Laura Hillenbrand

1 Unbroken

Author : Laura Hillenbrand
Genre :  Biographies & Memoirs  Books  History  Military 
Price :  $9.99
Release Date :  2010-11-16
Description :  <b><b>#1 <i>NEW YORK TIMES</i> BESTSELLER • <b>NOW A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE •&#xa0;</b>Look for special features inside. Join the Random House Reader’s Circle for author chats and more.</b><br /></b><br />In boyhood, Louis Zamperini was an incorrigible delinquent. As a teenager, he channeled his defiance into running, discovering a prodigious talent that had carried him to the Berlin Olympics. But when World War II began, the athlete became an airman, embarking on a journey that led to a doomed flight on a May afternoon in 1943. When his Army Air Forces bomber crashed into the Pacific Ocean, against all odds, Zamperini survived, adrift on a foundering life raft. Ahead of Zamperini lay thousands of miles of open ocean, leaping sharks, 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 humor; brutality with rebellion. His fate, whether triumph or tragedy, would be suspended on the fraying wire of his will.<br /> &#xa0;<br /><i>Unbroken </i>is an unforgettable testament to the resilience of the human mind, body, and spirit, brought vividly to life by <i>Seabiscuit</i> author Laura Hillenbrand.<br /><br /><b><b>Hailed as the top nonfiction book of the year by <i>Time</i> magazine • Winner of the <i>Los Angeles Times</i> Book Prize for biography and the Indies Choice Adult Nonfiction Book of the Year award</b><br /></b> &#xa0;<br /> “Extraordinarily moving . . . a powerfully drawn survival epic.”<b>—<i>The Wall Street Journal</i></b><br /> <i>&#xa0;</i><br /> “[A] one-in-a-billion story . . . designed to wrench from self-respecting critics all the blurby adjectives we normally try to avoid: It is amazing, unforgettable, gripping, harrowing, chilling, and inspiring.”<b><i>—New York</i></b><i> </i><br /> &#xa0;<br /> “Staggering . . . mesmerizing . . . Hillenbrand’s writing is so ferociously cinematic, the events she describes so incredible, you don’t dare take your eyes off the page.”<b>—<i>People</i></b><br /> <i>&#xa0;</i><br /> “A meticulous, soaring and beautifully written account of an extraordinary life.”<b><i>—The Washington Post</i></b><br /> <i>&#xa0;</i><br /> “Ambitious and powerful . . . a startling narrative and an inspirational book.”<b><i>—The New York Times Book Review</i></b><br /> <b><i>&#xa0;</i></b><br />“Magnificent . . . incredible . . . [Hillenbrand] has crafted another masterful blend of sports, history and overcoming terrific odds; this is biography taken to the nth degree, a chronicle of a remarkable life lived through extraordinary times.”<b><i>—The Dallas Morning News</i></b><br /> &#xa0;<br /> “An astonishing testament to the superhuman power of tenacity.”<b>—<i>Entertainment Weekly</i></b><br /> <i>&#xa0;</i><br /> “A tale of triumph and redemption . . . astonishingly detailed.”<b>—<i>O: The Oprah Magazine</i></b><br /> <i>&#xa0;</i><br /> “[A] masterfully told true story . . . nothing less than a marvel.”<b>—<i>Washingtonian</i></b><br /> <i>&#xa0;</i><br /> “[Hillenbrand tells this] story with cool elegance but at a thrilling sprinter’s pace.”<b><i>—Time</i></b><br /> <b><i>&#xa0;</i></b><br /> “Hillenbrand [is] 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.”<b>—Rebecca Skloot, author of<i> The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks</i></b><i><br /></i>

2 Seabiscuit

Author : Laura Hillenbrand
Genre :  Biographies & Memoirs  Books  History  United States  Sports & Outdoors 
Price :  $1.99
Release Date :  2001-03-06
Description :  <b>Laura Hillenbrand, author of the runaway phenomenon&#xa0;<i>Unbroken,</i> brilliantly re-creates a universal underdog story in this #1 <i>New York Times</i> bestseller.</b><br /><br />Seabiscuit was one of the most electrifying and popular attractions in sports history and the single biggest newsmaker in the world in 1938, receiving more coverage than FDR, Hitler, or Mussolini. But his success was a surprise to the racing establishment, which had written off the crooked-legged racehorse with the sad tail. Three men changed Seabiscuit’s fortunes:<br /><br /> Charles Howard was a onetime bicycle repairman who introduced the automobile to the western United States and became an overnight millionaire. When he needed a trainer for his new racehorses, he hired Tom Smith, a mysterious mustang breaker from the Colorado plains. Smith urged Howard to buy Seabiscuit for a bargain-basement price, then hired as his jockey Red Pollard, a failed boxer who was blind in one eye, half-crippled, and prone to quoting passages from Ralph Waldo Emerson. Over four years, these unlikely partners survived a phenomenal run of bad fortune, conspiracy, and severe injury to transform Seabiscuit from a neurotic, pathologically indolent also-ran into an American sports icon.<br /><br /><b>BONUS: This edition contains a&#xa0;<i>Seabiscuit</i>&#xa0;discussion guide and an excerpt from&#xa0;<i>Unbroken</i>.</b><br /><br /><b>Praise for <i>Seabiscuit</i></b><br /><br />“Fascinating . . . Vivid . . . A first-rate piece of storytelling, leaving us not only with a vivid portrait of a horse but a fascinating slice of American history as well.”<b>—</b><i><b>The New York Times</b><br /></i><br />“Engrossing . . . Fast-moving . . . More than just a horse’s tale, because the humans who owned, trained, and rode Seabiscuit are equally fascinating. . . . [Laura Hillenbrand] shows an extraordinary talent for describing a horse race so vividly that the reader feels like the rider.”<b>—<i>Sports Illustrated</i></b><br /><br />“REMARKABLE . . . MEMORABLE . . . JUST AS COMPELLING TODAY AS IT WAS IN 1938.”<b>—<i>The Washington Post</i></b>

3 Unbroken (The Young Adult Adaptation)

Author : Laura Hillenbrand
Genre :  Biography  Books  Young Adult  Sports & Recreation  History 
Price :  $9.99
Release Date :  2014-11-11
Description :  <b>In this captivating and lavishly illustrated young adult edition of her award-winning #1 <i>New York Times</i>&#xa0;bestseller, Laura Hillenbrand tells the story of a former Olympian's courage, cunning, and fortitude following his plane crash in enemy territory. This adaptation of <i>Unbroken</i> introduces a new generation to one of history's most thrilling survival epics.&#xa0;</b><br /><br />On a May afternoon in 1943, an American military plane 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 sagas of the Second World War.<br />&#xa0;<br />The lieutenant’s name was Louis Zamperini. As a boy, he had been a clever delinquent, breaking into houses, brawling, and stealing. As a teenager, he had channeled his defiance into running, discovering a supreme talent that carried him to the Berlin Olympics. But when war came, the athlete became an airman, embarking on a journey that led to his doomed flight, a tiny raft, and a drift into the unknown.<br />&#xa0;<br />Ahead of Zamperini lay thousands of miles of open ocean, leaping sharks, a sinking raft, thirst and starvation, enemy aircraft, and, beyond, a trial even greater. Driven to the limits of endurance, Zamperini would respond to desperation with ingenuity, suffering with hope and humor, brutality with rebellion. His fate, whether triumph or tragedy, would hang on the fraying wire of his will.<br />&#xa0;<br />Featuring more than one hundred photographs plus an exclusive interview with Zamperini, this breathtaking odyssey—also captured on film by director Angelina Jolie—is a testament to the strength of the human spirit and the ability to endure against the unlikeliest of odds.<br /><br /><b>Praise for&#xa0;<i>Unbroken<br /></i></b><br />"This adaptation of Hillenbrand's adult bestseller is highly dramatic and exciting, as well as painful to read as it lays bare man's hellish inhumanity to man."—<b><i>Booklist</i>, STARRED</b><br /><br />"This captivating book emphasizes the importance of determination, the will to survive against impossible odds, and support from family and friends. A strong, well-written work."—<b><i>SLJ<br /></i></b><br />"This fine adaptation ably brings an inspiring tale to young readers."—<i><b>Kirkus</b><br /></i><br /><br /><i>From the Hardcover edition.</i>

4 Inquebrantable

Author : Laura Hillenbrand
Genre :  Health, Mind & Body  Books 
Price :  $9.99
Release Date :  2012-03-07
Description :  La increíble y verdadera historia de Louis Zamperini ahora llevada al cine bajo la dirección de Angelina Jolie<br /><br />De la autora del bestseller Seabiscuit: Una leyenda americana<br /><br />Una tarde de 1943, un bombardero de la Fuerza Aérea de Estados Unidos se estrelló en el Océano Pacífico y desapareció; tras de sí, dejó sólo escombros y un rastro de aceite, gasolina y sangre. De pronto, en la superficie del océano, apareció un rostro. Era el rostro de un joven teniente, Louis Zamperini el piloto del bombardero, luchando por alcanzar un balsa y salvar su vida. Así comenzó una de las odiseas más extraordinarias y fascinantes de la Segunda Guerra Mundial.<br /><br />Frente a Zamperini había cientos de kilómetros de mar abierto, tiburones hambrientos, una débil balsa, sed y hambre, artillería enemiga y, más lejos, un reto todavía mayor. Llevado a los límites de la resistencia, Zamperini respondió a la desesperación con ingenio, al sufrimiento con esperanza, decisión y humor, a la brutalidad con rebeldía. Su fe, independientemente del triunfo o del fracaso, se mantuvo atada a su voluntad.<br /><br />En su esperado nuevo libro, Laura Hillenbrand escribe con la narrativa rica y nítida que mostró en Seabiscuit. Contando la historia inolvidable del viaje de un hombre hasta los más inimaginables extremos, Inquebrantable, es un tributo a la resistencia de la mente, el cuerpo y el espíritu humano, una historia de supervivencia, resistencia y redención.

5 Invencível

Author : Laura Hillenbrand
Genre :  Biographies & Memoirs  Books 
Price :  $14.99
Release Date :  2011-10-12
Description :  Maio de 1943: um bombardeiro americano despenha-se, deixando atrás de si apenas destroços, manchas de óleo e sangue. Pouco depois um jovem tenente iça-se para uma balsa salva vidas. Começa aí uma das mais extraordinárias odisseias da II Guerra Mundial. O tenente Louie Zamperini, em criança, tinha sido um delinquente, mas&#xa0; foi salvo pela paixão pela corrida. Chegou a&#xa0; correr nas Olimpíadas de Berlim – onde Hitler lhe apertou a mão. Mal sabia que, por causa do ditador nazi, viria a sofrer o acidente que o deixou perdido no Pacífico. Vagueou 7 sem...

6 Unbroken

Author : Laura Hillenbrand
Genre :  History  Books 
Price :  $8.99
Release Date :  2014-12-02
Description :  Nel maggio del 1943, un bombardiere americano precipita nel mezzo dell'Oceano Pacifico: dell'equipaggio si salvano soltanto tre membri, uno dei quali è Louis Zamperini, figlio di immigrati italiani. Comincia così, con un minuscolo canotto alla deriva mitragliato dagli aerei giapponesi, l'incredibile storia di un eroe del Novecento: dopo aver percorso 3200 chilometri in mare, sbarcato su un'isola giapponese, per due anni passerà da un campo di prigionia all'altro, incontrando sadici aguzzini e misurandosi ogni giorno con la possibilità di essere ucciso, fino alla resa del Giappone e alla liberazione. Questa, per Zamperini, è solo l'ennesima prova di una vita avventurosa: giovanissimo delinquente di strada, aveva trovato nell'atletica leggera una via d'uscita, diventando campione di mezzofondo e partecipando con onore alle Olimpiadi di Berlino del 1936. Reclutato dall'Aviazione nel 1940, prima di precipitare nel Pacifico era sopravvissuto a durissimi combattimenti alle Hawaii. Conclusa la guerra, anche il rientro in patria non è semplice: gli incubi lo tormentano, portandolo a rifugiarsi nell'alcol. È il matrimonio con una ragazza di buona famiglia, bella e intelligente, insieme alla riscoperta della fede, a riportarlo alla vita. L'incredibile storia di Louis Zamperini viene raccontata da Laura Hillenbrand come un romanzo epico, un viaggio nelle possibilità estreme, fisiche e spirituali, dell'essere umano.

7 Obruten

Author : Laura Hillenbrand
Genre :  Fiction & Literature  Books 
Price :  $18.99
Release Date :  2013-07-04
Description :  En eftermiddag i maj 1943 störtade ett amerikanskt bombplan i Stilla havet och försvann. Kvar på havsytan fanns bara spridda vrakdelar och spår av olja, bensin och blod. Men plötsligt dök en människa upp. Det var en ung löjtnant som lyckades kämpa sig ombord på en livflotte. Så inleddes en av andra världskrigets mest häpnadsväckande odysséer. Löjtnanten hette Louis Zamperini och han befann sig plötsligt på en liten livflotte på drift mot det okända. Framför honom låg hundratals mil av öppet hav, attackerande hajar, en läckande flotte, törst och svält, fiendeflyg och – bortom det – en till och med större prövning. Zamperini skulle komma att drivas till den yttersta gränsen för vad en människa klarar av, och han skulle möta desperation med påhittighet, lidande med hopp, brutalitet med uppror. Hans öde hängde på den allt skörare tråd som var hans viljestyrka. Den kritikerrosade och bästsäljande författaren Laura Hillenbrand har skrivit en oförglömlig och oavbrutet spännande bok om en man som utsätts för extrema prövningar, men som vägrar att låta sig knäckas. Obruten är ett gripande vittnesmål om människans förmåga att höja sig över sina yttre omständigheter.

8 Invincible

Author : Laura Hillenbrand
Genre :  Biographies & Memoirs  Books 
Price :  $16.99
Release Date :  2014-12-04
Description :  Le destin incroyable de Louis Zamperini, coureur olympique et vétéran de la Seconde Guerre mondiale.<br /><br />Louis Zamperini est né en 1917 à New York. Quand il arrive en Californie, trois ans plus tard, il ne parle que l’italien. Dans un contexte de dépression économique, il doit apprendre à se battre très tôt, au sens propre comme au figuré. Quand la délinquance le guette, c’est son frère qui le sauve en le présentant à l’équipe scolaire de course de fond. Cette décision change sa vie à tout jamais. <br /> De sa gloire locale aux Jeux olympiques de 1936, Louis devient un homme et un bourreau des cœurs. Mais son âge d’or prend fin en 1941 lorsqu’il s’engage dans l’armée. Après un bombardement japonais, son avion s’écrase dans un atoll du Pacifique et il est fait prisonnier de guerre. Dans les camps de travail, il fait face à des conditions de vie atroces : l’humidité, la chaleur, les moustiques… Mais, en véritable force de la nature, il survit à toutes ces épreuves. <br /> A son retour aux Etats-Unis, il est considéré comme un héros par ses proches. Pourtant, son traumatisme est tel qu’il plonge dans l’alcool et la violence. Sa rédemption vient alors de son premier amour : la course. Il retrouve goût à la vie en entraînant des jeunes gens et en les poussant à dépasser ses propres exploits. <br /> Ce livre témoigne du parcours prodigieux d’un champion pris dans les tourments d’un contexte historique chaotique.

9 Ukuelig

Author : Laura Hillenbrand
Genre :  Biographies & Memoirs  Books 
Price :  $8.99
Release Date :  2018-02-01
Description :  En eftermiddag i maj 1943 styrtede et amerikansk bombefly ned i Stillehavet og forsvandt, men flyets bombeoperatør fik sig bjærget op på en redningsflåde. Dermed begyndte en af de mest bemærkelsesværdige odysseer under 2. Verdenskrig.<br /><br /> <i>Ukuelig</i> blev nr. 1 på New York Times’ bestsellerliste ved udgivelsen i 2010 og har siden ligget på listen i 161 uger. Den blev samtidig blev kåret af Times som årets bedste bog inden for faglitteratur/biografi.<br /><br /> Den fortæller om Louis Zamperini, der kom fra beskedne kår, deltog i 5.000-meter-løbet i De Olympiske Lege i Berlin i 1936 og som 24-årig kom ind i flyvevåbnet i 1941.&#xa0;<br /><br /> <i>Ukuelig</i> er en tankevækkende fortælling om en utrolig mand, der bliver drevet langt ud over de eksistensgrænser, man kan forestille sig, men som alligevel formår at gengælde desperation med opfindsomhed, lidelse med håb, beslutsomhed og humor, brutalitet med oprør.&#xa0;<br /><br /> Med denne bog har Laura Hillenbrand skrevet en uforglemmelig bog om Louis Zamperini – som døde sidste år i en alder af 96 år – og hans usandsynlige og uforglemmelige rejse. Bogen er et testamente om et menneskes ukuelige livsvilje.

10 Unbroken (deutsch)

Author : Laura Hillenbrand
Genre :  Fiction & Literature  Books 
Price :  $10.99
Release Date :  2011-10-01
Description :  Louis Zamperini, Sohn italienischer Einwanderer, wird vom jugendlichen Schlitzohr zum Mittelstreckenläufer von Weltrang. Nach seinem fulminanten Schlussspurt beim Finale der Olympischen Spiele in Berlin 1936 beginnt seine Odyssee während des Zweiten Weltkriegs im Pazifik. Er gerät mitten ins Inferno der Gefangenschaft, wo er Folter und Hunger erträgt und überlebt. Laura Hillenbrand, die zurzeit erfolgreichste Sachbuchautorin der USA, erzählt mitreißend und erzeugt eine atemlose Spannung: den Flugzeugabsturz, die 47-tägige Irrfahrt im Schlauchboot durch den Pazifik, den Kampf gegen Haie, die Kriegsgefangenschaft unter einem der grausamsten Verbrecher des Zweiten Weltkriegs.



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