  1. ^ "Laure Hillenbrand Unbroken: About the Book". Retrieved January 10, 2018.
  2. ^ "Best Books 2010". Publishers Weekly. Retrieved July 4, 2014.
  3. ^ "Best Sellers – Hardcover Nonfiction". New York Times. 26 December 2010. Retrieved 9 March 2015. 4 weeks on the list
  4. ^ "The Top 10 Everything of 2010". Time. Retrieved July 4, 2014.
  5. ^ "Los Angeles Times Book Prize Finalists Announced". Publishers Weekly. February 22, 2011. Retrieved July 4, 2014.
  6. ^ "Indies Choice Award". Book Web. Retrieved July 4, 2014.
  7. ^ "Dayton Literary Prize finalists revealed". foyles.co.uk. August 25, 2011. Retrieved July 4, 2014.
  8. ^ "Andrew Carnegie Medal longlist 2012" (PDF). Booklist. Retrieved July 4, 2014.
  9. ^ "Angelina Jolie To Direct 'Unbroken', The Incredible Story Of Lou Zamperini". deadline.com. 18 December 2012. Retrieved 21 September 2013.
  10. ^ "Angelina Jolie Narrowing Choices For Young Lou Zamperini In 'Unbroken'". deadline.com. 13 June 2013. Retrieved 21 September 2013.
  11. ^ "Universal Dates Angelina Jolie's 'Unbroken' For December 25, 2014". deadline.com. 10 July 2013. Retrieved 21 September 2013.
  12. ^ Annie Martin (February 25, 2014). "Angelina Jolie brings Louis Zamperini's unbelievable true story to life in Unbroken". UPI. Retrieved 27 February 2014.

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