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 Author: Laura Hillenbrand  Category: History  Publisher: Random House  Published: November 16, 2010  Language: English  File Size: 5.2 MB  Tags: BiographyHistoricalHistoryMemoirMilitary FictionNonfictionWarWorld War II |  Download PDF


Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand, discussed the themes of perseverance, dignity, forgiveness, war, and faith can help you understand the book and Louis Zamperini’s story. It communicates a message that humans are capable of surviving terrible hardships, including physical, emotional, and psychological hardships.

Famous Quotes:

“The guards sought to deprive them of something that had sustained them even as all else had been lost: dignity.”

“Without dignity, identity is erased.”

“The same attributes that had made him the boy terror . . . were keeping him alive in the greatest struggle of his life.”

“At that moment, something shifted sweetly inside him. It was forgiveness, beautiful and effortless and complete. For Louie Zamperini, the war was over.”

“A lifetime of glory is worth a moment of pain.”

“Life was cheap in war.”

“And like everyone else, Louie and Phil drank. After a few beers, Louie said, it was possible to briefly forget dead friends.”

“If you will save me, I will serve you forever.”

“Though the captives’ resistance was dangerous, through such acts, dignity was preserved and through dignity, life itself.”

“Degradation could be as lethal as a bullet.”

“This self-respect and sense of self-worth, the innermost armament of the soul, lies at the heart of humanness.”

“Men subjected to dehumanizing treatment experience profound wretchedness and loneliness and find that hope is almost impossible to retain.”

“What God asks of men . . . is faith. His invisibility is the truest test of that faith. To know who sees him, God makes himself unseen.”

“Maybe it was better to break a man’s leg than his heart.”

“Old Pops and I have got four good legs between us…Maybe that’s enough.”

“I got a great ride…The greatest ride I ever got from the greatest horse that ever lived.”

“Character reigns preeminent in determining potential.”

“He had a colorless translucence about him that made him seem as if he were in the earliest stages of progressive invisibility.”

“The affection that this inarticulate brown horse had aroused…was a most amazing thing.”

Literary awards:

  1. Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Biography (2010)
  2.  Pennsylvania Young Readers’ Choice Award Nominee for Young Adults (2014)
  3.  Indies Choice Book Award for Nonfiction (2011)
  4.  Dayton Literary Peace Prize Nominee for Nonfiction (2011)
  5.  Lincoln Award Nominee (2015)
  6.  Andrew Carnegie Medal Nominee for Nonfiction (2012)
  7.  Goodreads Choice Award Nominee for History and Biography (2010)