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Len S. (lens) - , - PaperBackSwap Team
Subject: Unbroken
Date Posted: 8/15/2012 11:42 AM ET
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Disclaimer: I work for PBS.

But, I love a great deal on a good book! Laura Hillenbrand's book

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

includes this line in the description:

"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."

Then I imagined the narrative style Hillenbrand used in Seabiscuit being used to describe an adventure like this. I am very much looking forward to reading it!

<shamelesspromotion>The hardcover is available in the PBS Market for like five bucks and a credit.</shamelesspromotion>

Date Posted: 8/15/2012 11:42 PM ET
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 I have read this book, and it is an amazing story!

It's a bargain at $5 + a credit :)

Date Posted: 8/16/2012 9:50 PM ET
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Yep -- terrific book!

Date Posted: 8/16/2012 11:15 PM ET
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That is a deal and I would never have noticed.  Thanks, Lens.

Len S. (lens) - , - PaperBackSwap Team
Date Posted: 8/20/2012 11:23 AM ET
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My copy arrived Friday and I'm about half-way through it. This is a really great book! Chores were the only things stopping me from reading it straight through. While weedeating the driveway, my mind kept wandering back to Louie and his adventures.

Date Posted: 8/21/2012 10:15 AM ET
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I loved it.  And I generally find war stories boring. 

Date Posted: 8/21/2012 10:23 PM ET
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I hesitated to read it, because our son was a Marine in A-stan at the time.  But, our book discussion group chose to read this book.   So, I read it...all of it!

It was hard to believe he was still living and doing public appearances at the age of 90 last summer!

Date Posted: 8/22/2012 2:04 AM ET
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It must have sold at PBS. All I could find was large print and audio. No regular print.
Date Posted: 8/24/2012 4:35 PM ET
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I found a hardback copy of Unbroken today at a garage sale for $1!! Looking forward to reading it!

Date Posted: 8/26/2012 1:33 PM ET
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I just finished this riveting book.  Hillenbrand does a great job of telling this story.  I don't usually read non-fiction because it always seems to bog down in details and the story loses its flow.  Not with Unbroken.  I read the story in two days and never lost interest in it.  I never skipped a page.  I also read the notes in the back.  It is all here.  The beginning, the middle and the end.  Check it out. Interesting aside:   Interesting aviation history lessons you won't even know you are getting.



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Len S. (lens) - , - PaperBackSwap Team
Date Posted: 8/27/2012 11:27 PM ET
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I loved it. Ms. Hillenbrand, please write a baseball book. Anything at all. The History of Little League Parents. Statistical Analysis of Tony LaRussa's Hairline. I would even read your definitive book on steroid use in the sport.

Brilliant pacing, real characters that invoke a range of emotions, you-are-there descriptions and a treasure trove of documentary proof at the end made this the best bang-for-the-buck book I've bought in a long time.

I'm about to post my hadcover copy from the market. This book is just too good to keep, I've gotten more than my money's worth in the reading.

 

Date Posted: 9/12/2012 12:11 AM ET
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Just finished Unbroken yesterday.  I have to admit I skimmed through some of the most gruesome details of the POW encampment and the grim journey on the raft, as I found it too disturbing and upsetting.  But, I did love the book and loved all the photos, to put faces to the names of the major characters.  A gripping book, one I'll not soon forget.

Date Posted: 12/30/2012 1:10 AM ET
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Louis Zamperini came to speak at our church sometime this year (I can't remember when). DH went and said he was specatacular. I have the book and have read a copule of chapters. I wasn't sufficiently interested to voraciously read it, but I WILL finish it, because the story is SO COOL.