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  1. Bonjour,

    Je me nomme Lukaz PONNET, et je suis un étudiant français. A l’heure où j’écris ces mots, je viens tout juste de finir ce fabuleux livre qu’est “Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience and Redemption”.

    Que dire, si ce n’est merci. Un très grand merci à vous, à votre passion, et à ce grand personnage dont l’essence demeure présente au sein de ce récit. Merci pour cette leçon d’histoire, pour cette leçon d’humanité, pour m’avoir permis de découvrir un homme qui n’a pas abandonné. Merci pour avoir su décrire son parcours extraordinaire, dont je ressors les larmes aux yeux.

    J’ai peu de connaissances dans votre langue, mais je tiens quand même à vous rendre hommage avec la mienne, à vous et à votre travail, et à M. Zamperini qui nous a quittés. Peut-être ce message ne sera t-il jamais lu, mais je suis heureux de l’écrire en ce jour.

    Longue vie à vous,

    Lukaz PONNET

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  5. Unfortunately, I am not a voracious reader, but saw an interview recently with Louie on a news show. Raising my curiosity, I read Unbroken; it was one of the most intriguing and incredible books I have ever read. You were able to communicate the numbing effects of the punishment meted out to the POWs and Louie.

    I am a retired researcher and commend you for the amazing effort you put into finding details and weaving them into this book. I also felt a bit wistful that all these people have died (very recently, Louie). Even the acknowledgements were worthwhile.

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  8. Greetings Laura, I have enjoyed your books immensely! My father was a naval officer in the pacific, so Unbroken had special meaning for me. We share other interests, I have been working as a College Therapist specializing in International Student population and currently volunteer at a Refugee Center in New Haven, CT. Our most significant commonality is my son has been diagnosed with CFS. An active soccer player in High School after a series of infections is now at home in bed. I am becoming active in trying to raise money for research for the disease. If you would ever consider in some way becoming involved, it would be such an honor for you to lend your voice. I wish you renewed and restored health and best wishes for your continued success! my personal email is above.

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  10. Thank you very much for writing the book. Not only did I benefit personally from reading it, but I see some hope that our family might still, after all this time, find some specific information about the captivity of one of our elders, who was interned in Japan right from the outset of the war through to liberation. He was 52 and a civilian employed on Guam when he was taken prisoner; despite age and his wooden leg, he survived and returned to us, and lived another 9 years, but understandably, we didn’t end up with much detail about his experiences (not even name of detention camp, for example.)
    Could you please refer me to potential sources of information, or a potential mentor to help me start the search? All our family would be grateful.

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  12. I am looking to see if you either do SKYPE or author visits for schools. Our 8th graders will be reading your book titled Unbroken : A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption. We would love to have them be able to SKYPE or meet you in person to learn about you, the book, and writing. Out school is located in the Buffalo, Ny area.

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  14. This book peeked my interest, after seeing an interview on the “Today” show featuring Angelina Jolie and Louie Lamperini. The “true” story kept me spell bound. I felt as if I was right there with the men, through it all. I learned more from this book, than any history class. I’m not a quick reader, but finished this book in less than 3 full days.

    My Dad was a Bombardiere in WWII. He never spoke about his war time experiences. I am grateful to have his very limited diary of a few of his missions. How I wish I could hear his account of his actual experiences.

    I truly hope that Ms. Jolie has done justice with the movie that is being released this December, 2014. The book should be a “must read”, for our youth. Freedom is not something to be taken for granted. The sacrafices these men and others make today, should never be forgotten or taken for granted.

    I would like to give a very personal thank you to Ms. Hillenbrand for all her hard work and effort to bring this story to life, as well as everyone who assisted her.

    After reading this book, I will never forget these men, who endured the most intolerable torture, pain and ultimate sacrifice. Thank you, to all our men and women who serve our country today. May God keep you all safe!

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  18. I am 65 years old, a Vietnam Era Veteran, served in the Marine Corps and also in the Army from 1969 until 1975. My father served in the Marines during WWII. My father-in-law served during the war in the North Atlantic in the Navy and went down of 2 destroyers but managed to survive. My Uncle, Howard Bender, is one of the few Pearl Harbor survivors still living today and living in California. My uncle knew Louie. I have read just a hand full of books in my life time but Unbroken is by far the most brilliantly written book I have read in my life. Don’t go to too many movies as Hollywood has a way of messing up what authors write but I will be the first one in line at the movie theatre here in Michigan when Unbroken comes out as I will definitely go see this movie.

    Please pass this email on to Ms. Hillenbrand and tell her that I hope this movie wins numerous awards. These types of stories and the history in this book need to be told and the American public can never ever forget what our men and women have done and endured for all of our freedoms!

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  21. Laura:
    I love your words. I love your passion. I love you. All I can really say is thank you for your talent. Your way of telling this story was so beautiful. THANK YOU. Everything changed after I read your books.

  22. I thoroughly enjoyed this book. In fact, I felt lost when I had reached the end. After reading about Louie and learning of his character, or true grit – I felt like I watched a friend’s life unfold. What a daring man. Also, kudos to his wife, whom rode the current with him on his return from war. Thanks for sharing Louie’s incredible life! Job well done Ms. Hillenbrand.

  23. Now I know about another American hero. I cried so many times while reading about what Louie endured. So cool that Billy Graham could be the facilitator that brought Louie back to God. Wow! My uncle Bernard Dailey died 2 days before his 19th birthday. He was shot down during a Berlin raid. He was a turret gunner on a B-24 Liberator. I never knew this plane was called the “Flying Coffin.” While reading your book, I kept thinking maybe my uncle would have survived the crash if he was NOT in a B-24. I had no idea about the plane’s terrible record. I saw the B-24 at the Wright Patterson Air Force Base and cried thinking about how my mom was only 14 and her big brother was missing in action for 5 years. No one knew that my uncle’s plane crashed in a farmer’s field near Margraten, Holland. There was one survivor. A group of farmers came to the wreckage and carried the bodies out and found the one living airman. The farmers quickly buried the dead and took care of the wounded soldier so the Germans would not find the bodies or the one survivor. It took many months before the wounded soldier could get across enemy lines. It was not until 1949 that my mother and her family got the news about the fate of Bernard and his crewman. There was so much red tape after the war that it took forever for the story to unfold. The soldier’s remains were returned to the US and the men were buried at a military cemetary near St. Louis. The military chose that place as it was centrally located from where the soldiers were from. My uncle was from Latrobe, Pa. War stories are sad for my mom and I feel the same. My mom and her family lived through a terrible time and endured such a terrible loss. Thank you so much for writing this book!!! Maureen Dailey Hogan Schaefer

  24. Quite simply the most inspiring, gripping and unbelievable true story I have ever read! My generation has never known the horror, devastation and cruelty of war—save what happened on 9/11. Too young for Vietnam– too old for later conflicts– I never served—but I have infinite respect for those military heroes—none more stunning than Louis Zamperini.

    This truly is a milestone book— worthy of all the praise. Now I understand why it has been a long time best seller. I hope the movie is true to the book— and will certainly see it!

    Finally, I couldn’t help but learn more about Laura Hillenbrand after reading this unforgettable story. Have to say that I got teary as I read about her personal story and her plight with CFS. In her own way, she knows what it is to live without total freedom. It is an awful irony to know that she is stricken with a condition that has “captured” her. I know I join all that have read her outstanding books along with all her friends and loved ones in wishing, hoping and praying that she is freed one day soon from this cruel condition.

  25. This book was absolutely amazing. I usually don’t like historical fiction and had to read one for school. I was fascinated by the things that he experienced and couldn’t believe that it happened. Before I read this book I didn’t even know about the POW camps. It was a big learning experience for me and its very sad that Louie recently died. He lived a remarkable life.

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  27. I don’t know what I was doing in 2010 when this book came out but I am so glad I have read it now. Beautifully written,very descriptive and an amazing story about an amazing man. Definitely one of my all time favorites. Just wanted to thank you for writing such a wonderful book. Judy LaDouceur Marlborough ct

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  29. Laura,

    I just want to say how much I appreciate your heart and sensitivity, reflected in your writing style and the way you handle your subjects. Heart, sensitivity, and intelligence are powerful combinations. I am glad the public responds because of the way you touch them through your work.

    I do hope this note finds you in good spirits. Perhaps you will find a smile or two in my own sensitivity, in a letter I wrote to my eighty-nine year-old father, early on Father’s Day morning. You can see that in the upper right-hand corner of my website.

    Soon it will be replaced by an essay I have been working on (yes, Fatiguing!). I am an expert in the history of Christian violence. I take a Pew Forum suvey, which states that 310,380,000 Americans say, “I am a Christian.” I discuss Christian supermajorities in European and American history; discuss Evangelicals and Catholics–their salvation systems with special reference to ethics and morality–and conclude, “We really should not expect American Christians, who essentially follow European Christian Traditions, which have explained away Jesus’ commands and expectations for his disciples, to do more than they have (e.g., Native Americans, African slaves, the history of voting rights, the history of labor, the long nearly unbroken string of U.S. Presidents, Congresses, and Supreme Courts), nor to expect them to change.”

    WHEW…..

    Anyway, take care of yourself; love those who love you; be at peace in your valued contributions; and flourish!

    John

  30. Hi, I just finished Unbroken and enjoyed it so much I had trouble putting it down. Louis’ story is an incredible story of a true American hero. I’ve read a lot about WWII, but never much of the Pacific theater and never of the atrocities of the Japanese POW camps. Thanks so much for sharing the story. You’re an incredible writer and Louis an incredible subject!
    Ric Renquest – Morgantown, WV

  31. Starting reading books because of Electronic Books for some reason, I guess I like electronic gadgets.

    Loved Vince Flynn’s books, Hard to put them down, Until Unbroken
    Could not put the Book Down, Great Writing, Have always had an interest in WWII, I was born in 1944, Louie helped save my Bacon I could say. My Sister was as USC in the 1940′s -Was Helen of Troy in 1951. Grew up near Torrance, In Inglewood.
    We had in Inglewood a Track we called the Farm, Ill bet Louie
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    Anyway, Just thought the Book was so well written I had to send a Note.

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  32. Mrs. Hillenbrand,
    I just finished Unbroken and I wanted to let you know how much I admired it. At first, it was just a book for me to read for summer homework for an AP class, but after a little while, I started to read it because it entranced me. Not only did Louie’s life stun me, but your style of writing made all the more encapturing. I couldn’t have asked for a better book to read (which some people might find strange considering I’m a 16 year old girl) and I have been recommending it to nearly everyone I talk to. It is truly an incredible story to read sand I know for a fact that it will stay with me til the day I die.
    If not for you, I doubt I would have come across Louis Zamperini’s name and story for a long, long time, so thank you for that. My dad read the book as well several years ago and we’ve been talking about it since I began reading it. When I told him I was writing to you about it, he asked me to mention his thanks as well for writing Unbroken.
    I have been a writer since I was little and I only hope that one day, I will be able to entrance people as easily as you did to me and so many others. Thank you for your contribution to the book world. I’m sure Louis was so excited when he met you, and I know you did his life justice. I’m waiting eagerly for the movie so I can see your wonderful book come to life. Louis would be proud. Thank you

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    You are such an amazing woman and God has definitely used you in this world. I wish I could find how you are doing now with your dreadful, dreadful illness – in hopes that you are getting better.

    I live just 5 miles from Kenyon College. I wish I could have known you. I think you would have been an amazingly wonderful person to know. Thank you, thank you, thank you for “Unbroken”. And YES, Seabiscuit too! I have the DVD and watch it over now and again. I don’t know if I could watch the movie of “Unbroken”. It is sooo heartwrenching, yet praise God for His never-ending love for us and patience in waiting for us to truly find Him. Best of best wishes to you~

  37. Laura,

    I have just read Unbroken, your magnificent telling of Louie Zamperini’s story. Louie’s story in America’s story. Thank your for bringing it to life so we can appreciate our cultural heritage and honor the heroes of our country’s past. I felt like Louie could have grown up in my neighborhood!

    You writing skills are marvelous. I turned the pages with an eagerness I haven’t experienced since being a young man reading James Bond novels. I was surprised with the range and intensity of my feelings as I relived Louie’s story. From anger to rage; from sadness to pity; from being incredulous to being proud to be an American…it was a roller coaster ride of a read.

    You were able to wrest every ounce of humanity from terribly inhumane conditions and circumstances. I am not a touchy-feely kind of guy, but I found my own tears joining those of Louie. You are responsible for that. Thank you.

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    Concerning Unbroken – it moved me so much that I cried tears of joy when the POW camp was liberated. Ironically I finished reading Unbroken the day Louie died.

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  58. Met Louis Zamperini about 1957 when I was 14 yrs. old at a winter week-end retreat for teens, boys & girls, at Clear Lake, CA. Mr. Zamperini was the guest speaker and hero. I have a signed copy of the 2nd printing of his 1956 book, Devil At My Heels. Thanks Ms. Hillenbrand for writing Unbroken and for being such a dear friend to Mr. Zamperini and his family during the past several years.

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    I have been researching his history since his death in 1999.

    In 2002 I went to Kiribati (Gilbert Is) to visit the place where my father was captured (Bikati, northern tip Butaritari (Makin) Atoll) in 1941. I also visited the memorial to the 22 Europeans (including 17 NZ coast watchers) who were executed by beheading on Oct 15 1942.

    Two things related to the book UNBROKEN:
    1. When they met in Zentsuji, Fred Garrett broke the news to my father that his 17 coast watching comrades from the Gilbert Islands had been executed

    2. In 2012 when I went to Japan as part of my research I visited the old site of Ofuna POW camp, because a number of Dad’s close friends from Zentsuji had “done time” in Ofuna.

    When there I met up with an old lady of 99 and her daughter. They lived next to the camp and still live on the c\same site. They had many tales to tell. In their yard was the last remaining remnant of Ofuna, a concrete support for the guard house (I believe this last relic is now held in a nearby temple.)

    This 99 year old woman’s son who was only a boy at the time had been traumatised by the war and after the war would draw pictures of events. One of the memorable events he drew was a picture of Mr Zamperini’s race in Ofuna.

    I have digital copies of this and his other drawings….. Would you like to take this further. If so please contact me by return Email.

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  63. Dear Ms. Hillenbrand,
    Finished reading Unbroken, finding it riveting and a wonderful read. Even tho I knew Louie survived I found myself on edge as I read wondering and hoping he makes it out alive. Your book was so readable I read every page of the acknowledgements. I also read Seabiscuit and look forward to your next book. Finally hope your illness was short-term and that you are well today.
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  64. I just finished read your book and I wanted to commend you for capturing these events and the spirit of the man who lived them. It is so important to tell and retell the stories of heros such as Louie Zamperini and remind us all of the power of the human spirit. This book is a fitting tribute to all of the Worl War II veterans and veterans of for before and since then. Thanks so much for all your hard work and the beautiful way you presented it.

  65. Hello, Ms. Hillenbrand.

    My name is Shant Avakian. I loved your magnificent work, “Unbroken.” It is such an inspiring life story! How does one go about writing a biography; do you have any advice for a aspiring biographer?

    Thank you very much,

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  66. I have just read “Unbroken,” and I believe it is the finest account of of WWII in the Pacific that I have ever read. And as a history Major, I have read many. Ms Hillenbrand’s research and story telling skills are of the highest order. This may be one of the very few books that I will reread in the future.

    Robert Gare

  67. Dear Ms Hillenbrand,
    I just finished reading your book UNBROKEN and was impressed with the story of Loie Zamperini and the wonderful job that you did in writing it; afterward, I googled at your profile and my respect for your writing and determination in the face of your CFS is immense!

    I have ordered your SEABISCUIT and expect it to be as engrossing as UNBROKEN; thank you for providing a week of reading pleasure!

    Herb

  68. I read Seabiscuit followed by unbroken. I cannot put into words how much I loved both books. Unbroken especially moved me. Laura has a wonderful ability to keep a story moving along and I couldn’t put either books down but didn’t want them to end. I pray another book is on it’s way. I am a major fan now.

  69. I could not put this book down. Grippingly and honestly written Laura Hillenbrand. This mans story is a example to us all of how the human spirit can overcome anything and go on to forgive and prosper. Wonderful story.

  70. I just finished reading your book and was brought to tears. Never in my 75 years have I read a book that prompted this display. This is an outstanding book and Mr. Zamperini was an outstanding human being. Thanks for sharing his life.

  71. I have always been overwhelmingly proud and thankful for the sacrifices made by these men. Your book has ushered that gratitude off the map. My father’s wartime was on the European front so my attention had always been with that side of the war. Too it seems, has been the focus of most of the Hollywood stories -or maybe I only paid attention to the one side?
    ‘Unbroken’ mostly left me wanting to find a way to convey the atrocities to a new generation so that they will never forget, but it is impossible to understand without pouring over the hundreds of pages needed to accurately describe. In the same way one is left speechless trying to describe a star-filled sky to someone who isn’t seeing it, attempting to describe what these men endured and other men committed is impossible without the words from your account pouring off the pages of your book directly into a reader. I cant imagine how the movie will accomplish telling this ‘story’ without leaving the audience numb. I look forward to seeing it and hope it spurs people to read the book. Thank you for the dedication it took to bring this account to the necessary detail, it was an amazing feat.

  72. Just finished the Audible audio book. Life changing. Thank you Laura, for your tremendous book!

  73. Ms. Hillenbrand, I’m sure my comments will not be much different than those of many others. You are blessed with a gift that I hope you will continue to share with mankind; we can use a little positive reinforcement and grace these days.

    I am sure this is a reflective time for you; one I hope is not too sad. Losing a friend is never easy; a broken heart heals so slowly if they heal at all.

    God bless you; continue your work, your work is a gift to all of us and we know, Louie is waiting not so patiently for your next effort.

    I’ll remember you in my prayers; Louie also!

    Thank you again!

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  78. Hi Laura – I just wanted to say thank you for all of your intense work and research that you did when writing Unbroken. I love this book. I was completely mesmerized by it and continue to recommend it to all of my friends. It’s almost too hard to believe, isn’t it? It is so sad what so many men had to endure during the war. Thank you.
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  79. Based on the descriptive audio portion alone, I’m pumped for the rest of the book, and to see the movie.

    Your “Seabiscuit…” work inspired both J. David Miller and I when we were writing our book about the South Carolina Gamecocks.

  80. I feel compelled to write and tell you what a magnificent job you did on describing a life lived. To tell the truth I had never heard of Louis Zamperini until you introduced him to me and the world. Your book was spell binding and took me to all the places you wanted the reader to go. Looking forward to any future books you are planning. I hope your health is improving. My prayers are with you. Stay well and thank you again for your gift to all of us that appreciate what people like Lou sacrificed for us.

  81. Just finished Unbroken. Fabulous book. Can’t wait to see the movie! Father was flight engineer on B17.

    I’ve worked on military base for 40 years. Love war history. Relatives in Civil War, father WWII and Korea. Husband and brother Vietnam. Nephew, Iraq. All safe and back home.

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  82. I have just finished reading Unbroken. I was familiar with the horrific treatment of POW’s by the Japanese but your book describes an unimaginable level of abuse. I am amazed that any prisoner was able to survive these camps.
    Your book is one of the best that I have read in many years. I am delighted that Louie’s story will be told on the big screen. Like Lone Survivor, it will awake our collective consciousness of the bravery and sacrifice made by American servicemen and servicewoman to protect our freedom and way of life.
    Thank you.

  83. I could no put it down, each time I did to accomplish something in my house, forget it, get back to the book. I was born in 1933 but didn’t know about all those horrible things going on in Japan and the Pacific Islands. What a hero Louie was, plus all those other innocent men that went thru Hell.
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  86. I’m sure you get a lot of book ideas, but after reading Unbroken I wanted to tell you a story about my Grandparents. My Grandfather was a polish officer during WWII during the Nazi invasion. My Grandmother took two young girls, one of them my mother, to Germany. They were poor and forced to eat rotten food, to even include cats. The part of the story that I find amazing is when my Grandfather was captured and put in a German POW camp. My grandmother left the girls with family and set out to find him. When she eventually did she was forced to sleep with the Nazi in charge of the camp in exchange for my Grandfather’s freedom. The story goes on but while she was doing that my Grandfather escaped with the help of a small German boy who liked his uniform. My Grandfather traded his officer’s boots and belt buckle for his freedom, while my Grandmother was being raped. Again, the story goes on but eventually they reunited and settled in Germany where my Grandfather worked as an architect rebuilding the cities that the allies destroyed. My mother tells a wonderful story and has pictures. I think this story is fascinating and would make a wonderful book. Thank you for allowing my to tell just a small part of it.

  87. When I heard about Louie’s untimely death a few weeks ago, I thought I was going to cry. I thought he was going to live forever. He was my inspiration. A kid with an authority problem that fixed himself up with running and went on to become an aviator. I can relate. I cannot thank you enough for introducing him into my life. The world will never be the same without the great Torrance Tornado.

  88. Just finished reading the book Unbroken. It was very truly one of the best books that I have read. There is several examples of the American “CAN DO” spirit. Bless all those soldiers and their families for enduring such sacrafices. Looking forward to seeing the movie. Thanks for bringing recognition to so many heroes.The American Flag hangs outside my home everyday and after reading this book it just makes me that much prouder and truly grateful for our soldiers.

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  90. I have to admit, I have never been moved so much by a book to ponder the thought of leaving the author a comment or message but I just finished reading Unbroken and it was truly the most amazing story I have ever read! For a long time Seabiscuit was my favorite book but now I have two favorite books. Thank you for your years of dedication to Louie’s story and sharing it with us. I truly believed that I knew who he was and that is a special gift you have given your readers. I also just learned that Louie passed away on July 2nd but I am glad he was around to see his incredible life written so beautifully! I truly look forward to your next book, unsure of how but certain it will be just a great if not better than Seabiscuit and Unbroken.

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  91. HI Laura, I had never heard of you before a few days ago, and I am old enough, so I guess I should have. I was walking through Barnes and Noble, here in Austin, with an acquaintance of mine, and she pointed out your new book “Unbroken”. Both my acquaintance and I have had lots of issues with fatigue, multiple allergy and chemical sensitivities, and you know the story. She told me that you had Chronic Fatigue, yet you were able to create two best selling books. I was amazed. I understand from reading what is on the Web that you have had a very tough version, and I understand that writing helps to keep your spirit alive, which really is critical. I have found that when our spirit is very low, it is like we are losing out twice, once with our physical health, and on top of that, losing our love of life, which is really doubly crippling.
    I took to writing a monthly email newsletter which I sent free of charge to people I knew or had met, just so they would become part of my community and I would be able to express my views even if I couldn’t meet with them physically. So I know what this means. I also used the vehicle of creating art work to give back some beauty to the world. Both have really helped sustain me. I was glad that you have a man who loves you, understands what you are going through, and supports you emotionally . That is a real blessing. If you would ever like to say hi, send me an email.

  92. I was compelled to tell you how much I loved Seabiscuit but just finished Unbroken. Am filled with so many emotions I had to write again. This story is told so well I felt I was in that plane, that raft, that pow camp. My father, a sailer in WWII, was in the Pacific on a carrier. He never spoke of those years. And as a rule I don’t enjoy “war” stories. Louie’s story was so much more. Thank you.

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  94. Laura:
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  95. Dear Ms Hillenbrand,

    I want to thank you for writing Unbroken, the way you wrote it, the labor and effort you expended to render such an inspirational gift to the world.

    I also wanted to share that both of my older children suffer debilitating illnesses and Unbroken has been a touch stone for our older son – - I read it to him, the last book we ever read out loud together – - he is too old for his Dad to read him books now. I truly could not have picked a better book to be that last “father and son read out loud” book.

    Lastly, I wanted to encourage you to examine the work of Dr Terry Wahls, MD, the woman who wrote the Wahls Protocol and who’s Tedtalk on youtube, “Minding your Mitochondria” went viral. I believe that her work could offer a meaningful response to the CFS you suffer.

    Thank you again for what you have done, for what you do.

    With respect and admiration,

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  96. Please keep up the great work. We need our stories.

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  103. What a remarkable book. So beautifully written, you feel like you are right there with Zamperini, praying for him, and at the same time gaining strength from his incredible experiences. I am changed by having read this book and knowing this story. Can’t wait for the movie. Thank you for the gift of this book Laura. We are all blessed by your work.

  104. Great read! We need a reminder of the sacrifices made by men like Louie in our behalf. The story also relates to another of my heros, Billy Graham.
    Thanks for the inspirational read.

  105. Just wanted to thank you for making me aware of Mr. Zamperini and his trials in this world. Saddened to hear of his passing on July the 3rd…truly puts things in perspective for me when I try to process what some people endure in this life..Still working on the forgiveness part! Thank you and I hope you are feeling well

  106. Dear Laura, I just finished reading Unbroken. Like Seabiscuit a great story and well written. Bravo. Part of my reason for this note is we have two things shared in common, my daughter Rachael Karp(Lizotte) graduated from Kenyon College and she also came down with Chronic Fatigue Synd in her 2nd year at Kenyon. What is your next book adventure?
    Thank you.
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  109. Ms. Hillenbrand, you have been in my thoughts often since hearing of Louis Zamperini’s death a week ago. In an interview with World Magazine, he spoke of his friendship with you and of your courage in writing through CFS and its challenges. In light of that friendship, please accept my condolences on his loss. May His God and mine comfort and strengthen you. May He protect you from any exacerbation of symptoms grief might ordinarily cause.

    Thank you for pressing on. Your own story encourages me in my own chronic illness journey.

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  110. Hi I read about Laura I think it was in Newsweek a while ago. I have two things I would like to mention to you. One is I loved her story about Sea Biscuit I have a horse myself. I just watched a horse show on RFD about a war horse called Reckless. What an AMAZING story I would love to see this story go farther there has been a few books written but years ago and would love for Laura to look into this wonderful horse story. The name of the show I watched is The horse show by Rick Lamb. The second thing I wanted to mention is I thought I read a while back that Laura suffered from vertigo if I’m wrong about that I apologize. If I am right I have suffered since childhood with the same problem I am now 55 years old. I’m sure she ahs seen the best doctors I myself had been to so many I lost count. But finally an ENT gave my a high dose 1 GM of Valacyclovir within days my dizzy spells were gone I have no clue why but I had spent 2 years crawling from room to room with severe vertigo. Just thought you never know it could help I know I would of given anything in that 2 year period to to get some help. Well that is all I wanted to share I hope she is doing well and I hope she investigates this wonderful horse story. BTW I plan on reading Unbroken as well. Thanks for your time Lori Pegram
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  111. With the passing of Mr. Zamperini prior to his riding in the Rose Parade this year, I finally picked up your book to learn more about this great man. As a resident of Los Angeles, I am embarrassed to find how little I knew. I love biographical material and expected a good read but was so taken by your account of his life and the Pacific POW issue that I am now making certain others hear about your amazing book. Thank you for the years of research and compassion that went into this story. It is a must read for anyone who cares about this time in our history. I feel honored to have met him and others through your writing.

  112. Unbelievable story, written superbly! Could not put it down! May God bless your amazing effort many times over! Looking forward to seeing the movie, but can’t imagine it holding a candle to your book! WOW! Thank your for bringing this story to life. What a tribute to a remarkable man and war hero!

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  113. I just finished reading UNBROKEN, an ammazing story told with heart. As a Viet Nam veteran I was “hooked” from the very first page to the very last page. It was difficult to put down.

    However, as a professional voice artist and narrator of 21 different audio books, I was disappointed that UNBROKEN was already available as an audio book. Oh well :)

  114. Mrs. Hillenbrand,
    I rarely carve out the necessary time to read, partially because many books fall short of the time spent to consume them. But nothing could have been further from the truth when reading your book Unbroken. You have a delightful style of writing!! Your ability to recount Mr. Zamperini’s life history with such detail and fervor was palpable!! Having just finished your book on the day of Mr. Zamparini’s passing, I was overcome with sadness. As the wife of a military airman, a children’s social worker, avid consumer of survivor stories and a Christian, Louie’s story touched me on many levels. I have the utmost respect for Louie Zamparini and I am eternally grateful that you shared his triumphant story with me and the rest of the world~ Thank you!!!!!!! I am eager to read (and therefore learn) about the next subject to whom you would devote the same amount of care and fortitude.

  115. Congratulations Laura!
    Your writing is so soothing. I felt like I was there with Louie, I now know of our greatest American hero.
    When I saw he pasted away, I decided to download your book on my iPad. It really never left my side for 3 days. Five Stars!

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  117. Bless you for introducing me to Louie Z. I am better for “knowing” him.

    I pray you are better….I pray for your health and happiness. God bless you and your husband.

  118. Ms Hillenbrand,
    I have just finished reading unbroken. You did an unbelievable job. My congratulations. I was wondering if you did have or have anything to do with the movie that will be out this December that’s being helmed by Angelina Jolie? If not, I’m hoping that she gets all the technical help she needs to make a movie worth watching as you have made the book worth reading. They always say the book is better than the movie. I’m hoping for at least a tie with this one. Many thanks again for writing something that was long overdue and needed to be told.

  119. Ms. Hillenbrand,
    I read your book last year, It was quite good. I think you got the essence of Mr. Zamperini very well. Thank you for writing the book.

  120. Dear Laura,

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  121. It was just my regular Sunday morning recording of “Sunday Morning” that I learned of the great life of Louie Zamperini along with your story. What a gift it will be to learn about this man through your writing. I am grateful, for this story this morning, reminded me that we never know who we pass by in our daily lives and how important it is to realize we may be passing on some incredible opportunties to learn of people like Louie. What an amazing man, you brought to our attention. Thank you, I will be buying your book this week.

  122. Dear Ms. Hillenbrand,
    I can only guess how many ‘thank yous’ you’ve received for bringing Louie Zamperini’s story to life, but I will add one.

    My father is 83, served during Korea, was an accomplished track man and happened to see Louie run a marathon c. 1938 in northern New Jersey. A friendly uncle saw his early love of running and brought him to the race. Last summer I gave him the book and I’ve never seen him so immersed.

    This thank you does little to express the depth of our gratitude for your own valiant effort in bringing to life Louie’s story of mischief, talent, courage, perseverance and love.

    Sincerely,

    Tom Flynn

  123. Laura, I read UNBROKEN, and this is the best book I have ever read. Now I know the names of other books I will read them. Nothing will ever touch my heart like this one. I read where Louis Zamperini died, I am sorry for that. He was a treasure. He lived a life no one will ever totally understand, but you. Thank you so much for the pleasure of your skillful writing

  124. I read your book, Unbroken, when it first came out. I was immediately drawn in by the story, reading it every chance I got and finishing it in two days! Thank you for helping Mr. Zamperini tell his story! That being said, I know the two of you must have been very close and my heart goes out to you and his friends and family at this sad time!

  125. Dear Ms. Hillenbrand,

    I just finished reading “Unbroken” a few days ago. I am so sorry that you have lost such a dear friend, yet I know that Louie is with his Savior, enjoying sweet fellowship with Him. I hope that you can find comfort in the way you have brought Louie’s story to so many, and helped us remember the enormous sacrifice of the Greatest Generation so that we can enjoy our precious American freedoms.

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  126. When I saw the news of Louie’s death yesterday, I was very sad but my next thought was, “I have to see what Laura Hillenbrand says”–that is how bound to each other you are to me. Louie’s courage at fighting outer and inner enemies–I try to emulate him but most days do not come close to his or your abilities.
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    When I read “Unbroken” years ago and found out Louis Zamperini was still alive, I thought about sending my book to him to get an autograph. Although I knew WW II veterans were dying at an alarming rate, I never did. Hearing of Louis’ death this week filled me with remorse. I said a prayer for him and asked for a miracle – some way of getting his signature for my book.

    Louis was listening and told Laura to put a picture of the note he wrote to her with his Purple Heart on her Facebook page. You can’t imagine my jubilation seeing this note. I had read about his gift to Laura, and the reasons he did it. This has special significance, so I printed a copy and it now resides on the inside cover of “Unbroken.”

    I didn’t get want I originally wanted, I got something much better. Thank you Louis and Laura for listening.

  128. Dear Ms Hillenbrand, Heartfelt Thanks to you for spending seven years researching and writing one of the best -if not the best and most moving books I have ever read. How lucky you are to have been able to spend time over years with this most wonderful man. How could you not fall in love with Louis Zamperini? What an exceptional human being… And what a loss for the world that Louis is no longer with us … Because of the way you told his story, It brought tears to my eyes when I heard of his death, and I felt as though I had lost a member of my own family. Thank-you again for introducing me to such a great and inspirational man. Louie, I’m happy to know that you have been reunited with the people you loved in your life that had passed on before you.. May you rest in peace

  129. Ms Hillenbrand, Today is Nick Cristiano’s 89th birthday. He was shot down in 1945 and spend time in the same prison camp as Mr Zamperini was in. One of his sons’ Nick Jr. is a pilot for US Air after a career as a pilot in the Air Force. We are all trying to get Nick Sr invited to the opening of “Unbroken”. I think he has earned an invite and he could certainly add his experiences during the war. You can visit his sons’ facebook page. Nick Cristiano. He has a few pics posted of his father from the papers from 1945. I have known the family for close to 50 years. Thank you.

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  131. Hello Mrs. Hillenbrand, today I was saddened learning of the loss of Louie. I am retired as a pilot for UAL after 36 years. I retired Oct. 99′. When I was about 10 years of age, I heard Louie tell his story at a church in Santa Cruz, CA. I was spellbound! Many years later I was in my early career with United. I owned a small plane I kept at the Torrance airport. I was seated at the counter of a small cafe at the airport having coffee. A gentleman seated next to me started a conversation. He introduced himself; it was Louie. We chatted for over two hours. It was a thrill. I told him of having heard his testimony as a youth. I was fortunate during my aviation career to receive several awards for my work ia aviation safety, all fond memories. But one of the highlights of my career was meeting Louie,( he told me to call him Louie ). God bless you for writing his story. I could not put it down. As short as our personal encounter was, I feel a personal loss. Thank you, Capt. Paul Myers

  132. I would love to read your book “Unbroken”. Saw a little about it on Fox News today.

  133. Ms. Hillenbrand,

    My wife and I read “Unbroken” quite some time ago and were extremely moved by it, both by the man and your recounting of his life.

    I cannot tell from published reports whether this is true or not but……………………… it MAY well be that Mr. Zamperini died on the 4th of July! In Japan. If not, he came within a few hours of having done so.

    Should you find out that this is true I’d greatly appreciate knowing.

    Sincere kind regards,

    Lew and Suzanne Pringle

  134. I Am truly Heart Broken To Hear About Louis Zamperini’s Passing Today!..Just An Incredible Courageous Man!..Thank You Laura For Writing About This True Hero..It’s So Inspirational ..There Isn’t Enough Words To Describe What A Great Man He Was!…R.I.P…Louis!..A Truly Sad Day For America & My Prayers & Thoughts Are With You As Well Laura…God Bless!

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  136. Louie. Where do I even begin… I don’t know you, nor have I even met you. But your book has touched my life and changed the ways I look at the world. From the smallest things, to the biggest things, from the most peaceful, to the most drastic. Your book has changed the way I view the world and gives me a reason to push forward. When I run, I think, “Do it for Louie, don’t give up!” and I run knowing that your book gives me strength to do more than I could ever imagine. Thank you for all you have done Louie, your book has influenced my life and made me realize that these 15 years are just the beginning of what I can do. Thank you for your service, sacrifice and your Unbroken spirit to push us all forward. May you rest in peace in the name of the heavenly father. I wrote a song after I read your book, named “Unbroken” of course, with the raging fast and loud parts when you are battling the bird and survival on the raft, to the quiet peaceful parts showing your willingness to go on in the doldrums. For anyone who would like to understand what this book means to me you can listen to the song here. http://www.cnn.com/2014/07/03/showbiz/movies/obit-zamperini-unbroken/index.html?hpt=hp_inthenews Louie, I thank you for all you have done for me. You will always be my greatest inspiration, even though you’re not here, you will always be in my heart and soul. Rest in peace. Touched and changed, Brendan Shahrokh, 15

  137. From a super fan
    Well we all lost Louie today. Felt like i knew him though thanks to your exceptional book.
    Please don’t let Hollywood soften the message of the hell he went through.
    I read everything you write.

    Leo Barclay

  138. Heartbreakingly sad day for America … Louis’ story was one of the most amazing I have ever read. When I think about courage, endurance, survival, and hope, I not only think of Unbroken and Seabiscuit, I think of you, Laura.
    With the 4th of July tomorrow, we all need to think about what men like Louis have secured for us through his efforts and valor: freedom. Has there ever been a sweeter word?
    Thank you Laura, for bringing this bigger than life human to life for us all.

  139. You must be heartbroken, but I am going to place another burden on it. You yourself are one of the most inspirational people I’ve ever encountered. Your talent is vital and your prose is so vivid, but what makes you special to me is your courage, your own refusal to give in. It’s no wonder you understood Louis Zamperini so well: you are kindred spirits. I’m a high-school history teacher, and a student wrote me a note at the end of the year. The World War I unit was her favorite, she said–it shocked me, too–because now she understands the value of human life. I don’t think I’ve ever had a student so completely understand one of my lessons, and it was a lesson reaffirmed, for me, in Louie’s story.

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  141. I’m a book blogger for my local library (http://betheltulplibrary.wordpress.com/) and therefore the source of many book recommendations for friends. When anybody asks me what to read, I’ll tick off a list of recent things I’ve finished, but I always include Unbroken. You know how Turner Class Movies classifies movies as “The Essentials”? That’s how I feel about your book. It’s essential. The subject’s story is astonishing. Zamperini was among the greatest of the greatest generation. And by the way, Ms. Hillenbrand, you write as if you were in the raft with Louie! Both of you inspire.

  142. The passing of Louis Zamperini today.

    In the 1950s I read stories about WW II. I watched “Victory at Sea” every Sunday afternoon with my Dad and brothers. My Dad was a WW II veteran, serving in the Army Air Corps in Italy, and died in 2007. I think about him with the passing of each of the WW II veteran.

    There was little color film and war was black and white. Laura Hillenbrand brought color and life to Louis’ war experiences. It is hard to imagine an alternate life scenario for Louis had they not taken the “jinxed” B-24 on that rescue mission.

    Louis was the best of the best. Rest in peace Louis. I hope your buddies welcome you with open arms in heaven.

  143. This was the best book I have ever read about a person who lived thru so much.The way the book was written I just didn’t want to put it down.

  144. Thank you, Laura for bringing Louis Zamperini to us. His passing would have gone largely unnoticed, if not for you. Your words concerning his death brought me to tears. Your books are 2 of my favorites, and I’m eagerly anticipating your next. THANK YOU….

  145. The world lost a great man and inspiration yesterday. RIP Louie

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  147. My neighbor gave me the book UNBROKEN to read, at first I was hesitant to read it, but once I started I could not put it down.
    I was just wondering about Louie’s sister Virginia, there is not much about her, like there is with Pete and Sylvia.?

  148. Hello,

    I would like to speak with Ms Hillenbrand about a military story dated back to 1965 at the Guam Naval Base. There was a murder of my cousin Randy. My Uncle Lash Mann was involved in top secret missions behind enemy lines in the pacific theatre with the Japanese. We all believe that this murder had something to do with it. My Uncle was very upset with this government having found out about the secret deal we made with Japs. But the story just don’t end there, it had spanned many, many years. My Uncle also was one of the people who started S.A.C.O Sino American Cooperative Organization, a Naval group that history refuses to write about. There are plenty of my family that can attest to this.

    I would like very much if Ms. Hillenbrand to e-mail me or call @ 540-352-4412. I beleive this story needs to be told, it has haunted our family for decades. Thank you

    Warm Regards,

    James

  149. Laura,
    Thank you so much for the brilliant and highly interesting and masterful book, “Unbroken.” I want to tell you that this book is one of the finest masterpieces I have ever read. I have always enjoyed books on sports and also on WW2 . This covered both topics brilliantly with great interest and unbelievable talent. I will be looking forward to the movie with great anticipation.
    Thanks again for this brilliant piece of superior literature.

    Larry

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  154. I 72 and have been an avid reader since my early teens; I read 3 to4 books a month while enjoying a very full active life.
    I am a veteran and served in the Pacific in the 1960′s….why I missed this story is beyond me. However, it is by far the best read I honestly believe I have ever had. The detail and insight required a lot of work on the authors part….what a great job she did. Thank Ms. Laura, This is the best read ever.

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  155. First let me say that I was transfixed to Unbroken and had to read non stop till I finished it! Thank you for this compelling book that showed the absolutely incredible history of WW II. It was fantastic. I have a renewed respect for the forgotten solders from that horrific war. It’s all thanks to you Laura! Next I would like to say shame on you people who take advantage of this site to sell your wares from everything from “love guru’s to steam showers?! Whut???? Really. Shame on you all! If you have not read this incredible book then sell your CRAP else where and leave this comment site alone! Once again fantastic book Laura and I’m looking forward to the movie!!!! #can hardly wait! thanks again for a wonderful accurate story!

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  157. My father and Mr Zamperini both competed
    for a spot on the 1936 summer Olympic team. My father in the hop step and jump and Mr Zamperini in the 5000 meter. I believe both knew each other and may be the last two peole alive that competed that day.
    My father will turn 100 soon and has many memories the final trials. I was hoping to show him a film of that day on the 12th of July and if it exists and I get lucky, maybe he will be in that film if it exists. I thought possibly during your research for the book you might have come across such as film. I have tried many avenues but have not been lucky enough to find any video. If you have,and would be so kind, I would appreciate any help you might give me in connecting with those archives. Thanks much.

  158. I just finished Unbroken and it was a fantastic read. I loved how you made this part of history come alive to me. I have always been a student of history especially WWII but your book drove home the atrocities that our soldiers suffered at the hands of the Japanese. I can’t wait for your next book.

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  160. Beautiful story. Made my 82 year old Air Force veteran father cry. Never seen that before.
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  161. My email to reporter at LA Times:
    Just accessed your great/brief report re: athlete Zamperini’s well-deserved appointment as Grand Marshall for the 2015 Rose Parade….. but was dismayed that you twice mentioned the related fine book (Unbroken) but never mentioned the author who certainly merits recognition (Laura Hillenbrand also author of best seller, Seabiscuit). Perhaps that info was excerpted from the text on line? She certainly deserves as much attentiion as Angelina Jolie who can thank Hillenbrand for the well-written story.

  162. I just finished your book and I could not put it down.Very well written and good research and subject matter. We need more inspirational books about real heroes. My dad was in the Navy in the Pacific theater. As a gunner, they went from island to island helping the Marines on the shores with the battles. I have high respect for what they all done,at a young age. Thank you again for your fine book.

  163. Hello Ms. Hillenbrand, I just finished reading your book “Unbroken”. You wrote a great book about Capt. L. Zamperini’s life. Capt. Z is one tough character by surviving all those hardships during WWII. My mother survived WWII as a teenager in London and always says her story should be in a book. She turns 90 years old this June. I served in the USAF for 23 years.

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    I finished reading UNBROKEN this morning, and the book is tremenous!

    My father served in Europe during WW II, making amphibous landings at Sicily, Salerno, Anzio Beach (liberated Rome) and on the French Riviera. Then pushed up through France and finally liberated the Dauchou concentration camp on April 29, 1945.

    I have written a small book about his experiences and other family members and included some about the war in the Pacific.

    I work in DC and am interested in meeting you and discussing the similarities of our stories. Look forward to hearing from you when you have time. My cell phone number is 703-587-1988. God bless you and hope he makes you well.

  168. I am thooughly enjoying the audio book of Unbroken and am wondering if it is possible to get an audio book of “We thought we heard the Angels Sing” or you could make one. It is the epic story of Eddie Rickenbacker and his crew going down in 1943 and how they survived for I think 24 days. A book of it was written by one of the survivors Lt. James Whittacker. I am 85 years old and remember meeting him and it too was a marvelous story. Thank you.

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    Barbed-Wire Surgeon has been used as a reference in many books. Most notably in two enthralling and extremely popular books, Ghost Soldiers by Hampton Sides and Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand. In fact, Dr. Weinstein is specifically highlighted in Unbroken for the part he played in the attempted poisoning of sadistic Japanese Corporal Mutsuhiro Watanabe, a.k.a. “the Bird”. The full details are inside of Barbed-Wire Surgeon.

    I would love to send you a copy of the book. Would you consider a short review/endorsement? If you cannot, I would still be happy to send you a copy. I just need to have an address to send it to.

    By the way, I loved Unbroken; a fabulous read. Thank you so much.

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  216. Laura,
    My wife and myself were on a cruise to Mexico last week and I got lost in reading “Unbroken”. Your book was riveting. I could not put it down until I was finished. I suppose I could relate to the story because of my father who was a sergeant first class with the 101st airborne artillery division in the Korean conflict and his similar stories of the bad treatment of downed pilots in North Korean prison camps. Thank you for being the author of such a wonderful book. My heart goes out to Louie, my father and others who have endured the impossible. It is men like Louie that have made this country great.

  217. Laura,
    What a fabulous book you have written. I have been friends with Louie for 25 years and visited him at his home numerous times. Every time I met with him or spoke with him on the phone, he told me of the progress of the book; from your original interest in writing his story and his reluctance due to his already having written his book “Devil at My Heels” to his admiration of your thoroughness and his difficulty reading your book because of its vivid recreation of his extreme experiences, so much so that he could only read a few pages before putting the book down and looking out the window because it brought him back so closely to his former reality. Oh how he admires and thinks so fondly of you and all you have had to endure in your lifes struggles. I was with him in his home the day after the book came out and brought the Wall Street Journal with me to show him the full page photo and article about him and the book. He took the paper and looked at it for what seemed a minute with his mouth open in amazement. As you know, he never wanted fame and adulation but it’s too late for that now. Congratulations on your book! As Louie said to me on more than one occasion, “This book is going to reach and touch alot of people with hope and the idea that forgiveness is possible.” If at some point in the future I have the chance, I’d like to thank you personally for your work in bringing Louie’s story to life. God bless you and your family. Alan Johnson, friend of Louie Zamperini.

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    I just finished reading Unbroken. This is the best book I have ever read, period. Thank you for penning it and bringing this amazing story to the world.

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  224. Dear Laura,

    I finished reading Unbroken a little over a week ago. It is a captivating, compelling and remarkable story, as is Seabiscuit. You are a truly powerful writer.

    I have enjoyed these books immensely. So much so, I wondered why there was such a long length of time in between your books. In reading the acknowledgements of Unbroken, I read your mention of at times being too sick to conduct in-person interviews. That in turn spurred my curiosity which lead me to A Sudden Illness — How My Life Changed. This is also a captivating, tremendous piece of writing and the only thing needed to explain the time between your books.

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  227. Absolutely loved the book Laura. My dad was a F/O B-24 Navigator. But I have to bring to your attention a typo. Where you are disclosing how the POWS used Morse Code to communicate with each other, you state that they used ‘tit’ for dot and ‘dah’ for dash. It should be ‘dit’ for dot. ;)

  228. Just finished this book. Spectacular story telling once again. Kept me riveted for the whole book. Loved it. Laura is truly gifted in her writing style.

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  238. Laura, I just finished reading UNBROKEN. This is the best book I have read in quite some time. I am telling others about it so I hope they too read the book.

    My father and uncles never spoke much about the war, I wish hey were still here to talk about it but books like this are taking place of that now.

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  240. Our book club is currently reading Unbroken for the clubs April meeting. The group lives in Montgomery County. Does Laura has any local lectures/live presentations scheduled?

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  245. Laura,

    I just finished Unbroken that I bought last week. Unbelievable… by far the best book I’ve ever read! Couldn’t put it down.

    thanks so much for sharing the details of Louis’s incredibly journey.

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  248. Laura, if I may call you that,I am shocked by this book. I ave never read any books by you before, and I am an avid reader, but this book is, by far, one of the best i have ever read. I understand that a movie is in the works to come out pretty soon. Usually when I’ve read a book and it is made into a movie I skip the movie. NOT THIS TIME.
    I received the book this past Christmas and am about half done. I only started the book a couple of days ago. The story, writing, etc. are great. I can’t believe what Louis Zamperini has gone through.He was an Olympian back in 1936. He might have run the mile in 1940, but WWll got in the way. What he has done through the war and afterwards has been fantastic. As I write this I understand that he is still alive and in great spirits.
    I will let you go and return to this page when I’m finished with this book. It is one that I will read again.
    Back in the 1960′s I thought that I night become an Olympian, but such was not to be. I ran very well in High School and College, but never that good.
    Thanks for reading my little story and I will get back to you in a few days.

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  249. Laura, if I may call you that, I received your book UNBROKEN, for Christmas this year. I began reading the book a few days ago and am about half way done. (I am an avid reader.)I am astounded at the writing, style, story and will never forget reading this book.It is fantastic and I have heard that it will be made into a movie. Many times after I’ve read a book and a movie comes out, I skip the movie. This time I will go to that movie.

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  252. laura– great ,great book
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  253. Laura, I’ve never been more proud of you. Your drive to adapt your life to the disabling symptoms of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS/ME) is nothing short of the courage and guts showing on page and screen in both ‘Seabiscuit’ AND ‘Unbroken’. “If I can take it, I can make it.” should be the rally cry for all those suffering with this and other debilitating chronic illnesses shoved to the back burner and ignored by our own governmental medical agencies, the CDC and NIH. Your sensitivity and heart are felt in situations that could not be more dire. BRAVO Laura, BRAVO ~ Kate Grebitus

  254. for Laura:

    Have had Unbroken on my to-read for several years now…finally got it…and just finished it…OMG—it was fabulous!!!

    Thank you for bringing that story to light….how inspirational..
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  256. Dear Sally,
    “Unbroken” said so much about an air crew, their personnal aircraft. Optimism played an integral part in survival and so. did prayer.When an air crew suspictioned something was wrong woth “Green Hornet” that LT. on the ground should never have asked them to fly before it was really checked out by a lead mechanic.

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    You can almost stand up in the nose. “Greenhose Nose” gave the bombadier and the navigator clear visability.The catwalk is just as Laura described it and bombs were located on each side of the walk and there is a significant draft when is flying and you see some of the ground!!
    I’ve taken pictures of the B-24 J that belongs to the Collings Museum. Aircraft was completely rebuilt in Florida. The Smithsonian couldn’t do all of the extensive restoration. The interior is not the same as the B-24 D. My interest in the Liberator is my father crewed aboard a D Flying from Bengasi, Libiya to bomb the oil refineriers the Germans used at Ploesti, Rumania; a 2400 mile run without a fighter escort on 8/1/43. 1/3 of the aircraft was lost; another 1/3 of ships had battle damage and 1/3 was able to fly!!!Dad’s aircraft was the last ship to bomb the northern most target 18 miles from the main refinery at Ploesti; Target was the Campina field. Five Medals of Honor were awarded for this mission and al others received the Distinguished Flying Cross, Silver Star, Bronze Star etc. Dad’s aircraft was leaking fuel in Bengasi. Pilot Harold James and Navigator thouhgt they might reach Cyprus but not enough remaining. They didn’t want to crash in Rumania or, Yougaslavia.Dad’s aircraft approached another severly crippled ship; pilot dead and all of the gunner’s were wounded. They both elected to try and reach Turkey–a neutral countey. They landed at Ismir. Eight other Liberators landed at other Turkish locations.I would like to share my phoographs of “Strawberry Bitch” with Laura; aircraft’s journal from East Coast to Dayton in May 17, 1959, the 2 page description of tyhe Norden bomesight with all contols numbered and identified; a one page article about ditching a B-24 and where life rafts were located just behind the top turret and a wonderful article about Louis Z. which appeared in the Commerative Air Force monthly magazine back when book was firdt published.
    Sally, I am also a Member of the CAF and worked many years resurecting a Boeing B-17 G named “Sentimental Journey”. Betty Grable’s pin up graces the nose of our aircraft. Air Force retired her in 1959 and it was bought by forest Fighting unit.t flew in combating forest fires until 1978. One of our members acquired it and I participated in bring back all original equipment like it appeared in 1945. Aircraft went to the Pacific.I am not a mechanic but, I helped find rare parts, worked at numerous air shows, scheduled air crews and worked on their newsletter and other assignments. Every one who worked on aircraft took turns flying on it to airshows!!!I still have my CAF Air Crew Cap!!! I was surprised oto see a movie might be coming…Would Laura want me to appear as, an aerial gunner the position my father flew.After WW11 he went into banking and was a Ass’t. Vice Pres. of a chain of banks in Indiana. He was just promotede to full VP when he died aof a heart attack at age 46 in 1968. I hope this correspondence is not too long.

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  257. Ms. Hillenbrand, what are your thoughts about the movie being made? I hope it is well done. rhm

  258. Hi Laura,

    One of my closest friends has been suffering for 9 years at the hands of CFS/ME/Fibromyalgia and hashimotos. I discovered your story and want to thank you for writing the article. I have sent it to my friends to help them try to understand the situation that Julie is in. She has not been able to have visitors or communicate via text/email/fb for 9 years. I communicate via the post and texts to her mother which get passed on. So hard for everyone.

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  263. I love this book! I was looking through this page though and I’m sad that it had been used to put out scams, etc. I loved Unbroken and I think Laura Hillenbrand deserves something better than, “I need to tell my story about a doctor who brought my ex back to me…” Who cares? no one. I just wanted to put that out there. Unbroken Is an extraordinary book and you all *cough cough scammers cough* should read it.

  264. I have just finished reading “Unbroken”. One of the better books I have read in some time. It has the most of what I expect in a good book; UB was a barn-burner. Whatever praise has been directed to you is well-grounded. I shall not soon forget what you have done to encapsulate The War in the Pacific and its horrors. Thank-you for researching and writing UB.

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  266. There is no way, that I could go to bed last night after finishing “Unbroken” without writing you a comment.
    It is to thank you for a magnificent job. An unbelievable effort to portray the life of Mr Louis Zamperini. Indeed, there was a box of tissues near by…

    A friend recommended it as a must read, specifically telling me that there is a section in your book about 1936 Olympics in Berlin. Mr Zamperini participated there as a very successful runner. My future wife was also there, participating at the opening ceremonies. As one of the ten thousand young ladies, most of them ten years old, dressed in white, performing in gymnastics and ending the show in making a live Olympic icon of five circles.
    Even as a ten year old, she vividly remembers, that something terribly wrong had happened, when Adolf Hitler refused to shake hands with our gold medal winner, runner Jessy Owens.

    Letter in your book I couldn’t help but compare my own experiences in Europe during the World War II as a 12 years old boy, (born in Belgrade, then Yugoslavia).
    Not long ago I wrote a book about our memoirs basically of the European Theatre, under German occupation, fleeing from the Soviet Army, refugee camps and final trip to U.S. Oh yes, and having our 60st marriage anniversary with my – “1936′ Olympic girl” this July!

    Certainly,I can’t possibly visualize the life of
    Lt L. Zamperini, specifically in the POW camps that you so eloquently described. My family and I were fortunate to escape
    the Red Army. Dad was a former officer of the Russian Imperial Army and as such had been on the KGB list…
    If you are interested, it would be my pleasure to send you my book. You have my e-mail.

    My wife and I wish to pray for your speedy recovery and again, thanks so much for a superb book, by far the best one I have ever read.

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  270. Ms. Hillenbrand, I have just recently finished reading your book Unbroken. I am an avid reader and I have to say this one of the BEST books I have ever read. I love reading non-fiction, especially historical books. What those men in WWII had to endure is still hard to believe. This is a book I will purchase and read over and over again. Thank you.

  271. Dear Ms. Hillenbrand, your book was truly impossible to put down. Thanks for bringing Louis to life through your thorough research and moving writing. The movie will be a must-see.

  272. Dear Ms Hillenbrand, I am in the racehorse business in NM and other states. I believe the stories,cheating and corruption would make one heck of a book/movie! I would love to give you the info and stories for a new book, hope you think so too. Respectfully, Vanessa Bartoo 575-740-7181

  273. Best book I’ve listened to on CD in years. Thank you for sharing Louis’story of an American hero. A life well lived.

  274. Ms. Laura, I write not only to shout praises for your amazing writing,but to tell you that my husband and I have a story that needs to be told. With your incredible grasp of writing of events that you didn’t even experience for yourself, as in “Unbroken” but can research and investigate enough to write such believe able descriptions. It is remarkable to me.
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    The story began almost twenty years ago, of an impossible journey across our great country, three summers in a row. Young teenage boys built an authentically correct 1930 Model A Speedster to enter The Great Race, something never before accomplished by boys! Under the guidance of their auto mechanics teacher, they built the car, obtained and remodeled an ordinary school bus to carry the boys, the speedster, and chaperones from Tacoma, WA to Ontario, Canada. And that was just the first year.
    Almost daily obstacles arose to try and prevent this from occurring. Obstacles tackled and overcome.
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    This is not at all getting at what I really want to say, which is that this book really got to me. I know more than I did, but I can FEEL more about WWII than I could before, too. I am a librarian, and I’m recommending your book widely. I’m looking forward to your next book – whatever it may be.

    Again, thanks.

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  278. Hi Laura,

    I read Unbroken shortly after it was released and loved it. I have often said the story of what really happened to the young men and women who gave up so much for the cause of freedom needs to be documented and remembered. We should never forget what they did so that their children (and grandchildren and great grandchildren) would have a better world to live in. The veterans coming back from the war were quiet about what they saw and went through. They did not want to relive the horrors of war and they wanted to protect their families from ever having to go through what they had to. Now finally their story is being told through Louis Zamperini and with the movie coming out, I hope it preserves the memory of what it took to save the world we all live in today. The stories of all the people who lived through World War II are very similar. The men, women and family’s that gave up so much for us should never be forgotten.

    My father in law David was one of those men who came back from the war in the Pacific and helped create the greatest free country in history. We honor his memory every day in my family not only because of what he lived through in the war but also the struggles he endured to make a normal life for his family when he got back. I try to post his picture and tell his story every chance I get on Facebook. I hope my grandchildren will read your book and see the movie. In a way, it tells their great grandfather’s story through Louis’ story.

    My best regards,

    Paul Harned

  279. Hi Laura,
    I don’t know if you get to put any input into the making of the movie “unbroken” but I have a friend named Jack Gladstone. He is a Native American singer,songwriter and storyteller. He wrote a song about his uncle who after great heroism in WWII came home like Louis and could not cope. He also turned to alcohol and regrettably it got the better of him contrary to Louis. I believe the song is called “sometimes eagles have trouble on the ground.” It is a very haunting song and would be fitting in the part of Louis life when he first came back from the war.
    I love your writing and have read both “sea biscuit” and “unbroken.” You are truly the best author I have ever had the pleasure of reading.
    Best always and God bless you.

    Rick Kratz

  280. Hi Laura,
    I just saw in our local paper that the movie version of “Unbroken” is coming out in December. How exciting! I remember you telling me years ago that it had been picked up after I wrote you telling you how much your book meant to me since I am the daughter of a World War II veteran. So happy that it happened!

    Congratulations!

    Sincerely,
    Jennifer Calvert

  281. Just wanted to say thank you for writing “Unbroken” I have told so many people to read this book. I mainly read autobiographies and biographies. I was spell bound the whole book and so excited that he became a Christian!! I was raised in Los Angeles and have a brother living in Torrance. Can’t say enough good about this book to make us see how important it is to forgive.

  282. Hi.
    On the deck to Chichi (Jima)
    By PFC Bud Nelson
    February 5, 1945
    “As we plummeted downward just before we were over the bank that marked our target area, Pilot Lt. Herb Robinson’s Liberator lifted suddenly and brushed the wing-tip of Pilot Lt. Bob Strongs ship. The wing put a dent in Bombaro Ernest Miles nose compartment, as he released his load. As the planes broke away, one of the bombs sailed into Strong’s ship-it landed inside the plane, between the waist and the tail. A gaping hole in the fuselage outlined the path of the projectile. “I thought we had been hit by the flack Strong said later. ” When Cpl Vincent Sutter called me on the intercome and and said we got a bomb in our laps back here. I told him this was no time to cracks and to get the hell off the intercom. But, it was no joke to Sutter. He remarked late, When the bomb burst through the waist I was busy strafing hell out of the Jap gun positions. I looked at it through the corner of my eye, half dozen. Then, Al (Cpl) Al Newell and I with the same thought at the same time. The damn thight might go off. “We couldn’t budge it by hand it weighted a thousand pounds. So we stripped the barrels out of our guns and used them for levers. We really didnt start to get scared until after we pushed it off the plane. ”
    This is in reference to Laura Hillenbrand’s UNBROKEN pg. 84.
    Per Public Relations Office
    Pacific Headquarters Army Air Force
    Mailed July 2, 1945
    A 7th AAf Heavy Bomber Base in the Marianas—Technical Sergeant Vincent F. Sutter( his middle initial is L.), Seattle, Wsh., radio operator on a 7th AAF Liberator Bomber with the famed 11th Bombardment Group, is presented the Distinguished Flying Cross by Major Gerneral Robert W. Douglas Jr.., cammanding general of the 7th Air Force, for extradordinary achievement on a mine laying mission in the Bonin Islands. Sergent Sutter parents are Mr. and Mrs. Frank sutter live at 5116 Swift Ave., Seattle. My father, Vincent Leo Sutter passed away the 3rd of May 2008. My cousin Frank Sutter gave me UNBROKEN for Christmas 2013.
    I miss my father. I love my father very much. He and my mother Helen Ruth Weber Sutter were my best friends. My father told his story of that 1,000 bomb to all of my male cousins. Only after my father, Vincent L. Sutter, passing at his Wake did I receive the news article: One the deck to Chichi by PFC Bud Nelson from Carlock a crew member on that Liberator with my father. When I was looking through my father’s papers I found a picture of him receiving his Distinguished Flying Cross. Those crew members on that Liberator were just as important as the pilot Lt. Robert Strong and they should have been given some recognition.
    Thank you for your time.
    Sincerely,
    Margaret Rose Sutter
    ps. My father and I had the joy of sharing the companionship of a wonderful German Short Hair/Spaniel mix, Daphne and her friend Kiki, our cat. Kiki died in February, 2011 and Daphne passed away 1/11/2014. Daphne would have been 8 in March, 2014, but, her time on earth was short and she now is in the loving arms of my father Vincent Leo Sutter

  283. Dear Ms. Hillenbrand,
    My son gave me your book for my birthday, I just finished, it is wonderful! The last paragraph in your acknowledgments brought me to tears! I was born in 1934 in a small village in Tuscany, emigrated to this wonderful country in 1956. I was 10 when the war reached my village, but the most beautiful day in my life was the day that first Allied armored car appeared in my village, after one year of German occupation.
    I have driven by the American Cemetery near Florence often, when I needed recharging my batteries as an administrator of federal TRIO programs. Once I had the privilege to enter it with some veterans of WWII and Korea. The sight of those graves with names from all over the United States, of the long list of names without graves (mostly aviators lost at sea in the Mediterranean and Adriatic seas) made me cry like a baby, those guys died for me! for my freedom, for the opportunity to live a long and free and decently prosperous life! Some of those guys I played snowball fights with, some gave me chocolates and cigarettes for my father!
    You can see why that last paragraph of yours, “I dedicated this book to …” has had such a strong effect on me, I love you for it! Thank you!!

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  286. I received the book as a Christmas present. I enjoyed it very much for a couple of reasons. I live in Torrance and all of the Torrance geographic references I could relate to. I drive past Zamperini Way and Zamperini airport every day. Ms Hillenbrand did an excellent job in building her characters (I realize they are actual people). Was there or is there a movie coming? Also, is Louis Zamperine still alive?

    Thank you

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  288. Just finished Ünbroken”. An incredible read, bringing me to tears on more than one occasion. Thank you Laura.

  289. I love your writings. You really bring out the feelings.
    Thank you.

  290. This story will be with me for the rest of my life,, thank you so much

  291. We read this book in school and I find that I cant stop thinking about it. It is the most inspirational and amazing story I’ve ever read. The fact that it is a true story is simply beyond me. Both Louie and the author have my deepest admiration and respect. Thank you for letting us be apart of his story. I know we all cannot wait for the movie.
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  292. Best book I’ve ever read. It’s an amazing story. God had a plan. Only He could have changed someone’s life so drastically. Thanks to the author for such hard work. I understand the author is ill. I have chronically ill children so I understand how much effort this must have taken. Thank you. God bless. Lisa Russell

  293. My wife and I read UNBROKEN together over 2 weeks time and all we can say is “It is an incredible piece of writing, both from the human standpoint of Louie’s journey to the outstanding job you did in writing it for the world to enjoy”. We are about 20 years younger than Louie but even though I was just born in 1940, I remember so much of the war through newsreels in the theatre and the fact that my father and my aunt both worked at Lockheed Aircraft during the war. The story is incredible beyond words and for Louie’s journey to end at a Billy Graham Crusade is the best part of all. One of my son-in-laws has heard Louie speak at a Calvary Chapel Men’s Conference in Anaheim. I can’t wait for the movie but it will probably not be nearly as good as the book.

  294. I just finished reading your book, Unbroken. I enjoyed it very much and like all factual histories of war it had a little of everything. It was wonderful to be able to track one man’s life from birth to death. It was done in a very complete and competent manner.

    I am 64 years old now but in 1967 I graduated from high school and joined the Marine Corps. I was 18 at the time. For a rural West Virginia country boy I got to see some oriental way of life. I did a 13 month tour of duty in Vietnam with a rifle company. It was quite an eye opener for me. Like the Clint Eastwood movie, there was some Good, Bad and Ugly. It truly was a life experience. I think it was Ernest Hemingway who said “War is a wonderful life experience if you can survive it.

    Thank you for all your hard work and efforts to bring this story to light.

    Sincerely, Ronald Lilly
    Hinton, WV

  295. Dear Mrs. Hillenbrand,
    After 40+ years, I’m in the process of retiring from law enforcemeent. I love reading and over the years have passed many days with a good book in hand. I especially like and research WWII which aids me with my hobby – model aircraft building. Your book,”Unbroken” ranks in the top 10 best books I’ve ever read. Your writing style, attendtion to detial and a full knowledge of the subject matter makes for a book that’s hard to put down. I wished you were in better health and could enjoy the fruits of your labors by traveling the world, looking for inspiration for your next great book. To one of the best authors in the world, thank you and please get well. (ps.I tried emailing you direct, but this is as close as I got. I hope you get my message.)
    Ken

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  302. Thank you for writing this book. I learned a lot and NOW appreciate why my mother ( a child of the depression ) seemed to hate Oriental people so much. I read this book because my daughter’s 8th grade class is supposed to read it and it seemed difficullt so I wanted to help her. To date they have not read it but it took me out of my comfort zone and made me appreciate what all WWII vets, including my dad, may have experienced. Good work! I think this should be mandatory HIGH SCHOOL reading. So, they would truly understand the hell of war.
    Keep writing. I hope you are feeling better soon.
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  303. Thank you for sharing this experience by Louie and other serviceman during this conflict. I am an avid reader, but your book kept me awake and I had tears in my eyes. Few books cause me to cry. I have to say that your wonderful, creative writing has made me a fan, plus I have to work through my feelings. I honestly have some really harsh feelings against the Japanese after reading your book, and this is not my normal nature. My Mom was a war bride from Birmingham, England so I have an emotional stake in WWII, but nothing before has made me feel the anguish that I feel due to the absolute inhumane experiences of many of our troops due to their POW experience. How Louie could find his way out is…no words can explain. I am a very hesitant believer in “miracles”,and that “Christianity” will answer all ills, but I do believe that if it helps, grasp it and hold on…whatever it may be. I wish I had a small group of avid readers around me right now to discuss this book with. I hope you know I have never written an author before. You have a wonderful gift, cherish it. Please continue to share your gift with us. Thanks again, Nicky Skoog

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  306. Just finished Unbroken. My father and father-in-law were both WWII vets. After seeing Saving Private Ryan, my husband and I commented that it was amazing they both came home and amazing they came home sane. After your book I need to add, they came home and forgave. Forgiveness is hard on a good day, I have read many other books on how Japan treated POWs and all have a recurring theme, cruelty. Forgiveness is a mighty gift these men have given to their captors.

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  312. Just finished reading the book.

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  313. I just returned from Europe and I could not put down Unbroken during the flight home. I felt so connected to this book for so many reasons, not to mention it’s brilliant writing and exhaustive research.
    First, I am very interested in the history of New York City, particularly the year 1936, when Louie ran in the Olympic Trials and subsequently left for Berlin from NYC that July. On the day the boat readied to leave, my grandfather, a NYC fireman stopped a man, who intended to leap off a building, from committing suicide. I’ve tried to learn everything about that day in NYC and I voraciously consumed the book’s material.
    Then, when I learned that Louie was in Okinawa in Sept 1946, I chuckled, knowing my father spent time in Okinawa. I pulled out my father’s Naval records and sure enough he arrived in Okinawa a few days after Louie. My father talked about the typhoon that hit but more than that he talked about the beer parties and how much fun he had there. Louie’s recollections confirm what my father had told me. It gave me such a great feeling of connectedness, both to that era, Louie and my father. Did their paths ever across? Who knows? But my imagination is having great fun with the possibilities. I anxiously await your next book, Laura. Brava, bravissima. Charles R. Hale

  314. Thank you for writing this book. I am amazed. I hope this book becomes required reading in High Schools. I learned more then any other history book I’ve read and enjoyed the journey. Shocking! Insightful. Amazing.
    You mention being unwell during the writing. I hope you have overcome or do overcome and are well.
    All the best. Wendy

  315. I just watched the British TV show Skins and was so impressed by Jack O’Connell i wanted to see what else he’s up to. I got chills when. i saw he was going to star in Unbroken. To quote my dear mother-in-law, i am a ‘peacenik’ and the last person who’d read a book about a war hero. But Unbroken got me from that first page, describing the soldiers in the raft.
    Louis Zamperini’s story is incredible, awe-inspiring and so full of life. I know Angelina will do his story justice,

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  316. Dear Laura,

    Thank you for a wonderful moving story. My older daughter, an Army 1st LT, gave me the book for Christmas 2013 and I read it a few days ago. What a great book and I’m just amazed on how well documented everything was.

    This book should be required reading by all pilots, all sailors and especially those in the ROTC and the Military Academies.

    Thanks again!

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  321. I’m re-reading “Unbroken” right now. It is without question one book that makes me proud to be an American. Thank you, Laura, for writing this important story. And thank you, Louie, for your bravery and sacrifice.

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  335. Just wanted to thank you for your wonderful writing , my husband and I love your books. I read you hadn’t been feeling well, I hope you are better now. We wish you a wonderful and joyous Xmas! Thanks, Darlene and Dave

  336. I read “Unbroken” last year (a Christmas present) and thought many times of writing a review. A few weeks ago I woke up clear headed and inspired. The review I wrote was for the local paper. However I’d like to send it to you if I may.

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    “Unbroken” has been on best seller lists since it was published. It has received glowing accolades and deservedly so. Many thousands have already read it. I received it as a present last Christmas. With this Christmas near I unhesitatingly recommend it for anyone who enjoys reading– especially those who are World War II buffs.

    “Unbroken,” in my view, is one of the finest books ever written about the WWII soldier-experience. Hillenbrand is a superb writer who writes with a clarity and vividness that make scenes leap off the page. She has meticulously researched the story of Louis Zamperini and she brings it to life brilliantly. Her book is in itself a gift to all of us in the reading world.

    Louis Zamperini, a son of Italian immigrants, was growing up in southern California, on a path of delinquency. He was guided off this path and into long distance running by a caring older brother. Zamperini became driven to excel and he did. He travelled with the U.S. team to the Olympics in Hitler’s Berlin. He was not a medalist, but his goal became to win at the next Olympics scheduled for Tokyo. WWII intervened.

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    Prisoners of Japan were treated with unrestrained cruelty. The Geneva Convention was ignored and there were no “rules of engagement.” Zamperini’s abuse at the hands of the prison guards was so relentless that is seems almost impossible he survived. He faced certain death ahead as the Japanese always killed their prisoners when they were facing defeat. The atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki stunned the Japanese and saved Zamperini’s life.

    He came home to a hero’s welcome, but also came home (understandably) with what we now call PTSD. He had financial and emotional ups and downs, and serious bouts with alcohol. However, a loving wife managed to save him from self-destruction, and he turned his life into one of helping others.

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  365. As a retired Lt Col from the USAF, a B-52 Navigator with over 3000 hours and a Viet Nam vet., this was one of the most “moving” books I have ever read. I actually had to put the book down on numerous occasions during the POW chapters because I was so moved.
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  378. If I sent you some book plates and a s.a.s.e. would you sign and return them?

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  379. I have read this story atleast 4 times and I never have read a book more than once. Laura has a way of writing that I enjoy. Louis is an amazing man and I cannot wait to read the story again and see the movie when it comes out.

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  391. Great Book. I concentrate all of my reading on books describing War in the Pacific. Yours describes in great detail the Heroes and the Horrors. I could never have forgiven Watanabe!

    Question: Why did Phillips wear his Left Pant Leg Shorter than the right? I don’t believe you ever answered this in the book; Am I mistaken? Page Number please?

    Thanks again for great Book. Seabiscuit too!

  392. I want to to thank you for this good read!! I certainly enjoyed every little bit of it.
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  393. Great book!!!!!!t. I thank god for men like Louie who fought for this country . Thank You!!!!!!!!!

  394. Please, is it possible to know when this beautiful book will be published in the italian language?
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  395. I read the book Seabiscuit by Laura. I loved it and passed it on to my uncle who loved it and he loaned it to someone who loved it. I was at Savers store, where good used books can be found. I picked up Unbroken and was hesitant to buy it as I didn’t think I would like a book about World War II. However, I bought it because I loved how Laura wrote Seabiscuit. I was so interested in Unbroken, I told pieces of it on Facebook and named the book and Laura. I love to read. It is hard to find good true stories. I liked Across Many Mountains and Stolen Lives. Laura has moved up to the top of my list as my fav. author. I am wondering if she has plans for another book and can I be notified of it? She told the Story of what happened in a way that was interesting. I experienced a wide range of emotions while reading it. Please thank Laura for writing these two books-telling the two stories so well. I am sure there must be others she can educate us about.. Linda

  396. Hi Laura,

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  398. My congratulations on a marvelous book. UNBROKEN will be a large part of my Christmas list. Thank you for a massive contribution to American history and literature.

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  399. I just finished Unbroken… very emotional for me. My Father, who passed away in 1986 was in the European Theatre, part of the 113th Cavalry aka Red Horse division. We were fortunate to visit Normandy last year which peeked my interest in knowing more about my Father’s service. Having since found out that the National Archive’s personnel records were destroyed in a fire in 1973, I have been searching in other areas. I was so impressed by Ms. Hillenbrand’s painstaking research and the clarity with which she described Louie’s experiences I had to write. Thank her please for an outstanding piece of work. Regards,
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  400. I was fascinated with this book. I am a 62 year old preschool teacher. I wish this book was required reading for our nation’s High School students. I feel many in our nation have no clue as to what our nation’s military members have sacrificed for our everyday freedom’s that are taken for granted. Thank you for sharing this story.

  401. I have read each and every book written by you and have marveled in its authenticity! I first wrote you on your book Seabiscuit which you kind enough to sign. While this may not be possible with Unbroken I want to be the first to congratulate you on this book being made into a movie with Ms Jole! I read this book when it was first issued and I had a hard time putting it down! The reality of this mans situation is captured very vividly by you and I am sure the movie as hard as it may be to recapture some of the scenes will hold everyone’s attention!
    Outstanding work! Congratulations again, Peter S.

  402. I’ve enjoyed Laura’s books a great deal. A book on the original seven astronauts would sure be interesting…..

  403. After a long wait, I finally read Unbroken. My draw to the book and story was many things…Vietnam vet, runner, father lost at sea in late 1944 (officer on Seawolf, submarine). My year in Vietnam seems like a vacation now. I was totally blown away by the book and the miraculous POWs. It should be required reading.

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  404. Hi Laura,I just finished reading Unbroken. What an incredible book! While the subject matter was difficult to read (especially through tears), it was so well-written that I was able to read it, appreciate it and actually was able to say I loved it, even though it was about such an awful time in our history. I definitely loved Louie! Not sure if I will be able to see the movie. Reading things like this is one thing, seeing them, quite another. Well done!

  405. Laura, this was one of the best written books I’ve read in a long long time. I pulled the book off the shelf in my office and am reading it for the second time. Absolutely excellent job putting book together.

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  406. ps…this also reminds me of my father and his era and stories he had told us of these days gone by…he has passed from this earth 5 years this year…but reading this brought me even closer to how things were in his prime..thanks for that as well

  407. to laura and louie….i just finished reading this amazing story and what a life you have lived so well…i am the father of four and high school special educator and former coach..i only wish i could have one or both of you in to speak at my school because stories of inspiration like this one are too few and far between in this world of negativity and so many kids lack hope or understand what it is like to work hard through struggles and overcome…for both of you to overcome and thrive and succeed at such a high level is just amazing…thank you for sharing this story with me and laura thank you for writing this…you are a beautiful woman as well…i too have known chronic fatigue and fibro and battle it every day…as a former athlete and coach it has made me weary at times but i fight through it because of those who need me and the thousands of students and athletes i have mentored over the years who give my life, along with my four children, great meaning and worth…i look forward to your next book…its a shame that in this world we remain at arms distance from each other because it would be an honor to know you both and meet you in this life…stay positive…god bless you both..and thank you for allowing me to experience a part of your lives through literature…my life is better thanks to knowing that strength and hope abounds…and who knows..maybe our path can cross someday…peace and have a great day!

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    War ending in Europe Dad came back to the states but not to go home…they were being staged to go to the Pacific.
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    My father had no chance to “find himself” “do your thing” he did want needed to be done.
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  413. To Laura:
    Thank you for your research, interest and talent in illuminating the life and contributions of Louis Zamperini. His life and ordeals show his human foibles and the triumph of Spirit in the most heinous and unimaginable circumstances. His unique and yet common experiences as a Pacific POW underscore the incredible contributions these men made to the freedoms we in the US enjoy with typically unrepentant ignorance. Louis’ life demonstrates the power of evil and hatred as well as joy and forgiveness along with the power that forgiveness brings to life. This is a story of true redemption. Thank you for contributing to my life through the life of Mr. Zamperini.

    To Louis:
    I pray that you are still present, Louis. I want to thank you for your service to our country from the bottom of my heart. I am so sorry for the inhumanity to which you were subject and the pain you endured during and after your imprisonment. Your subsequent love released through your relationship to God and His Spirit manifested in your transformational relationship with your wife, your children, family, friends and ultimately the world. You, like Him were burdened with unimaginable pain and, through Him and like Him experienced a resurrection of sorts that will continue to positively influence our world for years to come. Thank you for your sacrifice; thank you for your ongoing contribution to the lives of everyone your story touches. From my heart with loving gratitude. Larry

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  421. I just want to thank Laura for doing so much research to get this story right. I listened to the audiobook twice, while driving my truck. The second time, I was listening for all the clues that indicated how thoroughly she had researched this story- for instance, the submarine crewman’s account of an aerial fight. That took some digging! And there are many, many more examples.
    I heard that a movie is in the making, and I hope they don’t water down the atrocities committed by the Japanese to be “polite” or “politically correct”. Please, tell it like it really was; only by telling the truth will the world learn from history.

  422. Dear Miss Hillenbrand,

    “Unbroken” broke my Italian heart.

    Fair winds and following seas,

    Eddie

  423. Dear Ms. Hiilbbrand, God bless you for putting forth Unbroken. Heartwrenching, uplifting and a memoir that one with beautiful prose brings a history of a time and place that I cannot imagine. Please if you have contact with Mr. Zamperini, please give him my heartfelt gratitude for alllowing his story to be told. I am going to Facebook your page and encourage the studetns I know who are entering the military and well and veterans to read this history. Mr. Zamperirni I thought of the sacrifice our Saviour made for us as I read your story. There are no words…
    God bless you Sir. Love to you in Christ Jesus, Lidia

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  425. An Essay on Louis Zamperini

    Pure Spiritual Milk

    “…To all who are thirsty I will give freely from the springs
    of the water of life.”
    Revelation 21:6

    In 1943 Louis Zamperini, an American airman stationed in the World War II Pacific theater of operations, spent forty-seven days adrift in a life raft after surviving a combat crash landing in the ocean. The significance of his ordeal, unlike that of so many others who have faced open-water survival conditions, was it’s record duration and extreme nature. Forty-seven days of an essentially waterless existence were made all the more cruel because of his immediate circumstances – being engulfed and constantly tormented by the ever-present and deadly salt water ocean, as well as enemy forces who still sought to kill him. His survival and the heroic story behind it are a testament to one man’s will to live, ingenuity, determination and ultimately, his faith. It would be impossible to justly articulate the awful, desperate, insane struggles he must have faced even in his sleep each and every day as abject thirst burrowed itself relentlessly into his parched lips, swollen tongue, burning eyes, and cracked hands and feet. An insatiable thirst that finally grew into an incessant, gnawing, pleading voice deep in his psyche which begged all day and night for relief, any kind of relief – even death.
    Human endurance, both physical as well as psychological, is consistent with and reflective of nature’s law of survival of the fittest. The physical world and it’s demands shape us through our daily lives gradually and surely. While much of this modeling is unremarkable and mundane it is the severe extremes that ultimately make us who we are, or survive to be. And it is these most severe experiences, those which collide with the essential requirements of life such as food, water, and the air we breath that force us to confront the most basic fundamentals of life. Unfortunately for many of us, it is at these extreme times in life when we first address these questions, but that doesn’t have to be. While we are physical beings in a physical world it is only natural that our physical needs, especially those which sustain life, receive the respect and attention they demand. But in modern times the daily routine of meeting those needs is so predictable, and in many cases so effortless, that we can easily find ourselves taking for granted the critical value that these requirements represent. This casual relationship with the essentials of life is a recipe for disaster, especially as it carries over into our spiritual lives.
    The fundamental role of the dependency of the physical man on his physical world is present, and is even more crucial, in the relationship between the spiritual man and his spiritual world. As mortal human beings we are all too aware of the ultimate course our physical lives will take and any emphasis on comfort, longevity or luxury is, in the final analysis, an illusory gain at best. But this physical world has an uncanny way of keeping our attention focused on it and diverted from the comparatively muted voice of our souls. Many of our physical problems, which seem so insistent and insurmountable at first, prove in the end to be more distraction than true peril. And it is this casual sense of security, learned through repeated false calls in the physical world, which can foster complacence to our spiritual world. Why face a faceless problem such as faith right now when there is always tomorrow – it can’t be that big a deal, right? So often we fall for the trap of expediency in the moment at the cost of preparation for the future, forgetting that a survival strategy must incorporate both today and tomorrow. God’s awesome gift is that the preparation one makes for tomorrow, once made and committed to, will in turn serve to release us from the urgency of today. Once we have established our future, today becomes an unsurprising and fearlessly embraced step along that way. Scripture is specific in how we do just that.
    Just as true physical thirst creates the sensation of something missing or something needed, spiritual thirst manifests itself as a powerful and palpable void. For most of us this void is not so easy to describe because, unlike the thirst experienced during extreme physical conditions, it is not detectable through our bodies but instead through our souls, and unfortunately for many the soul is not given the care and attention it deserves. A void in the soul reflects more than the deficiency of a single component, such as water, but of the full grace and glory that God offers. This void is huge, it sits deep down inside – right in the middle of who we are, and can never be satisfied through physical acts or possessions. Scripture tells us that God’s answer to spiritual thirst, unlike that of its physical counterpart, is infinite in magnitude, free to all those who seek it, everlasting, brings eternal life for those who believe, it cleanses us, fills us with a “new” life through the Holy Spirit and will enable us to grow into a full experience of salvation. The “living water” longed for by the psalmist, prophesied by Isaiah, described and relied upon by John, affirmed by Christ and begged for by the rich man does all these things and more. As a “bubbling spring” within us, the Holy Spirit grants a new life, an eternal life for all those who believe, and it delivers it right here in the physical world. Living water is at once the fulfillment of one’s spiritual void as well as the only reliable, everlasting, totally trustworthy “thing” that can quench any and all physical needs which arise in our lives. Just as the Samaritan woman at the well discovered, physical thirst is with us only for a lifetime, while spiritual thirst will last forever and the living water that Christ made available is the only water which can satisfy that thirst, or the other.
    Louis Zamperini survived his forty-seven days of physical thirst and two further years of physical and psychological torture at the hands of his Japanese captors. Then, on a warm, clear California night in 1949 Louis accepted the invitation of a young evangelist from North Carolina, the Rev. Billy Graham, and received God into his heart. It was on that night that he would later say the unquenchable thirst which had burned into his life those terrible years before was finally, completely, and lovingly abated by God’s living water.

    “But those who drink the water I give will never be thirsty
    again. It becomes a fresh, bubbling spring within them, giving
    them eternal life.”
    John 4:14

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  426. Laura –
    I just read your essay on the 1930′s in Vanity Fair. Your livid descriptions of those times cast a spell on me. The final paragraph gives me chills – and I’ve read it quite a few times in the last week – and shared it with numerous friends. I would give anything to write like that!
    Lastly, how sad that people have littered this site for their obviously malevolent purposes.
    Very best regards,
    Dan Witt

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  428. Hello Laura – I just finished Unbroken. It was an amazing book. You told the story with such compassion. It was vivid. I could not put it down. Additionally, I was astounded by the amount of research you did. My grandfather was killed by the Japanese in Western China in 1943. I felt just a little closer to him after reading Unbroken. You gave me a picture of people, of the time period. Thank you.

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  432. I loved your book Unbroken so moving. Questions you mentioned your late friend Debie Gingsburg is this the Debie from Fresno, Ca. . If so she was my cousin by marriage. Please let me know

  433. Fantastic book Laura’s gift of writing has brought the world an understanding of the sacrifice so many have made to allow us to have the freedoms we have today. The hero’s and honor will be remembered.

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    after a year and six months that he has left me with our two

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  451. What a marvelous and moving story. As a trained historian, I am humbled by Laura’s exhaustive research and narrative power, and grateful to her for reminding me how much we owe that heroic and self-sacrificing generation of Americans. After reading Unbroken, I read a biographical article on Laura and learned that she has for many years suffered from a debilitating physical illness, which finds no echo in her hopeful and optimistic stories, and which makes her magnificent literary achievement all the more astonishing. I will keep her in my prayers.

  452. Extraordinary book, man, and author! I could not put it down once I started reading it. After finishing it, I needed to find out more information about Louis. After searching, I was surprised to learn that he is still alive as of this date. Then I came across the following link with Louis on the Jay Leno Show last year:

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  461. When I read “Seabiscuit” I raved to my friends that Laura was on par with Mark Twain as a storyteller. “Unbroken” further cements her in the realm of Americana. Many thanks for bringing the iconic life of Louis Zamperini to a whole new generation. Looking forward with great anticipation to not only the movie but her next book which, I hope, is in the works. Here’s to a very bright future for Laura Hillenbrand!

  462. Laura,

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    Thank you,
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  463. I just finished reading the book “Unbroken” and wanted Laura to know what a wonderful thing she did by writing this book and bringing to life Mr. Zamoirini’s astonishing story. I’m glad he survived so that she could give us a glimpse of the incredible things he endured – what an inspiration – both of you!
    Thank you Laura.
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  464. My father was severely injured in WW II, and it changed his life. Reading “Unbroken” has given me a new perspective on what he suffered. All I can say is thank you.

  465. Unbroken is beautifully written and the story of Mr. Zamporini is one for all time. I appreciate your ability to report the story and not interject your interpretation of it. That had to be difficult. You honored the people in your book by keeping yourself out of it and letting them come through your words. I don’t think I’ve ever appreciated a non-fiction book as much as this one -not just for the story but for how you crafted it. I hope you are well and able to write another one.

  466. I just finished reading your book Unbroken. I wanted you to know it was very meaningful and one of the best books I have read in ages. I was born in 1938 and served as Captain in the Marines. I never served in combat but am very patriotic and having read all this…I was fascinated with the book and I hope this note finds him at 96 years old still living and in good health. My father was in the Army Air Corps and was drafted when he was 36 years old in 1942. Great book. I would have loved to drop him an Email if I had a way to contact him and thank him for his service.

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  467. I’ve read Seabiscuit and Unbroken. Amazing people (and animals) in each. I was a history major in college, so I’ve read a lot of history, but I’ve never come across an author like Hillenbrand who makes history read and move like a novel.it is a simply amazing and outstanding talent. There would be more history majors if there were more writers like Hillenbrand!

  468. Dear Laura, I hope you get to read this. I am reading Unbroken and I cheated an went to the end. Your description of Louie’s Christian conversion, the details and excerpts from Billy G’s sermons, the mental agony of letting go of his “darkness,” and his dramatic change from alcoholic, the peace and forgiveness he gained concerning “Bird” and his captors (nightmares stopping), and finally his trip to Japan, was astounding. I am very curious how this personally impacted you. Have you experienced such a conversion, and if not, how did you get such insight into the transforming effect of repentance and faith in Jesus Christ?

  469. Have a friend who was a Carmelite (teaching order) Priest who left the Order but went on teaching where he met a woman, got married and had a daughter. After raising her and assuring that she got the best educational opportunities available, the mother passed away. Lost and somewhat confused, the priest applied to Rome and was granted permission to become a diocesan priest. He has a very unique, interesting life story with many colorful experiences. The reading world would probably find the story of his life very intriguing, particularly if it was told by Laura Hillenbrand. Both her books were extremely well done and she would do an exemplary job of telling a story about a “recycled priest”.

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  470. Thank you for having no regard for my sleep! Having just finished Unbroken and before that Seabiscuit I can finally get back to my regular schedule. I rarely read so thanks for making these stories come alive I really appreciate the incredibly thorough research you do.
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  475. Unbroken is a wonderful book, both shattering and exhilarating. I thought it might be impossible top Seabiscuit, but Unbroken at least matches it. Kudos!!
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    I had the pleasure of attending a forum in Seattle this past summer which featured some of the few remaining “Rosie the Riveters”, now in their 90′s. These gals were pioneers in an age where there was great discrimination against women and minority workers (especially in the airplane manufacturing business). One woman in particular, Georgie Kunkel struck a chord with me because of her name. I realized that I had heard it before and found out later that she had been in education in a later career, and served as a leader in counseling children (a field that I worked in) Indeed it was the same woman that I remembered during the early part of my career and someone who was very inspirational.

    To my astonishment, I saw her name referenced in your book: Georgie Bright Kunkel, who wrote to you about her brother, the athlete Norman Bright. It has to be the same woman. She is a story in herself: not only did she put planes together when women just didn’t do this work, later becoming a leader in education, but she currently writes a column in a local newspaper, has written a book, I think, and performs as a stand-up comic in small venues. A lovely woman. I think she and Louie would get along famously :)

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  483. Thank you for writing this. I haven’t read a book that touched me as much as this one did for a long time. My father was a highly decorated WWII veteran. He hardly ever talked of the war even though my brother and I would sometimes bug him until he relented. We never knew why he had won the Silver Star, Bronze Star, and all the other medals. During his mid eighties, he decided that he and my mom should buy a computer so he could write him memoirs about what it was like to be a Christian during WWII. He finished it shortly before he passed away. It answered a lot of questions about the war. My family will cherish that little 100 page book for a long as we are alive. I agree with one of your other posts that this should be required reading for every high school youth. It would bring the idea to the forefront that war is a horrible thing and the results even worse. Thank you again. I will pass this book on to many of my friends for them to read.

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  490. I just finished your story of Louis Zamperini. It is the most amazing story I have ever read. Thank you for telling such an amazing and powerful story. I am a disabled Viet Nam Veteran. Reading about Louis Zamperini gave me a different view of life, war and survival.

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  492. I have read many of the comments posted on this website regarding Louis and continue to be moved by the depth of their sincerity in extolling Louie’s heroism. The man is beyond question one of the Greatest of the Greatest Generation.

    I posted a comment on this website about Louis Zamperini on May 24, 2013 and would urge all of you to scroll down and read it.
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    What I did was to sit down and write emails to the President, Vice President, my home state U.S. Senators, Senator John McCain, my Congressional representative and 2 other members of Congress, urging them to honor Louis with a national medal for his heroism and also on behalf of all the great men and women of the Greatest Generation.

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    Fred Thomisser

  493. Help please! I am a retired teacher from California who taught U.S. History 36 years. World War Two vets are a passion of mine. I have met Tom Brokow and had him sign my copy of The Greatest Generation. More than three-hundred have done so. I have tried numerous ways to get Louis Zamperini to sign. What an honor! However all my efforts have failed. I have mailed to other notable vets such as “candy bomber” Gail Halvorsen who signed and returned the book with the prepaid postage. Is there anything you could do to help me? I now live in Southern Utah and have been retired for the past seven years. I would do whatever it takes to have him sign the book. Thank you so much. I do not know what else to do but to now contact you. By the way loved Seabiscuit and of course Unbroken. Awesome! Hope to hear something soon.

  494. I am almost through my second reading and will probably do a third in a few months. The second reading brought my emotions to the surface much more so than the first time around. I am at the point they are in the river and the Torpedo Plane flies over to tell them the war is over and I am sobbing uncontrollably – the emotions of the prior pages coming to a head. I cannot get this story out of my mind and have become obsessed with knowing more. My dad flew in the Liberator, which enticed my interest in this story – now wishing I had talked to him about his time in the AAF. I was inspired to put his memorabilia, including a photo of his crew in front of the B24, into a scrapbook to leave to my son and or grandson. I have my dad’s wings, made into a bracelet for me as a child. This story was so well written – I winced as they were brutalized and wept for them. I hope the movie does it justice. God Bless Laura for writing Louie’s story and sharing it with us. I am now on a mission to find a Liberator to see for myself.
    Would give anything to meet Louie and give him a hug.

  495. Marvelous book, thank you for the insights into WWII and the brave men and women who were part of that history. I am looking forward to Seabiscuit as my next venture. Regards,

  496. There is a book review of The War Below in the Style section of the Washington Post which mentions your magnificent book Unbroken. Hank Cox also mentions the Navy’s “inexcusable reluctance to rectify torpedo defects…” and this is a story which I wish you would consider researching. The story of The Grunion, sunk by its own torpedo circling back, and then found 60 years later in a sea off Alaska by the Commander’s sons, is a fascinating story. The Navy’s unwillingness to admit how a few Admirals allowed young men to go to sea aboard subs with torpedo defects they knew existed should be exposed, and the finding of the sub is as worthy as finding the Titanic. My mother Jean Wallace Douglas, her father vice-president at the time, was engaged to be married to one of the young men, and his letters to her are brilliant, funny, and heart-breakingly wise. It’s an extraordinary story, and I wish you would consider researching it as a future project because I don’t know any other author as capable as you who could capture such history.

  497. I’ve had MS since I was 20 (I’m now 64) and still hanging in there. In the past six months I’ve had more walls jump in front of me and evil demons live under my stairs. I, too, write, but you’ve been published and I’m so happy to have someone I can point to when the time comes for me to explain my MS to an agent. My fingers work; most of the time my legs do; Sometimes I’m so good at this disease-thing that I can see Lots and Lots of things -at the same time. Thank you, Laura for being so positive and successful and someone who has paved the way for those of us with a couple of parts that don’t always work. Sincerely, Lucy Stimmel

  498. Lauren,

    This book is extremely personal. My grandfather, Henry Dreyer, competed in track and field with Louis Zamperini in the 1936 Olympics in Berlin. Like Louis, my grandfather missed his prime years to medal in what would have been the 1940 Olympics. He did however, manage to break the world record in the hammer throw 3 times, the last time being at 42 years of age! You are truly an amazing story teller (Seabiscuit is also one of my favorites). Thank you for writing such an incredible and inspirational book.

    Regards,

    Geoff Dreyer

  499. Dearest Ms. Hillenbrand — the almost last sentence of “Unbroken” — “I come away from this book with the deepest appreciation for what these men endured, and what they sacrificed, for the good of humanity.” — says everything, and says all. Of course I agree wholeheartedly. Those words also state my appreciation for your books and your writing. With this and with “Seabiscuit”, I FELT what you were so beautifully presenting to me. I “rode” Seabiscuit in every race. I cried for Louis and the others. When “Little Boy” was dropped, I gratefully clasped the book to my chest with a tremendously happy sigh. Your writing is God given, and I, and all your fans I am sure, totally, completely appreciate that gift. God has blessed you with your abilities. And God has blessed us to let you share and us to read. Thank you, Ms. Hillenbrand, from the bottom, center and all of my heart. Thank you.
    Barbara Herring, Lancaster, Texas
    Thank you. One more thing — I was born in 1941, and I heard tales of Seabiscuit all my young life. To read about him was just truly magnificent. I just do not have the words to thank you for this experience — both of these books. Thanks be to God that you have the words.

  500. Laura,
    I have just finished Unbroken and read Seabiscuit a few years ago. Your books have to do with perseverance and struggle. As a fellow CFIDS person ( since 1987), I have found both of your books very inspiring!

    We all are on a journey, and yours is making such a difference in people’s lives. I hope you are able to write another book and that your health allows you to do this. I will be reading it!

    Sincerely,
    Mary Sutton

  501. I read “Unbroken” a couple of years ago, after seeing a TV interview with Louie Zamperini and Lautra Hillenbrand. I just finished “Seabiscuit.” Ms. Hillenbrand, I think you are an incredible writer. Your non-fiction works possess all of the excitement and energy of the very best novels. Twice durig the reading of “Seabiscuit” I cried – once when you described the epic race between Seabiscuit and War Admiral. Even though I knew well the actual outcome, I was caught up in the drama. Then at the end, as you provided closure for all of those incredible characters (Mr. Howard, Red, the Iceman, and the rest – especially Seabiscuit)I was again moved to tears. I so look forward to your next work. Thank you!

  502. I loved both of your books, then found out about your CFS. I too have suffered for 30 years from the same symptoms and have been diagnosed with lupus, CFS, Fibromyalgia and such. Never being taken seriously, because “you look so good”, I too have struggled with the stigma of “it’s all in your head”. I am curious to know how you are today and if you have found anything that has helped alleviate your symptoms, even in the least. It’s a difficult road and I get exhausted just from trying to explain it to people. The worst symptoms are the vertigo and inability to enjoy a restful, restorative sleep. Have you found anything to help you in that regard? Thank you for your transparency in this journey and I would love to hear from you and any advice you may have. You are an inspiration!

    Sincerely,
    Diana Bersani

  503. July 16,2013

    Dear Mrs. Hillenbrand,

    How I wish I had your book in 1952 when I married my husband. It would certainly have helped me to understand the mental scarring that he came home with from World War II. He was a radar man in a B-24 all thru the South Pacific and China Sea. He was 31 and I was 25. He would wake up with nightmares and sweats and never would tell me what or why of the things that had brought this about. He would get black moods and take his rifle and climb a Mountain behind our home and I would pray he would come back alive. During his 20 some years of being an alcoholic he tried to shoot himself twice, but flinched in the final moment.It wasn’t until 1986 and we had attended a squadron reunion, that I finally heard things while the men talked between themselves and we wives listened, many times saying “I never heard that before.” He finally went for rehab and was sober for the remaining years of our marriage as I said enough, get help or I am leaving after 35 years. He was saved from that monkey on his back and we made it to 57 years before cancer took him. I made him write about his WWII experiences and learned so much more. I saw in our Oregonian That the Library of Congress wanted stories so I sent them a copy and received a nice thank you. Unfortunately my husband never got over his dislike of Japanese and his feeling that they were sadistic barbarians.
    Thank you for the thoroughness of your research in writing this book and it certainly explained reasons for my husbands moods and deep seated dislike of the Japanese military people.
    Sincerely
    Jule’ Donnelly

    July 16, 2013

    Dear Mrs.Hildebrand,

    How I wish I had your book way back when I married my husband in 1952. He was a Navy radar man in a B-24 all over the Pacific to China Sea etc.,and came home also mentally scared. He would have black spells and go climb our Butler Mountain behind our home and I prayed he would come back and not take his life. He woke up with many nightmares,shaking and sweating and never would tell me why. It wasn’t until we went to a squadron reunion in 1986 when the men would talk that I finally heard things and began to under stand better. I also made him write up his WWII experciences and his hate for the Japanese. He became an alochlic during our marriage and tried twice to shoot himself but flinched in the final moment. After thrity five years I said get help or else I’m ready to call it quits. WE made it to our 57th year of marriage befor cancer took him. I had a MS in Guidance and Psychology and he a MS in Range management. I was 25 and he 31 when I married him. I sent a copy of his story to the Library of Congress as i had seen in The Oregionian Paper a request for Vets to do this and had a nice thank you.

    You did a wonderful job with your knowledge and I want to thank you.

    Sincerely Yours,

    Jule’ Donnelly

  504. My 12 year old is interested in reading Unbroken. I haven’t read it yet but to plan to read simultaneously. Is it age appropriate? Thanks.

  505. My name is Joe Steinberg. I am 92 years old. I remember listening to my short wave radio in 1936 to the Olympic games in Berlin. I just finished reading your book and could not put it down for a moment.
    One of my dearest friends was shot down on his 6th mission over Germany. Two other friends were POW’s in Germany.
    Now why am I writing! I refer to page 279 and the name MARTY GLICKMAN. He was on the Olympic team. He was Jewish.Avril Brundage, who was the team manager, did not want Marty to run because, as a Jew, it would antagonize Hitler. After the war Marty became a well known sports announcer. I believe there was another Olympic track star, and he too was not allowed to run, because he was Jewish.
    Some people reading your outstanding book, I am sure, have no idea about the story of ‘Marty Glickman, Jewish Track Star’.
    Respectfully, Joseph Z. Steinberg

  506. This is a wonderful book. The amount of work you invested in it is admirable. The actual writing makes it hard to put down. I am glad that you did not give any foreshadowing (that I noticed, anyway) of Japanese imprisonment. That came to me as a shock and heartbreak.
    I intend to give this book to my mother for Christmas on Kindle.
    It’s an amazing thing to be so gifted as you are, to be able to find two wonderful subject (I loved “Seabiscuit”) and then to tell the story so well. Rather than your book seeming like a scholarly biography (although certainly this is carefully researched) or seeming like a historical novel, I felt as if I became a part of Louis’ life, as if I were a family member hearing what happened from his own lips.

  507. Hello!

    I wanted to write and give my very “honest and personal” opinion of the book “Unbroken.” It is, by far, one of the best books I have ever read. When I finished the book, I was in tears. The young people of today have no idea of what went on in life back in those years. I come from a family of servicemen: My grandfather was in 3 branches of the service. He was in the Spanish/American War, World War I and II. My father was in the Navy and served on a ship in World War II and my (deceased) brother served in Viet Nam (Army). Thank you so much for the time and effort you spent in reseaching and writing this publication. I am going to recommend it to all of my “avid” reader friends.

    Respectfully,
    Susan Proctor
    Annapolis, MD

  508. Dear Laura,

    I greatly enjoyed reading Unbroken and would be honored if you would sign my personal copy of your book.

    If you would be willing to do so, I will send the book to you via FedEx and include a postage pre-paid, self-addressed FedEx mailing label that you can use to return the signed book to me.

    Please let me know if that would be OK.

    Thank you for the enjoyable reading!

    Best regards,
    Richard Castiglia
    San Diego, CA

  509. Hello Laura. Your books are an inspiration and a part of America which all should be inspired by. As a veterinarian, I found the story of Seabiscuit fascinating. Reading about Louie Zamperini was amazing. Part of his story was somewhere in the recesses of my mind from my high school track days, but your bio of him made his life, WWII and his inspiring story come alive. All who ever despair should read his story.

    If possible, I would like to ask you a favor: My 20′ish year old daughter is beset by debilitating stroke-like migraines which have derailled all of her young life’s plans. How can she contact you for your insight into an “Unbroken” life?

    Thank you

  510. I just finished Unbroken and learned so much. I loved learning about this aspect of WWII.

    After reading your books I can tell you want to uncover histories forgotten stories.. I have an idea for you it is about an Indian massacre survivor. After being orphaned and saved, she persevered and forgave her captors. There are many author intriguing events. Her name was Abbie Gardener Sharp. I have no gain in her story but would love to see in told well.

  511. I am reading Seabiscuit for the second time and it comes through as one of the very best books I have read in a long life of reading. The story, of course, is some kind of American classic, with the horse and main characters brought to life with the brush strokes of a master. But, I have come to especially appreciate the style and vividness of the writing. My copy is paper backed but I am searching for a good hardbound copy for my collection.
    And so, I send to the author my great admiration and gratitude for a wonderful book -about the America I have loved and perhaps our country’s finest athlete. Although young, I lived through the depression and the book really resonates for me. I send her my very best wishes for continued success and a wonderful life.
    Cordially,
    Charles C. Jensch

  512. Dear Ms Hillenbrand,
    I just finished Unbroken; my wife Sandi borrowed it for her book club, and I was reading it aloud to her, but it became too much for her. Not for me; I was by turns profoundly moved, inspired, horrified, sent into deep chuckles, then horrified again. I have come to have an even deeper respect for American servicemen in WWII, and since. Your account was riveting, sensitive, with wonderful descriptions of even the most horrible of scenes. In spite of what must have been strong temptation, I never felt you overwrote, or sentimentalized… you certainly didn’t sugarcoat. I am not a Christian, and have never felt moved by Billy Graham, but from your account, I have a stronger appreciation of his sincerity and his power to inspire. I can only describe Louie’s transformation as a miracle.

    Now I really must read Seabiscuit, having heard so much about the movie. I hope you continue to bring history to life and to personalize it as you have done with Unbroken. All the best to you and yours.
    Ken Bretz,
    also a Calfornian

  513. I just finished reading this wonderful book, June, 2013. It is the most inspiring book I have read all year. I have recommended it to everyone I know. My husband read it first, after borrowing it from a neighbor. Even my pastor began her Sunday sermon 2 weeks ago talking about this UNBROKEN. Thank you for such a great story. I have a brand new appreciation of our wonderful service men. You are a wonderful writer. Thank you.

  514. The website is packed with information that is useful when utilizing the book for a freshman reader….BUT….do remember that more and more individuals are purchasing Macs and IPads.. Either several of your weblinks are not working or not at all designed for reviewing from Apple products. I do hope you can update the web to work for multiple platforms.

    Professor Susan Fecho

  515. My father was at Rocoroshi camp at the end of the war. He wrote a book on his WWII experience including the Bataan Death March and 41 months of captivity. Is there any way I could contact Louis to see if he remembers my father?

  516. A friend of mine(Vietnam veteran)handed me your book one week ago today. I finished it today and was especially moved as I made my way through Chapter 38. I likewise know the power of forgiveness and how bitterness entrapped me for many years. Louie had every right humanly speaking to seek revenge and harbor hatred for the inhumane atrocities committed against him. “If you save me, I will serve you forever.” Saint Augustine said, “Our hearts are never at rest until they rest in thee O God.” The tears fell freely as I read the last few pages of your incredibly moving book. My father and 8 of my uncles(all deceased now)served in both theaters of WWII. Awaiting orders to invade Japan from Manila, the atomic bombs changed the course of the war. Although exuberant the war had ended, the nearly 4 years had changed a young man for life. Thank you for dedicating your book to the millions of men and women who so unselfishly gave of themselves. Thank God for Louie and Phil. Words are inadequate to convey the debt I feel.

  517. Ms. Hillenbrand,

    I am just entering a career in the Air Force and a friend of my father suggested Unbroken to me. I have always loved to read, but I have never been so taken by a book. Not even Harry Potter, which I have read innumerable times, in multiple languages, nor even Gone With The Wind, which I virtually lived in for months on end. Unbroken offered to me reassurance and conviction in a time in which my parents were questioning my life choices and a good friend in the Navy had passed away. You have told the stories of Louie and Phil and Bill and so many great men that gave the ultimate sacrifice for their country. And I thank you for that. I love that you so aptly tied in the motto of “Ubuntu”, meaning “I am because you are”, which to m encompasses the idea that everything happens for a reason, somewhere, someplace, sometime in this world. And the omnipotent presence of The Lord. For this book, I thank you thank you thank you (almost as Phil closed his letters to cecy).

    Becca B.

  518. This book changed my life. It is without a doubt the best book I have ever read. Louie’s and Laura’s stories are both amazing and brave. Never before have I been moved to tears so many times by a book, and never ever at its conclusion. I’m not quite sure what to do with my life now that I’ve finished it — except make sure that everyone I know reads Unbroken.

    Thank you!

  519. I have never read a more bautifully written and powerful book. Added to its wonders was finding my 1951 Navy bootcamp company commander, CPO Ernest Anthony (Tony) Duva on four separate pages as a Ofuna kitchen worker and sneaker of scarce food to Louie and his other fellow inmaes. If there’s a way of reaching him or members of his family, I’d appreciate knowing about it. Thank you for a wonderfully told story. JFM

  520. Hello,
    Have you ever been tested for Lyme’s Disease? I just finished Seabiscuit and read the interview with you and your symptoms sound like Lyme’s Disease. Although you have probably already been tested?

    Thanks for Seabiscuit, I am looking forward to reading Unbroken!

    Best,
    Mary Clark
    vagabondboutique.com

  521. Dear Ms. Hillenbrand,

    This query for your blurb comes with humble yet strong heart. I am a huge fan of your work, and have taken much strength from Unbroken, even alluded to your title and Louis Zamperini in my own novel. I hope my letter finds you comfortable and well. I can’t thank you enough for inspiring me as a writer and helping to ignite courage to face my own battle. I believe you will easily connect with my protagonist and hope to offer you inspiration as well.

    My literary novel, Surrender Flash, begins a multifaceted tale of extraordinary survival whereby Sadie Blumberg, the young fun-loving mother, must first conceive three wild marital scenarios. She’ll wholly inhabit her varying personas being ensnared by former train wreck suitors before awakening in a cloud of anesthesia to her chosen beloved. Enduring nearly a decade more of life with post-surgical symptoms from elusive medical advice, she’ll be arrested with an advanced, endometrial cancer diagnosis from a rare genetic disorder. Sharing the ultimate playlist as the hospital world dances through her life, Sadie encapsulates what it means to live honorably especially when so much is working to dissolve her. It is all for her loyal family that she never gives up the fight, and with the fortune of top rate medical staff, family and friends, she will not fail. Through her journey, several major epiphanic moments will present through the most unlikely objects: a nasogastric tube accompanied by a nature television channel, an apple offering chaplain on Rosh Hashanah while NPO, an enormous stuffed toy hung from a construction crane, a nurse administering conscious sedation, a harpist playing Stairway to Heaven next to an up escalator, and a spectacular barred owl inciting a staring contest. In the end, it is Sadie spiraling swiftly upward with a bird’s eye view poised over the horizon.

    I am an English teacher having self-published two other novels but seek a more traditional route for my latest work. The first part of Surrender Flash was written before being diagnosed with cancer and parts 2-4 as a result of subsequent treatment. Now stronger than ever, I am ready to entertain and offer privileged insights and humor through my engaging, fictional characters.

    Thank you so much if you’ve made the time and had compassion enough to read thus far. It would be a great privilege to have you craft a blurb for my book. Actually, I think I might fall out of my seat or off my feet to receive a positive reply- any reply at all really. (I do swear not to read text while driving or even walking.) If you should be so inclined, please let me know if you’d prefer an electronic version, attached or as the body of an e-mail, or hardcopy galley and where to send. I hope it is okay to impose a deadline of the first of August.

    Gratefully Yours,
    Janet Goodfriend
    http://www.janetgoodfriend.com

  522. Everyone should read this book. I have read other books on POW’s of Japan, Raid at Cabanatuan, Escape from Davao, and Death March. All these books remind us of how bad, and how good humans can be. War is not just something that we read in the papers or see in the movies, it is terribly real. Everyone needs to know this.

  523. I very much enjoyed your books ‘Seabiscuit’ and ‘Unbroken’.
    Great stories… well told. I was a youngster in the late 1930′s
    and I can recall the swell of interest by the everyone. I followed Seabiscuit’s rise to fame and of course Louie was written-up in all the papers.
    Thanks for two great reads….

  524. My comment is more of a plea for help. I have read some of Laura’s books and absolutely loved them. They were honest and showed the true emotion of each story. I especially connected with Seabiscuit, as I am a horse owner. I have a personal situation that occurred with my horse in a certain area of the horse world. I don’t have the money or emotional energy to pursue a legal case, but I feel very strongly that the involved persons should be exposed. I think the best way to do this is through literature so that my story doesn’t become someone else’s, and Laura would be perfect.

  525. Dear Laura,
    Thank you for writing such a historical treasure as Unbroken.
    This is one of the best books of our time. What a story of survival, torture and forgiveness
    that Louis exhibited throughout his life. He reminds me
    of my uncle, William Duncan, who was a “Ghost Soldier” survivor of the Bataan Death March. He
    was one of 511 survivors of the notorious Camp Cabantuan POW camp in the Philipines. He was liberated
    by the brave 6th Army Rangers.
    William like Louis was a kind and gentle man, never a bad word about anyone, despite being
    legally blind and living a life with medical issues as the result of his imprisonment.
    He graduated college and raised a family along with his wife, Effie
    Thank you for showing the world what the Greatest Genration was made of.
    Laura, keep on fighting the good fight and we are all looking forward to your next
    excellent work.
    Kurt Hildenbrandt

  526. Unbroken is the best book I have read in years. Thank you, Laura.

  527. We just finished “Unbroken” as an advanced literature survey at Faith Preparatory High School, New Milford CT. To say that the students were moved is an understatement. We laughed, we cried and the book became a part of us. We had many in depth and sensitive discussions. If dreams come true, we will get to meet Louie some day. God bless you.

  528. Dear Ms. Laura Hillenbrand,

    I am a 11th grade student who read your inspirational book, Unbroken. I read your book for my summer reading project that I need to do in order to be in an AP English class. I need your help, I am currently trying to identify what type of third person point of view you used. Was it limited or omniscient? I also want to know who the audience is. I would be pleased if you would answer my question.

    Sincerely a confused reader,
    Sabino Maldonado

  529. How poignantly fitting that I finished reading Unbroken over this Memorial Day weekend. I have never before had such an understanding of what so many people suffered for our country or such an appreciation for the sacrifice made by so many. We can tell new generations to appreciate what we have, but we don’t even know what we have some of the time! You provided the ability for us to walk beside these men and learn from their lives. By telling their stories you honored them and brought a dignity and respect back to them that many had lost.
    Overwhelmed by the monumental task of assembling a beautiful work of nonfiction like you did, I researched your story and came across the article A Sudden Illness- How My Life Changed. While I didn’t think I could be any more impressed with Unbroken and the way you delivered this story, now I have even a stronger and deeper affection toward it. I am so struck by the way that God has used you through the most painful circumstances to tell another story of resilience that our generation needed to hear. Thank you for all of your hard work in delivering this story to all of us. I can’t imagine how difficult it was for you, but what value… Thank you!

  530. Laura,

    Just wanted to say that Unbroken was absolutely fantastic. The best book I’ve ever read. It belongs at the top with all the other literary classics and I believe it should be required reading for high school lit course students. Thank you for taking me on such a marvelous and emotional journey through your words and Louis experiences. It doesn’t get any better than this. I’ve changed as a person after reading the book and what Louis went thru. Thank you for that gift.

  531. Good day Mrs Hillenbrand. I think you’re right. The war in the pacific is over shadowed by the war in Europe. My father was a K.N.I.L. sergeant. He worked at the death rail road in Birma and Thailand , during the 2nd world war, as an POW. ( KNIL = Royal Netherlands East Indies Army ) I am translating his war story into english. His story begins when my father was about 20 years old, 1938 , in Samarang, Dutch East Indies. Warm Regards,

  532. I totally agree with Fred Thomisser whose comments are below.

  533. Louis Zamperini is without doubt one of the Greatest of the “Greatest Generation”, a man who is truly a national treasure. He has been lauded with many awards for his bravery during the War, and thereafter, for his lifetime of service in preaching forgiveness and in helping others overcome their own burdens and “Birds”. Among these many awards, he has received an honorary doctorate, has had a stadium at USC named after him, as well as invitational track & field tournaments named in his honor. But to date he has NOT to my knowledge been awarded the kind of honor that is certainly his due- and that is from the Government of the United States.

    One of these awards is the Congressional Gold Medal. In fact, a Congressman introduced a bill in 2011, after having read UNBROKEN, to have Louis receive this medal. But nothing has apparently come of it.

    The other award is the Presidential Medal of Freedom, bestowed upon someone who has made a significant contribution to society, whether it be in science, in the arts, in religion, in the military, or any other important endeavor.

    Whether it be the Congressional Gold Medal or the Presidential Medal of Freedom, Louis should be considered a slam-dunk certainty to receive such an honor.

    I have already made this feeling known in emails sent to the offices of several Congressmen and Senators, as well as to the White House. If more people made this sentiment known to our elected officials in Washington, maybe they would get the message that Army Air Corp Captain Louis Zamperini should be given this high honor.

  534. I so enjoyed reading Unbroken (chosen by the neighborhood book club) I’ve never been much of a history fanatic, but have come to enjoy my daily chats with my 91 year old aunt. I can see how there are so many stories to be told. Thankfully you shared your wonderful talent to tell the story of Louis Zamberini.

  535. Would it be possible for you to send me a bookplate with your autograph on it that I might place it in my copy of “SEABISCUIT”? I collect books as a hobby and own a hardcover copy and it is a very welcome addition to my library…WILL PAY FOR THE S.A.S.E. THANK YOU very much for your time and effort

  536. Hi Laura,

    I enjoyed reading Unbroken and learning about Louis Zamperini. If you are interested in hearing about another incredible story of WWII I recommend that you contact my grandfather, Earl Anderson. He flew B-24s (The Pistol Packing Momma) out of Southern Italy (Manduria) and flew 50 missions. He was shoot down on his 50th mission after dropping his bombs over Munich, successfully leveled out his plane at 8,000 feet and all crew members parachuted out of the plane and survived the experience. Earl was captured, become of POW in Nazi Germany and was eventually liberated by General Patton. In between his first and 50th mission there were many exciting stories, for instance, the time he pulled his B-24 out of spin during a bombing raid over Ploesti and all crew members survived save one. Earl received the distinguished Fly Cross for his efforts. There is no other documented instance of pilot and/or crew surviving such a spin. Of course he is my personal hero. Earl is absolute pleasure to speak with and at 93 is full of life and enthusiasm. If you would like to speak with Earl please let me know and I would be more than happy to put you two in touch. I have included a link to a transcript of interview with Earl for a WWII veterans project.

    http://lcweb2.loc.gov/diglib/vhp/story/loc.natlib.afc2001001.00373/transcript?ID=sr0001

    Best regards,

    Christopher Oliver

  537. laura, I certainly admire your talent; I seen the movie “Seabiscuit” but must admit havn’t read either book. I’m writting you for another reason; you see I too suffer from cfids/me and went threw some horrific experences because of, and am sure many others have horriable experences, too. Anyway I have a dream to help some people; but I will/do need some help getting taken serious If you have any ideas that might help my email is camillalkoch@gmail.com thank you sincerely

  538. Happy Birthday Laura!!! Unbroken is One of the Greatest books i have ever read:-)Peace!

  539. I’m sure you have heard it a million times and you will a million more, but I just have to tell you how much I love both “Seabiscut” and “Unbroken”. They are fascinating, heart breaking, heart warming, and all around superb works. I recommend them to all of my friends especially those who don’t usually read. Thank you for sharing your talents with us all and I cannot wait to see what incredible story you will tell next!

  540. I was amazed by Louis’ story. I found the truth of the story difficult but also helped me have a greater appreciation for my freedom and the soldiers who afford this to me. My son serves in the US Army and has spent two tours in Afghanistan. We must uphold our troops in prayer. Freedom isn’t free. I am gratful to Louis and his willingness to share his life.
    Respectfully,
    Wendy Downey

  541. Dear Ms. Hillenbrand:
    I just completed listening to the cd version of UNBROKEN, narrated by Edward Herrmann, an excellent choice as narrator. I want to commend you for a spectaculor job in telling the story of an extraordinary man, a rare coin, a precious gem of a human being named Louis Zamperini. It was so uplifting and emotional to listen to. In fact I was so moved by it that I wrote an email to the President of the United States requesting that he consider awarding Louis Zamperini the Presidential Medal of Freedom on behalf of all the heroic prisoners of war of past conflicts. The following is a text of that email message to the White House:

    “Dear President Obama,

    I have just completed listening to an 11 compact disk, narrated by Edward Herrmann, of a book written by Laura Hillenbrand about a true hero of World War Two. His name is Louis Zamperini, now 96 yrs old and living in Los Angeles. I cannot begin to tell you how overwhelmed I have been in listening to his story of courage and inspiration. He is truly one of the Greatest of the ‘Greatest Generation’.

    I am requesting in this email that you give serious consideration to awarding him the Presidential Medal of Freedom on behalf of all the heroic prisoners of war of past conflicts. Indeed, you might consider establishing a special category for this award reserved for ‘Prisoners of War’.

    I wish I could go even further in writing about this hero but I am limited to 2500 characters. He and others like him are truly deserving of this award. His story is an unbelievable one of courage and inspiration. But in his case the unbelievable is, in fact, incredibly true.

    Respectfully yours,
    Fred Thomisser “

  542. I just finished listening to UNBROKEN on Audible with my wife and sometimes my mother as we traveled. My great uncle met his wife at 10am in Florida and was married by 4pm before going off to fight with Patton’s army group. Their marriage lasted 40-50 years. Ditto many of the previous comments! I don’t remember ever reading a book so compelling and detailed of the suffering, endurance, and courage of WWII men and women. Thanks to the Lord, Louie, and Laura for this great epic.

  543. This is not a comment. I belong to a group “Asia Pacific World War Two Atrocities Memorial, Inc. “ (APWAM). We seriously think the WWII history in the Asia-Pacific have been missing in our history text book for too long! Therefore, we published “World War Two in the Asia-Pacific Theater: a Teaching Guide” last year. 2011, we offered a Workshop” to our local school teachers, unfortunately the turnout was very poor. This year, we are going to try again. We do that because we think the teachers needs to be educated before they teach! I saw Laura’s “Unbroken” and I think this is it. If we can have Ms. Hillenbrand to be our keynote speaker we don’t have to worry about audience. The beneficial to the teachers and students will be enormous.
    The “Workshop” is on June 20th 2013. We sincerely and boldly wish she can spare some time to come. The place is Montgomery County College, Rockville Campus, Rockville, Maryland. I have read that she lives in Washington DC. she doesn’t need to take time to travel either! We will also arrange a book signing section for her.
    I would like to attach the e-copy of our “Teaching Guide” : https://docs.google.com/file/d/0B8u3jfy7JuhVa2JTWVh3R2sydUE/edit?pli=1
    Hoping, to hear from you soon.

    Helen Wang
    Secretary General of
    APWAM

  544. Would you ever consider writing a book in regards to a WW II B 24 fighter pilot who’s plane was shot down, parachuted out and was captured by German soldiers and spent 18 months in Stalag Luft I prison camp until he escaped. Prior to that he was stationed at Pearl Harbour and saw the first bomb drop. My father will be 91 years old in August of 2013. He still has his foot locker with pictures of the barracks,planes,crew members and even his prison tags amongst other memorabilia. His story should be told and documented. The majority of the facts regarding his story has been verified already. It would be a great read. I am his daughter, Sharon Rogers and can be reached at 248 950-5248.

  545. I would like to introduce myself and story to Ms. Hillenbrand regarding my families history. We are pioneers and have a wonderful interesting story to tell and she may be interested in learning of it and perhaps writing about it. Myself and my cousins of our era are all getting up in age and it would be unfortunate if this story is not told. Our grandfather knew Sitting Bull, Charlie Russel and others of the west. We have quite a history. Please contact me if possible 847-362-0148,

  546. It was a great account of something for us all. For all of us to read, learn, and come to understand, the gift of life, and how our lives are of value to others. Louie, I Love You, like so many Others love you. Your life, as, is, so many others, invaluable to us all. May the world, know your story.

  547. I just finished Unbroken, and to say the least it was by far the most inspirational book of human trauma and survival that I have ever read. I have always admired and respected our Heroes of WWII, however, this story has brought an entire new level of appreciation that I have for what they endured to ensure my freedom. Thank you to Laura Hillenbrand for bringing this story to the world, and thank you to ALL service members past and present for liberty.

  548. I have really enjoyed reading this book. It keeps me on my toes and I don’t ever want to put the book down.

  549. Mrs. Hillenbrand,

    Your book about Louie Zamperini was thrust into my hands a few days ago and I started reading it without performing any background research about you or Mr. Zamperini. My first reaction to it about halfway through was, “no way this is a true story. No way.” I told my wife that this story sounds like an Italian fairy tale–surely this is made up. I asked myself, “if this story is true, how could it be possible that I’ve never heard of it? Why isn’t it already a movie?” By the end of the book, and after doing a bit of research, it all made sense. The story of Louie Zamperini’s life, seems to me, to have been so important and significant that possibly God Himself had to choose its writer regardless of how long it took to get it right. Congratulations!

    At the end of the book, I thanked God for the life of Louie Zamperini over and over. What a gift to us all. I then thanked Him for all of the generations who avoided the evils of the Axis powers for generations because of the sacrifices of men like Louie Zamperini and everyone who served. What a crescendo your book is about the spirit of that generation. Thank you for the book and for becoming a writer.

    -B

    PS I said one final prayer that Angelina Jolie doesn’t screw up the movie. No pressure. :-)

  550. My dad Jack Oswald was a master tech sgt in the U.S.Marine Corp. He enlisted on 12-8-41 and spent the next 3 plus yrs in the jungles of the South Pacific. He was stationed on Midway,Samoa,Guadalcanal, and Bougainville. There might be others but he is 91 yrs old. The words you used the Mariana’s, Marshalls, and Gilbert,s to name a few brought memories of my dad saying them to me when I was a young boy. Thanks for letting me relive those special times and a big thanks to the US Marines.

  551. Thank you and congratulations on bringing forward the story of some brave veterans and those of their families in a thorough way and for, through your writing, preserving history.

    Chris West
    Downtown GM St.Marys
    519-284-3310

  552. Dear Ms Hillenbrand,
    “Unbroken” is one of the best historical narratives I’ve ever read. I’ve spent much of my retirement visiting World War II veterans in assisted living facilities and I’ve heard many stories of hardship and sacrifice but this tops them all. Thanks for bringing this to us.

  553. I joined navy at age 17

    was in last six mo of war
    served aboard battleship iowa for 2-2 and a half mo in Tokyo bay -walked thru ashes of Tokyo many many days nread your great book.- freed prisoners didn’t laugh when they saw Tokyo, neither did we — knowbody believes what it was like so we didn’t bother trying to tell them.
    name is the same but don’t believe were related. we are from pittsburg penn. hillenbran all attempts to look up ancestery failed– all records were destroyed in fire years ago or so we were told. best wishes to your Hillenbrand family

  554. I’ve just finished the book, and my spirit is soaring.

    What a life robustly lived! What consummate research and compelling writing. How unfathomable is war.

    Thank you and god bless you!

    -Lyda-

  555. Laura,

    After reading your account of Mr. Zamperini’s life in UNBROKEN, I consider you both to be national treasures.

    Sincerely,
    Jim

  556. Mr. Zamperini changed my life with a trip to the Sierra mts. I was around 14 at the time. I was in CYA a very trouble kid. That week I skied,Fished,hiked, and repeled down a cliff. I had no idea who he was or what he had been through. I am now 64 yrs. old. I still go to the Sierras camping and skiing every year. If Louies daughter and son in law are still alive could you please give them my E-mail. I want to send them my story which is to long to put here. Doug Brown 805-795-1884

  557. What an amazing story. I lover the book so much that my children are reading it for an assignment.
    We are homeschoolers and are learning about World War ll.

  558. Laura,

    Thank you for writing “Unbroken”. I could not stop reading it. I am very happy that Louie found profound peace. I am sad to hear of your health issues. Both you and Louie are incredible people. Take care, both of you!

    Kind regards,
    Mark

  559. Laura,
    I wanted to convey my appreciation for your writing “Unbroken”. When I attempt to imagine your research (7 years) of Zamperini’s life, it boggles my mind.
    Though success is not unknown to you, I commend you on your skills.
    Sincerely~
    Jim Calhoun
    http://www.BlueStreamStudio.com

  560. Laura
    I know a gentleman who will be 91 Sunday May 5 who was in wwII South Pacific Air Force and flew b29. He has a wonderful vivid memory. I read Unbroken and wasted by the story. This gentleman should be documented as well.
    Julie

  561. Dear Laura,

    Just finished ‘Unbroken’…so very poignant. I can’t believe I missed the horror of the Pacific POW’s . . as did many. Thank you for exploring and uncovering those atrocities and how our magnificent GI’s survived. Linda Vulcanoff, Tarpon Springs, FL

  562. Thank you for writing such a profound piece. I teach a small group of at-risk high school students, students who read in class because “they have to,” but not for enjoyment at all. I purchased five copies of Unbroken so the students can share–three students to a book–and we’ve been reading just a few chapters (chapters 23 – 32) together in class; I assigned these in the hopes that they’d have a better understanding of the issues during WWII. Much to my surprise–and excitement–many of my students have asked to borrow the books when we’re done so they can read the entire piece. Thus, your writing has inspired non-readers to read. In the three years that I’ve had these particular students, they’ve never shown so much enthusiasm for anything I’ve taught. Thank you for making a difference.

  563. Unbroken took me to a place in my mind that I never thought I could go. With two uncles who were prisoners of war in WW2 it is easy to understand why they could not talk about the war after reading this book. Thank you for giving me to opportunity to finally have a little better understanding of this war the the men who fought for our freedom. I will be eternally grateful to them.

  564. Thank you for taking the time to write such a wonderful story. I am amazed at the ability you have as a writer to take such painstaking care to document everything and to get all your questions answered. I imagine that for the number of years that it took you to complete this book that you were truly living and breathing “Louis Zamperini”! The story you shared in this book was incredibly written … And as a Christian, the redemptive part was like icing on a truly magnificent cake. As I also discovered today, that you wrote all of this while struggling with personal illness, I have to say that you may have just become someone in my mind who could truly be called a heroine. I have to agree that your own story should be told … Someone further down the page on these comments said that, and I am in full agreement. I pray that you will not stop writing … But if your personal struggle is too great for the effort of another book, I believe that you should simply realize that the world is a better place for these two books that you have given us. Thank you, Laura! …

  565. Hello, Laura…your magnificent “Unbroken” came and went as a book reserve at our library here in Cape Coral, Florida; and then for my 70th birthday in February, my aunt in San Diego sent me a copy from Barnes and Noble, badgering and bullying me, through my sister, into getting into the reading of it. Wasn’t that I didn’t want to; I just had other books to get to. Anyhow, I picked up “Unbroken” Sunday and finished it this Friday morning. Your story…Louis’ story…the story of this part of WW II and the brave men who fought, died, faced imprisonment, survived, battled demons for years after, perhaps for the remainder of their lives, moved me, especially in the latter third of the book, to tears. Always a fascinating look at a war I was born during (1943), it is a tribute to a man and the men who fought so bravely at this time. I have never been called to war…I came very close in the late 60′s but was deferred because I was a teacher…and I know I could never have been a soldier. I think I’d have taken my own life rather than participate in battle. Is that a cowardly thing to admit? I don’t know. And at this point in my life, I don’t care. I think what amazes me most about Louis is that he’s still going strong. I saw the interview with the two of you on CBS Sunday Morning a while back, my introduction to you both. May I say the success of “Unbroken” is deserved. And for those of us who perhaps know little of the war in the Pacific, the book enlightens. My best to you.

  566. Thank you for telling this story and introducing me to Louie. I have already met Seabiscuit. Your ability to write non-fiction accounts of historical events touches intuitive parts of my soul that believe in the spirit of greatness, self reliance, and the spirit of love.

  567. As I just finished reading “Unbroken”, read through the epilogue and acknowledgments, I realize how grateful for Laura Hillenbrand, and those like her. I had so many wonderful days where I wept, and yes even sobbed and then brought to a rapture of joy while paging through this wonderful book. Thank you also for your unselfish approbation and lavish praise you give to others. Truly a gift from God has not gone wanting!

  568. Dear Laura,
    OMG, woman! You have the gift! To tell of historical events in the manner of yesterday’s news (I say “yesterday’s, because that was when news was reported, not spun into some special interest garbage as we get today.) Reading Seabiscuit and now Unbroken, I am totally transported into the time. As my parents were older, both served in WWII and both lived through the Depression, many of the “tiny facts” you include resonate…I’ve heard of them.
    About a third of the way through Unbroken, and got a funny thrill to know he trained at MAF…now my home airport. Giants walk among us, most of us never realize.
    I know a bit (from articles) about your illness, and your drive to keep writing. Please, please, keep tapping away. Writers like you are true American treasures. When you can tell a non-fiction story with the same flair that JK Rowling writes about Harry Potter…well, you must just ROCK ON!
    Mostly, I just wanted to say, thank you. I thank you every day for the amount of work you put into your books, for the rest of us to devour as some sort of special treat, coming up for air only when we close the last page.
    Please, take the best care of you and keep your bright soul and generosity in a place of safety.
    Thanking you again,
    Peggy R. Ludi
    Midland, TX

  569. <>

    Dear Ms. Hillenbrand,

    As a volunteer, I have been writing memoires for hospice patients.

    I began my writing projects after retiring as a computer engineer. To date I have completed 15 memoires, but it is the last one that has caused me to write to you.

    I have just completed my work with Adrian Runkle, a 91 year old with a rare form of cancer. I thought that you might have some interest in Adrian’s stories because so many of them parallel the Pacific Air War stories of Louis Zamperini. Even though Adrian served as a gun commander on a B-29 instead of a B-24 and even though he only entered the Pacific in 1944, many of his stories could easily be mistaken for the ones you so well related in _Unbroken_.

    I was so taken by the parallelisms that I gave Adrian a copy of _Unbroken_, even though I was uncertain of his stamina for reading. At our next interview meeting, he reported that he had devoured the book in two days, suspending all of his other activities to do so. I’m sure you can appreciate that for a man in Adrian’s situation, that is quite a statement of interest indeed.

    Having discussed _Unbroken_, Adrian and I were thinking that you might appreciate reading his World War II stories. They might serve to help you understand just what a chord Louis Zamperini’s story has struck with so many who served in similar circumstances. That is, in an air war somehow thought of as less demanding than that on the ground.

    If reading Adrian Runkle’s story is of any interest to you, Ms. Hillenbrand, please let me know where I can send a paper copy for you. If you do read it, perhaps you could spare a minute to pen a note to Adrian. Like so many others, his stories are no less amazing for having been so late in coming to us.

    With thanks for your writing,

    –Richard Haverlack–

  570. I wanted to thank you for your fantastic works. I just finished Unbroken and was totally overwhelmed by your ability to bring to life that horrific period in time. No people anywhere should forget what happened to our brave defenders. You have used the gift from God to write these incredible books so that the world will never forget. Thank You and God Bless,
    Bruce Dilling

  571. Laura, you said that you don’t like to listen to music because it takes you to places that you don’t want to go to.
    May I suggest 107.1FM.
    It will take you to lovely, moving,inspirational places.
    To heaven!

  572. I’m not quite sure of another way to correspond since I don’t do facebook…
    I feel for you Laura and pray for you. Your personal story of your life and love are incredible.
    You have a great gift form God: First of all, if you offer your sufferings to Him, you can help save many souls; second, you have a duty to tell your story because once again you can help save many people, so write another book about your pain; and lastly, you have a love that most of the world dreams of with that husband of yours. You, my dear, are incredibly blessed, and God has trusted you with a great responsibility, and He will give you the strength you need to fulfill your work here on earth, and most assuredly, your reward, as will your husbands, will be great in heaven.
    Peace of Christ be with you, for your mind, your body and your soul.
    Sincerely, Christine Paxton

  573. Remarkable. Inspiring, almost beyond belief. Wonderfully well written.

  574. Just finished Unbroken – LOVED it. :)

    Is the 1998 bio/story on Louie done for the Olympics available online?

    Thanks!

  575. Laura,
    “Unbroken” was excellant and it clearly defined the charachter/’s and their emotions and physical detailing. For me the book carried more than just a story, it carried an indirect look into an everyday experience that can be taught through the book or it’s lessons to be interpeted.

    Regards, Rich R.

    p.s. I would love to share more of what this book holds. (Maybe you know maybe you don’t)

  576. My daughter, an avid book reader, told me I had to read this book. We usually do not like the same books so for her to recommend this book, I am not an avid book reader, was special. It is a very easy read but at the same time hard to read.

    You see a few months ago, a very close friend friend that served in the Army and made 7 amphibious landings during WWII, 5 of them under fire, was died of cancer. I served during Vietnam and he asked me to write his very colorful life story for him. I am not a writer but I agreed. This was one of the hardest things I ever did.

    He told me and had me record what happened to him and his friends whiled fighting in the islands. Stories he had never told anybody else.

    When I read your book I felt like I was listening to Bill all over again.

    Thank you for sharing.

    Skee Goforth

  577. Dear Laura Hillenbrand,

    Today, I wirte to you about your book, Unbroken. Before I begin telling you my thoughts, I would like for you to know a little background information on me. I am ethnically Chinese, and was born in north-eastern China. Regarding World War II, my people despise the Japanese for their barbaric behaviors. I am also a student that is not a fan of non-fiction books, which I feel dizzy and nauseous when reading them. However, your book gave me a new perspective. Beginning with the young Zamperini, it was more like an adventure story. Showing us the behavior and naughtiness of this child, and it persuaded me that he was a goner. He was going to be one that will never be known in this world. However, then it changed. Motivation from running caused him to jump up from that abyss and began his journey of fame. I have great connection to him. As a child, I was sent to live with relatives in the States. I did not know them beforehand and have not even seen them before. But, I think that I am a much more mature than many in my age, and at that moment (6 years of age) I knew that it was best for me to study across the Pacific. After I came over here, I didn’t know how to interact with my peers. I spoke little English and looked very different from my other classmates. Although, elementary and middle school (I studied middle school in China) passed by fine, my real concern hit High school. My uncle, (relatives that I was living with) is a genius. He went to college at 16, graduated from Oberlin and went to grad school at Georgetown. Every decision that he chose for me in high school for the first two years, was based on his own experience. He thought I could handle certain classes when I couldn’t, and vice versa. But, despite these difficulties, I still managed to pull decent grades in the freshman and sophomore year. Then my parents came to the States. My father suggested that we move to DC and live together. At first I denied this idea, why give up all those good impressions and experience? But, my family is the type of family where they will be “depressed” if you object their suggestions, and if accepted, will say that you personally agreed. I did not want to make this move, I was to a certain extent forced to do this move. Living with my relatives for all my conscious life (after 6), I do not know how to interact with my parents. They are Chinese, they do not speak English, and they do not understand the American education system. They tried to persuade me into decisions that are not beneficial to me. With all of this going on, I lost it. I lost the motivation that kept me going for 10 years. I lost the future that I have been planned for the past 10 years. I do not know how to gain this motivation back. For Zamperini, it was running. I don’t know where to find my motivation. Although this is a school project, I feel that I can gain personally from this assignment as well. I think that I understand the concepts that lies in what a better future means, but I cannot get myself to do that. I cannot feel the power to push me into doing those things. After high school, I will be on my own for survival. I am certain that in a modern society like this, I will not starve or die. But, that’s not how I want to live. I think that Zamperini developed his motivation from family trust and brotherhood. But, maybe I am wrong. Maybe I still do not understand the meaning of the opening of Unbroken.

    Sincerely,
    Yipeng Zhang
    Junior at Oakton High School

  578. Truly inspiring book. I was definitely interested in the POW aspect because my grandfather was one at Omori Headquarters Camp as well. I was hoping to see him mentioned and he was in Louie’s radio announcement. The only problem was his name is spelled wrong in the book. His full name was Lincoln Stanley Manierre and went by Stanley. In the book its written as Maneivve. Anyways just thought I’d share that after the war my grandfather became a reverend in the Baptist church and spent 20 years back in Japan spreading the word of Jesus Christ.

  579. Just finished reading this book. Could not put it down.
    The story and the writing is extraordinary. How Louis survived just boggles my mind – he is indeed an extremely special man and it would be a privilege to know him. Such bravery is almost beyond comprehension. I was so happy he lived to such a wonderful age to help make up for the time lost.

  580. Dear Laura,
    Finally got around to reading “Unbroken” after it’s been on my to-do list for over a year– and I was not disappointed. My book club introduced me to your work through “Seabiscuit” and I chose your 2nd book for our April 2013 discussion. You are, quite simply, one amazing author/researcher/woman. Thank you for the gift you share with others of stories that we might not have known were it not for your writing and bringing them to light.

    Blessings to you,
    Mary Lou

  581. Just finished reading Unbroken for book club that I am hosting. I really enjoyed the book and would love to have a themed meeting. Any ideas for what to serve, food or drink? Any decorations ideas?

  582. I have written a book titled, “For God and Country-In That Order”. I am asking if my book could be re-written by you. Please check out my book on b-24book.blogspot.com Thank you.
    Sam Mastrogiacomo, 8th USAAF, 445th BG, Tail gunner Retired.

  583. Hi Laura,

    Well, if I weren’t such a procrastinator, I would have written this note to you a while ago. Please excuse the rambling but I am going somewhere with this.

    I used to think the greatest hero in the world was Charles Lindberg and he motivated me in my younger years to pursue aviation as a profession. Problem is, the more I read about him, the more I realized he was a great pilot but a flawed person. After Lindberg, I latched on to others but the same thing happened. Hero turned smuck. It was only after I read your biography of Seabiscuit did I find someone I could hang on to….your horse. What’s great about Seabiscuit is that he did what he did in the manner he chose, and anyone who didn’t like his style could pound sand!

    Several years ago, I got a call from my brother-in-law & contractor, Francis, who was talking to me about a nice person, a woman, who was hearing voices in her home. Apparently she called Francis because she thought the noises had something to do with some manifestation of the house. I’m a civil engineer, and as the conversation went, I told Francis that his client may be on to something and that it was possible that the plumbing system was resonating and amplifying voice sound waves. There is a history of this happening…I believe there’s a story out there that Lucille Ball once picked-up Japanese code communications via her tooth fillings…. so stranger things have happened. I don’t know how the woman came to closure with her problem, but I did find it amusing.

    I later was so impressed with your Seabuscuit book that I recommended it to Francis. Francis replied, “Remember the woman who was hearing voices in her house? That was the granddaughter of the people who owned Seabiscuit!” I guess Francis told the woman that I had been rather ill and that I considered Seabiscuit to be my hero, Well, one thing led to another and this wonderful person and her family went way out of their way to autograph my book. I cherish this book and I’d appreciate adding your autograph to it if you are up to it. More importantly though….if you could send this note to them, I’d be in your debt. I really feel that I have not thanked them in any way so I’d appreciate your help.

    Seabiscuit aside, I was a Naval Flight Officer in the 70′s and I was probably one of the last “true” navigators to fly the Pacific. As you know, aviation navigators are not needed due to all the electronic stuff out there now. I’m pretty proud of being one of the last people to practice that art, and I have a full understanding of the complexities behind finding your way over water.

    When your Unbroken came out, I thought I’d give it a try although I was rather confident I would find the book light on technical accuracy as far as navigation over the Pacific is concerned. You surprised me. As much as I tried, I may (with an emphasis on ‘may’)have found one disconnect but I found the quality of your work to be better than authors like Clancey or ex-pilots. I don’t know how you did it, but I can’t tell you enough how good a job you did.

    It took me a number of years, but I’ve overcome my illness and I am stronger for it. You are my hero too….I look forward to your next book.

  584. Dear Ms. Hillenbrand,
    I have just finished reading “Unbroken” and I just wanted to say thank you for writing a book that has forever changed the person I am. Thank you for doing the research and thank you for sharing with the world the story about Louie. I’d googled Louie Zamperini and to my suprise… he was still alive at 97. I think of him often and smile.

    Thanks again and I wish you continued creative inspiration and good health.

    Sincerely,
    Debbie

  585. First of all, you have written a great book about Louis Zamperini. I read it in just a few days — couldn’t put it down. My godfather, Thorpe Wadingham (dec.), was shot down in a B-24 over the Ploesti oil fields in Romania in WW II, survived and was taken prisoner, though treated well by the Germans. He later obtained a law degree at George Washington University and served several terms in the Utah State Senate. In your wonderful book, Seabiscuit, you did a great job, as usual. My brother, Richard Jefferson (dec.) was with Charles S. Howard III at Menlo prep school for boys in Palo Alto, CA. On weekends, he went to the Howard family home, where he got to ride Seabiscuit himself around the paddock. As you might be able to tell, your books, so very well-written, have resonated with me.

  586. I read so many books in the course of a year that I can’t even remember titles and plots. However, this book will be forever etched in my memory as one of the finest books I’ve ever read. My grandfather was a German POW. It forever affected his postwar life, but what these men in Japan suffered is unimaginable. These men are true heroes. I would consider it a honor to meet Mr. Zamperini and shake is hand. Thanks Ms. Hillenbrand for this masterpiece!

  587. I started reading this book on a Monday and couldn’t put it down and just finished it today 48 hours later. Wonderfully written making you feel you are there. A great story of survival and forgiveness through the power of the cross of Christ.

  588. I spent two tours of duty in Japan. I realized only after reading this book the wounds are still there. I retired from the Navy in ’94 with a letter of appreciation from the JMSDF for my work wih them during my tour of duty. My sense after leaving was the Japanese loved all things American, more than any other foreign nation I had worked with. But, I’m reminded of a quote from a Japanese Naval Officer who upon hearing of Japan’s surrender turning to a an American servicemember who he had been engaged in combat just moments before, saying…” OK, you won….this time”

  589. I wasn’t sure I wanted to read a book about WWII and prison camp suffering but I couldn’t stop reading.
    It gave me a lot to think about for my own life.
    Thank you.

  590. I just wanted to thank Laura for writing this book. It is one of the best books I have ever read. I am 49 years old and never knew about Louie or the history that she shared. This book should be required reading for all high school students. I am so moved, I still have tears in my eyes. Thank you, thank you, thank you and my our Lord Jesus Christ continue to bless and heal you.

  591. a friend loaned me a copy of unbroken and while I don’t use the cliché “couldn’t put it down” I must say I kept finding excuses to pick it up.thanks for a wonderful reading experience.tom brokaw wasright.”the greatest generation”!!

  592. I just finished reading Unbroken and found it engrossing and compelling. I’m an almost 50 year old Jewish, American woman who’s sole focus of WWII has been on the Holocaust in Europe. What an education I received under Ms. Hillenbrand’s masterful writing. I haven’t read Seabiscuit, but you can be sure that is next on my list. Thanks for a great read.

  593. I think I misused the word duress, I should have said you were under confinement.

  594. Correction to Jeanne Moss email
    Dad’s plane was the B-17 “Me and My Gal”

  595. Dear Laura,
    Your book gripped me from beginning to end. I was surprised when I saw that you had not met Louie until after the book was finished. I understand your reasoning as to why it was positive not meeting him in person until after it was published. While I read the book I was seeing him as a young man, and was immersed in his life. My Dad was born the same year as Louie and was a radio man and gunner on B-17′s over Germany, 29 missions and one coming back to Enland on only one engine. A few crewmen bailed out.But Dad stayed with “My Gal”.
    I googled Louie after the book and saw a man that reminded me so much of Dad. I saw in his eyes the same look my father had, and the pride that so many are interested in keeping their story alive. Dad died in 2003 as a result of a stroke and Parkinsons. He was so loved at his assisted living complex. The nurses said it was amazing that he dressed himself everyday (it took a while) but did it even down to the white socks for his circulation. They were a special breed of men.
    Dad’s grandfather served in the Cival War and I have his buttons from his uniform. He was injured but only slightly.
    I gave my life to Christ at a Billy Graham crusade in Pittsburh at the old stadium. I understan forgiveness and cried when I read about Louie forgiving the Bird.
    God bless you. I thank you for this book and realize it was written under a lot of duress with your illness. I hope the positve feedback gives you renewed strength.

  596. Dear Ms. Hillenbrand,
    My name is Hadley Powers and I am currently a junior at Oakton High School in Virginia. Recently we were given the assignment to select one book from a given list to read and the topic of World War II really stood out to me, which is a major topic displayed in your book Unbroken. Before reading the book, I had some previous knowledge about World War II but this book really opened my eyes with a detailed first hand account of the war.
    Upon reading the list I was excited to see that Unbroken was among my choices of books because I had read bits and pieces of this book before but reading it thoroughly really made a difference. I was excited to be able to find and analyze a deeper meaning within the book that I had not discovered before. After having read this book I found the central argument was a rather optomistic one-that no matter how dark and terrible things may seem to be, there is always that small glimmer of hope. I began to toss this idea around in my mind from the very beginning of the book when Louis was a troubled teen and Pete helped him realize through much persisting that he was an exceptionally talented runner and athlete. Running was Louis’ glimmer of hope in seemingly endless dark days of stealing and petty crimes.
    While reading Unbroken, the use of many different perspectives outside of Louis’ really sculpted the book in my opinion and gave me a deeper understanding of what it really must have been like during the war for family members, soldiers, and Louis himself. Your use of a constant repetition of imagery really captured my attention with your use of vivid details to help the reader better understand the themes and central argument and the book as a whole.
    As I previously mentioned I am currently enrolled in an advanced English course and we have been assigned an end of the year project. I chose the triggers of anorexia as my topic. As I read this book I began to relate anorexic behaviors with times when the soldiers seemed to lack confidence in themselves and their ability to fight.
    Finally, I would like to ask you one final question. I was wondering what prompted you to find the story about Louis and write a detailed account about his life and his time in war?
    Thanks so much for your time.
    Sincerely,
    Hadley Powers

  597. Unbroken is the 1st book I have been able to read in decades due to some problems ass. with PTSD. I took care of my father Robert Langley Cunningham, also a B-25 Mitchell pilot for 12 years till his passing in 2004. Trying to get my dad to open up about the war was nearly impossible. I knew he was shot down 3 times, captured, and how he escaped. Ever since my Dads passing I have been trying to put the pieces together. He was in Popular Science, too many broadcasts to remember, and he reminded me of sweet Louie. Both you and Louie have helped change me life as I have felt no one knows what my father endured. He was a test pilot after he flew his 58 missions, and piloted the B-29. He too went to USC on a scholarship he received from track. He was a sprinter and his record was not broken for almost 20 years. I mentioned I suffer from PTSD and feel uncomfortable using that term as my past pain cannot even be a blip on a screen compared to Louie, my Dad and you. I so want to thank you Laura for so many reasons. Seabiscuit, was the first book I ever saw my Dad read and enjoy, and of course we saw the movie together. I have worshiped my Dad since I can remember. He like Louie, however was tortured and though I could make my Dad laugh, I heard his screams at night as he heard mine. I do feel though that God helped me bring some peace into my fathers life, something that was foreign to him forever I believe. I think of him every day and hope that once I can piece everything together (most of his military records were destroyed in a fire), I too can at least write a short article about him, his sacrifice both during the war and after. Laura you are an angel of light to me. Thank you for bringing happiness to my Dad with Seabiscuit, and giving me the faith to hold on and pray that my Father’s legacy will live on forever. Again thank you for more than I can ever express. Stacey Cunningham No.6B Old Piscataqua Rd. Durham, NH, 03824 PH: 603-868-1853 God Bless

  598. Dear Mrs. Hillenbrand,
    First of all I would like to introduce myself. My name is Lars Rucker and I am in my junior year at Oakton High School. I am currently enrolled in the AP Language & Composition class at my high school where recently we were given the choice to read one of eight books including your work, Unbroken. After each student read one of the eight books, our AP Language class participated in an in-depth discussion on the books we read and how they are applicable to a specific topic, for instance power, misunderstanding, or ignorance. Of the eight books on the list I chose to read Unbroken for several reasons.
    I first discovered Unbroken through my family. My mom had read the book and passed it on to my Uncle to encourage him through healing from a brain trauma suffered in a skiing accident. She felt that Louis Zamperinis’ story in Unbroken perpetuated the idea that: no matter how bad one’s situation is, somebody has gone through a worse one and survived. It takes perseverance and self-determination to get one through any situation. After hearing several other good reviews of the book I decided to read it. At that time I was a freshmen in high school and after reading Unbroken I thought that it was the best book I had ever read. The perspectives offered and the vivid descriptions and details made it almost impossible for me to put the book down.
    Because of this, when the opportunity for me to read Unbroken again came I immediately decided to read it. What excited me most about reading this book again for my AP Language class was that I would be able to analyze it and gain a better understanding for the book. After reading the book again the central argument I felt that you were communicating to the reader was that humans are able overcome any setback with hope and determination and this is exemplified in the amazing story of Louis Zamperini. He was able to hold on to his dwindling life through attention to detail, and self-determination. He was able to overcome the troubles he faced in his childhood through relentless mile training, when he did not make the mile cut off he switched events and made it to the Olympics. He overcame the oppressive rule of the tyrannical Japanese prison guards because he never gave up hope. Your use of imagery in the book really made Louis Zamperinis experiences so much more vivid and real, for instance the imagery you used to describe the dropping of the atomic bomb, the plane crash, and Louis many experiences on the raft created a more realistic and powerful experience for the reader. Your use of multiple perspectives including, families affected by the war, soldiers in the war, and many others who were alongside Louis on his Journey gave me a general idea of how World War II affected such a wide spectrum of people.
    Also, some of the experiences and ideas perpetuated in Unbroken are similar to those of my research and implementation project ideas. For my research project I have been focusing on the technology gap our society has created amongst the elderly and earlier generations. Our society has created a stereotype that the elderly are incompetent when it comes to technology and therefore we simply ignore them when it comes to incorporating them into current technology. This, in my opinion, is similar to the experiences that Louise, and many other people who returned from military service, faced because of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. The problems they faced after war seemed unimportant to society around them, sure they were thanked for their service to the country but when it came to the psychological issues and the troubles they faced they faced after the war they had to rely on themselves to fix their issues. Society, in a way, ignored their actual needs and justified it by simply thanking them.
    My question to you as a reader of this novel is, what motivated you to assemble all of this research and tell the amazing story of Louis Zamperini?
    Sincerely,
    Lars Rucker

  599. Dear Mrs. Hillenbrand,

    My name is Madeline Wiltse, and I am a junior at Oakton High School. As an assignment in my AP Language and Composition course, the entire class was given a list of books to choose to read based upon our interests, and I chose your book, Unbroken. I must admit, from the very get-go, I was intrigued. As a (hopeful) aspiring author, I find myself drawn most particularly to the writing style, how one’s syntax flows and the images that are evoked from the words. To that end, I was rather awestruck; your reviews are completely right in their high praise for your writing style. I adored how you went about your narration, beginning the story with history and background for Mr. Zamperini. This approach really allowed me to grow close to Louis, and understand some of his outlook on life. That illustrative glimpse into how he saw the world was worth far more than any other way it could have possibly been written.

    I do so love that, though you wrote this in a third-person point of view, Louis and his interaction with the world is the focus; the brief tangents you went off to when describing other character’s experiences (such as your chapter ‘Belief’) were perfectly placed, adding on to the situation in a way that furthered your narrative as a whole. If I do not make myself seem presumptuous, I felt like the main argument was a rather hopeful one – that there is always a little hope, even in seemingly hopeless situations. In his childhood, he turned from the troublesome path he was heading on to better pursuits in the athletic world. When Super Man had to land upon Funafuti, the plane never to fly again, he and ten other men took up the compromised and cannibalized Green Hornet for search-and-rescue. When they crashed into the open ocean, the survivors tried to survive best they could in hopes of rescue. When taken as a POW, he worked towards escape and rebellion how he could. When depression, PTSD, and alcoholism were plaguing him mercilessly, he eventually found religion and God became a pillar of strength for him. Even in his darkest hours he didn’t give up entirely.

    If it is acceptable, I do have a couple questions I was hoping to ask, should you possibly have the time to answer. I noticed that this book was stated to have taken seven years to make this particular book. When writing historical narratives, especially one of this particular style, following the experiences of a very real man, and of many other men in that regard, how much of that time was devoted to research and compilation? I know you have written another nonfiction account much like this one, and I must ask, did it ever worry you if you would do these remarkable stories justice?

    Thank you very much for your time and patience reading this.

    Most sincerely,

    Madeline Wiltse

  600. Dear Ms. Hillenbrand,
    My name is Tara Wilkins and I am a junior at Oakton High School. Unbroken was an amazing book that I just recently read for my AP Language and Composition class. This book was so well written and, as an avid reader, I couldn’t put it down. The format of the book was fascinating, I’ve never read a book that is so detailed about someone’s life and isn’t written by that person. Your multiple perspectives (Zamperini’s, his fellow airmen, his family, the Japanese, and yourself) allow the reader to see all the fronts of the war in a seamless, engaging way. Louis’ message of perseverance and his overcoming of extreme duress are expressed through your use of rhetoric and multiple perspectives. His struggle lost at sea and in the prisoners of war camp expresses this argument, but his overcoming of alcoholism and post-traumatic stress exhibit his immense courage more personally in my opinion. All he had to accomplish mentally and physically through the book serves as a great model for those struggling in the world currently.
    Louis Zamperini’s struggles somewhat relate to those that struggle in poverty in my area. For my junior project this year, I’ve been researching the effect that early childhood development has on children in poverty. Zamperini’s trying childhood shows that the lack of early development and segregation might have had an effect on how well he did in school and his problems later on in life after the war (however many most likely came from the effect of the war). Those factors, though, could have also contributed to his strength through World War II. Louis’ struggle with poverty proved to conserve his livelihood through the roughest times, and many researchers today do not consider that in their cognitive research of children that overcome adversity. Zamperini may not have been the smartest, but he was mentally strong and street smart from his trying childhood as a rebellious Italian. Many of my fellow classmates agreed that Unbroken exhibited the strength of those that rise up against segregation and misfortune.
    One question I had was how researching and getting to know Louis Zamperini personally has affected you? Writing this book must have been an eye-opening experience and I thank you for writing Unbroken and sharing it with the world. I hope to possibly hear back from you soon.
    Sincerely,
    Tara Wilkins

  601. Dear Ms. Hillenbrand,
    My name is Emilia Brennan, I am a junior at Oakton High School, and I recently read your novel Unbroken. I was exceedingly impressed with your very honest writing; its simplicity was beautiful and allowed the extraordinary story of Louie to stand on its own. I happened to read your book in tandem with Johnny Got Your Gun by Dalton Trumbo. Switching off between the two stories was jarring–I began to warp and combine the two in my mind, and would find myself terrified that it was Louie, not Joe lying incapacitated in a hospital bed robbed of senses and limbs. You really attached me to Louie’s fate, and I believe that is the best kind of writing, and the best way to keep History alive.
    I am currently working on an extended project as part of my English class, and my topic is distorted body image in today’s society. Of course when making a connection to your writing, it would be easy for me to be cliché—“Eating Disorders are like battles of the mind”. And, while that is valid, I did find several more specific relationships. Our society’s prevention and treatment for eating disorders is generally ineffective. Similar to Louie’s lack of survival gear while stranded on the raft, our mental health programs are not properly informed or equipped to truly understand and aid individuals struggling with dangerous body image. In many cases, girls with serious problems are turned away from treatment because they are not sick “enough” to qualify a diagnosis. This dangerous approach leads to many undiagnosed and untreated eating disorders—mental health afflictions with the highest rate of mortality and only a thirty percent rate of full recovery.
    Throughout Unbroken, you depicted the contact that Louie (and many soldiers) had with their families. For the most part, these soldiers would generally hide the harsh realities of combat from their loved ones. Families and sweet-hearts knew that the men were at war, but had no sense of their struggles. This same type of emotional distance is found in many individuals suffering from poor body image. Families with a diagnosed Anorexic, for example, often know very little of the person’s true internal struggles. Most people attempt to hide their pain from those close to them, fighting not to be a victim, as Louie did.
    Louie Zamperini is a character I will not soon forget—He even made it into my SAT essay! I enjoyed not only the personal perspective a World War II soldier, but simply the story of Louie. The way you wrote perfectly balanced what was relatable to the readers, with the horrors of war you wished to portray. Would you ever consider writing about a person’s journey with an eating disorder? Many such novels are either autobiographic or young adult angst pieces, and I think your metered and poignant writing could spread a wonderful depiction of the struggles so many people face.
    Thank you for your time, I know you will soon be amassed with similar emails from my school.
    Sincerely,
    Emilia Brennan.

  602. Dear Ms. Hillenbrand,

    My name is Breana Tate, and I am a junior at Oakton High School in Northern Virginia. I recently read your book, Unbroken, as an assignment for my AP Language and Composition class.
    I enjoyed the book, and I’m glad I read it. The detail in the book was amazing, and it showcases the multitude of interviewing, investigating and writing that went into the production of the book. That being said, the book also provided me with new knowledge. Of course, I had learned about World War II in my history classes over the years, and I consider myself to be a history enthusiast. But Unbroken discussed an aspect of the war I had never learned much about. Not only did it discuss the issue of POWs in Japan, but it went further in depth, gathering every detail, every memory of the people involved. Although the book follows Louie and describes his journey, you also depicted not just the protagonists, but also the “antagonists” in Louie’s journey. I use the term lightly, because as you described, not all of the Japanese were villains, and there were some that tried to help the POWs.

    Although the book is a biography, I believe there is still an overarching argument evident throughout the book. People are easily shaped by events, and when they find something they’re truly passionate about, they become new individuals. This was evident through your descriptions of the Bird in that when he was with his family, he was kind, gentle, and loving. But when he was with the POWs, he showed his true colors. He was passionate about his country and torture. For Louie, he first became a new person when he took up running. Then, when he returned from the war, he developed a passion for Cynthia, and became a lover. Furthermore, he then developed a “passion” for alcohol, and he became a completely different person. So different that Cynthia considered filing for divorce. Finally, when he heard Billy Graham speak, he became a new version of his older self.

    In addition to reading your book, we were assigned a project in which we research a topic and come up with a plan to somehow incorporate our knowledge of that topic into our community. The topic I have chosen is music therapy. Before conducting thorough research, I would not have known the link between World War II and music therapy. However, I have discovered that music therapy was first used in a medical setting during World War II to help returning soldiers who were suffering from PTSD. Louie dealt with his PTSD by embracing God and the church. From World War II to today, many veterans have been helped through varying methods. It’s a matter of finding what works for the individual. If you have the time to respond, I have a few questions. The first has been asked by some of my peers, but why did you decide to document the story of Louie Zamperini? Did he approach you, and if not, how did you hear about his story? After interviewing Louie and communicating with him over the seven years it took to compile the book, do you think he would have gotten his life back together had he not acquiesced to Cynthia’s pleas that he listened to Billy Graham?

    Thank you so much for sharing Louie Zamperini’s inspiring story.

    Best Regards,

    Breana Tate

  603. Dear Mrs. Hillenbrand,

    My name is Mikaela Metzendorf and I am a junior at Oakton High School. I am fortunate enough to take AP Language and Composition class at my school. As part of the course, we study different strategies successful authors use in their work. I have found your style of formatting the life of Louis Zamperini in the biography “Unbroken” to be impressive as you connect each of the obstacles he faced to current day society.
    As I first started reading the book, I found myself relating to Louie in his younger years. As for me, he symbolized current day struggling student in high school. His race in the Berlin Olympics is similar to the success struggling students accomplish in college and the real world, as they both flourished and were recognized for their talents. As I continued reading, his next obstacle was fighting in World War II, crashing his plane in the ocean and becoming a POW to the Japanese. Due to his prior obstacle, Louis was able to survive with his inner strength and accomplish his goal of staying alive. Similar to Louie’s downfall, highly educated adults are currently losing their job due to the poor economic stance. As some may cry and feel sorry for themselves; others remember how they overcame their previous obstacle. They better themself and remain determined to find a job, becoming even more successful than before.
    In addition, in my class we are required to research an “unidentified community problem” and find a solution to better the problem. I am focusing on the misconceptions students have on mental illness AHDH. As we are a society that seeks perfection, it is not a question that majority of students feel pressured to reach this perfection in some aspect for social acceptance.
    Comparable to the students, Louie was not “good enough” for his society. Until he became an Olympian runner, he was looked down upon by neighbors, administration, and peers. He returned to this state of imperfection as he caused trouble in society with the PTSD he developed in the POW camps in Japan. Many students feel the same way Louis felt as they sense they are not valued until they are the “perfect student” whether it is grades, sports or social status.

    Although Louis’s struggle later in life was different than the average student, his way of fixing his problem is similar. Many students seek ADHD medication as solution to help them focus and “fix” their problems. Louis chooses his quick fix to be alcohol while the average student strives for this pill. Both help fix the problem at the time but does not heal the illness itself.

    The common problem with the way a mental illness is cured is that it is perceived as a physical illness. A mental illness requires both therapy and medication while a physical problem most likely required medication. We have become a society who values speed and unfortunately are too quick to make vital decisions.

    As Louis’s PTSD was severely impacting his life style, he was often encouraged to go to therapy groups, but refused finding alcohol to be a quicker way to end his misery. Although alcohol helped him forget momentarily, his time of being drunk impacted his wife, the people around him, and himself. Like many high school and college students, they take the pill and avoid therapy. Although the medication helps them momentarily, it does not cure the mental illness and ends up harming them psychologically or physically.
    In my paper, I will be able to related Louis’s choices with students’ choices to seek a quick fix with a mental illness. Do you believe young adults are too quick to make decisions for vital situations and end up harming themselves? What would help this problem? Thank you for your reply.
    Sincerely,
    Mikaela Metzendorf

  604. I have a request for Laura. It’s a proposal for a book we’d like someone like her to write. I would like to discuss it with her. It would be an epic book, and would serve many good purposes.

    Dean Cozzens
    Colorado Springs

  605. Dear Laura Hillenbrand,
    My name is Liz and a few months ago I told to pick any book of my choosing from a set list for my AP Language and Composition class. Your book caught my attention right away. Unbroken is a book that has been passed around in my family for quite some time now. I believe almost everyone in my family has read this story, all the way from my grandparents, down to my uncle and aunt, and finally my own parents. I now understand why everyone has enjoyed Unbroken so much, because it is quite a magnificent story. Once I started reading it I could not seem to put the book down.
    The story of Louie Zamperini is one that I plan to remember for a very long time. His unfortunate encounters and wonderful optimism is truly inspiring. It was hard to imagine what it must have been like to be a prisoner of war at that time. The treatment that he received while he was held at a Japanese POW camp was extremely hard to read but it put a lot of things into perspective for me. It’s silly to think that before I read this book I would think that the smallest of things were the biggest of problems. After reading this story I now realize that my “problems” or “obstacles” are miniscule compared to what soldiers, such as Louie Zamperini, faced while fighting in World War II.
    After reading your book I believe that the message that you are trying to convey through Louie Zamperini’s story is that through perseverance, optimism, and never giving up a person can get through any obstacle that is placed in their path. I thought that this theme was displayed multiple times throughout the book. For example, when Louie was racing in the 1936 Olympics, although he was well behind the leaders of the race, he left everything he had out on the track and finished with the fastest time for the final lap of the 5,000-meter ever recorded at that time. More so, when Louie, Phil, and Mac are on the raft after their plane went down, Louie remained calm and optimistic that they would survive. He also attempted to keep the other two men calm by retelling stories of his childhood and recipes that his mother used. I thought that this was interesting because you stated that they used this technique to remain sane while they were out at sea.
    At the same time that I was reading your book, I was also working on a research project for the same class. The topic that I chose to examine is violence that is used against women. Although my topic is not directly related to your book, in some small way they are related in the sense that both Zamperini and victims of violence overcome their problems by remaining optimistic and never giving up. Similar to Louie, women that are able to rise above the destructive consequences that come as a result to violence, they can go on to become successful, independent individuals.
    A couple of questions that I would like to ask you are what inspired you to write about Louie Zamperini? Did you know him prior to writing this book? If not, how did you hear about his story? And finally, was there an aspect of Louie’s life that caught your attention that drew you to further examine his past experiences and triumphs?
    Thank you very much for your time.
    Sincerely,
    Liz

  606. Dear Laura Hildebrand,

    My name is Bobby Kurtzman, a junior at Oakton High School from Northern Viriginia. About two months ago, my AP Language and Composition class was given a list of eight books to choose from and read. I decided to choose Unbroken as my mom had thoroughly enjoyed it, and I love reading books about the World Wars.
    While reading your book I was speechless about the struggles Louis endured at the prison camps. It truly puts everything in perspective and how simple our problems are. After finishing the book, I can’t imagine what soldiers, let alone POWs go through each and every day. POWs experience deterioration of their minds and it can gradually increase its destruction. Many lose sight of they continue to live. As Louis mentioned in Kwajalen, “degradation could be as lethal as a bullet,” I struggle to comprehend the difficulties these brave men must face. What men like Louis and Phil went through is something that changed their identities forever and never leave their minds. Through your descriptive detail and extreme diction of the POW’s experiences, I felt the pain and connected to the people in the book. Also, I can’t forget the struggle it must be for the parents and family members of these soldiers.
    I enjoyed how you presented the book through a 3rd person point of view, being someone who was able to observe and take in everything that was happening. I’m sure it would have been very unlikely that Louis alone would have been able to understand all the perspectives. The descriptions of the camp coordinators was very intriguing, like the Bird, as it presented a sort of foreshadow as to what Louis and Phil would endure. At the end of the book, I appreciated the perspective of POW’s who were able to overcome the horrendous things that happened to them. Louis Zamperini’s story is a great example that follows Jim Valvano’s famous saying, “don’t give up, don’t ever give up.” Zamperini showed resilience and will power in order to have any hope of living.
    While reading our selection, my teacher asked us to connect our story to our class project. My topic is the pressure on student-athletes in my local community. At first, I had a difficulty making connections between my topic and your book, but I soon realized that both subjects deal with difficulties of athletes. My question to you is that do you believe athletes have an advantage when faced with some sort of adversity or is it all based on mental strength and strategy?

    Sincerely,
    Bobby Kurtzman
    Oakton High School

  607. Ms. Hillenbrand, my name is Davis Luethke. I am currently a Junior and attend Oakton High School and I am taking AP Language and Composition. For a project, our class had to read a book from a list of books provided and and email the author of that book.

    I really enjoyed reading your book, and really getting to know Louis Zamperini. While reading your book, I could really picture what was going on and I loved how you wrote the book in third person; it made it seem like I was watching a movie. While reading Unbroken, I got the overwhelming feeling that the central argument of your book was that no matter what struggles someone goes through, with determination, and a little help along the way, you can overcome anything. I cam to this conclusion from Louis’ will to survive on the raft and how, even through post traumatic stress, he overcame that mental state and returned to normal.

    I can relate my Junior year project, in which we have to research a topic and try to implement some sort of change or impact in the community, to the mental state in which Louis was in after returning from World War II. My topic is Down syndrome and Autism in children and adults. These two relate because they both have to deal with mental health issues.

    One question I would have for you would be: What was your motivation behind writing Unbroken?

    Regards
    Davis Luethke

  608. Dear Ms. Hillenbrand,

    My name is Francis Xavier Feeney III and I am currently a Junior at Oakton High School, in Vienna Virginia. I was recently was given a list of about ten books to choose from to read for my Advanced Placement English Course. I recently finished reading Unbroken, and I am so glad that my parents recommended that I read it. Unbroken is the best book I have ever read. History is my best subject; my dad is a retired American History teacher. Unbroken gave me a new perspective of World War II.

    My father has always told me about the brutality of the Japanese toward their prisoners during World War II. I know that this was based on their largely honor-centered culture, and glorification of dying for one’s country. However, I was appalled by the treatment that Captain Zamperini faced. Louis may have been an enemy of the Japanese. However the Bird, Quack, and Louis shared one thing in common; that being they are all human.

    It utterly shocks me that a human could treat another human being that way the Bird, and Quack treated Louie. I don’t understand how a human can take satisfaction by causing pain and suffering of another human. There is no excuse for treating a person like this.

    From the time I was in third grade until the time I was in ninth grade, I was the victim of relentless bullying. I was harassed and picked on for being myself; and I had no hope for the future.

    I am in no way attempting to compare to my experiences to what the thousands of Americans faced in Japanese Prisoner of War Camps. Nothing can compare to the Japanese treated their Prisoners of War. However, I can relate to the loss of hope that Louie and his fellow prisoners faced during their imprisonment. It is easy to allow yourself to psychologically crack, and submit to those persecuting you. It is extremely difficult and courageous to persevere, and not allow your captors to get control your mind. I fought off the bullies for six years, and the past two years have been some of the happiest times of my short life.

    I do have one question for you: How did you find Louie, and his story? I know that this is dumb question, but I had never heard about Louie before I read Unbroken. Louie was an Olympic runner representing the greatest nation on earth, and then served our in country’s Army Air Corps.

    It’s very sad everything Louie experienced when he returned home from Japan. However, I am very glad that he was able to recover with the help of God. I really help that they make this into a miniseries, similar to Band of Brothers. It would make a great series, and I would love to see how a film version of Unbroken could be made.

    Thank you so much for writing Unbroken. If you write any other novels, I will be sure to buy them upon release. I am about to start Sea Biscuit!

    I know that you are very busy, but if you do get a moment it would mean the world to me to receive a response from the author of two New York Times #1 Best Selling novels. I fully understand if you are not able to reply. Thank you for your time.

    Sincerely,

    Francis Xavier Feeney III

  609. Dear Laura Hillenbrand,
    My name is Samantha Lemieux and I am an 11th grader at Oakton High School in Vienna, Virginia. For my AP Language and Composition class we were given a list of books and assigned to select one to read and write a letter to the author. Your book stood out to me because I am very interested in World War Two, it has always been the most fascinating part of history for me, and after reading a short summary I was intrigued and eager to read your book. Louie Zamperini’s story showed that the human spirit is strong enough to endure through the worst hardships and ultimately triumph. I now look up to Louis’ story when I am going through tough times and try to find the good in everything to make my way through, just like Louis did. I loved how much detail and imagery you included, I felt though I was in the book right alongside the characters feeling the same emotions and seeing the same things. The entire time I was on edge waiting to know what would happen next and could not put the book down! I plan on reading it again this summer to see if I pick up on little details that I may have missed during my first reading.
    For my junior project in AP Lang I am researching human ignorance in healthy eating. Once I have conducted as much research as possible I have been assigned to implement it into my community in some way. I want to make the community more aware of healthy eating habits and share my new knowledge with as many people as possible. After reading your background, I found it fascinating to learn that you have Agoraphobia. I was wondering, how did you find the information to write this entire book in such intricate detail without leaving the walls of your house? I hope to be able to utilize the methods you used to obtain information in order to determine how I can convey my information to individuals in my community.
    I hope to hear back soon!
    Sincerely,
    Samantha Lemieux

  610. Dear Ms. Hillenbrand,

    My name is Allison Smith and I am a junior at Oakton High School in Northern Virginia. I recently chose to read Unbroken as an assignment for my AP Language and Composition class. I found your book to be so intriguing that I finished it in just a couple of days. What I found most interesting was the way in which you told the story of Louie Zamperini. I enjoyed getting to know Louie before diving into war with him. This way it was so much more emotional and personal to read about his tragedies and hardships in combat and as a POW. The point of view from which you wrote Unbroken was also very interesting to me. The outside perspective and matter-of-fact statements make me feel like I was there watching and experiencing Louie’s struggles.

    I believe you are trying to portray a message of forgiveness. The book could have ended after Louie returns safely home and his family is happy to see him. But, admirably, you chose to continue on and tell of Louie’s struggles to find peace. After Louie was released and returned home from Japan, you wrote that he became an alcoholic and his wife almost left him. He was constantly haunted by the torture he endured from Matsuhiro Watanabe and knew peace could not be found until he was sure Watanabe was dead. But Louie found peace with God and he spent the rest of his life trying to improve other’s outlook on life, rather than trying to ensure his oppressor was dead. I find his story, and the way you portrayed it, incredibly inspiring. Unbroken often brought tears to my eyes and chills running down my arms.

    While reading your novel, we have been simultaneously working on a research project; I have chosen music therapy as my topic to research. Although Unbroken never specifically states treating soldiers and veterans with music therapy, I have been able to make many connections between my research and your book. As you described battered and beaten soldiers and prisoners fresh out of war, I could only help but think that, if nothing else, music therapy could help advert their fears and anxieties somewhere else. Do you think music therapy could have been (or was) an effective way to help veterans who were suffering from anxiety and fear? Could Louie, in his darkest days after returning home, have benefited from music therapy?

    Thank you for your time and I look forward to hearing back from you.

    Sincerely,
    Allison Smith

  611. Dear Laura Hildebrand,

    I would like to start off by saying that Unbroken brought me back into my long forgotten habits. I am currently a junior at Oakton High School, and we were assigned to chose and read a novel from a given set list. I chose Unbroken mainly because it was the only title I recognized, but I am glad I did. As a child I constantly had my nose in the book, I wouldn’t listen to anyone or do anything but read. I was always completely entranced until I was all done, and then I would move on to the next one. Sadly, I grew up and became constantly distracted. I had to start focusing my energy on other things. I read less and less until I stopped reading completely. Unbroken brought me back to my reading frenzy. The whole book and story was captivating and irresistible, I had trouble setting your book down.
    Not only was the book well written and interesting it also changed my point of view of the war. This story gave me so much more respect for what the soldier’s had to go through during WWII. Everyone always hears about the horrors of the Jewish concentration camps, but what Louis Zamperini had to go through is equally horrific. When I told my dad, also an Italian, of Louis tremendous story the same shock that crossed my face shone on his as well. You captured his story magnificently well; many moments brought tears to my eyes. From the endless time out sea to the constant beatings from the dreadful Bird Louis pain and suffering was relentless. Even after the war I was so saddened to read about his depression and obsession with revenge. Also, as a Christian, the book was inspiring because God was truly his savior.
    For me, the story was presenting an argument that no matter how strong, brave, or resilient a person may be, God is the only one that can help them from any pain or suffering. I noticed that Unbroken was an endless chronological list of describing Louis’ life and the events surrounding it. In every dreadful scene you seemed to always capture the little bit of good that was still there, the little bit of good that Louis was holding on to. I would like to think that little bit of good was God. Those very brief but important moments of hope are what held the reader’s attention. Louis story must have been built on by a lot of research, because every character in his life was acknowledged. Even the Bird’s point of view of the war was shown to the reader. The perspectives of very prominent people in his life were tied into his story on every page. By the end of the book I felt that no stone was left unturned and that anything to say about Louis Zamperini’s story had been shared with every detail.
    As a student who is currently researching for my own project, I am finding my research on how Alzheimer’s disease affects caregivers and family members to be very repetitive. Because you captured many varying perspectives on your topic, that all brilliantly loop together, I am curious how you managed to obtain all such in depth research?

    Sincerely,
    Lili Bettolo

    Oakton High School

  612. Dear Mrs. Hillenbrand,

    My name is Connor Fagan and I am a junior at Oakton High School located in Northern Virginia. I recently read your biography on the life of Louie Zamperini Unbroken. The life of Louie was truly inspiring and provides a variety of perspectives from just a single person. At the beginning Louie’s perspective was that of a rambunctious kid, but as he matured it switched to that of a man hell bent on his Olympic aspirations. His perspective goes on to change even further going from a soldier, to a survivor, to a prisoner, and to that of a tormented soul plagued by painful memories. His final perspective is perhaps the most important, the perspective of a man who has been through hell and back and still kept with him the ability to forgive. These perspectives all culminate to help form what I believe is your main argument. This argument is the assertion that in order to maintain your mental well being you must liberate your mind and forgive those who have wronged you. This theme of forgiveness is shown time and time again throughout the novel. First when Louie forgives his family and comes home after he ran away, next when Louie forgives Mac for eating all of the surviving crew’s rations, and most importantly when Louie forgives Watanabe for the inhumane ways he had treated him. In all these instances in Louie’s life forgiveness helped to liberate his mind and keep a healthy psyche. This fact is evident when comparing the two most polar opposite characters in the novel, Watanabe and Louie. Watanabe was never able to forgive and instead lived a miserable live in fear and exile. In contrast Louie as able to eventually forgive Watanabe and his other tormenters and has lived a happy and productive life. Your rhetorical style helps to represent this stark contrast by describing Louie’s actions and behavior in the closing pages of the last chapter using diction that shows Louie is happy because he forgave. On the other side of the spectrum your diction describes Watanabe as a bitter old man who has still not forgiven and has “spat” at the opportunity to see Louie. This contrast helps to support the main argument by showing how it takes a stronger man to forgive and how in return for forgiveness his mind will be set free. Even throughout his harrowing ordeal Louie maintained his sanity and sense of self through forgiveness, allowing him to truly emerge from the ashes of war unbroken.

    As well as reading this novel, I am working on a project on the effects of mental health on gun control laws. Even though this book does not have much info on gun control the mental health aspect is abundant. In this novel Louie was able to maintain his sanity though forgiveness. Perhaps if all individuals were as forgiving as Louie we would live our lives with healthy, unburdened psyches. In our seminar on this book many people could not see how it was logical for Louie to forgive Mac. I disagree with my classmates and feel that by forgiving Mac, Louie was able to keep his mind solely focused on the most important task at hand, survival. Do you feel that all humans are capable of this type of compassion and forgiveness or was Louie just an extraordinary individual?
    Thank you for your time and I look forward to hearing back from you.

    Sincerely,

    Connor Fagan

  613. Dear Laura Hillenbrand,

    I know you have already read several of these posts from the Oakton High School students, but I am here to give my personal opinion on your book. This book has seemed to touch point on the levels of strength in the human condition. Throughout his life Louie Zamperini has experienced such mental and physical torture that I was truly surprised he was able to make such a turn around towards the end of the book. While other people were breaking down before anything bad truly happened, Louie remained a true soldier and endured all that he could. He never gave away secrets, continued to give out false information, and made sure to never give up in the face of monsters like the Bird.
    Do you think human resilience is a trait that is acquired through self training or is a born part of a human when they are born? Louie certainly seemed to take the latter with his stubbornness and rebellious streak throughout his life. Even in his later life Louie was rebelling against his own body, taking up physical activities like skateboarding and constantly exercising. Heck, even when he was a deteriorated POW, he tried to train himself physically to win those races in the camp. The only time he could be kept down was when he was thoroughly ill or starving more than usual. People in my school seem to have varying levels of emotional stability varying from people who can’t be rustled by most anything to people who explode in self-defense at the slightest touch. How do you think these conditions come to be? Is it from the conditions at home and through their lives or is it a born level of mental control? I would appreciate if you would take the time to send a reply, but of course, it is of your own will to do so.
    Sincerely,
    Nicholas Mayhugh

  614. Dear Laura Hillenbrand,
    My name is Julia Fontaine; I am currently a junior at Oakotn High School. In my AP Language our teacher gave us a list of books to read and told us to choose one and analyze it. “Unbroken” immediately stood out to me as I have always been extremely fascinated by history, especially the WWII era. Before I started reading this book, I thought it would be like most of the war themed books I read, in that it would tell the impossible true story of a super human American patriot. However, while it did portray the heroic deeds of the brave young people who served our country, it also told the story of a mischievous deeply misunderstood young boy labeled as a delinquent. I found myself constantly smiling and laughing at Louie’s misdeeds, stealing pies and putting laxities in gum for revenge make such a serious story have a lighthearted twist. The inclusion of his personal experiences before the war seemed to humanize him, making him seem more relatable. Louie seems like such an amazing person, from rising above delinquency and becoming an Olympic track star, to surviving 49 long days lost at sea in shark infested waters, Louie seems to show that anyone can rise up against misconceptions, if allowed the opportunity to prove their worth. Reading Louie’s story, I wondered how anyone could show so much resilience in the face of danger. Does it take something special, or is there a part in all of us that when in the face of danger, gives us the drive to carry on? I am currently working on a project to help end animal neglect in my community. My hope is that incorporating some of the themes that I learned from this book, I will be able to show the importance of second chances. I want to educate the public about the causes of animal neglect, and hopefully eliminate some of the ignorance that perpetuates this horrible situation. I feel that what I have learned from “Unbroken” will greatly help me accomplish my goal, and hopefully bring an end to this awful crime.
    Sincerely,
    Julia Fontaine

  615. Dear Laura Hillenbrand,
    “Louie, Phil, and Mac drifted west…across the pacific and into the throat of Japan.” I must admit that I am not someone who usually reads war stories, but, given my love for aviation, (I blame my friend who is a retired SR-71 pilot), I picked Unbroken off a required reading list in English class and decided to sit down and read through it. My first reaction upon starting the book was amazement that it was possible for someone to run a mile in just four minutes, when I thought that my own record of 7:05 was a good time. Then the amazement stretched into incredulity. How in the world can two men survive forty-six days in the middle of the Pacific Ocean on a poorly equipped raft? I must say that my reading experience was not what I had expected. I thought that the story would revolve around Louis Zamperini surviving WWII and returning a happy and triumphant hero. But Louis’s survival and return from the “dead” were harsher and more agonizing to read than the triumphant hero story I had imagined, especially since this is a work of nonfiction.
    Louie’s story of survival, resilience, and redemption, in my mind, firmly declared without a shadow of a doubt, that there is so much more to a person than what meets the eye. Sure, I have heard “don’t judge a book by its cover,” but what changed for me is just how far into that book I have to delve in order to begin to understand its façade. Louis Zamperini is known for being a famous Olympic runner, but not many people know about his troubled childhood of theft and rebellion, or of his family and the role that his brother, Pete, played in introducing Louis into running.
    As I was reading through Louis’s story, I loved how you had different perspectives, but kept them all in chronological order. So while Louis was in the Japanese camps, I got to read about what was going on in Sylvia’s mind and what was happening to Phil. Along the same line, when one character finished his or her presence in Louis’s life, you would give a brief mention of what happened to them. One of my favorites is Louis’s running mate who would, in his later years, time his laps around his nursing home. Also, the pictures and graphics were fun to analyze and look at, allowing me a glimpse into the world of the early 20th Century.
    Finally, I have been mulling over this question: what set Louis apart and stemmed his resilience to live? Why, did he of all people, remain unbroken? I know he had a rebellious streak, but he did not have a sweetheart at home, like Phil did. Nor did he have a career to look forward to or a god to believe in (at the time). My thought was that his will to live may have come from wanting to see his family again, but he does not center on many familial thoughts in Unbroken. What do you think? Did Louis outlive his comrades to see his family again? And if Louis Zamperini did not have a lovingly family back home, do you think that he still would have survived?

    Thank you for your time,
    Katie Juliana
    P.S- It astounds me how accurately you named the “flying coffins.” I have now become much more appreciative of the solidity and lack of bullet holes in the planes I fly in.

  616. Dear Laura Hildebrand,

    My name is Josephine Chiao and I’m currently an 11th grader at Oakton High School in Northern Virginia. I’m enrolled in AP English Language and Composition, and about a month ago my teacher asked for the class to choose a book among a given list. After briefly looking into every book, I chose to read Unbroken because I felt that Louis Zamperini’s story transcended its nature as an inspirational war story, and I was right. After reading it for hours without being unable to put it down, I believe that Unbroken is a masterful representation of human tenacity.

    When my teacher described Unbroken to my class, he mentioned that the subject had experienced an incredible series of hardships that soldiers in WWII experienced. However, it wasn’t until I was reading through the book that I realized how much Zamperini truly went through, and your meticulous storytelling allowed for me to not only realize this, but to come to admire Louis. I’ve read several biographies, but never one like Unbroken, where every chapter was supplemented with historical context, facts, pictures, and quotes. These details set Unbroken apart from every biography I’ve ever read, helped deliver Louis’s story masterfully, and kept me enthralled and reluctant to put the book down. The way Unbroken told the story from not only Louis’s perspective, but from that of the people Louis encountered in his life furthered my understanding of Louis’s story, helped me understand the invaluable relationships Louis had with them, and allowed for me to live vicariously through the book.

    Louis Zamperini’s story is, undeniably, incredible, from his beginnings as an Olympic miler to his eventual forgiving of the “Bird.” Although I thoroughly enjoyed the actual story, I couldn’t help but notice something as I delved deeper and deeper into Unbroken—Louis was always fighting. When seen as a rebel, when training for the Olympics, when plane-wrecked, when starved, tortured, and worn down by Japanese POW camps, and even when suffering from PTSD—Louis dared to live, and it was this that left me speechless. Louis, indeed, remained unbroken. Thus, Unbroken and Louis’s story, more than anything, taught me that if we live with not our bodies, but our minds and hearts, we can endure even the most devastating situations.

    What is most incredible about this mindset is the multitude of its applications, one of which I’ve found in my own personal research for my AP English Language and Composition class. I’m studying the teenager struggling from stress and how to help them with their troubles, and one of the approaches I found in my research asks teenagers to focus on the power of their own minds to increase positive thinking and decrease panic. Louis’s survival was definitely attributed to the power of his mind, and I feel that teenagers struggling can definitely learn from Louis’s story that a persevering mentality will pull them through every obstacle.

    After reading Unbroken, I went on to read articles about Louis and your biography, and I’ve found that many of them agree on how incredible Louis’s story was, but all for the same reason—he survived. Knowing that you’ve spoken to Louis many times and have gotten to know him well personally, what do you think is the most incredible part of Louis and/or his story apart from his survival?

    All my best,

    Josephine Chiao
    Oakton High School

  617. Dear Laura Hildebrand,

    I am Katie Scoggins, a junior at Oakton High School from Northern Viriginia. In my AP Language and Composition class we were given a list of 10 books to choose from and read. Your book caught my eye immediately because my dad had read it 6 months ago and loved it, he kept pestering me to read it but I never gave it a try. When I saw it on the list I asked him what it was about, when he said a world war 2 prisoner of war my interest peaked. My great grandfather was a US prisoner of war for 3 years in the Philippines and told my family and I stories about it every time we saw him. I imagined your book to be like his stories, a calm capture, then tough gruesome camp. I realized after reading about Louis’ crash, life on the raft, and eventual capture that my great grandfather probably lightened up the stories for us kids. I was intrigued by Louis’ childhood and his transformation throughout the book. The way you described each of the prison camps and the feelings Louis and the others experienced were fascinating.

    While reading your book I was amazed at what I felt when I put myself in Louis shoes. It truly puts everything in perspective and how simple our problems are. After finishing the book I can’t even comprehend what soldiers, let alone prisoners of war, deal with during and after their tours. Prisoners of war experience the deterioration of their minds, and it is virtually impossible to stop. Many lose sight of the reasons they are trying to stay alive, as Louis mentioned in Kwajalen, when he said that “degradation could be as lethal as a bullet.” What goes on in the prison camps is often understated and isn’t addressed well at home. What men like Louis and Phil went through is something that changed their identities forever and didn’t ever leave their minds. Through your vivid diction and detail of the POW’s experiences I was able to feel the pain and connect to the people in the book. Your depiction of the camps reminded me so much of what my great grandfather had talked about for long hours when I was a kid. It helped me to understand why at points he had difficulty speaking of what had happened. I imagine many other POW’s feel the same way.

    I also loved how you showed the book through the eyes of an outsider, someone who was able to observe and take in everything that was happening, as I’m sure it would have been impossible for Louis alone to understand all the perspectives. I enjoyed reading the descriptions of the camp coordinators, like the Bird, to get the perspective of how terrible they were. At the end of the book it also showed the perspective of POW’s who are able to overcome all the terrible things that happened to them and forgive those that performed the unthinkable. I found this to be the most interesting and caused me to be extremely forgiving.

    I was also amazed by the optimism that Louis showed throughout the entire experience he endured. I was wondering if you thought there was any particular reason Louis had the optimism he had throughout his whole ordeal?

    Sincerely,

    Katie Scoggins

    Oakton High School

  618. Dear Laura Hildebrand,
    My name is Anna Jordan and I am a junior at Oakton High School in Virginia. At the beginning of February, my class chose from a list of books, and after hearing wonderful things about yours, I read it: I was amazed. The many things I enjoyed while reading the book include your style, which was attentive to detail, and the many perspectives conveyed through the small elements like the number of bullets that hit the life boat or the descriptions of the B-24’s mechanical issues. The level of detail put into the book about Louie Zamperini’s life stood out to me, and whether it was the mile times down to second or the names of each guard like Bird or Bad Eye while he was imprisoned in Japan, I felt like I was reading pages formed by your dedication. These facts demonstrated that you completely committed to express the life of Louie in four-hundred pages, which seems small compared to the total amount of information you most likely collected.
    The description of Louie’s early life and his time in prison resonated within me as I contemplated my own willingness to fight for what I believe in. At first, I though Louie was just a reckless kid, but as I progressed through the book I could practically see him evolve into an adult worthy of admiration. I think one of the major themes was that living life fearlessly can be a struggle, but can be overcome with persistence. Louie faced a hardship in America and many while in the ocean or in Japan, but continued to work hard and be the best he could. “Unbroken” is the type of literature that evokes a sense of strength in the reader.
    After reading the book, I recognized the multitude of connections that could be made to my life. For an AP Language final project, I am discussing the lives of immigrant children and the hardships they face. While they toil to make an impact in America through education, they often have to deal with issues out of their control like jobless parents or a deficiency in money. Like Louie, they have to do what they can to get by in their early years, but if they persevere, they reap the rewards in the future.
    Since you are an expert in gathering information about a multifaceted topic, do you have any recommendations for creating a well- rounded argument like the one you made in “Unbroken”?

    Anna Jordan

  619. Dear Ms. Laura Hildebrand,
    My name is Nicholas Stern and I am a high school student at Oakton High School in Fairfax, Virginia. I am a junior at Oakton and this year we are doing a large-scale project on a topic of our choosing. Because I am a firefighter in the community I choose to research PTSD in firefighters. Along with this project we were asked to read a book that dealt with an issue similar to our topic. We were provided a list, and I immediately saw Unbroken. I read the book when it first came out and was so moved by it. So much so, that I decided to read it again for the project. The goal of my AP Lang class is to break down and look at the rhetorical strategies in literature. So naturally I broke down the book and by the end of my reading saw how close your book relates to my topic.
    I would first like to say it was a wonderful book, one of my favorites of all time. Second by the end of the book I felt Louis and I were friends. From when he pulled the Swastika off the wall in Berlin till he came home after years in prison camps run by men like the “Bird’’. Your writing style has so much detail and pulls the reader into the book and allows them to walk with Louis. After Louis returned home is when Unbroken started to connect with my project.
    It was very interesting to read about PTSD in a soldier, especially one who lived in a time when little was known about PTSD, as I did research on PTSD in firefighters. The overall meaning of the book, at least what I personally feel, is to provide a story of survival, not only surviving a Japanese prison camp, but also surviving the demons of PTSD. This book provides morale support for men and women who suffer from PTSD and that is wonderful. Lastly I would like to thank you for the wonderful book and the morale support it provides men and women with PTSD. I was also wondering what your reasons for writing the book and how did you first hear about Louis? Also what are your views on PTSD? What do you feel is the best treatment method?
    Sincerely,
    Nick Stern

  620. Dear Laura,
    My name is Kristin and I am a junior in high school. I chose to read this book out of many options for my AP english class. I mainly chose this book because I knew you were the same author of Seabiscuit, my all time favorite book and movie. Unbroken inspired me. It was so moving and at times, hard to even imagine. It relates to one of my english topics in which we are discussing. Death is a major topic of this book and I learned how current it was during this time period. I imagine your central argument to be that one must have pure will to live to survive the harshest of times. I love your style of writing. I love how the book was so beautifully narrated. It gave the effect that the reader was there. I also liked how Louie’s perspective was current throughout. I would love to know how you collected all your research into one running story of someone’s life. I absolutely love how you started from his childhood, to his Olympic career, to his life on the raft, to prisoner of war, to war veteran. Truly inspirational. Thank you for such an amazing piece of literature.
    Sincerely,
    Kristin Zimney

  621. Laura,

    I am so impressed with this book and I’d love to buy it as a gift for my grandfather (96), but he can only read in Hebrew…where may I find it? Does a Hebrew version exist?

    Please advise and thank you so much!
    -OT

  622. The most inspirational book I have ever read, and the most beautifully crafted work of literature I have been privileged to set eyes on. Thank you, Laura.

    Cy Percival
    Retired broadcaster and photojournalist, UK.

  623. Hello,
    Unbroken was a wonderful story that help me fill in many of the thoughts and experiences that my father, Russell W. Fargo, never told me. He was a POW himself during WWII somewhere at a Japanese POW Camp. He only spoke a small amount about his experiences but it was easy to see it tormented him until his dying day. His prejudice against Japanese people was very strong and his hatred for fish and rice he said came from being all he had to eat while in the POW camp. He also contracted Malaria and was left to die, luckily for him, liberation came to the camp and he was rescued, a man of 6 feet tall weighing only 75 lbs. These are only a few of the memories he told of and again I say that Laura Hillengrand told the rest of his story through her book, Unbroken. Please thank her for me and all other family members of POW’s from WWII.

    Sincerely,

    Eileen Fargo Dallas

  624. “Unbroken” is one of the best books I have ever read. I was most i8mpressed not only with the book but its author as well asi recognized the amount of work that went into that book.I know that the author has a problem with CFS. I would like to send the author what I am writing that will give a very different origin for CFS than what she might have been told. I have listed my credentials here.I would like to e-mail her directly some of my writing which willgive a better explanation of her problem than CFS. Here’s my credentials:
    The Author is a retired psychiatrist. He has a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Albion College at Albion, Michigan, and both a Master of Science Degree and a Doctor of Medicine Degree from the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, Michigan. He did a rotating internship at Gorgas Hospital, US Panama Canal Zone, and then completed a psychiatric residency at the Mental Health Institute, Cherokee, Iowa which was affiliated with the University of Iowa. After completing his medical training, he was associated with the medical staff of Peninsula Regional Medical Center, Salisbury, Maryland and retired as its Chief of Psychiatry. He was a Consultant in Psychiatry for the Eastern Shore Hospital Center a large state mental hospital at Cambridge, Maryland. He served in the US Air Force, and the US Air Force Reserve, attaining the rank of “Colonel” as a military psychiatrist. He has published and lectured extensively in the field of Psychiatry especially in regard to unconscious communications. This present book has evolved from his past six books on unconscious communications produced by academic publishers that are listed at the close of this book

  625. Laura, I read your book “Unbroken.” Now I have been asked to complete a biography of a 93-year-old gentleman, who was in Japanese prison camps for 3 years. He suffered under Watanabe. Do you know where I could obtain for the book photos of Watanabe during his years over prison camps. The book will probably be 100 pages, not including many photos. I am in awe at the project, and also aware that time is of the essence in its completion. Thank you, Joan Hollingsworth

  626. Laura,

    I am reading and loving the book, Unbroken. As a college graduate with a degree in history from Ohio University, I rarely get time to read for pleasure with my current job, Cardiology Sales Specialist with AstraZeneca pharmaceuticals.

    Hope you are doing well.

    Cordially,

    David L. Barker

  627. Hello…

    I read ‘Unbroken’ a couple of years ago and was moved by it. I was told that a movie, starring Nicholas Cage, based on the book, was in the planning stages.

    Is the rumor true and if it is, when will the movie be out?

    Thanks!

  628. A wonderful written book. I could not put it down. And having served 20 years in the US Army I was amazed of the detail and
    research that went into this book.

  629. I heard Louie speak at my church in Atlanta after reading your book. His ability to survive and thrive is amazing and you are amazing……God has done a special thing with both of you….

  630. I have a feeling (deja vous?)I’ve already written this to you. Everytime I recommend your book (Unborken) to someone, I just have the urge to say how wonderfully you’ve written Mr. Zamperini’s story.
    I listened to it in my car. Edward Herrmann was a perfect choice. His diction and presentation gave each of your words complete meaning. Thank you again & again.

    Prudence McCool

  631. UNBROKEN will remain with me for a long time…maybe forever. Laura, you have brought Faulkner’s statement that man “not only endures but prevails” to life. How Louie and countless other soldiers who were subjected to such cruelty ever survived and went on to live productive lives is truly a testament to the human spirit. This book made me angry; it made me laugh; it made me cry; it frustrated me. It elicited so many different emotions. Thank you for bringing this story to life in such a forceful way. Both of my book clubs are reading it this month and I look forward to the best discussions that we have had in quite somme time.

  632. I am tutoring a very bright student in Literature. I have chosen your book as the book for him to read as non fiction.
    My book group read the book and we call enjoyed it very much.

    My question to you is:
    How do I present and what questions can I give him that would help him to understand the book and Louie’s journey.

    I would appreciate it if you could gwet back to mein the next few weeks with some questions.

    Thank You,

    Susan Brozinsky

  633. Dear Ms. Hillenbrand,
    My name is Emily and I am a Junior at Oakton High School. I have always found an interest in history, especially in World War II, and have read books and biographies about people and events during that time since elementary school. So, when my AP English Language and Composition class was required to do an independent reading project, I jumped at the opportunity to read another book on a topic that I have a passion for. From the very first page of your book, Unbroken, I was hooked and finished it in a day and a half, putting off all of my other homework because I simply had to find out what happened next to Louie Zamperini.
    I am doing a Junior project on mental health with a focus on positivity and how to make people happy. I got some inspiration from your book because even when Zamperini was in the bleakest of situations, he remained positive, and innovative, not letting his spirit be broken no matter how hard others tried to make that happen. In class, we also had a seminar on ignorance, and how sometimes ignorance is bliss, which made me think about how Louie met Hitler as a runner in the Olympics and even took a Nazi flag as a souvenir, because he simply didn’t know the extent of what was about to unfold. I also became frustrated at the ignorance of the makers of the B-24s who didn’t think of better safety precautions for the countless soldiers whose planes crashed in the Pacific like Zamperini’s. I determined that the soldiers probably valued knowledge over ignorance though, based on their intricate attempts to get newspapers and the way that they would get information from the new prisoners in the Japanese POW camps.
    I thought that the main argument of the book was that inner strength can overcome all physical difficulties, truly proof of mind-over-matter, especially when Louie beat all odds surviving for so long with no food stranded in the Pacific being circled by sharks night and day. And, when he lost that inner spirit after returning from the war, he lost himself to alcohol and almost lost his marriage because of it.
    I thought that your style as a writer was great- very easy to follow. I found your tone to be erudite, but intimate, as well as being very forthright.
    I liked how you wrote the book from Louie’s perspective but kept it in the typical third-person style. This way, it was effortless to follow what was going on, and the reader was still able to get a deep look into Zamperini’s thoughts and emotions at any given point throughout his amazing story.
    How did you get interested in writing? What do you think influenced your writing style the most?

  634. Laura,
    I loved “Unbroken.” It brought back many memories-both military and growing up Italian!
    As much as Lou Zamparini seems to have gotten it all together after attending Billy Graham, my experience is PTSD never really goes away. One just masks it as best he or she can.
    Maybe you would have time to read my unfinished blog: “Vietnam-My Story, How I Got a Purple Heart.”
    go to(http://totally-free-eagles.com) I’ve hit a sticking point, but hope to resume writing soon.
    Sincerely
    Al Battista

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  639. Dear Mrs. Hillenbrand, Your stories are as remarkable as your own personal story. I wish you could be free from the illness, but it seems like writing gives you a measure of freedom.

    I have a friend who suffers from this same illness. She came down with it after coming back from Africa many years ago where she and her husband went as missionaries.

    Thank you for writing your books. They have enlightened and entertained me greatly.

    Yours truly, Gail Ausbeck

  640. I don’t really know what came over my Boyfriend,his character change to me and all of a sudden he told me he is not interested in me after we have been together for 4 years,it was like am dying and i cried everyday because of him,i can’t afford to loose him because he is all i have and we always understand each other not until he just break my heart all of a sudden…i tried all the relationship Advice pages and forum about bringing back your love ones but all was in vain and later a saw so many post about Dr.Ogungbe who have helped a lot of people and everybody that is talking about him was saying he was a spell caster.i am scared to contact him because i was scared and nervous about it,but later i contacted him 5 days ago telling him about my problem if he can help me out,all he told me was to be happy that i got his contact and my Boyfriend will be back to me after 2 rising Sun,i don’t understand the meaning when he said that but he later told me he will be back to me in 2 days and i will be happy,it sound crazy to me that is that just easy?
    he said i should not worry and he told what to do and as am telling you now my BF is back to me today and i notice he love me more than before and he was crying to have me back in his life which i know him too well that he has never been passionate like that…if anybody need help to bring there love ones back or anything,i really believe in Dr.Ogungbe and you can contact him as well on his mail address or phone number which i saw online myself and this is it here ###Dr.ifaogungbe@live.com### with his number(+2348131210107) i really believe he is a small god and he has help many people
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    Tatiana USA

  641. Hello everyone,i want to make a writting about the real spell caster that make my relationship sucessful,i have contacted so many spell caster for my relationship problem but all was in vain and none of them help me out not until i saw a comment about a spell caster called Mr.Ogungbe,my relationship was shaking and the cause of it was that my parent and my boyfriend parent did not like themselves and to this our relationship was not balance and me and my boyfriend was unhappy and we love each other so so so much but both parent did not like each other and this is Affecting my relationship because my boyfriend is trying to leave me and i can’t take this and i have contacted so many spell caster to do something about it but nothing came up,i saw a comment about Mr.ogungbe spells and i contacted him for help and told him everything on his email,when he replied me he said it will be fine but it will take some time like 3 days to do this,i told him i have contacted many spell caster but they are all freak but i just have this feelings that he will help me and he told me all the necessary things he need to do and what he need to cast the spell…..he said i will be amazed that my parent will go to my boyfriend parent and apologize to each other saying they want a family from there Son…i thought this was a Joke that how is that possible,as a matter of fact My parent and my Love parent are now in a good friendship and they now like each other all of a sudden and this amazed me and i am happy that my relationship is balanced now and me and my lover are planning to get married in 3 month to this time. if you really need a good spell you can contact Mr.Ogungbe on his hot line or mail ###Dr.ifaogungbe@live.com### or +2348131210107 to get on touch with him
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  642. I just love it, classicaly I guess you would say that what is called a warlock, He is 43 and have been studing magick for over 20 years, recently he proved to me that it does and will work, you see I had a court case I was worried about losing, i contacted Dr. Shawuru Waziri, who help me with a spell to win a court case, performed it the night before court and won my case in less than an hour. Thanks again Dr. Shawuru Waziri. You can still contact him today to help you with any difficulty you are passing through. Email:shawuruwaziritemple@gmail.com

  643. you told you will not publish my name and e-mail address-but here
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  644. I got phd from canada,my guide stole my papers and not recommendation for any job,thus obstracting my job–my 3 pepers are in his hold-can i send my paper for publishing in journals,must give the name of guide,Willing to know if i can do so,is there any problem from him as he will tell .Why u submitting
    paper [which i think not good] so it insulted my name by doing self–but for more than 4 years those papers is hanging-pl.advice me what to do.And as student ay bad -is it possible that all guide will good

  645. Laura, I don’t know if you read these comments. I recently picked up the Winter issue of the magazine “Pain Pathways” and read the article about you having CFS. I too have CFS, but no longer suffer from it since I learned about and started using Jigsaw Complete supplements last summer. (Strange name and it’s not multi-level marketing!) I started with just the slow release magnesium and noticed such a difference within days, that I immediately ordered the Jigsaw Complete packets. Jigsaw Complete provides the most essential vitamins, minerals and antioxidents in convenient morning and evening packets. I wouldn’t say I’m 100% back to pre-CFS health and energy, but I would say 90%! Sure beats spending days in bed. It’s worth checking out at jigsawcomplete.com

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  647. Last five months ago i lost my job and i started seeking for another good job and i have been to many interview but i was not giving a job so one day i saw a testimony on the internet on how Deva help someone to get a good job so i have to contact him on his email:lakshmantemple@gmail.com and he told me what i need to do and after 2days all the place i have attended interview they all started calling me and i was confuse because i do not know the right one so i have to call Dr. Deva again to know the right place i need to work so he told me how i am going to know the right one which i did and now i am the happiest person on earth.

  648. I never believe such until my friend introduce me to this spiritual father.I have been very poor and i have no job,everything seems working upside down but when i consulted this man,things started working well for me.I bought my own apartment where me and my daughter lives and 2 car..feel free to contact me for more details ( solutiongrouptravels@gmail.com )

  649. Just finished Unbroken. My father flew in a B-24 as bombardier/nose gunner out of Italy and spent 13 months in a Germany POW camp. He rarely spoke of his war experiences and was upset when surround sound entered theaters with “Midway”. I thank you for sharing the experience and training in a B-17 and transferring to a B-24 as my father did as he entered the European theater. He bailed out during his 13th mission as the 13th plane in a formation over Austria and luckily linked up with an American POW physician who saved his right arm. He had sustained severe shrapnel wounds and at that late time in the war, the Germans wanted to remove his arm. The American physician assumed care of my father and saved his arm. My father went on, after internment and liberation by the Russians, to become a mechanical engineer/MBA and retire from General Motors. I have come to learn that freedom is earned and I love my father deeply….. RIP Joseph E Roman Sargent Army Air Force

  650. My name is Sharon, I am here to testify to the good work of the Dr Ewejoko . 4 years ago, my husband left home, he never returned, no phone calls, no letters, no emails, no sign of him anywhere. my daughter got sick with multiple sclerosis, things were so tough for me. I had lost hope, 2 years ago, i met a psychic, he said he would help me, i paid over $6800 and still nothing happened, I lost hope. completely, my daughter??s situation got worse each day.last month, I saw a posting concerning the good.works of the whole professionals, I gave them a try? ¦i paid about $2000, for all three spells (Bring Lover. back, Healing spell and Career spells). In a matter of weeks, my husband called me and told me he was. sorry and that he wants to come back to me and that he would explain everything when he comes back,three days later, I got a new job with a loan and finance company, right now, my daughter??s condition is.getting better each day and I trust she would be well in a matter of days.I want to thank,ewejokob@hotmail.com for their efforts and for bringing my life back to normal and so close to. perfection.My name is Sharon, I live in Chicago.

  651. Dear Ms. Hillenbrand:

    being a beat behind the world, I just discovered this book! I truly LOVED reading it! I commend you for your expert research and writing style. Further, I read the acknowledgements. I wish you good health.

  652. Am so grateful to dr Ogungbe for what he has done for me,At first i was thing he was a scam and also thinking if i was doing the right,But when i decided to contact him i told him my problem he laughed and told me that everything will be okay within 48hours,So i decided to give it a try in which i contacted him he told me that i should remove all taught from my mind and be happy,Really on the second day i just got a cal from someone.The person was weeping then i decided to ask who was i speaking to then he called his name richard i was shocked i asked him what happened he said he is really sorry for what he has done to me for the past 3years for leaving me alone.That i should please forgive him that he will make it up with me.So then i said let him come over which he did as he was coming he got me a new car and also said i should have access to his account top prove to me that he will never leave me for anything now we are bought together and we are going to celebrate this xmas in any country of my choice,Which we are preparing for.Now we are together and he cant do without me friends am so happy to dr ogungbe for bringing back happiness to my life.i swear with my life dr ogungbe his a man to trust you can contact him on his private mail:
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  654. Dear Laura,

    Thank you for writing “Unbroken.” I just finished reading it a few minutes ago, and I was deeply moved by it. My wife has also read it. Thank you.

    Sincerely,
    Bill MacDonald
    Orrington, Maine

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  657. I don’t normaly comment on things on the internet.
    But unbroken was one of the most enjoyable books I have read.
    Thanks Laura

    Jerry

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  659. Hello Chief priest Oduduwa, You were my last hope and after all the spell casters I tried before, you were my last chance that I had getting my wife back, and you kept your promise! My wife wrote me such a touching letter last week. She wants to live with me and the kids again. I really feel I’m living a new life.
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  660. I purchased the book last Friday 02/08/13 and started reading it. From the moment I started reading it I could not put it down. I read the complete book and finished reading it yesterday 02/14/13. It was the best book I have read in a very long time. I am 76 years of age andI remember many of the things that you wrote about from the newspapers of the day. The book is very heart wrenching, and in fact it brought tears to my eyes in many different chapters. Thank you very much for writing such a great book.

  661. Thank you thank you DR ABULU for the good work you just did in my life , my name is JULIANNA i was married to my husband for two years and we were living together happily and we both love each other for this two year not until one bad evening when i came back from work late due to scares of transportation and he started queering and he said he does not trust me anymore and he can continue with this marriage anymore and he drove me away from his house unknowingly to him that i was carrying his two month old baby inside me i tried informing he but he won,t listen to me anymore i thought i will never get him back again and i loved him so much and i promise not to rest until am able to get him back to my life so i began to look for a solution and help to get him back this was because i do not want to give birth to a fatherless child so one afternoon as i was browsing on my computer i came across a testimony shared by miss Rachael from UK how she got his ex husband back with the help of Dr abulu of (abuluspiritualtemple@yahoo.com) so i decided to give him a try and to my best surprise the spell this man cast on my husband work just within two days i contacted him . and today am happily living with my husband and a bouncing baby boy , with all this help rendered to me through this DR ABULU OF (abuluspiritualtemple@yahoo.com )i will always thank him forever and testify his goodness in my life for other,s to hear an see , once again thank you DR for bringing back my family ,

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  666. Dear Ms. Hillenbrand,

    I was absolutely gripped by Unbroken. I felt I had to write to you. My father was in the Navy in WW II. He had a paperback handbook, Survival on Land and Sea. I read it a dozen times as a kid. Your book brought it all back and then some.

  667. Hi! You cast a Retrieve A Lover Spell for me back in December. And I’d like to thank you for it. My ex and I have been back together for a month now. And it’s been even better than before. I think this time it’s forever. We’ve been talking of moving in together, and maybe getting married in the future. Things between us are great. I thank you Dr Deva, lakshmantemple@gmail.com for helping to bring him back to me. After our time apart, we’ve learned to appreciate each other more, and not take anything for granted.

  668. Ms. Hillenbrand, I would greatly appreciate your considering even a quick look at my new novel. My editor at St. Martin’s press has charged me with finding my favorite authors and expressing our need for blurbs for my forthcoming novel. While not specifically the type of writing that you do, it is historical and fully researched. My Name Is Resolute is the story of a young girl torn from a wealthy family in 1729 and sold into indenture in New England. As she grows up in slavery, she is forced to learn to weave. Once on her own she uses that skill to survive. Later when war with England is upon them, Resolute becomes part of a web of secrecy that was a real part of the American Revolution. During and after the terrible winter of Valley Forge, she provides and then smuggles precious clothing through British lines.
    The novel is set to release January of 2014, and galleys should be available in April. And of course, if you do not have the time, I remain a fan. Thank you sincerely.
    Best Wishes,
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  670. When I came to the part in “Unbroken” that describes the B-29 bombers flying over Omori in late November, 1944, I looked into some letters that my father, a radar operator on a B-29, had written to my mother. One is dated December 10, 1944 and it says “Long time, no write, eh? Well, we have been away for a while, as you probably read in the papers, so don’t be too hard on me. As usual, no factual information that I can write.” I can’t help thinking that my father was on one of the B-29 bombers that the POWs saw. It brings tears to my eyes thinking of how that gave hope to the Americans who were held there.

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  673. Hi Laura,
    I have enjoyed unbroken and it has some parallels with my life. Although I have not served in the armed forces I have had more trials than most can ever imagine. To give you a sense, I lost my wife 10 days after our first born, remarried had a disabled daughter and watched her die for 2 years, adopted a daughter from china a year later, divorced 3 years following adoption, lost job as an engineering manager and spiraled. Each trial I accomplished very big successes including 3 memorials for my late wife, a developmental learning center for my daughter, during my divorce, I quit my job and risked moving to a company as engineering director, and after losing my job 3 years later I took 1 year to relaunch my life. Purchased 2.5 million in commercial real estate, started 3 businesses and was recruited by Microsoft, Nike, and other large companies as senior executive. All of my trials and setbacks have made me stronger and unbroken. I contemplated suicide over 13 years but beat all of what life could throw at me being a statistic of 1 in 10 million.

    I would appreciate an opportunity to tell you my story and be considered as potential next best seller of yours. All that know me well have asked me to look inyo this givrn how amazingly tare and challenging my life had been. Please contact me to discuss this further.

    Jeff Hendricks
    360.600.1513
    Camas, WA

  674. Hello everyone my name is Elizabeth,i came across this man called Dr.Ogungbe through a Lady here online and she said he helped her bring back her lost love,i don’t believe in this but i come to think about it and use faith and hope to contact this man last 2 weeks,i have lost my husband for 2 years even he is trying to get married to another lady in Italy,Rome..i quickly rush and email dr.Ogungbe for help and i thought its still a freak because i don’t really believe he can bring him back to me because its too long we have contacted each other,we only comment on each other status on facebook and when ever he come online he has never talk anything about coming back to me,now i really believe that there is Magic and Dr.Ogungbe is a really God sent and has Magic because all these things is still like a dream to me,Dr.Ogungbe told me in the first mail that everything will be fine,i called him and he assure me,i have so many doubt but now am happy,i can’t believe my love broke up with his Italian lady and he is now coming back to me and he can’t even explain how everything goes all he said to me is that he want me back,i am really happy and cried so much because it was just like i am born a new and am really happy and my entire family are happy for me but they never know whats the secret behind this…i want you all divorce lady or single mother to please contact this man for help and everything will be fine i really guarantee you..i have tell 2 of my friends who are in unhappy relationship and they have seen solution in few days ago…if you want to contact him you can reach him through (dr.ifaogungbe@live.com) (+2348131210107) that is where you can get to him and i assure you it gonna work fine with you and you will be happy
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  675. Laura,
    Thank you for ‘Unbroken.’ Only rarely does a book bring me to tears. Unbroken did so on several occasions. I hope your health allows you to be happy and productive in the future. I anxiously await your next effort.

    Best Wishes – Bill

  676. I just finished reading Unbroken. Thank you for writing such an amazing book. I pray you will feel better.

  677. Thank you from the bottom of my broken heart (both literally and figuratively speaking). As one who has just recently been diagnosed with PSTD due to medical/physical issues Ii have experienced over the last few years, I have struggled with my faith and in turn given up on dealing with my issues. This book has put into perspective what it is to truly overcome true life suffering and obstacles. To read what these men went through and survived both physically and emotionally is a true testimony to the strength that God has blessed us with. I can’t imagine the work and sacrifice.you went through to complete this project. Thank you and the men this book is about for providing me with a little more light needed to retun from this dark place I have been dwelling in for the past few years. You will never know what this has done for me. This book was another gift from God to show me how he truly loves his children. My struggles are nothing compared to what these men went through and survived. It is time I got off pity pot and got on with life. For this I thank you. To the men this book is all about may God bless you and your family for what you have endured. It gives me a whole new respect for my son-law as he too flies for the USAF.

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  679. Laura, Thank you so much for writing “Unbroken”. I thoroughly love your writing style – as if hearing the story being told directly to me, I was in disbelief. Upon Louie’s liberation, and then the photo of him being greeted at the airport by his family, I just paused and cried…. again thank you for this amazing story.
    Paul

  680. My name is Diana Rossay i am from United States, I was in a relationship with Ben and we loved and cherished ourselves for 3 good years and every thing was going on smoothly but February 14, 2012 a day i can call a lovers day we both had misunderstanding because i answered a call from a guy that is asking me out for a date but i refused,and he told me that the relationship is over and that he is fed up with me and i begged him because i love him so much but he refused me i was so down cast and i felt the world has come to an end for me but my friend told me about a spell caster that helped her sister out in getting her relationship back,a good job and favor in any of her endeavor but at first i was scared but i have to give this man a trial because i love Ben very much and i am not willing to loose him to any woman,so i ordered returning my love spell from this great spell caster that made me a happy woman again to say it all my ex came back to me with much love and a caring heart…i am testifying to this great spell caster Rev Sister,Regina Mundi,whom i heard is still confirmed a virgin at 45 years of age,she has never known a man,she is higlhy spiritually gifted as catholic reverend siter. if you need her help in similar cases do your self the Best to contact him on her email address: rev.srmundiregina@gmail.com

  681. great book. makes me look at life differently

  682. Thanks for sharing your info. I truly appreciate your efforts and I
    will be waiting for your next write ups thanks once again.

  683. I just finished reading Unbroken. I just couldn’t put it down. It affected me tremendously while I was reading it. Louis has been a unbelievably strong person. While reading it, I was hoping that he would have been able to get back into running, but it just wasn’t to be. The book was just tremendous and I want to thank you for writing it. It must have been a huge research project before you could even start writing. Google my name and “wild hogs” and you will see some of my writing for a local newspaper :)
    Glenn Price

  684. Hello I am an eighth grader at Albany Middle School in California. My older brother recommended your book and it was the only nonfiction book I have,not only enjoyed, but couldn’t put down. I was so interested about Louis Zamperini’s life story that I decided to do my 2 month research project on him. Considering you are an expert on him I was wondering if I could send you an email or maybe do a phone interview to answer some questions. I know your probably very busy but I would greatly appreciate it.

  685. I have just finished “UNBROKEN” What a fantastic book, couldn’t put it down. I was a jet jock between Korea and Nam so I have some knowledge of what you were writing about. Thank you so much for your beautifully written book.

  686. Hi,I’m not a big reader UNLESS I have a book that keeps me sucked in page after page. Unbroken did just this. I did have just one question- what happened to Louie’s father? When Louie returned, I only read about Louie’s mom, sisters, and brother Pete. Thanks.

  687. I teach at a hospital where my students are under going cancer, and bone marrow treatments.I give them your book to read for English. It is the ultimate book on surviving.

  688. I found your book to be very satisfying and perhaps one of the best books I’ve read in some time. My husband Ralph was a B-24 navigator, serving two complete tours out of Norwich, England over Germany. His best friend Major Robert Bean served in the South Seas. The connection with both gave me a personal stake in you story. Thank you for your excellent writing skills. I sincerely appreciate your talent.

    Grace McCool

  689. Hi Laura,

    I know you are a busy woman and therefore I doubt that you will ever get around to reading this comment, but still I cannot keep myself from writing it. I have a burning desire to tell you, from the perspective of a man who was once lost, about the importance of Unbroken. Unbroken is outstanding not only as an entertaining read and a wonderful historical Saga, but as a spiritual story about a man who was in fact broken. He was the living example of the sheep gone astray. He was subject to what seemed to be endless suffering, and had even- for quite some time- given up all hope for any sort of help. He even rejected help! I’m not a particularly emotional man but I must admit that I wept as I read about his repentance under the tent during Billy Graham’s sermon, and if that was weeping I was flat out crying when I read his letter to The Bird. Just as Louis had been the living example of the sheep gone astray, once he opened his heart and allowed himself to be saved he became a living example of Christ’s power here on earth. Said power was revealed in his letter to The Bird. I re-read that letter every once in awhile because the overwhelming feeling I got when I read it for the first time was one that I have found to be impossible to sustain no matter how hard I try. I re-read it to remind myself of the reality of Christ here on earth, and of the Grace that can be achieved through forgiveness. Laura, from the bottom of my soul, whether you’re reading this or not, I thank you for writing Unbroken.

    God bless you,
    John

  690. BHi saw you on tv about the unbroken book. I dont know anyone that writes books, but I started a big note book about my life liven with o.c.d i was a cop and had to learn how to control my o.c.d. to get any where in life. i had a doctor tell me for the last few years i should write a book telling about my life with o.c.d. and how i came to control it with out medication he told me he had never seen any one with as bad as me that could control it to be able to live a normal life. He also told me there were millions with this problem that i might could help by telling my story from my child hood to now. i dont want money i just would like for people with the same problem be able to get a book about this problem from some one who lives with it every day i do.t know how to writ a book, so i just thouhgt some one like you could write a book like this and help people with this illness it may even save some lives because many people with o.c.d. tack thir own life becase of the problems o.c.d. cases them, and they are so afraid of what others think of them

  691. Laura,

    I never have written to an author like this before. As a veteran of 29 years and retired. I just wanted to let you know that this book left me in tears as well as stupefied. I could not put the book down. I remained mesmerized throughout the entire story.
    Any plans for a movie? I just simply could not get enough of Louie’s story. Thank you for putting this all together in to such an amazing gripping story.
    Looking forward to whatever you pen next.

    Blessings,

    Rick Bornoff

  692. Loved the book. So inspiring and beautiful! I encouraged my husband to read it in its translation to Hebrew. For some reaason the pictures are not added to that version, and the page on this site that is supposed to have photos has none…
    We would be very grateful if we could recieve a link
    Thanks!

  693. Laura,

    Thank you so much for puttimg all the effort into this book. Louie’s story touched me in so many ways. I was overcome with great joy when reading about Louie turning his life over to the LORD.

    Mike Cumiskey

  694. Laura;
    I read the book in 3 days – could not put it down. As I read it I felt like I was so drawn into the story I became part of it – an observer if you will. On the plane during the traning flights, the mission over Nauru, the days at sea on the raft and the terrible days when Louie was a POW. I was so immersed in the book at one point my wife got a little upset with me – I had some errands to run and I got delayed!
    I just wanted to send a short note to thank you for such a wonderful book. It’s one of the best books I’ve ever read. I’ve talked about the book to people at work and they all want to read it! As soon as I can, I’m going out to buy Seabiscuit. I’m sure that will be a good read as well.
    Keep those books coming. I’m a die hard Hillenbrand junkie now!
    Regards,
    Pete

  695. Read Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand and found it fascinating. My congratulations to all who put this together. You go Louie Z.!

  696. Hello Laura,

    I want to thank you for your moving portrayal of the courage of the men of the Army Air Corps. My father was a bombadier/navigator in a B-29. He said figuring out where the plane was was the hardest intellectual challenge of his life. He was in line to be in the one of the crews to drop the Atomic Bomb. Fortunately, he wanted to go to West Point. Unfortunately, the crew he was part of crashed while he was gone and everyone was killed. He told me that more people were killed in training and practice missions than in combat. I was a little dubious but reading the statistics in “Unbroken” convinced me. And your book helped me understand what the B-29 meant in ending the war. Dad died 6 years ago and I’m sorry he didn’t read your book. But it made even more proud of the risks he and the other flyers took and the sacrifices that so many made.
    I wish you many more books and renewed health,

  697. I am now reading “Unbroken” and I am very moved by what you have written. I was born in 1946 and I have many family members who are WWII veterans.

    The reason for my writing is twofold. First, to congratulate you on your success and second, to provide you with a copy of my Day Finder Calendar for which I have just received a copyright from the US Copyright Office. If you would provide me with a US Mailing Address, I will be happy to send you a copy. I believe you will be very surprised to see how useful it is. Sincerely, Phil Polchinski

  698. After having read {UNBROKEN}, I feel very guilty. I spent the war the easy way in the European Theater of War. If you send me an e-mail, I will send you my story,without caveats.
    Klaus

  699. I am a reader from Germany. First got ahold of the book 2 yrs. ago and re-read it ever since several times. What a story! Also read about your struggle with CFS. Not only the book taught me a lesson and perhaps will teach many readers a lesson as well. As for myself, I learned a lot – and that´s not only facts about incidents -, thanks Laura, for your researches and efforts and everything you and Louis have accomplished in life! Best wishes for 2013 from the “Old World”!

  700. Hello Laura,

    I’m not sure how but your book, Unbroken, fell into my hands about 3 weeks ago. I couldn’t put it down. I think I’ve worn everybody at work out with, “I’m reading this book. You HAVE to read it..did you know that in WW2 blah blah??..etc.” After reading your book I thought, “wow, brilliant.” I had to know more about you. It blows me away that someone can write with such detail, clarity, and emotion. I went on to find your article “Sudden Illness.” I’m so terribly sorry. I truly can’t imagine. You’re an incredible writer and I just had reach out to you and tell you that you’ve touched me. You are in my thoughts;I hope you feel better and recover soon. Yes, I am a stranger but if there is anything I could ever do for you, holler. I have not read Seabiscuit. It’s in my Amazon checkout basket. Kindly, Natasha, age 32 from San Diego

  701. Dear Ms. Hillenbrand:

    I am composing this letter because I read your book Unbroken about the life of Louis Zamperini. At first I was going to read it because my dad requested it to me. Then the opportunity arose to also read it for school.

    I enjoyed reading your book. Being a religious person, I liked how you walked us through the process of Louis conversion. I liked how it covered the early life of Louis, especially because his early life affected his adult life and his life in the war. Finally, I was glad that you included an epilogue of what happened to all the characters afterwards.

    I disliked how you included a lot of information about his parents while Louis was in the war. It distracted from Louis’s story and was irrelevant. I also think some of the drama about marrying Cynthia was unnecessary. I also think that the story of the Bird after the war was too confusing. Finally, I think the part where Louis was on the raft could have been longer and more detailed.

    I had a few questions after I finished reading the book. How was life for Phil after he went to a separate camp than Louis? How many people did the Bird torture? How many people was he responsible for killing? What was life like for Louis children? Did he ever tell them or Cynthia about everything that happened to him on the raft and in camps?

    Thank you for writing this compelling book of bravery, hardships, and forgiveness for my dad and I to enjoy. I really enjoyed it, and I will be suggesting it to people who are looking for a good read.

    Sincerely,
    Michael P. Pitcher

  702. Dear Ms. Laura Hillenbrand,

    I am a Senior at a high school in Middleburg VA, Foxcroft. We are currently working on our Senior Thesis project. My topic is the bond between horse and human, and I am using your Seabiscuit as my core work. I am an avid horse person myself, and I am an amateur steeplechase jockey. My family is a big racing family as well. My uncle, Graham Motion, trained the 2011 Kentucky Derby winner, Animal Kingdom. So you can see why I chose a racing novel for my core work, and Seabiscuit was the obvious perfect choice. I wanted to ask you a few questions about how and why you got interested with writing historical events? I know you suffer from CFS, and I wanted to know if writing is like a form of therapy for you that helps take the pain away? Were you ever close with horses your self? Why Seabiscuit? I would love to stay in touch with you in case I have more questions, which I most likely will. You are a true inspiration and I really hope to hear back from you, as I look up to you so much.

    Thank you so much!

    Sincerely,

    Mary Motion

  703. Dear Ms. Laura Hillenbrand,
    My name is Emma and I’m sixteen years old. I read your book this previous August and absolutely loved it. I don’t think I’ve been so encompassed in a book the way I have been with unbroken. I had heard about your book many times before I had the chance to read it, as my mother and her friends had read it before me. I was not that interested in it at first, and did not plan on reading it, but my mom convinced me to give it a try. Once I got into it, you couldn’t take that book out of my hands. I literally spent a whole 15 hours reading your book without a break. I read it at night with the flashlight on my phone, in class whenever I had time, on the bus coming home from school, and even chose to sit in my room and read than go outside and swim. It is literally the best book I’ve ever read; better than any of the classics. I will admit that I even cried at the end because of the fact that it was so amazing and that there was no more to read. There is only one downside though, and that is that I can’t get any of my friends to read it!! They are all turned off by it being labeled as a biography, which was also the reason I wasn’t so in to reading it at first. But I think many kids my age would bennifit from reading this book just as much as I did. I think this book needs to somehow be introduced to teens my age. Kids these days need to read a book as powerful as this one, they need to be as inspired as I was by your amazing work and Louis’s incredible endurance. No fiction book can influence a person the way unbroken has influenced me.

    There is also one thing that I feel gave me a special connection with this book. When I was about six years old, there was a couple at my church, both around the ages 65-70, who also happened to live down the street from me. Though I had never talked to them much, something compelled me to sit with them while my family went and sat in their normal spot. After that day, I sat with them every Sunday durring church and even visited them down the street every day after school. The older man, John Brown, also flew planes in WW11, while his wife (I can’t remember her first name for anything) fixed the damaged ones. Even though there was a major age difference, they were two of my best friends. we held convorsations for hours on end. He would tell me stories of when he was in the war, how him and his wife met durring the war, and many other things. I only wish I had written them down (thinking of it, I may try to contact his son to see if he knows any or has any written down). But when I was about ten, Mr. Brown passed away. That day In school I wrote him a letter. When I arrived at the funeral, his son, never having seen me before, immediately knew who I was. I gave him my letter that I had written in school, and without saying anything, he stuck it in the front pocket of his fathers suit where it remains with him today. A year later, Mrs. Brown started to show signs of dementia. She slowly began to not recognize me in church and when I would visit her. The thought of loosing a friend like her tortured me every night. But it wasn’t a year later that she also passed away. Durring her funeral, her son allowed me to come up with the family and take a rose from the bouquet on top of the coffin. He told me that she had always told him that she considered me like her own daughter. Instead of keeping the rose like everybody else did, I tied mine to a baloon and let it go. When my mom asked me why I let go of the rose instead if keeping it, I told her that it was because Mrs. Brown told me she needed roses to decorate her home in heaven. I still cry every time I think about them, and I am crying now as I write this. But on a brighter side, our family has recently gained a member, my new uncle bob, who’s father was also in ww11. Durring a family get-together, I was reading your book when me and my uncle bob started to have a convorsations about Unbroken and WW11. When we were done, I went back to reading . While I was reading, my mother told him the story that I just told you. To my surprise, my uncle bob came in my room and told me how durring the unveiling of the WW11 monument in DC, that there was a flag that was flown over it for 24 hours , and how his father was awarded with this flag. When his father died, he inherited the flag. He told me that as soon as he passed away, that he wanted me to inherit this flag and pass it down through my family.
    All I can say is thank you so much for writing this book, it has made a big influence in my life, as well as in many others. I plan on reading it again soon to write a paper on it for my English class and I will try to get as many of my friends as possible to read it also!
    - Sincerely
    Emma Goble

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  705. Hi Mrs. Hillenbrand, Watched Seabuscit, and I am wondering did the Jockey Red Pollard ever see his Mother, and Father again during his, or their lifetime?? Great movie!!! Your Rachel Mabe

  706. Dear Mrs. Hillenbrand,
    I just finished “Unbroken” and can only say WOW! A great read, an inspiring story; you have done a magnificent job.

    I look forward to your next book!

    Sincerely,
    A. Matos

  707. Thank you, Laura and Louis.

  708. fascinated to learn that Mr.Zamperini was in the same Olympic games as my mother, then Margaret Duff, a gymnast. She was on the first US women’s gymnast team. They were on the same boat going over of course. I wonder if he has any pictures to share? They were the same age, 18, I just thought it’s worth asking. My family has some newspaper clippings, mostly from our hometown Philadelphia papers, and a few of her souvenirs from the Berlin games, but Louie seems to have taken a lot of photos, and a good memory. Can someone point me his direction, or pass this along to him? Thank you.

  709. Ms. Hillenbrand, I love your books, and you are such an inspiration.
    I am the mother of a 21 one year old son who’s had CFS since he was 14, undiagnosed until 2 years ago. As I’m sure you know, it has totally derailed his life. Instead of being off at college getting his chemical engineering degree, he lives in his room, and rarely comes out.
    I’m hoping that you could help publicize this petition, encouraging the FDA to approve Ampligen for CFS patients.
    http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/ampligen/
    Thank you!

  710. WOW!!! I saw your interview today on Book TV…came to your website, just read the comments here…WOW!!!

  711. The more I read the more furiously I read this book, drinking-in both the military and athletic stories. I have friends too that were WWII veterans, one who flew P-47′s and taught pilots after his initial tour (who will not speak of the war). Born in 1950 “the war” has always been a part of my life and my life-long hero’s are those men and women who served at that time. So, rather than prattle on about one thing or another let me just thank you deeply for your work. I’ll never forget Louis Zamperini and will try myself to forgive the bird….

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  713. Our co-ed book club read and discussed Unbroken last year.

    We enjoyed it so much that we chose to read Seabiscuit, and we had our discussion tonight.

    I’m writing on behalf of our group to tell you that both of your books generated thumbs up from all of us… a rare accolade for sure!!

    What we particularly enjoyed in both Unbroken and Seabiscuit was your impeccable research and your ability to create suspense in stories with known outcomes.

    We are also aware of the medical impediments that you face.

    We are impressed by your perseverance and grateful for the books that you have written.

    Thank you from appreciative readers in Kingston, Ontario, Canada.

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  715. What two super books you have written, enjoyed every bit if them!

    One question regarding Seabiscuit’s trainer Tom Smith, was he born in Co. Cavan, Ireland?

    I ask this because when I was reading your book, my Uncle (74) spotted the picture of Tom Smith and said that Tom was his Uncle who was born on the land he is currently farming!

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  717. My book club chose “Unbroken” to read. I’m looking forward to it.

  718. would it be possible to send a book to you for an autograph?

  719. LOVED LOUIE’S Story, thank you for sharing. Will be putting my thoughts up on my blog soon at http://susansliterarycafe@gmail.com.

  720. I am forever MORE GRATEFUL for the sacrifices of American servicemen, especially after reading of the problems/deaths during WWII due to equipment problems, not enemy encounters. THANK YOU for the inspiration (understatement), Ms. Hillenbrand & I’m only on page 413. Happy New Year!

  721. What a great story and what great writing; kudos to the author, who did the research necessary to bring this story to life. One passage in particular, describing Louie’s trouble getting past his experience as a POW, was especially poignant as it helped me understand the psycological power of an abuser, even long after the event.

  722. Thank you for this amazing book. We are blessed to have learned about the strengths and amazing, beautiful spirit of Louie.

  723. Your book helps me get through any problem that comes up. I constantly find my consciuos telling me: Seriously, is it really that bad? Think of Louis Zamperini and all other POWs in the Asian theater.
    It even helped me lose 20 pounds. I’d get hungry and tell myself: This is nothing. Just don’t think about. I recommended this book to others as a Christmas present to others. Thank you.
    Scott in Louisville

  724. Waiting for book to be released in paperback. I understand the desire to keep it in hardback to make money; however, this is keeping it out of reach for many schools. The date has been pushed back several times. It is already approved for my curriculum. C’mon Random House…

  725. Touched my heart, convicted me and inspired me… well done!!

    Thanks for writing this.

  726. Happy Holidays, Happy New Year, Love,
    L

  727. My daughter gave me Unbroken for Christmas this year. It’s the best book I’ve read in a long, long time. My interest in history begins with WW2; I just don’t get interested in anything prior to that.

    As I read the book, I had the feeling that I was right there with Louie, through it all. That’s a an indication of a fine book!

    Thanks so much for writing it!

  728. Happy Holidays!!

    Book owner and horse breeder
    http://www.sweetspirits.us

  729. This more than remarkable book ranks as one of my five favorites books read in my 83 years. The story is incredible, the writing extraordinary. Everyone who read the book should read Ms. Hillenbrand’s “A Sudden Illness” wich appeared in The New Yorker magazine. Enter the title in Google to access it. How Ms. Hillenbrand wrote the book in spite of her serious illness proves that like Louie, she is unbroken.
    Scott Skinner, Huntington Beach, CA.

  730. Laura: I was at the Monastery of the Holy Spirit in Conyers, Georgia a couple weeks ago and was told by one of the monks that “Unbroken” is currently being read during their mid-day meal. At his encouragement I checked it out of the library and am about half-way through and can hardly put it down. Talk about a page turner!
    P.S. Have a merry Christmas.

  731. Ms. Hillenbrand,

    I just finished Unbroken and I want to say “thank you” for writing it. This sholud be required reading in our hign schools; not to promote ill feelings toward the Japanese but to expose today’s young people to what is truly “the greatest generation”.

    Between Unbroken and Seabiscuit (which I read twice) you have demonstrated that you are a great wtiter. If all authors put in the research effoert that you do, reading would be a more popular pastime.

    Again – thank you.

  732. I don’t know how else to reach you, but I am writing here in the hope that someone on your staff or website will forward my comments. Our book club read Unbroken this October. It was an amazing book that took us on the life journey of Louie Zamperini. Thank you for what was obviously a long, long labor of love to give birth to such an incredible piece of literature. When I read that you were too ill to get to the National Archives, another member of the book club mentioned that you suffer from Fibromyalgia. You have given us a gift in Unbroken, and I have this gift of hope to offer you (and actually would prefer that you keep this post private), so please contact me above so that I can share with you the amazing journey of many other Fibromyalgia sufferers. I’ve been sharing this hope for more than 5 years now. Please write me to get more information! God bless you.

  733. Hello. A friend was just telling me about the book Unbroken and I shared with her the fact that my uncle, Lawrence (Larry) Freeman of Worcester, Massachusetts was a Japanese POW, held in a camp on land but also prisoner on one of the ships. He was presumed dead for some time. He was profoundly affected by the experience for life. My friend suggested that perhaps you knew something of him during that time, a period my uncle (who has passed away) never spoke much about to our family.

  734. Young Lady,

    I have listened to over 400 audio books, this without question is in the top two, I am 70 and hope I get to listen to many more of your works.

    Thanks

    BJ

  735. I just finished this book,WOW!!! The best book i’ve ever read. I just could’nt put it down.Thank you Laura for this gift.I’ve always been interested in WWII stories but,this really opened up my eyes.I found myself getting so angry at the way our heros were treated I had to stop and put the book down.Then i just could’nt stand it and had to keep reading.What amazing men!God bless all of our service members past and present.Best regaurds,Mike

  736. I am seeking a copy of Unbroken, signed by Louis Zamperini. Have not had any luck so far. I want to get a copy for some friends of mine who introduced me to the book about a year ago.
    They purchased a copy for me and I would like to return the favor with an autograped copy. It would be appreciated.
    Please let me know.

    Thanks, Larry Blott

  737. To Laura Hillebrand:

    2012 is drawing to a close. For me, it contained two highlights. One was the birth of our daughter Edith. The second was reading Unbroken. It was an amazing, awesome and inspiring journey to read that book, and I am so grateful to you for writing it. The bravery, the fortitude and the personality of Louie will be with me for a long long time, of that I am certain. I just picked up Seabiscuit and it is very promising. If it is anywhere nearly as good as Unbroken, then I know that 2013 will also be a rewarding year. But again – thank you so very much for writing this inspiring story which has improved the quality of my life.

    Karl Eidem, Stockholm (Sweden), December 2012

  738. Dear Ms. Hilenbrand,

    I am really not the type of person to write a letter like this, which is odd for me to say, because I have never known anyone else to write such a letter. To be honest, I have not read your books, although they are on “my list.” I did, however, read your memoir in The New Yorker, which brought many questions about my current circumstance.

    Two years ago, I came down with a case of Mononucleosis, and to make a long story short, I have been dealing with the repercussions ever since. I have been told that chronic fatigue syndrome is the patronizingly accurate term for what I have, and you suffer from, as well. The purpose of this letter is not a “misery enjoys company” moment. Instead, I would like to reach out to you in a more meaningful capacity, for something with more purpose than a selfish distraction from malaise.

    For the last year or so, I have been working on a book that I ever so badly believe will help people suffering from CFS. Before I got sick, I was a personal trainer, bodybuilder, and, an exercise junky. The book I am writing is about my conflict as a chronically fatigued exercise addict. The book is something that I believe can help other people just as your stories of inspirational heroes have done. I have been querying literary agents and publishers for much of the last year, only to receive an assortment of automated responses.

    To the point, I am hoping you have advice for someone like me looking to have his book proposal read by the right person. I would be honored if you would read it, of course, but I am mainly looking for any advice you may have.

  739. I just finished reading this book. It is narrated well-I felt like I was in the midst of the story as it happened. As a runner I can identify with the endurance and strength that Louie displays, but the courage, resilience, and willpower was amazing to read about, As well as his eventual turnaround and finding forgiveness for his tormentors.
    As I was finishing the book, I was pleasantly surprise to see him referenced in Runner’s World magazine( January 2013 issue) as a lifetime hero. He definitely has earned that distinction.
    Thanks to Mr. Zamperini and to Ms. Hillenbrand for sharing this inspirational story.

  740. Ms Hillenbrand,
    Just finished reading Unbroken, and want to thank you for writing a novel that contains passages of both great agonizing emotional hardship and spiritually uplifting moments. Mr Zamperini’s personal odyssey of salvation and endurance is inspiring. I had never heard of Mr Zamperini or any of his fellow inmates, but was familiar with the broad outline of Japanese treatment of POWs, and the rape of Nanking. This was a great read!

  741. Laura,

    Would you be interested in writing a screenplay with me about Louis Zamperini?

  742. Dear Mrs. Hillenbrand,

    Thank you for 2 excellent books! I just finished Seabiscuit and have read Unbroken twice. Wonderful books!!!

    Thanks!

    Dean Davis

  743. UNBROKEN is probably one of the best books I’ve ever had the pleasure of reading. Wonderfully told. Great job!!!!

  744. I adore your books. Perhaps the greatest compliment I can give you is that sports stories and war memoires are my two least favorite genres but in your talented hands, you made me devour these stories and wait anxiously for more. Whatever your next subject is, I will be there on the day it is released, knowing full well that it will be a joyous read – life-affirming, celebratory and with some of the most gorgeous prose ever written. Please don’t ever stop writing. A very loyal and grateful fan.

  745. Just finished reading “Unbroken,” and previously read “Seabiscuit.” What a wonderful writer you are, and I look forward to your next historical biography!

  746. I was remined of your book today when my wife sent me this…
    An Old Guy And A Bucket Of Shrimp

    This is a true story,

    Hope you appreciate it and want to pass it along.

    It happened every Friday evening, almost without fail, when the sun
    resembled a giant orange and was starting to dip into the blue ocean.
    Old Ed came strolling along the beach to his favorite pier.. Clutched in
    his bony hand was a bucket of shrimp. Ed walks out to the end of the
    pier, where it seems he almost has the world to himself. The glow of the
    sun is a golden bronze now.

    Everybody’s gone, except for a few joggers on the beach. Standing out on
    the end of the pier, Ed is alone with his thoughts…and his bucket of
    shrimp.

    Before long, however, he is no longer alone. Up in the sky a thousand
    white dots come screeching and squawking, winging their way toward that
    lanky frame standing there on the end of the pier.

    Before long, dozens of seagulls have enveloped him, their wings
    fluttering and flapping wildly. Ed stands there tossing shrimp to the
    hungry birds. As he does, if you listen closely, you can hear him say
    with a smile, ‘Thank you. Thank you.’

    In a few short minutes the bucket is empty. But Ed doesn’t leave.

    He stands there lost in thought, as though transported to another time
    and place.

    When he finally turns around and begins to walk back toward the beach, a
    few of the birds hop along the pier with him until he gets to the
    stairs, and then they, too, fly away. And old Ed quietly makes his way
    down to the end of the beach and on home.

    If you were sitting there on the pier with your fishing line in the
    water, Ed might seem like ‘a funny old duck,’ as my dad used to say. Or,
    ‘a guy who’s a sandwich shy of a picnic,’ as my kids might say. To
    onlookers, he’s just another old codger, lost in his own weird world,
    feeding the seagulls with a bucket full of shrimp.

    To the onlooker, rituals can look either very strange or very empty.
    They can seem altogether unimportant …. maybe even a lot of nonsense.

    Old folks often do strange things,
    at least in the eyes of Boomers and Busters.

    Most of them would probably write Old Ed off, down there in Florida .
    That’s too bad. They’d do well to know him better.

    His full name: Eddie Rickenbacker. He was a famous hero back in World
    War II. On one of his flying missions across the Pacific, he and his
    seven-member crew went down. Miraculously, all of the men survived,
    crawled out of their plane, and climbed into a life raft.

    Captain Rickenbacker and his crew floated for days on the rough waters
    of the Pacific. They fought the sun. They fought sharks. Most of all,
    they fought hunger. By the eighth day their rations ran out. No food. No
    water.
    They were hundreds of miles from land and no one knew where they were.

    They needed a miracle. That afternoon they had a simple devotional
    service and prayed for a miracle. They tried to nap. Eddie leaned back
    and pulled his military cap over his nose. Time dragged. All he could
    hear was the slap of the waves against the raft..

    Suddenly, Eddie felt something land on the top of his cap.
    It was a seagull!

    Old Ed would later describe how he sat perfectly still, planning his
    next move. With a flash of his hand and a squawk from the gull, he
    managed to grab it and wring its neck.. He tore the feathers off, and he
    and his starving crew made a meal – a very slight meal for eight men -
    of it. Then they used the intestines for bait.. With it, they caught
    fish, which gave them food and more bait…….and the cycle continued.
    With that simple survival technique, they were able to endure the rigors
    of the sea until they were found and rescued (after 24 days at sea…).

    Eddie Rickenbacker lived many years beyond that ordeal, but he never
    forgot the sacrifice of that first life-saving seagull… And he never
    stopped saying, ‘Thank you.’ That’s why almost every Friday night he
    would walk to the end of the pier with a bucket full of shrimp and a
    heart full of gratitude.

    Reference: Max Lucado, “In The Eye of the Storm,” pp..221, 225-226

    PS: Eddie started Eastern Airlines.

    As you see I wanted to pass it on.

    It was a great story that I didn’t know.

    You got to be careful with us old guys.

    You never know what we have done.

    Thank you for your time.

    God Bless our Troops.

    God Bless America .

    “When you change the way you see things, the things you see change.”

    =

  747. Unbroken is an amazing story. I’m so glad to have read your book, learning more about WWII and being enthralled at the same time. Your book on CD made a 9 hour drive go by too quickly. Thank you for bringing his story to life. Loved the book.

    Teresa

  748. Dear Laura,
    What can I add that hasn’t been stated thus far? I concur wholeheartedly that both of your books are wonderful, and that the characters you revealed were extrordinary. Their stories are almost beyond belief, and are so inspiring. I am a child of a war bride (mom from Yugoslavia) and a GI (they met in Austria near the end of the WWII). Although I don’t know all that much about my dad’s years of military service, I remember many daring stories from my mom and her journey throughout Europe after the Nazis invaded her homeland. I have an uncle who served in the Pacific theater, but he chooses not to discuss his time there…only stating that it was aweful. Just as you do, I consider all the dedicated men and women in our armed forces, especially those who have seen combat, to be heroes. I want you to know that I see you in the same light. Your story compels me to compassion, but also inspires me. I know about pain and depression, so I can empathise with your health somewhat (in no way do I compare my struggles with yours). I enjoy writing and can only dream of authoring such wonderful works as yours. So, I will continue to post short essays on my blogsite and await your next work. I wish you many days with minimal struggle and much joy. Merry Christmas to you and your husband.

  749. I have just finished Laura Hillenbrand book UNBROKEN. As I was born just at the end of WW2 April 1 1945, until just in the past 2 yrs have I been interested in this war. My husband had an uncle that was a prisoner of war in Germany at the end of the war and had talked a little of his experience. He to took to drinking but was a loving sole.
    Unbroken was such powerful a book and done so well I just could not put it down. It is amassing what the human body can induer. Laura I praise you for bring this story on to paper to share with the world. As America seems to be heading for what I would call it demise I would pray we would all have the awaking as Louie did by going to see Billy Graham. This is also a man that has changed many of sols for the lord.
    My hat off to you Laura you are a great writer.
    Yours truly Sandie Scott

  750. Ms. Hillenbrand,

    What a great book. I wanted to thank you because of it’s profound effect on me. It inspired me to change my life, and it continues to inspire me when I’m feeling down and need some help to persevere.

    Many thanks,
    Henry Green

  751. Hello- I recently read your book Unbroken and really enjoyed it. It’s an amazing story and you told it well. I know there’s going to be a movie made. Has it been cast? I read online of some possibilities of the lead actor. My son Louie, age 19, part Italian, is in college and is a very good cross country/track runner My book club thought he’d make a good Louis Z. in the movie. He’s minoring in theater, and would love to be in film. Athough he’s not famous, and wouldn’t be cast as a lead, he’s an awesome runner and could be an extra. Does the casting director need college runners for the film? :) I know of a team.

  752. I just finished reading “Unbroken”. What an amazing story and testament to this extraordinary man. Ms. Hillenbrand, I enjoyed “Seabiscuit” so much and it is truly one of my all-time favorite books, and I have just added this one to that same list. You are a truly remarkable and gifted writer. I was also so glad to see that “Unbroken” will be made into a movie and look forward to it’s release as I am for your next book. Thank you for bringing this story to the world!!
    Marcia Madison

  753. Dear Ms. Hillenbrand,

    I’m writing on behalf of my Luddite father, Stuart Director, who collects favorite authors’ autographs and always asks that I request them on his behalf. (Why? Because he doesn’t use computers, let alone email or, God forbid, a SmartPhone.) When you have a moment, will you please send your John Hancock to my dad? Doing so would get him off my back.

    He loves your work; a voracious reader, my dad only requests the autograph of those whose work he truly admires, and you’re among them.

    If and when you have the time to fulfill my dad’s request, please send your autograph to:
    Stuart Director
    9792 S.W. Willowmere Drive
    Portland, OR 97225

    My gratitude and best regards,
    Jenn Director Knudsen
    Portland, OR

  754. Ms. Hillenbrand,
    I am the Assistant Vice-Chancellor for Educational Partnerships at San Jacinto Community College in Pasadena, Texas. Three years ago we established a team of history educators from our constituent high schools and our three college campuses. Over the course of the last year, meeting monthly, this team selected your book,Unbroken, as a common reader for high school juniors and college freshmen. The team has spent the last year writing a Study Guide for faculty, common questions for the students, essay prompts, vocabulary lists, and a timeline of Louis’ experiences compared to the course of the war in the Pacific. They are almost finished and will pilot this project this spring, 2013. The students will be pre- and post-tested to determine their baseline knowledge of the Pacific Theatre in World War II and their perceptions about reading this book to learn the history. Ultimately, the faculty members will grade random essays chosen from the students who will participate. This entire project is designed to facilitate alignment of high school and college curriculum and expectations of student competencies and behaviors. We hope they also develop a love of reading to learn!
    I thought that you might enjoy hearing that your wonderful book will be read by about 500 students this spring and used as a teaching tool!
    I would be delighted to discuss this project with you in more depth. We are very excited about the possibilities of using this approach to encourage students to read and to learn US History.
    Thanks to whomever might read this, and hopefully pass it along.

    Pam Campbell

  755. Hi Laura,

    I read your book in four days, and I am not an avid reader. The way you told Louie’s story was breathtaking. I have been forever changed by this book and I am now on a mission to meet him and yourself! Thank you for adding in the last section of how you dug into so many pieces of history to tell his story and the history of the United States from the 1930′a and on. You are a brilliant writer, thank you for your gift of “Unbroken.”

    Best,
    Colleen Rugg-Francioli

  756. just bought Unbroken and read it in four days. Amazing detail and so well written. Thank you for your time to tell such an important story.

    Luis

  757. Hi Laura,

    I am in the middle of listening to your marvelous book on CD. Louis Zamperini’s life and story are phenomenal and written in a way that makes me feel that I am right there as it is all happening. It’s absolutely wonderful and I can’t wait to leave work so I can listen to more of it. Thank you for being such a terrific author who has the gift of bringing a story to life. Happy holidays and best wishes for a healthy, peaceful 2013!!

  758. Hi Luura, I just finished your book. I was born in 1946 and my father was in the service. I love WW11 stories and your book was the best story, bar none, i have ever read. I am amazed at the research you did, the countless hours you spent, and the endless sources of information you sought to preserve the most important time in the modern history of humanity.

    I must know this-Why didn’t you tell us about Cynthia and her children in your Epilogue? I cannot find out anything about them on the internet.

    Thanks again for all you did.

    Peace,

    Joe

  759. “Unbroken” begins with my own childhood of being ‘counter’ to the norm. I once told a squabling couple, marry the other kind of guy and you’d be bored in a minute. Louis is a fun character and the kind that it took to keep us free. Thank you Laura.

  760. Dear Mrs. Laura: how is your health? I hope from the bottom of my heart, that it’s okay! My name is Vaelson George von Tempski-Silka, and I live in Curitiba, Brazil. I was born on 23 May 1943. But this contact is not about me. I bought your beautiful, wonderful, and extremely enlightening book Unbroken, about the even more amazing, unique and really Unbroken, LOUIE ZAMPERINI!! What an example of courage, virtue, stoicism, love for life and will to live he demonstrated, and better yet, still demonstrates, since I hope he is still among us. Recently, I saw him in a documentary from National Geographic, on the Second World War! Your job, dear Mrs. Laura, is aggrandizing, brightens my knowledge about the worst armed conflict that this world has ever seen, and puts me face to face with a person who is a true beacon illuminating the footsteps of his similar! Reading your book I was just as stunned as you were when you met Mr. Louie, and I believe that just as everyone who becomes aware of his life! Spending the moments he spent at sea, hungry and thirsty, in prison camp, suffering what most of us could not bear, suffering abuse by his psychotic nemesis, who refused to see him near the end of his life, when,he undoubtedly would obtain Louie’sforgiveness, all this means that, alongside the millions of soldiers who have been involved in one way or another in the conflict that was world War II, Louie hovers, perennial above all, continuing to enlighten us the way that only the person who has the power that he, Louie, has! Thank you, yet again, madam, for having written one of the most beautiful stories about a hero of World War 2 and may God preserve you and your family, with plenty of health!

  761. I was enjoying this war story until I got to page 215 paragraphs 3 lines 5,”The holiday tree”. I have been reading this book subconsciously thinking the story was being told by one of the caricatures and not by a politically correct person that probably doesn’t know much about world war II. (As I have seen on TV news some young people when asked think WWII is world war eleven.) In my opinion the” holiday tree” reference doesn’t belong in a story about World War II POW’s. I’m sure they were thinking about a CHRISTMAS TREE not a holiday tree. At that time they were thinking about there captors as JAPS not Japanese. We should call an attack on our embassy when 4 people were killed a terrorist attack not a civil disturbance.
    Page 195 paragraphs 1 line2; you say our soldiers “held virulently racist views of the Japanese”. Do you really think that anymore then 1% of the allied soldiers would be capable of committing atrocities on human beings like the Japanese were doing? Somewhere in your book you stated that Japanese superiors would punish soldiers that would not beat and torture prisoners. Do you think this was happening in the United States command? Maybe you were taking to much writer’s license when you penned the above paragraph? After writing the above critique The book in general was entertaining and factual.

  762. I just read about your health problems in that old New Yorker article. If I had a way to contact you, I’d mention a few ideas. I had similar problems about the time you had yours. H.

  763. Dear Ms. Hillenbrand,
    I am a retired USAF officer and middle school teacher. I truly appreciated the work you put into your book. I had to ask myself with every page, “How much more can this man endure?”
    God bless and thank you for a job well done.

    Kelly F. Byrne
    Major, USAF (Ret)

  764. Dear Laura,

    Hello, my name is Temmi. I have felt compelled to write to you for years, finally I am. I have CFS. I have had for 20 years. I got sick one year after I was married. About 7 years ago my Mom found a meditation called Spring Forest Qigong. It changed my life. I went for bed and couch-ridden to working 10 hours a week. I meditate about 8 hours a week, sometimes as much as 11 hours. The more I meditate the better I feel. I’ve met one other person at the Spring Forest healing Center who had CFS, She recovered in one year, but she practiced 6 hours a day.
    I’m sure you hear advice all the time, I did too, but the head of the center, Master Lin, is recommended by the U of M, and the Mayo Clinic.
    Qigong Meditation is sort of like acupuncture. You open up your energy channels spiritually and with your mind, and breath. It is very powerful. I know you can get better doing Qigong, at least to the point where you can get out some and take care of yourself.
    The website is http://www.springforestqigong.com

    Best wishes,

    Temmi

  765. I sure wish you’d interview my father before it’s too late. I did an amature video interview and posted it on youtube here.
    http://www.youtube.com/user/Stalag17B32A
    Thank you for you time.
    Rex Powell

  766. Dear Ms. Hillenbrand –

    I have just completed your book UNBROKEN; A WORLD WAR II STORY OF SURVIVAL, RESILIENCE, AND REDEMPTION. It has moved me deeply, and I thank you for your remarkable research and writing efforts. I have a personal profound interest in the Pacific theatre of WWII, as my father was stationed on Leyte, the Philippines, and I am in possession of the 256 letters he wrote home, from the day of his initial departure from home to the time of his return. I have recently retired, and high on my list is to publish those amazing letters.

    At the risk of sounding critical, which I do not mean to be as I recognize the very high quality of what you have achieved with this book, may I please point out two items that I feel you would want to consider, should there be a future edition. The first is on page 128, where you describe the virtually ubiquitous belief that it is salt (NaCl) that causes the dehydration that leads to death if sea water is the only source of water. While it is true that salt alone would ultimately have that effect, the third most abundant element in sea water is magnesium which acts as a laxative (think Phillips Milk of Magnesia), and the fluid lost via the diarrheic effect of Mg acts far more rapidly than salt in causing fatal dehydration.

    The other item that I noticed was that on page 214 you document that when Louis’ trunk is delivered to his Torrence home, his mother , “… had it dragged to the basement and covered with a blanket. It would sit there, unopened, for the rest of her life.” But then, on page 376, it says that in 1950, “Louis dug out the Bible that had been issued to him by the air corps and mailed home to his mother when he was believed dead.” So I was left to wonder – had his mother died by 1950, as his Bible must have been in the trunk? And if she had, might that have been a contributing factor to his disturbed state of mind? (Now you know why my children won’t watch movies with me – I notice jarring details.)

    So now you see what medical school and some editorial experience can lead to….

    Best of luck in your future endeavors. This book was recommended to me by a friend who knows of my interest in the subject matter, and I have already passed the recommendation on to many others.

    Regards,

    Dr. Sherie Zahn

  767. My bookclub made several suggestions regarding making a movie of “Unbroken.” First, they wanted the take home message to be more about the importance of maintaining human dignity rather than glorification of combat. They also suggested that the number of shark attacks could be reduced; that most abuse of POWs be off-screen, and otherwise,follow the book without leaving anything out. We thought that there were many factors contributing to Louis’ survival and many lessons to be learned from his actions and life. Nancy C Sugarman

  768. Dear Ms. Hillenbrand,
    This book was a nostalgic trip to the past and what my wonderful late father experienced during WWII. He was shot down in the Phillipines but was lucky to be captured by Americans. He had been in the Battle of Leyte, Okinawa, Linguayan Gulf, and Midway. He was awarded two Presidential Citations of which we are so proud. His uniform is here in California in Riverside.
    The story of Louis Zamperini has special meaning as he was introduced to the coliseum crowd at a recent USC game my family attended. My father was at USC with Louie !! I went there also.

    This story is a tribute to all WWII Veterans and what they endured for our freedom.
    Thank You sincerely for bringing this story and the men of this generation to the forefront. Tom Brokaw did as well. The families of these heroes are so grateful !
    Judi Hersh Welch
    Pacific Palisades, California

  769. This was a fantastic book in every way. The book was a gift to us from a relative who knew we would enjoy it after having read and cherished his own copy. They knew we had read Seabiscuit and loved the story and the author’s style. After reading the book jacket and learning it was the story of a World War II POW, I could not wait to begin reading it. As much as I love the uplifting stories of the World War II era, I have to admit that I had not heard this inspiring man’s story before. I was enthralled with the book in every way. After several days of reading every chance I found, I finished it. It was a wonderful book written about a most inspiring man by an author who has such a gift with words and the stories she writes. I encourage everyone to read the book and look online for interviews with the author and the subject of the book. Both the author and the subject of the book have much to teach us about courage and perseverance. As a Christian, I found the story of this man’s life and struggles and redemption to be profoundly inspiring. God Bless.

  770. Does anybody know when Unbroken is coming out in paperback? I’ve seen the large print edition, but I’m not interested. Hopefully it won’t be hardcover forever.

  771. Laura, You should really consider writing a juvenile version of this book. Louie’s story is an inspiration, his life lessons cover everything; courage, luck-of-the-draw, persistence, suffering, addiction, recovery, forgiveness, and caring for others. And, WWII being some 65+ years behind us, children today do not get to hear the stories from their grandparents, as my generation did. It is important to keep the lessons of our history alive; since if we do not learn from history, we are destined to repeat it.

  772. Enjoyed Unbroken immensely. Had four comments. 1) page 108: bullets don’t fly when exposed to fire unless contained as in a gun. They merely explode. Article in the ‘American Rifleman” in the fifties about this phenomena. Common wrong assumption repeated in countless movies. 2) page 120: pool twenty feet deep? Pretty deep! 3) page 322: no National League players? 4) page 342: “leave from the air force” Army Air Corps at that time. Air Force created a couple of years later.

  773. Hi Laura, You did a phenomenal job writing Unbroken. Thank you for the hard work you did putting it together. It was such a pleasure to read!

  774. Louie’s life was an incredible story which required a nothing less than a magical author. Unbroken is a masterpiece. I finished the book in two days as I was incapable of putting it down, even while at work. I read Unbroken one week prior to the arrival of Hurricane Sandy which helped me realize how easy I have it despite living without heat and electric for 6 days. Thank you.

  775. After horrible World War II: why does Europe experience the revival of the Nazis (Germany, Austria (30 to 40 percent vote for them), France, the Netherlands, Finland, Hungary (whole government) …)?

  776. Hello Laura, my name is Jason Varge & I live in West Hollywood, CA. Its 12:54am, Monday, 11-05-12 & I just finished your book,”Unbroken.” It took a little over a month of reading a chapter a night, missing a few nights to finish & what an Astounding journey of Passion, Fortitude, Resilience & the Empowering Will to Survive has inspired me with much Thankfulness, Gratitude & Appreciation for Life. Your storytelling brought many times of tears & wonderment. I was thoroughly engrossed with each an every page. The book was given to me as a gift, the hardback edition. I would very much like to meet you & have my book signed & I would very much like to meet Louie. Since I live in Los Angeles, I would be very grateful to meet with Louie & tell him how mesmerizingly encapsulated I was while reading his story & how his story strengthened a profound inspiration to all & or anything can be overcome with Optimism & Will.Thank you for telling this Stellar story. I look forward to a movie.

  777. Thank you so much for writing this wonderful book. I just cried!, my father was a POW and spent the last year of the war in a box car in France. He never really talked about it to me but before he passed away he talked to my husband a little about his experiences during the war. I know my dads experiences were not the same as Louie’s but now I think I know my dad just a little bit better. Thank you again

  778. 5.0 out of 5 stars Why WAR ( Einstein), November 3, 2012
    With a lot of emotions, tears and a heavy heart, I finished “Unbroken” !
    Not only was I touched by Louis’s experiences, beyond true understanding, but being an European war child
    myself all the past memories between 1937-1945 plus the after war encounters and life left an incredible
    sensation and helpless feeling.Thank you for your effort!! My husband is a holocaust survivor, he wrote ” From Mauthausen to the Moon” being in German concentration camp and later on working as a scientist for NASA.
    He is 91 years old, we have been married for 63 years and life with his emotional self, has not been easy. You hit right home in my heart! BRAVO!!!
    I also want to add,what a courageous fighter you are.Of course I am sorry and only one who experienced pain, know what it is.
    Keep up the good work, you are special.
    Simona Lakner

  779. I’m completely baffled….my husband and I read Unbroken and astonishingly in discussing it with 6 other friends, found we had a different ending in our book, compared to the one our 6 friends had read. In the Unbroken book we read in 2010, Louie and a couple of his friends escape (one actually dies later), cross the Gobi desert without water or food, meet up with a woman who joins their journey, etc. How did we get such a different ending in apparently the same book by Laura Hillenbrand.

  780. Dear Mrs. Hillenbrand,
    My 16 year old daughter Sawyer read “Unbroken” as required reading for her AP History class over the summer. She loved the book so much, I think she outlined every sentence. I would very much like to buy her a personally autographed book for Christmas. Is there a way to do this? Sawyer reads all the time but says this is the best book she’s ever read, she even had me read the book and made me watch “Shark Week” when they told a small part of the courageous story. Thank you for writing this wonderful book.
    Lynne

  781. I was filled with such a feeling of hope and gratitude, I started writing again about my life and military in Korea. I do not know if it would be as inspiring as Louis’s story, but would love to have it read by you and see if it might be printable. Thank you.
    Johnny Whitt

  782. I have just read your book Unbroken,reading it I just knew it was going to come to Louies tragic death.When he heard Billy Graham and found conversion I was so happy.Your portrayal brought the characters to life for me and I felt like I knew them.I even read your credits at the end and was so impressed with the depth of your research.I had previously read Sea Biscuit and saw the movie but I did not realize you were the author.I also read your account of your illness and will keep you in my prayers.I cannot wait for your next book,you have a wonderful gift,thank you for sharing it.

  783. Just finished “Unbroken”. Hadn’t finished a book that I started in several years. This one, however, was captivating from beginning to end and I could not put it down (or turn off the Kindle!)

  784. I am reading the book “Unbroken”. I am finding out historical facts from the book that I never new existed or am being reintroduced to them. I have been a WW II history fanatic since I was in Junior Highschool. The book is outstanding so far, and I am sure it will continue to be so. I am a Vietnam era veteran having served in the U.S. Air Force during the Vietnam conflict.

  785. Just finished reading Unbroken. I am a avid reader and this is one of the best books that I’ve read in a long long time. The detail of this heartbreaking story is amazing. For one of the few times in my life I’m at a loss for words. How anyone could ever survive this brutal hardship of being a POW is beyond belief. Excellent work from Laura. Excellent story. Excellent book.

  786. Unbroken is the book I have read for our monthly book reading group. Never did I imagine there was such a terrific person to have undergone and withstood all he has been through. Thank you Linda for bringing his life to the awareness of the public in general. Thank you to Louis for his service. I admire him so. We need more heroes like him.

  787. Hi Laura,
    Unbroken was positively mesmerizing! Stayed up all night reading… You have such a way with painting a scene on the page, bringing history to life — just incredible. Thank you. By the way, I’m a fellow northern Virginia woman with a chronic illness that I wish you would tackle next — it needs to be publicized & go mainstream with credibility. I so admire your forthrightness and confidence! My sister passed along a Post article about you when Seabiscuit came out. Your confidence gives me confidence, yet I’d like to know how you’ve done it, where the acceptance and unapologetic stance comes from. Best wishes and cheers. SGC

  788. Hello Laura: I just finished reading “Unbroken”. Wow! This book by far is truly the best I’ve ever had the privledge of reading. I work 2 full time jobs, and it was such a compelling story, that I read it every spare moment I could (and even when I couldn’t)! I will speak very highly of your work and spread the word how good this book was. A few times I did have to pause to collect myself as I found what those poor men went through deplorable. What I also got out of the book from Louie as well as rest of his friends was inspiration. Thank you once again for your wonderful work and I look forward to reading all your past and hopefully many more future books. My Best, Harold Bray

  789. Laura, what an amazing story teller you are! When I read “Seabiscuit” I breezed through it, delighted with every page. But this book tormented me. On the one hand, it is so well written and gripping that I didn’t want to put it down. On the other hand, the passages that took place in the POW camps were almost unbearably violent and frightening. I found myself crying many times, and had to put the book down and just breathe a bit before I could go on. I breathed easy once the rescue took place, only to be stricken again (as was Mr. Zamperini) when his PTSD and alcoholism emerged. I can only image the pain you must have felt writing this wonderful, inspiring story. Thank you very much. Ronni Rittenhouse, Ph.D.

  790. What an incredible story. I saw Louis on the Jay Leno Show, and immediately purchased the book. He is the absolute American hero

  791. P.S. we can tell you are an animal lover, and we’d love to send you something if you have a P.O. Box. Thank you for writing.

    Namaste,

    Ron Algood and Carolyn Gerow

  792. After recently reading Seabiscuit for the 3rd time, I realized there were triumphs over hardships of our own that needed to be shared.

    http://www.tampabay.com/news/humaninterest/former-dancer-finds-purpose-passion-in-helping-others-through-cats/1258052

  793. Laura: I wondered if my father’s name ever came up in discussions with Mr. Zamperini. My dad, Robert Schlau, was a world class miler at Drake University and also a Navy pilot in the Pacific during WWII. He would have been about a year younger than Louie but about the same age. After reading your book, i wish I knew if they were acquaintances or friends, thanks.

  794. I have just finished reading “Unbroken” and felt that I must tell you that it is one of the best nonfiction books that I have ever read. The work involved in writing this book must have been a very difficult thing to do, but what you have accomplished is worth all your efforts. Thank you so much for allowing the public to understand what these people went through. Whatever we heard at the time didn’t begin to tell the truth of their agony.
    Thank you for writing this book. Sincerely, Joan Scherk

  795. my nieghbor abe daniels was a dive bomber pilot at the battle of guadacanal.all 3 of his bombs hit a distroyer. he was the only pilot to distroy a ship. a coast watcher confirmed it please somebody help me to get the MEDAL OF HONOR for him,he has already won the valor medal.his comander told him he should win it but got lost in the paper work.his name is on the flyers hall of fame in pensecola florida.he is 94 time is running out

  796. Thank your for a book that was both interesting and inspiring to read. I appreciated the portrayal of Louis’ spiritual journey along with the history; I also found the book to have a refreshing lack of foul language, so common in books of war experiences! May God bless you!

  797. regards from San Jose, Costa Rica , fantastic book and a great way to learn about the atrocities of the Japs in the WW 2 and the strong character of the hero !!!
    Have read the book 80 % in english and rest in Spanish

  798. It’s 11pm and i just finished thebook after picking it up ysterday afternoon, -have two kids under 5 so it’s no small feat! Incredible story, will stay with me.

  799. I loved your book,Seabiscuit. Then you wrote Unbroken which really struck a chord with us since my husband’s father was a WWII bomber pilot (Red Raiders). He was also in the Pacific&completed 33 missions in 1945. We got out his military record & compared notes with Louie’s story. It led us to seeking further info about those history-making events. My father was a Seebee in the Pacific at that time also. I love that you include so much historical info in your books. I have learned so much from them and so appreciate your writing. Thank you. We’ll await your next amazing story!! Becca

  800. I’m loving this book! If we had had books like this to read in history classes, I might have loved the subject! I love the writing style and I have learned so much! You are an amazing author. I hope they make this into a movie. Congrats on a job well done.

  801. Awesome, the best book I have ever read. Thank you, Laura!

  802. Seabiscuit. What a wonderful book. I am 71years old and so honoured to have read it before I die. I would reccommend everyone else to do the same.

  803. Hi — Are there any plans to make a movie of Unbroken? If so, who will play Zamperini?

  804. “Unbroken”..what a fabulous book written by a very gifted woman.
    I am so inspired by Louis Zamperini as with the author of his story.
    Thank you so much Laura!

  805. I just finished reading Unbroken. I am an avid reader, and I must say that this is one of the most engrossing and inspirational books I have ever read. The story is incredible, and the research you undertook to make this story so accurate is outstanding. I say the same for Seabiscuit,which I thoroughly enjoyed. I commend you on two wonderful books, and I look forward to your next, whatever the topic.
    Bill Shanks,Bristol Va.

  806. I chose this story for my book club and everyone was amazed by the journey. Incredible experiences written with such detailed attention. I was so inspired, I bought a cup of coffee for a soldier in the airport to offer my thanks for the sacrifice of our brave men and women.

  807. Laura,
    I have just finished reading UNBROKEN and have rarely been so moved by a book. It is simply a fantastic story, written in a way which keeps one gripped by the superhuman effort of Louie to remain sane and alive. I was reading the part dealing with the plane crash and 47 days aboard the raft while flying back home to Ireland from Spain, and crossing the Bay of Biscay taking in the vastness of that sea. And this area is a mere duck pond compared to the South Pacifis where Louie, Phil and Mac were cast adrift. Terrifying is the only way to describe it.
    The other thing I was struck by was the lack of support and understanding for the returning POW’s at war’s end. How sad when we consider what they endured. It was joyous to read of Louie’s transformation after hearing Billy Graham speak. What a life he has had. Inspiring.
    Thank you for bringing his story to a wider audience. This is one book I will keep and I am sure, will read again.
    Wishing you the best of health,
    Yours,
    John

  808. What and amazing book “Unbroken” I have a true story about my dad who flew 85 missions over Germany in a B-24, and lived to tell about it. He would never talk about the war, as I found most WWII guys would not. When he finally brokedown to tell me a bit of it (55 years later), He broke down and sobbed. My mom and I were taken back by this rare show of emotion. I wrote his story and recited it at our local Memorial Day celebration, with hom present. The pay off waswhen a women wrote me that her daughter heard me speak and she finally go the meaning of this holiday, through my words of my dad’s moments I relayed duringthe war.
    Thanks Laura for filling in a lot that I did not know about oall of it. Hope you feel well soon

    Patrick

  809. I just wanted to say this woman can write a book!!! I loved every word. She did a fantastic job in her research. She put every word out there so well.I admire her so much. I understand she was or is ill as well God Bless her, and her husband for helping her with this book.
    Thank you Laura for writing this book.
    I also loved the way she gave others credit as well.
    Now, it’s my mom’s turn to read the book, and I have to pass it on to others as well.

  810. I loved Unbroken. What an exceptional story. Thank you for researching and writing a story that needed to be told for me, and countless others, to appreciate the sacrifice, risk and bravery of the men and women of the armed forces. My neice is in her 2nd year at Annapolis, my dad was in the Army Air Force, served as an airman in Europe (not a POW-thank God). My mom asked that my dad not speak to us very much about what he experienced in WWII. Having ready your book, I now understand why. I look forward to your future books. P.S. Also loved Seabiscuit. My brother-in-law is the CEO of Churchill Downs. He was enraptured by your book, Seabiscuit!

  811. Thank you for Unbroken & Seabiscuit. I am now planning to read Torpedo Junction. As a WWII Navy fighter pilot, I know I will enjoy that book or anything else that Laura Hillenbrand writes

  812. I had an idea for a book, based on actual experiences, that I presented to a literary agent in Colorado Springs. She thought it would make a great book and told me to write it up. I did. After reading it she made suggestions. Then after three revisions she suggested I get a ghost writer.
    The story details how the Colorado Springs Library System went completely awry after one of it’s employees makes up a lie leading to an inconceivable result.

  813. Dear Laura, I just finished your wonderful book “Unbroken,” and have been telling me friends – I hope many of them buy your book too :)

    Thank you so much for this treasure, and for all the hard work and sacrifice you put into it. There are many things I could say, but as a fellow writer (though quite unknwon lol), I know that what is most precious to you is not merely to that know you wrote something successful – which you most definitely did – but that you have touched hearts, you have brought forth tears, and you have shared hope and inspiration beyond what words can convey. And for that, I thank you.

    Please continue sharing your gift with us, Laura. I am sure that it must be difficult beyond imagination to wrestle with your illness. And though I can’t understand in a literal sense, I can understand that there are times when you just need to talk with Louie, just to hear his voice, and his encouragement and humor. I am no voice nearing any similar caliber. But I just want to say that I’m convinced that what Louie has been for you, you in similar ways have been to others.

    Whether in music or writing, perhaps one of the most beautiful things is to know that you have deeply touched people’s hearts. Thank you again for touching our hearts, and sharing Louie’s amazing story with us, as well as your wonderful gift of writing.

    Please continue doing what you’re doing Laura, and I am praying for you and your health, genuinely hoping that The Same Jesus Who Transformed Louie’s life will work in yours and make you seven times stronger than you’ve even been.

    Thanks again Laura!
    Jason Catizone

  814. Just finished Unbroken, a riveting account of Louis Zamperini’s experiences as a POW of the Japanese. It is, as you have said, a story of redemption, and how Louie’s faith in Christ removed the sword of hate and vindictiveness from his heart. A wonderful book.

    As a Vietnam veteran while assigned in medical support of Marines in country, and as a retired naval officer, it is easy to fall into the realms that Louie experienced, particularly regarding 9/ll and those who perpetrated that horrific act, and who continue to do so to this day. These people are our enemies and I have had to remind myself constantly of Christ’s admonition to love my enemies and do good to those who persecute. That, in a nutshell, is the radical message that deeply affected Louie.

    Thank you for a great reading experience.

    William M. Parsons, Ph.D.
    Captain, Medical Service Corps,
    USN (Ret)

  815. I’m about half way through Unbroken and I’m enjoying the read very much. I’m a survivor of Flying Tiger Flight 923 which ditched 500 miles off the Irish coast at night in a raging storm.There were 76 aboard (mostly military) 28 perished. There were 52 of us on a 25 man raft for several hours fighting 15 ft.swells in freezing water. If you go to http://www.flyingtiger923.com you will find many of the survivors story. My story is “out of body experience”. I hope you feel like I do that this little known story should be told. Please disregard the bad spelling, I’m old! Art Gilbreth

  816. I’m about half way through Unbroken and am really enjoying the read. I’m one of the survivers Of Flying Tiger Fight 923 which ditched 500 miles off the Irish coast at night during a raging storm on Sept 23 1962. There were 76 (mostly military) aboard, 48 survived, 28 perished. There were 52 of us on a 25 man raft fighting 15 ft swells of freezing water. There are several of the survivers still living and I would like to see their little known story told. If you go to http://www.flyingtiger923.com you will see many of survivers stories there. Mine is the “out of body experience”. Art Gilbreth P.S. please disregard the bad spelling, I’m old!

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  818. I know how to cure chronic fatigue syndrome, because I’ve cured my own CFS. The information is on my website: robertsfarmermd.com.

  819. We are all reading your wonderful book, Unbroken…
    Our bookclub meets the fourth Wed. of each month and I am scheduled to lead Unbroken Nov. 26th.
    Was wondering if it is possible to have a few minutes of phone conference with you.
    We meet from l-3 so whatever time suits you (usually at l
    we have some refreshments before beginning.

    Kindly let me know.
    Sincerely
    Marianne Sheran…Lewes, De.

  820. Unbroken is a wonderful book, it was well written and an easy read.
    God bless Louie!!
    I noticed on amazon there was an update to the book, could you explain where the additional marital is?
    Thank you

  821. Dear Ms. Hillenbrand,
    We 8th graders read and deeply fell in love with your novel,Unbroken. It was clearly a powerful, true story of perseverance, and strength. Not only did this book keep us on the edge of our seats, but it inspired us to read on and not stop. It got us from not reading any books over the summer to reading more or equal to one book a month. This may not seem like a lot to the average adult but to an 8th grade boy it is enormous. However, we really wanted to ask you one main question. And that is: What inspired you to write the book, and how did you hear about this untold story? Thank you for your time. We look forward to hearing from you.
    Regards,
    Mike, Tommy, and Mikey

  822. Dear Ms. Hillenbrand,
    Just a note to let you know how much I appreciate your writing. I listened to Unbroken, and now I’m reading Seabiscuit, and I’m touched by your writing. You can take a fact and weave it into an incredible story…what an amazing gift…and I am so grateful that you’ve shared your gift with humanity. I think Unbroken should be required high school reading so our students understand why we have the freedoms we share today.

    I appreciate you…and I wish you well in all ways.
    Sincerely, Carol Judd

  823. Hi, my name is Tyler Smerz and I am 11 years old and Live in las vegas nevada… I just finished the book unbroken and amazed on what a wonderful story it is and how much he suffered… I was wondering if I could please get an autograph from him….. I admire him so much and thx!!!!

  824. Laura’s research detail and devotion to Louie’s story make for very absorbing reading to this veteran. For those whom have had to step into horrors of war the service she has done for all veterans is compelling.
    The ends of a mans soul and the boundries it can reach are all vividly painted here.
    Excellent read and a glimpse at the fine edge of good and evil…
    Thanks Laura and Louie
    Paul N.

  825. I just finished reading ‘Unbroken’. I am so filled with emotion thinking about Louis Zamperini and all the people whose lives he touched and the experiences he had while living on this earth that it is something I shall never forget as long as I live.
    Thank you, Laura Hillenbrand, for a book that kept me captivated until the end.

    I cant’wait to read ‘Seabiscuit’!

  826. I have just finihed reading “Unbrokwn. Without a doubt , an astounding , well-researched, stunning book. I also read “Seabiscuit”…. another of your incredible accomplishments. An aside—my son, Daniel Cline, worked at Churchill Downs in Photo Finish and was one of the camera men. He spent much time on the roof with other crew-members, making the film. It was an honor to see his work in the “Making of Sea-Biscuit”. You are an artist to be greatly admired. Jude

  827. “Unbroken”was everything all of your readers could only hope to find. Your technique with detailed material is so compelling. As I read this book I so wished my father was still alive to read it. He was a naval aviator who flew out of Alaska searching for Japanese submarines. My father never spoke much about his time of service. I know your book would have opened him up however he was fighting a war with Alzheimers and I fear the memories may have been scrambled. Thank you for helping to preserve this life for generations to come. It was an honor to learn about Louie but also to be taught by him. I hope many classrooms will read, and discuss. You make many choices in life and attitude is number one.

  828. I have something to communicate to Laura re CFS. Is there an appropriate place to post this?

    Thanks,

    Doug

  829. Does Laura share anywhere her writing disciplines? I am a writer with cfs and would love to have insight as to the hows, whys and everyday difficulties she had to overrcome in order to publish these books

    Carol

  830. I am an avid reader and my dear friend gave me the book “Unbroken” to read and it is one of the finest books I have ever read…..Couldn’t put it down…..

  831. Dear Ms. Hillenbrand,
    I read this book at my sister’s suggestion over the summer and couldn’t wait to teach this book to my 12th Grade High School English classes. My students are entranced with Louis Zamperini and his inspirational story. We’ve just gotten through Part I, and they can’t put your book down. Many thanks for telling such a powerful story with such beautiful narrative. This book inspires many “teachable moments.”

  832. I have been with same group of ladies in our bookclub called “Novelbound” for over 19 years. This month I choose to discuss your book, “Unbroken”. We will be meeting next Tuesday, 9/25th. I just started doing my research regarding the author and story. Any updates regarding the author or Louis Zamperini would be greatly appreciated.

    My father who fought in the Korean war had a similar story. In fact Hollywood had approached the family back in the late 1950′s. His plane crashed, while searching for his friend, into a mountain in Korea and pronounced dead however actual was temporarily in hidding with a family. Within a few days was placed in Korea prison with severe burn wounds. The story is much more involved then that. He did eventually die in a plane crash in 1961 prior to the cadipults (sp?) being profected.

    Thank you for any assistance.
    Linda

  833. Just finished Unbroken…WOW!! I am a voracious reader and it was the best book I’ve ever read. Thank you.

  834. Seabiscuit and Unbroken are two of the perhaps a dozen books in my life I have not been able to put down once I started reading. These are simply some of the most wonderful, well-written books ever written.

  835. I choose this book for my bookclub this month based on a reccomendation from my Mom. My husband and I went on vacation for our 34th wedding anniversary and listened to Unbroken on CD. Wow…it took over the trip. We would arrive somewhere and not be able to get out of the car because we had to know what was going to happen next. Such an amazing life and the story was told so very well.
    Thank you for your book. I’d love any information that you’d be willing to share. I saw Louis’s appearance on Jay Leno and just feel like he is amazingly sharp, such a wonderful man.
    We are so inspired by Unbroken…we have never had a moment of struggle in our lives that could compare with what Louis overcame on each page.
    Thank You!
    Lisa Stewart

  836. hi ms. hillenbrand.

    i just finished reading “unbroken”. thank you for writing such a wonderful book. my dad used to tell stories of his time in the navy, including his “awakening” at pearl harbor. this book helped me understand his inability to let ww2 go.

    the most memorable line from your book: “life is cheap in war”. gasp, what a truism.

    again, thank you for sharing your talents with the world. best wishes on getting healthy.

  837. Mrs. Hillenbrand, Thank you for writing Unbroken. I was 5 1/2 years old in Aug 1941 when we left Honolulu (Hickam Field to be exact!). I am from an Island family. My Dad was military. I clearly remember hearing the news on the radio of the bombing of Pearl Harbor by the Japs. I was very angry and totally distraught thinking about my grandparents on the Island. Mother and I returned to Honolulu to the family home in March 1945-our family broken by the war. Oh the awful stories of the Japs were constant even in the War News we saw as kids at the local kid’s Saturday matinees. Stories told by soldiers at our table. My hatred of them intensified. I am 77 years old now and the hatred has abated. Your book brought back every feeling I ever had as a youngster. Bravo for Louie and all the POWs. What brave, brave men! My Dad flew B-24s in Europe. He told me many stories about that plane. I still weep for them all! This book left me spent. Seabiscuit was a fun read! Good work!

  838. I first read about “Unbroken” (in the last issue of “O “magazine.)Got it; read it; loved it! Just finished “Seabiscuit” and loved it too. Can’t wait to hear about your next project. You’re my kind of writer! I hope Hollywood shows some uncommon good sense and makes “Unbroken” into a movie too. I’d be there on opening night.

    A real fan,
    Jan Jones in Cody, Wyoming.

    P.S. What about William F. Buffalo Bill Cody as a subject? I know a lot has been written about him, but so many authors shy away from the whole ruth. He really was a man before his time but a contraversial figure. I think you’d do his life justice.

  839. Laura- enjoyed your book tremendously. I felt especially connected to it as I too am a graduate of Torrance High and prior to your book coming out, I thought our most famous alum was Parnelli Jones, the Indy race car driver. I wanted to know if you had read Jane Mayer’s book entitled The Dark Side. It was a chilling booking and I thought there were a lot of parallels between how Louie and his fellow POW’s were treated and how the US treated our “captors” in the early 2000′s. If you have not read it, I highly recommend it and would be interested in your thoughts. Many thanks and hope you keep writing. Bart

  840. Spellbound from the first page to the end. A must read for anyone, not just history buffs. Thank you for your tribute to our vanishing heroes.

  841. Dear Ms. Hillenbrand
    I read Unbroken and what a wonderful book.
    I am NOT a recreational reader…I “labor” to read a book outside of my Bible Studies and Daily Devotionals.
    This book had me captured from the beginning and i had to “make myself” not look at the ending to make sure all was going to be alright.
    I am an African American who reached the top of the corporate ladder with a fortune 100 company.
    I believe I have a story that would be worth sharing and with the type of research and interviews you did for unbroken…you could tell the a story of an over comer reaching one of the top 25 positions in a large company. This accomplishmnet had lots of obstacles. Take a look at my website and see if you have any interest: http://www.harpermentors.com.
    Donald Harper

  842. Dear Laura, I have been wanting to write you a long time ago regarding Seabiscuit and hope you will forgive my tardyness. That book is maybe the best book I have ever read. I have always loved horses and read every book on horses in our library in South Minneapolis when I was a kid. I never owned a horse but managed to do a lot of riding.I want you to know I had everyone I know read the story and of course they loved it also.

    Now, my husband has read Unbroken and loved it. He kept telling me about it as he read it so I feel as if I read it. He said that book also is fantastic. You do an unbelievable job of research on your books.

    We are aware of your health issues. Hope you are doing well. Hope you will be able to keep on putting out excellent books.
    Sincerely, Terri and Arlen Carroll

  843. Dear Miss Hillenbrand,

    Thank you for your wonderful book about Louie Zamperini. My best wishes in your continuing efforts in writing,and your own struggle with health and happiness.

    PM Nathan

  844. A wonderful book, but a few historical quibbles: Ms Hillenbrand implies that the Soviet attack on Finland occurred around April 1940, around the time that “Hitler had unleashed his blitzkrieg across Europe” (“Finland . . . Was reeling”). In fact the Russo-Finnish war ran from the end of November 1939 through mid-March 1940. (And in April 1940, Hitler unleashed his blitzkrieg not “across Europe,” but against Norway; the attack on France and the Low Countries came a month later, in May.). The USSR invaded the Baltic states in the summer of 1940; Finland was already lost by then. Also: Manila was declared an open city — in effect, fell to Japan — in January 1942, but “the US base in the Philippines” held out longer: Bataan until April, Corregidor until May. Perhaps future editions can clarify these points. Again, a wonderful, revealing book; my dad served in the Army Air Force in the Pacific, which heightened my interest all the more. — Gordon Epstein, Potomac, Maryland

  845. I read Seabiscuit because I am a “horse person”. Loved it.

    Almost finished now w/ Unbroken, which I bought a while ago on the recommendation of a (male) business associate. I’m not a war history buff. This is an absolutely remarkable story made so incredibly readable by your writing skill and the perserverance to track down so much information. A stunning work, leaving me close to speechless.

  846. Thank you This was a compelling book. I am 62 years old & have never read or knew much about WWII, I was so moved by your book & congratulate you on providing a window to what the POW”s experienced and the bravery & fortitude of the men of WWII, Thank you.

  847. My Dear Laura,
    I just finished reading Unbroken today, and I have to tell you that I have never had a story affect me like this one did. I smiled at the beginning, I feared, I cried, and found joy that Louie survived. I have to tell you that I felt awful when I read that this country let those guards go for political reasons. I think that they should have all been hanged for what they did to our POW’s. I am 72 and was only five when the war ended, but I have always loved that time period. I read The Greatest Generation and loved it too, but this book moved me more than you will ever know. I hope you are not ill anymore. I can’t believe what you had to go through to write this book.
    Love and respect to you always
    Marlene Holladay

  848. While my son was having unexpected brain surgery, I was reading the Unbroken. It filled me with a lot of hope for the future. During his recovery he couldn’t speak. He was a senior in college and an English major when he was diagnosed. I gave him the book to read after surgery .I wanted him to have some hope for his recovery. Recently we saw Louis speak at a high school where my daughter teaches. My son was with me . It really inspired him to keep living and and one day tell his story of survival and recovery. He will be returning to school soon. His story is quite inspiring as well.

  849. Just finished Unbroken. Couldn’t put it down. When you talked about the many accidents, it reminded me that my cousin (Joseph Ben Maloney) died in accident in California on a training mission on December 30, 1941. His B-26 Marauder crashed into Keller Peak in the San Bernadino Mountains. They were training and getting ready to fly to the Pacific. I wasn’t alive but my brother’s knew him. My father kept a scrap book that had the newspaper articles on it. He also had a Christmas card from Ben postmarked December 11. You mentioned in the section on the many accidents that took lives during the war that a plane flew into a mountain and I immediately thought of Ben. Maybe that was his accident. The whole crew died and they didn’t get the bodies out for a good month or so. I commend you on your well written book. Like many I cried at times thinking of poor Louie and the many who were tortured. I am a Viet Nam vet. I did not see the horror that so many soldiers experienced over there. I have always been amazed at the ruthless torture that the asian people put POWs through in the many wars. Louie journey to forgiveness was inspiring. Although never directly affected by it, I still to this day cannot forgive the North Vietnamese, the Japanese, North Koreans etc that tortured our soldiers. Sorry its just not in me nor never will. I come from a family with a long line of service. Every male, my three brothers, myself and my father (World War 1) served in the armed forces. My great gradfather’s brother served in the Confedrate Army during the Civil War.

    Once again, thanks for the great read. You have a wonderful talent.

  850. You are brilliant. I am in process of writing a book about my Dad and the Romanian fighter pilot who shot him down. I know his name, he was a famous Romanian Prince. He landed his plane after the shoot down and took a motor car to the crash site. I have a picture of him standing over my Dad’s P-51 burning airplane.

    My Dad was captured and spent eleven months in Stalug Luft III prison camp.
    My sister thinks I should travel to Bucharest to interview this Romanian pilot’s family. His name was Constantine ‘Bazu’ Cantacuzino and his family palace is now a museum in Bucharest.

    Your book has inspired me to tell this story. Do you think I should travel to interview his family?
    Mike MacDonald

  851. I so enjoyed reading Unbroken and discovered that the book truly resonated with me, especially the passages dealing with the B-24 aircraft—the Liberator. Both of my parents worked for Consolidated in the Fort Worth area and lived in a community called Liberator Village. My father had injured his back as a young man and wasn’t able to serve in the military. He was a floor supervisor at Consolidated and felt that this effort was his personal contribution to the war effort. My mother was one of the original “Rosie the Riveters.” I still have a small gold pin—a replica of the Liberator—which was presented to her for her war efforts. I’ve kept it all these years and made an effort to locate it after reading this wonderful book.

  852. Ms. Hillenbrand,
    Just finished reading “Unbroken” at 1:30 am today. Without a doubt the greatest book that I have ever read! I have been telling everyone that I know about it. Thank you for such a wonderful book. Wishing you continued success in your writing career. Bob Lasher. Matthews, North Carolina.

  853. Dear Laura,

    Louie’s journey teaches us so much about long suffering and forgiveness.

    Thank you for telling his story.

    Shirley Kell
    Torrance, CA

  854. Thank you so much for sharing this amazing story with the world.

  855. Excellent! I loved Seabiscuit and felt like Louie was family. I do hope you are working on another one. I usually read non-fiction and you ar my favorite author.

  856. When I read “Seabiscuit,” at times I wished I could read even faster so I could know who won the races! When I read “Unbroken,” I had to take it in many short spells of reading because it was so intense, so moving a book. My father was an instructor for piloting B-24s during WWII, and now I get a better sense of what being in that plane might have been like. Please keep writing your amazing books, and thank you.

  857. My Dad served in the Philippines in 1945. I have a large collection of World War II books, and have always been fascinated by WWII aircraft. I just finished “Unbroken”, and it’s a good ‘un; thorough and engrossing.

    My wife’s uncle, Major Ward Benjamin Meek, survived the Bataan Death March and 3 ½ years in five Japanese prison camps, including Zentsuji and (his spelling) Roku Roshi. I included 24,000 words of his prison camp journals as an Appendix in my self-published “Uncle Ben, Uncle Bob, Uncle Joe, Uncle Pete, P.D., and Pop”: Bataan, Saipan, Schweinfurt, the Bulge, Guadalcanal, and the Philippines 1945.

    When Zentsuji and Rokuroshi were referenced in “Unbroken”, I wondered if (then Lieutenant) Ben Meek would be mentioned. He wasn’t, but three POW’s mentioned in “Unbroken” are mentioned often in Ben’s journals: Second Lieutenant Fred Garrett (Monday, June 25 1945: “with one leg & a pair of home-made crutches”), Dr. (Lieutenant Commander) Hubert Van Peenen, and Lieutenant Colonel Marion Unruh.

    This connection between “Unbroken” and Major Meek’s journals fascinated me. Thanks for bringing him back to life for me for a while.

    Sincerely,

    Honorably Discharged Radio Sergeant Ralph Joseph Ferrusi Jr., Headquarters Battalion, 156th Field Artillery, USANG.

  858. Dear Laura,

    I was attacked by a mountain lion June 26, 2004. I survived.

    My mom has wanted me to contact you since your book “Unbroken” was released. I have done a lot of publicity and had an article written in Readers Digest entitled “CORNERED” by Kenneth Miller.

    I have suffered both physically and psychologically. I’m trying to move on but I’ll never forget what happened to me that day-It’s written all over my face.

    If my story is of interest to you please don’t hesitate to contact me. Trauma can happen to anyone and it does. It’s the steps you take after that will set the tone for the rest of your life.

    I look forward to hearing from you!

    Warmest Regards,

    Shannon Fussel
    sfussel@gmail.com

  859. Laura, this is Chris Clarkson. I live in Columbus, Ohio. I love to write. I feel sorry for your illness. I have heart disease too. But I love to write fiction. I’ve sent a story to Highlights for Children, and I hope they accept it. E-mail me if you get a chance. Thanks.

  860. Ms. Hillenbrand,
    My name is Cindy Owens. I am the Marketing Director for Josey Enterprises. Martha Josey, World Champion Barrel Racer, Olympic Medalist and Hall of Famer is wanting to have her biography written. After reading your awesome book “Seabiscuit”, she felt you world be the perfect person for the job. Would you be so kind to either contact me or Martha about this?

    Warmly,
    Cindy Owens
    Marketing Director
    Josey Enterprises
    8623 State Hwy. 43 North
    Karnack,Texas 75661
    903-935-5358
    http://www.barrelracers.com

  861. My name is Cindy Owens. I am the Marketing Director for Josey Enterprises in Karnack Texas. Martha Josey, World Champion Barrel Racer, Olympic Medalist and Hall of Famer is wanting to have her biography written. We are very excited about this adventure. She has had several film companies contact her about doing a movie featuring her life story. She is wanting to have her biography written first. Would you be interested in writting her biography? Please contact me or Martha at 903-935-5358 or cowens.joseyranch@yahoo. Our website is http://www.barrelracers.com.

    Warmly,
    Cindy Owens
    Marketing Director
    Josey Enterprises
    8623 State Hwy. 43 North
    Karnack, Texas 75661
    903-935-5358

  862. Hi Laura, hey i’m nobody special but just wanted to write and encourage you. To be honest, i never heard of you until recently lol! But i watched a documentary on Louie’s life, and was so amazed i searched online and found out more about him, and also about your book. i am ordering it now, and i just wanted to say to keep doing the great work that you are! i read an article which shared about the illness you battle, and i was so amazed and encouraged as well to learn about your refusal to let that stop you. Like Louie, you have that spirit to not merely survive, but to soar! Thank you for that. i can claim no great difficulties beyond the everyday trials of life, but i am always so touched by people who dissplay extraordinary power in such hard circumstances. The Lord blessed me to do mission and charity service in Beslan (Russia) for about a year and a half, and i will never forget the people i met there (Beslan was where muslim terrorists attacked a school in 2004 and held over 1,000 people hostage for 3 days). Especially the grandma i stayed with there – a beautiful spirit who, though orphaned as a young child, widowed as a young mother (and raising 4 kids), and who tragically lost her granddaughter in the Beslan terrorist attack – she is one of the kindest, warmest, awesomest people in the world. She bears so much pain, but still loves Jesus and cares for people. Amazing. Thanks again LAura, and please keep doing what you’re doing! i look forward to reading your book, and would love to send you some of my music (home recordings and free) if that might be a blessing to you. God bless you! jason

  863. We would like to do a phone interview with Laura Hillenbrand. We just purchased 150 copies of the book and all of our honors students are reading the book in preparation for doing an oral history book on WWII veterans. See our website at http://www.dceoralhistory.com Thanks. Paul

  864. Once I started reading Unbroken I couldn’t put it down. It is an amazing story of survival against what seemed to be insurmountable odds.

  865. I was told by my friend who is a writer and publisher of Arbutus Press, that you have Chronic Fatigue S. I also have it and could not get up a stairway. I thought my life was over and that I was dying since I could not function. I changed my diet, got a hair analysis, found about about “dirty electricity” a big contributor to CFS and also electromagnetic radiation and “calcium dumping”. You have to step away from mainstream to get more information and help. Cleaning up the dirty electricity has help immensely! I would be happy to share more information with you by private email.
    Deborah

  866. I have been waiting weekly for the day Laura returns to number one on the best seller list with Unbroken. 90 some weeks ago she made it and now, amazingly, once again at week 92 she is back on top. Number one. What a wonderful world. What a wonderful author. What a wonderful woman. What a great book.Life is great.

    Thanks for everything, Laura. Eagerly looking for the next one.

  867. I also wished to mention that I shot down five enemy aircraft and was awarded a DFC, fifty-nine years later. Thank you. Samuel Mastrogiacomo

  868. I would like to contact Ms. Hillenbrand. I have written my autobiography, published thru a local small publisher. I have a website, however, that has information on my book. It is: http://www.b24book.blogspot.com. It tells of my life and has information pertaining to my combat training, missions, etc. I was a waist gunner on the b24 Liberator during WWII and was stationed in England and did thirteen missions over Germany until being shot down on my 13th mission and was a POW, being interned in Sweden. I would appreciate speaking with you about revising my book as you did with “Unbroken”. Thank you for your time. Samuel Mastrogiacomo, Ret. USAAF

  869. Would like to contact the author. Thank you.

  870. “Thank You for Who you Are”

    To Laura Hillenbrand:

    I have just started reading your book “Unbroken”. I recently wrote a letter titled “Thank you for being the Best of The Best” addressed to the “Wounded Warrior” care of the USO. In the letter, I raise the question that I did not know a man with more compassion then President George Herbert Walker Bush because he did not hold any rancor towards the Japanese for what happened during WWII. Well just maybe that man with more compassion might be Louis Zamperini. It took a whole lot of character fro Louis Zamperini to go back to Japan and forgive his former prison guards for what they had done during WWII. I watched Louis Zamperini on TV that Sunday morning. Louis Zamperini is absolute right. You can’t live your life consumed in hate and bitterness. You have to let it go and move on and do in life what you were meant to do.

    Thank you for what you have done to bring awareness to “Wounded Warrior” issues in your book “Unbroken”. This country owes the “Wounded Warrior” the right to pursue the life he was met to have.

    Good luck on your future endeavors, and God bless you.

    Sincerely yours,

    Bill Figueiredo

    P.S.

    Here’s a copy of “Thank you for Being the Best of the Best”. I think of you and Louis in that category.

    “Thank You for Being the Best of the Best”

    To the “Wounded Warrior”:

    I always think of the “Best of the Best” as Guy Gibson of the 617 Squadron who led the Dam Busters bombing mission. This mission was a special squadron of hand picked volunteer Avro Lancaster bomber crews chosen by Guy Gibson to destroy the Ruhr River Dams with a specially designed skipping bomb developed by engineer Barnes Wallis. To avoid detection, the bomber crews flew at 50 feet in formations of four aircraft at 200 mph at night over the English channel and through enemy lines along the European coast and followed canals ultimately to their final bombing runs over the dams where the specially designed five-ton bouncing bombs would skip over torpedo nets into the dam wall and sink 40 feet below the surface and explode for maximum effect. The crews would maintain radio silence and communicated with signal lights until rendezvousing over the target. The Avro Lancaster is a single-pilot aircraft. There is no co-pilot. Where the co-pilot position is normally located in the cockpit is a jump seat instead that covers the entrance to the bombardiers’ compartment in the aircraft nose. At one point crossing the English Channel, Guy Gibson almost puts his airplane into the English Channel trying to light a cigarette. One of the other flight crews did get to low on the night channel crossing and had their five-ton bomb ripped off the bomb rack, and nearly drowned their tail gunner when they took on a few tons of sea water through the bomb bay. Miraculously the Avro Lancaster had enough airspeed and power to climb back out of the sea swells and returned home. There’s a famous movie titled “God is my Co-pilot” about a book by Robert Lee Scott, a famous Flying Tiger P-40 pilot. Certainly “God is my Co-Pilot” really applies to those guys on those Avro Lancaster bombers that night on the Dam Buster Raid. I love that movie “The Dam Busters”. The book version by Paul Brickhill is even better, and Guy Gibson’s book “Enemy Coast Ahead” is a great tribute to all the aircrews on the Dam Buster Raid. Of the 19 Lancaster bombers that started the Dam Busters Mission, eight aircraft with 53 aircrew did not return that night, but the Mohne and Eder Dams were breached. One crew member actually bailed out at 50 feet to survive in a prisoner of war camp. Guy Gibson would eventually fly 175 combat missions before unfortunately being shot down in a De Havilland Mosquito. Guy Gibson was simply the “Best of the Best!”.
    There is another movie I like titled “The Gallant Hours” about Rear Admiral William F. “Bull” Halsey Jr. commanding the hard fought allied victory at Guadalcanal. There is great line in the movie where James Cagney who plays Admiral Halsey said during a crucial turning point in the battle, “There are no great men, only great challenges that ordinary men are forced by circumstances to meet”. The sea, land, and air battle for Guadalcanal was a crucial turning point for the Allies and victory was gained only with heavy human loss.
    I am a member of the Palm Springs Air Museum and there’s a portrait of President George Herbert Walker Bush in a leather flight jacket at the museum that I just love. I listened to the book titled “Flyboys” by James Bradley where George Bush is shot down in a TBM Avenger trying to destroy a Japanese radio communication complex on ChiChi-Jima which is north of Iwo Jima. His two crew members are lost and never found and George Bush was luckily rescued by submarine. If George Bush was captured by the Japanese on ChiChi-Jima, he probably would not be with us today because allied prisoners were executed by the Japanese on ChiChi-Jima. Many years later President and Commander in Chief, George Bush would go to Emperor Hirohito’s funeral in Japan to pay his respects. He also paid his respects to the executed allied prisoners on ChiChi-Jima by going to that island and laying a wreath at their grave site. In the book “Flyboys”, George Bush said “I don’t hold any rancor against the Japanese”. President George Herbert Walker Bush is a great man because he knows that freedom is not free and needs to be fought for sometimes. On the other hand, he also knows when to bury the hatchet and settle your differences. I can not think of a more compassionate man then President George Herbert Walker Bush.
    Whether you are the “Best of the Best” like Guy Gibson of the 617 Squadron, or an ordinary guy forced to meet great challenges like Admiral Halsey, or just a guy who serves and leads his country with all he has got like President George Herbert Walker Bush, thank you for all you have done and what you will do. If you still have your mind after all that you have been through, use it. If you have lost your mind from what you have been through, get it back. This country owes it to you to help you get back on your feet and you should take advantage of all the programs that it offers its “Wounded Warriors”. The mind is a powerful thing when you direct it towards what you want. Pursue your dreams. Any dream worth having is worth fighting and working hard for. You may have to postpone them every once in a while, but get right back on them.
    Good luck and God bless you.

    Yours Respectfully,

    Bill Figueiredo

  871. Dear Sally,
    My request if at all possible is to have Laura sign a copy of her book Seabiscuit to my wife Donna, she will turn 58 in October. My wife has had horses since she was 9 years old and she would be overwhelmed with such a gift. Knowing my wife,
    it would bring tears to her eyes. If this cannot to done I
    do understand. Thank you for taking my e-mail.
    All the best,
    Charles

  872. I can’t begin to express what a magnificent and incredibly well-written story this is….

    It is rare the written word can bring to life so many intensely tangible emotions.

    I plan to buy a slew of copies and share them with every avid reader I know.

    Thank you both so much for sharing the story.

    Pam

  873. just finished audio book. no words can express how powerful this book is. it brought tears to my eyes. laura has written a classic

  874. I am writing to inquire if Unbroken has been translated into Japanese and, if so, how many copies of the Japanese translation have been sold to date.

    Thank you,
    Chris Bussell

  875. Wow! Just finished Unbroken and I want more! I read the book in one day (and night). I couldn’t put it down! Thank you so much for such an inspirational story, I will recommend this book to everybody I know….

  876. I have just finished reading the book Unbroken and what a wonderful and complete covering of the price paid for my freedom.
    you did a above and beyond writing of this book.
    I could not put it down and was anxious to get back to reading.
    thank you and as I finished the book I wondered if Louie was still alive and his wife also?
    I pray the Lord touch you also as I saw that you were ill.
    I had read Seabiscuit and loved that also.
    thank you for filling my heart and mind for a few days with deep concern for “our military” boys and their families.
    May the Lord who helped Louie help our boys from Iraq and other
    countries in their PTSD.

  877. Dear Mrs. Hillenbrand:
    My name is Matt Friedhoff and I am a sophomore at Wooster High School in Wooster, Ohio. I participate in the school’s Speech & Debate team in the category of Dramatic Interpretation. I would really like to use a cut out of your book (Unbroken) as my piece for the upcoming season, and was wondering if you could give me any insight on how to go about this. I would greatly appreciate your input! Unbroken is such a great book (my favorite, in fact) and you are an extremely talented author. Thanks for everything!
    -Matt

  878. My Minister and one of my best friends said I should read this book. I now see why. Just finished it yesterday – 8/26/2012. What a journey that lead up to the ending I need to keep working on – forgiveness.

  879. I loved the book!! You did a wonderful job of telling Louie’s life. I felt I was with him every day in the camps and through his journey home.

  880. Outstanding tribute to a fascinating man. I am obsessed by Louie. I have searched the web for every detail of his life. All of our young generations should be inspired by him. None of us have it tough, this is proof. We should all feel blessed to live with the freedoms and opportunities that we have. Thank you for such a well written documentary as well. Stayed up all night and finished it in two days because I couldn’t leave Louie.
    Best to him and his family.

  881. Unbroken was definitely one of the best books I have ever read! Well written and factual as well. I recommend to all!

  882. I am in search of the hardback large print copy of the book “Unbroken”, I can find the paperback large print copy but not the hardback. I have only found it at our local library & cannot seem to find it for purchase. Do you have any suggestions as to where I might find it?

  883. The book “Unbroken” was a selection for the book club at my local parish church. I picked it up on Friday, 8/24, and by Sunday, 8/26, I am half way through it. It is a wonderful and delightful book. I have two questions of Ms. Hillenbrand. First, how did she come across Zamperini to write about him in the first place? Second, please ask Zamperini where in Italy his parents were from – my guess is Clabria or Sicily – that is where the hard headed Italians are from. Art Viviani

  884. Just finished “Unbroken”, loaned to me by my mother. Fantastic, educational, and horrifying!
    Thank you for putting out the effort and time to write it. A well told story.

  885. Unbroken was a wonderful book. I hope it will be made into a movie. What a great story. The author told the story as if she was retelling it to a friend sitting in the room. Great!!!!

  886. Your book was absolutely amazing! I cried and was angry and forgave and cried over again! Thank you. I was only a small child when all of this happened yet I have relived everything my parents must have lived through during that time. Can’t wait for your next book. I recommend this book to all of my kids who are in the 50s and 40s now so they can appreciate how good they have it now.

  887. This book touched my heart. I could not put it down. I stayed up until 3 in the morning reading it. Thank you for a beautifully written story about an amazing human being.

  888. I feel that the word “amazing” is over-used these days, but your book was truly amazing. The story alone is wondrous. That Louie survived such horrible treatment and was able to forgive someone who wouldn’t even acknowledge what he had done. The love Louie’s wife had for him; that she would even stay through such bad treatment. The amount of thorough research, time, and love you put into this project…is amazing!! Thank you for doing it.

  889. In my opinion, no one can make the past come alive like Ms Hillenbrand. I especially enjoyed her book Seabiscuit. She successfully captured the personalities of everyone connected to the horse, even making the horse himself into a believable personality, which is really hard to do in my opinion. She wrote a beautiful, and at the same time, a factual story about a thoroughbred. Why not a book about a trotter? I have in mind a trotter called Goldsmith Maid. Almost nobody has heard of her, yet she set a world record at 14 and continued to lower it until the age of 17. I don’t know of any other horse that’s done that. Racing over a span of 13 years from 1865 to 1877, she won 92 of 121 races, and continued to race successfully until she was 21 years old—a refreshing accomplishment when horses in our age break down before they are sent off to the stud farm at 3 or 4 years of age. Anyway, the symmetry of books might appeal to Ms Hillenbrand: a book about a mare vs. one about a horse; a book about a trotter vs.one about a runner; a book with some living sources vs. a book written strictly from archival records. I hope Ms Hillenbrand will give the Maid some serious thought.

  890. An outstanding book. On 8/9/12 I shared with two others I was nearing the end of the nook and was anxious to see the rest of the story. One guy said he read the book awhile back and the other just finished it- he said his uncle at been a POW at the camps mentioned. I will be sharing the book with a buddy very soon.

  891. I was incredibly inspired by this book. I have a book club and will be discussing in to tomorrow. I am a Veteran of Operation Iraq Freedom and can not imagine enduring the things Louie had to endoure. I also work at my local Veteran Affairs Outpatient clinic and this book has given me great insight to the minds of the Veterans I serve daily.

  892. While driving I was listening to the audio book & heard Morotai mentioned. Could you give me any more information about Mr Zamperini’s time there?

  893. I am a nephew of WF Whitemore who spent time in the POW camp as louie. Uncle Wille never said a word about his time at onufu and woyuld only say that if you want to know what happened read Ba Ba Black Sheep. This book told me more than any thing I ever knew. His conversion message was even more inspiring.

    I can be reached at 815-299-0620

  894. I was “forced” to read this book for school and I went into it think it would be a silly novel and totally boring. I thankfully found interest in UNBROKEN. I truly loved it! The story of Louie was truly amazing and very inspiring! I am again, very happy I read it and will definitely encourage others to read it!

    - Matt -

  895. I just finished this book with many tears and thankfulness for your hours of determined work to publish this life changing story. In a world that is getting more cautionary of speaking of or giving any credit to God, I thank you both for having the courage to do so. I too believe that God is our loving Father and can bring about miracles in our lives. Thank you for sharing your story of miracles.
    A.Hugentobler

  896. loved your books (and the movie), cannot wait for your next!

  897. Lauren,

    Wow — thank you for sharing Louie’s story! Sure does put life in perspective, doesn’t it? We all have so much to be grateful for.

    What an honor it must have been to have the opportunity to get to know such a remarkable person.

    Carly

  898. Laura,
    I’m in the middle of Unborken right now. This is a wonderful book. Thank you very much for this.
    BTW, saw you and Louis on Sunday Morning….. good stuff.
    Thanks again and keep’m comming.

    Jerry
    Chicago, IL

  899. Have read BOTH ”Seabiscuit” and ”Unbroken”–and I thoroughly enjoyed them both… I actually worked on the film version years ago up at Saratoga for (3) days as a background actor. Would it be possible for LAURA to sign a bookplate or an index card that I could attach to my hardcover copy of SEABISCUIT??? It would be a VERY welcome addition to my personal library……please send me a contact//address where I can formally request it. Thank you very much….take care and be well….
    Rick Levi (Bardonia, NY)

  900. Laura, I haven’t even finished your book (I’m at page 319), but I had to stop and take a moment to tell you how important and how compelling your books is. When people say they “couldn’t put a book down” because it was such a great read, yours is the kind of book they are talking about. As a Vietnam Vet I have a particular appreciation for this great “Pacific Rim” story. If I were President I would have 2 requirements for every able bodied 18 year old American: #1 they would be required (like Israelis) to give 2 years of service to their Country (military, peace corps, etc.), and #2 they would be required to read UNBROKEN.

    Malcolm W. MacLeod
    Palm Beach, Florida

  901. Wow! I did not expect this book to be all that it is. We picked it for bookclub out of coersion–everyone saying how fantastic it was, blah blah, blah, best-seller. It was chosen for our book club’s August read. Perfect timing! As most of us commenced reading it with the start of the 2012 Olympics. I can truly say that this is one of the best non-fiction pieces ever produced. Well done! Also, our book club meets next Friday, August 24 to discuss. You are welcome to join us or is there a place I could email questions for you to answer by then? Please advise, Thank you! Sandra

  902. This completes an incomplete comment I just posted by accident before I finished it. The bottom line is that after reading many great books over the last sixty-five years I now regard “Unbroken” as the best-written and most important one I have ever read.

  903. I have read many books over the last sixty-five years, and written one myself. I just finished “Unbroken” a few minutes ago. I rank it No. is the best-written and most important book

  904. Dear dear Laura, you are such an inspiration to me. I’ve been an admirer of yours ever since reading “Seabiscuit,” and learning of your history; but I’ve also just now finished reading “Unbroken,” which has taken inspiration to a new, previously unimagined level for me, and caused the very word to seem so pale. Thank you, thank you for all you have experienced and have given to the world. You are a gift to us. I also have to add a note of great admiration and appreciation for your husband. What a dear, rare, dedicated soul. Thank God for both of you.

  905. Dear Laura, your book “Unbroken” has had an astounding impact on my life. I keep saying to myself “if Louie Zamperini could endure that, then I can do whatever it takes” and believe me some days it seems to take a lot! Thank you so much for evrything you did to bring this story to life. I feel very indebted to you, as I am sure many readers do. I also have an uncle-in-law who was a WWII character, an innovator and someone that changed the world in his own way, Thomas Alfred Morgan. “Uncle Al” came from very humble beginnings but made the gyroscope a reality with the help of Mr Sperry in the Navy back in WWII. He also traveled the world a an entrepreneur following the War and made a huge impact in every endeavor he attempted. He knew all kinds of world leaders and was a major businessman in NY during the 50′s. I don’t know if you are looking for a new “subject” but I would be most interested in talking with you about “Uncle Al”. Again, thank you, Robin Wilson robinegg10@earthlink.net

  906. Laura,
    I had to read Unbroken for Honors History summer reading. Usually school required books are awful and I must struggle to get through. With Unbroken, I was pleasantly surprised. Louie’s story is incredible. Being a Christian, it was incredible to read how wonderful and incredible my God was to Louie. I truly believe in every incident in the story, God was at work. Thank you for sharing this story with the world. I am hoping that with this book, God can change lives.

    Thank you for your work in expanding the kingom of God,
    Caitlin

  907. Hi Laura,
    You’re very gracious to have this site up for us to comment… indeed, I have benefited wonderfully from Sea Biscuit (saw the movie) and reading Unbroken. It was required reading for Langley High School in McLean, VA one or two summers ago.

    I understand you’ve been fighting some type of ailment… you will be in my prayers as folks tell me you are a “believer.” But I’d pray for you in any event. I also understand that you might be a resident in Washington, DC. If that is the case, I would love to meet with you and introduce you to a historic figure in the world of classical ballet (Keenan Kampa) who has quite a story herself. She endured much to become the first American to dance with the Mariisky Ballet after graduating from the famed Vaganova Academy. Wonderfully humble, beautiful and driven, Keenan is the “real deal” as folks are wont to say.

    I do hope you’ll see this note.

    With kind regards,

    Phil Snare

  908. Laura, Great writing about a story of one man’s determination to stay alive. I am a Marine who served from 1953 to 1956. We knew the brutality that occured in the JAP prison camps during WW2. The same occurred in the Korean POW camps. I saw the Korea POW’s that returned, and it made my heart ache.
    I couldn’t put your book down, and I am not a book reader. You did an outstanding job recreating what Louis Zamperini endured. Thank you for your great effort in bringing this story to all of us. My prayers will be for you to get stronger and recover from your illnes. Thanks again.
    Semper Fidelis,
    Tony Trotter

  909. Hi Laura – don’t know if this will get to you or not, but I really hope it does. I saw a story about you on TV – I think it was on Sunday Morning about how you have chronic fatigue syndrome. Just wondering if you have tried going gluten free? I was having terrible pain and fatigue until I went gluten free. I just just alway run down and couldn’t figure out why. You have probably already tried it, but if not, really give it a try and see if you can feel better. Thanks, Julie Denson

  910. Dear Laura,

    I have never been more moved than by this awesome, awful full-account of the miseries POWs suffered under the Japanese. My uncle, Homer B. Daniels was one such survivor, and I attempted to find more about him on the manfell site you mentioned, and found only his name. He was an awesome surivor, usually suffering silently, but I could get him to tell me some. He was on the death march, the River Kwai group, but her returned home weighing 87 pounds when found, and lived to make people laugh as he cut hair in his hometown, New London, NC. Thank you.

  911. I was deeply moved by your wonderful book which had a profound effect on me. It was so beautifully written I did not put it down until I was finished. It has left in me a strong desire to research my fathers war history. He was a young man of 16 in France when war broke out in Europe. He joined the French resistance and later became a member of the green beret in England. He rarely if ever spoke of the war but we know it haunted him. We learned of bits of his experiences but he passed away at 64 before we could learn more. What did you find was the best avenue for your research? Louis is amazing and it is unbelievable that he has put this horrible experience behind him and has become who is today. If you could pass this on to him I would so appreciate it. Thank you so much for this!

  912. Hi Laura,
    I saw for the second time the report on CBS Sunday Morning on your book and of course the amazing Louie!! You are amazing also hence the purpose of my message. The work you did is tremendous and and a true inspiration for us all, as I’m sure it would have been so easy for you to just abandon/quit but you persevered and thanks to you we get to enjoy one of the best books I have read in a long while….congratulations and best of health especially….thanks again!!!
    Fernand from NB Canada!

  913. I was just reading your book “Unbroken”.

    Maybe you should write about the disgusting behavior of Douglas MacArthur with respect to the Japanese war criminals. Due to him Japan still has never really admitted to being at fault in WWII. AND the Japanese school kids are still taught about how great Japan was then. Makes one puke. Incidentally, this is not anti Japanese. I have worked with many of them and found them to be good people, but the government policy sucks.

    Communist menace? well, in Europe too. Russia almost took over Austria, let alone all of the Eastern European countries , yet the German war criminals were largely punished and the US helped Germany to heal. Germany admitted its failures, though pretending that ‘no one knew’ and grew from it. This was not so in Japan, and still is not so. It is disgusting.

    Perhaps you should write this.

    Scott Graham

  914. i saw your interview along with this lovely gentlemen you wrote about in your most recent book….i also took note about you having chronic fatigue syndrome. i am a 38 yr old nurse that was put out of work 2 yrs ago due to having factor V that causes my blood to stay to thick and has caused clots in my legs that have not ever completely went away and my 1st was at 19 and then had some in my arms after being snake bit and almost died it also caused many health issues..i am trying to start writing people that have read my childrens book about a little cow that gets sick and a murder mystery that i have started loves them…i just need to feel like i am still useful and wanted to see if you could give me any tips or resources. thank you for your time

  915. TO:Laura Hillenbrand
    Laura,
    Your writing, research, and talent is remarkable. Thank you.

  916. Ambulance chasing; make sure Lyme assay is negative. If treated for an EM, make sure you get full 3-4 week treatment even if titer was negative.

  917. Dear Laura, Saw the book account this Sunday morning.(I’ll read it.) Wanted to tell you that Hypnotherapy conditions indeviduals out of Chronic fatigue syndrome(fibromyalgia) And mild (1.3 ata) hyperbaric oxygen therapy will reverse the syndrome as well. I have been a hypnotherapist for twenty years and I own a Mild(1.3ata) hyperbaric oxygen chamber . My site :www.airwizardmildhbot.com. That physical location is also The Hypnotherapy Center..not that I will see you inKelso,Missouri but you may hire a therapist to make house calls.(make sure they are a NGH therapist….I would sell you a comfortable Hyperbaric Chamber. I loved the movie Seabiscute. I will love your book.(I am a self published author.”The Enneagram Of Miracles.” published by Concord Publishers,Cape Girardeau,Mo.) I wish you all the best. Sincerely, Tim

  918. I’d like to buy the book for my father who is a Korean WWII veteran. Has it been translated into Korean and where can I purchase it? Thank you you Laura! You’ve given a voice to the Greatest Generation. Always, Young

  919. Hi Laura,

    Just reread your story of sudden illness. I have had the same symptoms for almost 30 years. Recently an infectious disease specialist tested me for Anaplasmosis, formerly known as Human Granulocytic Ehrlichiosis (HGE), and I was found to have both IgM and IgG antibodies, indicating current as well as past infection. Anaplasmosis can cause all of the symptoms you describe. Humans can contract Anaplasmosis from many different biting insects including ticks, mosquitos and certain types of biting flies. If you have never been tested for anaplasmosis, I encourage you to consider doing so.

  920. Hi, I hope you give this info to Laura. I have had autoimmune diseases since age 30…Thyroid, arthritis, fybromyalgia and more. I got my blood tested for celeic, which is a grain intolerance. I’m in Houston and there is a doctor here that has a free movie on gluten intolerance. Anyhow I have given up grain and corn and I have cured fybromyolagia. I think Laura’s pain might be caused from grain intolerance.

  921. I am an alternative school teacher in the midwest (Wisconsin). I am also an avid reader. Every year, at our school, we have a Veteran’s Day luncheon–we invite local Veterans to join us for lunch. The students prepare the food and, on the day of the luncheon, after we pay tribute to our guests and dine, we ask that each Veteran stand and give a little information about their experience in the armed forces. We learn. It is one of the best days of our school year; Veteran’s Day has come to be quite important in the lives of these youth and all that attend. I often am the recipient of stories that will stay with these students for the rest of their lives. Each year, in preparation, we read books, watch videos, we collect information to help us appreciate the American Soldier. I just thought that you may want to know that, this year, we plan to read “Unbroken” as one of our pre-Veteran’s Day activities. As I was reading this book, I remember checking the title, to confirm (again and again) that the story was a “story of survival.”

    Thank you SO much for sharing this story; the research that you do is amazing and the way you bring a story to life is incredible. The world is lucky/blessed to have authors such as you. I have read both “Seabiscuit” and “Unbroken” and am always looking forward to reading anything that you write.

    As I am getting ready to start the school year and reacquainting myself with the book, I came to this page. And…although I am hesitant to hit the send button, I think you should know that you will soon be making a difference to a group of students who, in general, “really don’t like to read.” It is books like yours that often change that sentiment. I thank you in advance.

  922. Found Unbroken an outstanding recount of the heroic efforts of our great servicemen in WWII. I found it difficult to put down as your writing had me riveted to the events and this story. I hadn’t heard of Louis until reading the book and was thrilled to see he survived and lived trough this ordeal.

    Thanks for telling the story. Any possibility of a movie?

    Richard

  923. i have to read the book in the summer between 9th and 10th grade.my dad read it and he finished it in 2 days.he loved it.i don’t as much as he did,but i feel like i’m getting more into it now.

  924. Laura. What a marvelous book. Thanks. Dirk

  925. Laura …. thank you for a wonderfully written book and your obviously personal attention to get it right, say it right and convey it right. We were fortunate to have Louie’s story part of our church worship on Father Day’s Weekend, unfortunately Louie could not travel to Illinois, but he did not need too, we went to him and one of our wonderful Pastors interviewed him, and the video was like we were there with him and all the others who suffered during this tragic episode of World War II. You can check out the link at ccclife.org for the interview. Laura, I enjoyed reading Seabiscuit just as much as Unbroken… your love for telling a story is captivating and refreshing… thank you. One last note… through your careful work with Louie and all those other men and women whom were able to tell their story … it reaffirms my faith and belief in our loving Lord… others may not see it but I know His part and thank him everyday we get another chance… I look forward to more of your work young lady… thank you… Michael

  926. I want to thank you so much for writing “Unbroken”. This story needed told and although reading it, upset me, I’m so glad my friend loaned me the book. My father was a POW in Germany & was on the 86 day Death March, he would never talk about the war and his experiences and by the time I realized his story needed written down, he was too ill to do it. Thank goodness a man in the same Stalag as my father and was on the march, did write a book, called “The Shoe Leather Express”, so I knew what my father endured. Louie’s story should be made mandatory reading for every college student. it was hurt breaking, but a story that needs told and shared. Thank you again for taking the time to write Louie’s story. How can I contact Louie?

  927. My compliements to you Laura “Unbroken” is an amazing story. All of the comments on the back of the book cover I agree with. I would like to add my feelings, Louie remembered GOD, asked(prayed)and he received.

    Thank you again,
    Ginny A. Wahl

  928. Simply, one of the best books I have ever read.

  929. It is difficult to express how Unbroken has affected me. It trigger emotions ranging from pure joy, to hatred, to tears. While the story itself is truly amazing, it’s the telling of the story that is so captivating. The research that went into this book is hard for me to comprehend. I love research but I’ll never have the strength and endurance to come close to what you have done here, Ms. Hillenbrand. Please accept my sincere and deepest appreciation for this labor of love.

  930. Is Unbroken available in paperback (not large format)? My book club has a rule that we only read paperback, and we can’t find it in paperback!

  931. Ms. Hillenbrand,
    This is the best book that I have read in a long time. History told through the life of someone is how I love to learn about history. Louis Zamperini has lived an amazing life and thank you for telling his story. Thanks to him for sharing when it has to be hard to relive those difficult days.
    It was also wonderful to read about his spiritual journey and how God healed his hurts. I will tell all my friends about this book.
    Thank you so much for your hard work in researching and writing this book in spite of your own physical struggles.

  932. A busy work life means I rarely get to read books for pleasure – perhaps once or twice a year. Unbroken was worth it.

    Thanks for telling the story: such things should be told, and I’m glad you got to it while those involved were still with us to paint the picture.

    And thanks for doing it justice. Louie and his colleagues certainly deserved that.

  933. Mrs. Hillenbrand I pulled an all-nighter last night on vacation and just completed Unbroken. Bless you for all the dedication you put in to bring this unbelievable story to the attention of the masses. I stand a taller American today after this experience.

    Martin Rice

  934. I absolutely loved Unboken! Best book I have read in a long time. Parts brought tears to my eyes. Thank you

  935. Unbroken is the best written biography I have read, period.
    I am sharing it with my 10 year old daughter and 8 year old son and they are riveted and dazzled by your depiction of the fortitude of this great man.

    My college students will begin the semester reading excerpts from the book and I will dare any of them not to complete it on their own.

    Thanks
    John

  936. Just finished Unbroken and loved it. It was especially poignant to me because my father was a POW who “participated” in the Bataan Death March and spend four years in Japanese prison camps in the Philippines. He taped his memoirs and my sister has transcribed them in a book for the family. I wasn’t shocked by the brutality in Unbroken because it was so similiar to what my father said he went through. My father passed away in 1973.

  937. Laura, I have an all-volunteer, nonprofit organization, which grants wishes for WWII vets. Our mission is to bring healing to those who have sacrificed so much for our precious freedom. We have taken hundreds of WWII vets to DC, Normandy, and Pearl Harbor. Men who had never spoken of the war are now talking to their families and writing books. I truly understand what a gift of love this book was to Louis, our WWII vets, and the world. You are an American hero, for taking on this challenge.
    This was one of the best books I’ve ever read, and I’ve bought 40 of them, just to give away. I want to provide this book to the world. ;) I’m in a race to honor our WWII vets while they are still here, so please keep us in your prayers. Our website is: foreveryoungseniorwish.org.

  938. Dear Laura,
    I had put a message on this guestbook before but now I need to put another one on…..I loved your book {Unbroken} so very much that I have purchased it for 4 different men who are now serving long sentences in prison. I visit some of those men and others I just correspond with, but when I send them your magnificent book~I tell them your story as well, a story filled with your special brand of heroism. I just wanted you to know how much your book has meant, not only to me but to men who are incarcerated. So many of these men still are eager to learn; eager to make changes in their lives. I know your book will encourage them to do better….Thank you for all the effort it took to write Unbroken.
    Sincerely, Harriet Hendel

  939. I will like to make contact with Laura Hillenbrand.My phone contact is 813 765 6322.

    Thanks,

    Cecil

  940. I just finished reading your wonderfully written book. My father was a Pacific POW and was captured after the fall of Bataan. His forty two months included the DeathMarch and imprisonment in the Philippines and Japan. He died in 1998 and could never bring himself to endure inquiries about his experiences. Your book, Unbroken, and the book, Tears in the Darkness by Michael and Elizabeth Norman, have given me a look into the experience of being a POW that is very enlightening.

    Thank you for your skill and effort In making this experience live again.

  941. Ater I saw the movie I just had to read the book. The book is always better than the movie, right? Only I wondered just how much better than the movie could the book be? I thought the move was one of the best sports movie I have ever watched.
    Boy was I blown away by how much better the book was. I have read a lot of sports books n my life and seabiscut is by far and away the best of them all. I could not believe how much more story there was than the movie showed. Or how beautfuly written. There are not many books I read more than once and I have read this three times to date.
    I would like to ask Laura Hillenbrand to recommend three of her favorite books to read wth at least one sports book in that list. Thank you for this wonderful book.

  942. Hi,
    I am the Editor in Chief for the Plainsman Press at South Plains College.

    Would it be possible to get an interview for a full page feature story for our publication?

    Great writing!

  943. This was an incredible book. One of the best written and researched books I have ever read. I have not stopped thinking about it. I couldn’t put the book down and found myself crying at the end of the book. In my life I never read a book that made me cry. Ms. Hillenbrand please keep writing you are so gifted. I await your next book. WOW.

  944. Regarding Bill Harris: Korea, The Untold Story of the War.
    Author Joseph C. Goulden Times Books, 1982.
    pp 370 – 372 US Marines withdrawal from Chosin Reservoir 12-7-50.
    I was a USAF navigator/bombardier at K-9 Korea and later Japan 1954-55. My web site http://healhc.com I know how to reorganize any state’s health care delivery system.

  945. About a month ago, I happened to see Louis Zamperini on the Jay Leno show. After his short interview, I downloaded “Unbroken” onto my Kindle. I just finished reading it, devouring every chapter. Thank you for painstakingly putting together a memoir that was captivating and honest. Being virtually untouched by war except for what I have read, this book brought me to a place I have never visited before, seeing evil in its most vivid light and watching an imperfect man fight the evil outside and inside himself. Thank you for being a brilliant author! Your writing abilities have helped me sharpen my own as I have loved to write and normally pen stories about my family, including my developmentally disabled son who had a harsh 36 years on this earth and who passed away last year. Writing is carthartic but it has the added bonus of leaving the world with a life story that will impact others, just like “Unbroken.” Blessings to you and your family.

  946. I just finished reading your book. I am a better person for having read it, thank you so much. I will always remember Louie. May god bless him and you. Thank you.

  947. Dear Ms. Hillenbrand, I just finished reading “Unbroken” and had to express the gratitude I have for you writing this book. This book brought to me the reality of what happened to many of our veterans. I knew of course that many fine men and women died in WWII but never really felt or understood the depth of what many went through. You made it possible for me to feel some of their pain and the pain their families went through during the war and after. I guess it one thing to say someone suffered but another to understand the suffering of the body and mind as you so well described. And the book was not just about Louie it was about all the other servicemen and their families on both sides. So, thank you for the deep understanding that you have given me.

    Sincerely, Roger Wolfe

  948. Thank you for your wonderful book. I am a better person for having read it. I am recommending it to everyone.

  949. Loved your book, even more the second time around for the remarkable story, your obvious research, the ways you wove it together all the time keeping the miraculous story of one human being in the forefront.

    thank you for this gift

    sandie

  950. We will be reading UNBROKEN for our November book club. Is there a list of questions that we can use for our discussion?

  951. Just finished Unbroken. A should read for every American student.
    Would help them appreciate what men before us endured to give us the freedoms so many abuse.
    God continue to bless Louis, your good works and the USA.

  952. Having been raised on the race track and knowing the thrill of winning my family and I loved Seabiscuit. Your writing skill was wonderful. Unbroken was recommended because you were the Author.
    I usually do not enjoy anything to do with war but Louie’s story
    was not only entertaining but educational. I so appreciated that you do not allow swearing or vulgar terms to be a part of your writing style. Keep up your fine and endearing gift of writing.

  953. What a compelling read. This is a fabulous story; excellent writing. I can hardly wait for the movie.

  954. Thank You for writing this book. Your research and fact gathering are amazing.

  955. I lived in Torrance in the 60′s and am a vietnam vet.Is louie still alive ? and if so does he still live on gramercy street in Torrance? Your book brough me to tears many times, thanks so much for your inspiring account of an incredible journey and an amazing life story.Tom Schemenaue, Reno Nevada 7-22-2012

  956. Thank you for writing such an inspiring, thought provoking, page turner book.Unbroken has to be the best written book I have ever read.

  957. I just finished the compelling story told in Unbroken. It is an extraordinary account researched and written by an extraordinary author. As was the case with Seabiscuit, the detail, accuracy and vivid images painted on every page brought Louie Zamperini’s journey to life for me. Thank you Ms. Hillenbrand for another brilliant accomplishment.

  958. This author has my complete admiration for handling this story, my god how it veered from grotesque and unbearable to sustaining, and inspiring — she handles it with really an amazing sleight of hand, a balance of sensitivity and forthrightness. I adored Seabiscuit. Unbroken will always be with me, inside me. I wish for people in pain to somehow find their version of Louie Zamperini’s inner light, and equally I wish for chronic fatigue syndrome to go to hell, where it can maybe infect The Bird. Which shows, I have not myself learned the forgiveness lesson from Unbroken but ah well. Anyone reading this: pick up Jacques Lesseyran’s autobiography, something like Then There Was Light.

  959. Ms. Hillenbrand;

    Read Unbroken. A remarkable story of luck, perserverance and mental strength on the part of Phil and Louie. Thank you for its portrayal. I knew of the Bataan Death maarch but had no idea of the level of cruelty by the Japanese POW guards. As a WW 2 veteran I realize how fortuante I was to have been stationed in the Carribean theater in the 6th Air Force of the Army Air Corp.

    Allen Farrar

  960. Laura, An incredible story to be sure… but equally incredible is the professional manner in which it was written. You simply told the story. This book should be mandatory reading for all Americans. Louie’s photo carying the touch looked familiar but beyond that I had never heard of the man. Thanks for “the rest of the story”

  961. Absolutely one of the best books I have ever read. I recieved it as a Christmas gift a few years and recently got around to reading it. Thankyou for telling Louie’s story so vividly. I was captivated from page 1 and couldnt stop reading.

  962. Thank you, Laura for a most remarkable book. Though I was only 2 years old when WW II started, I remember so many things from that time. A married couple, very close friends of my parents, suffered for years due to the husband’s nightmares & violent outbursts, finally divorcing. You have portrayed the sacrifices of both Japan & the US, & the cruelty & kindness from both cultures. Let no one say we should not have used the A Bombs on Japan. Every American & Japanese should read this book, You are an amazing & gifted writer. Sea Biscuit was wonderful, also. I can’t wait for your next book, & you are in my prayers for good health. Thank you so much. Pat

  963. is there any word on a movie release date for “Unbroken”? have read once and listened a second time. probably could a third and fourth.

  964. I just finished reading “Unbroken”. Wow, this book should be required reading for all High School students, if not all Americans. Ms. Hillenbrand has a wonderful gift of bringing history alive. Thank you for writing this fantastic book.

  965. What a wonderful book! What a privilege it must be to have known Louie – what a man!

    Now, let’s fire up the Kindle for Seabiscuit . . .

  966. I wanted to thank you for continuing to write. In both of your novels, you were able to capture the courageousness of the characters. I think that you lay tribute to your own character as you take the effort to write your books.
    Rob Reiner, TV star and Producer, said, “Comedy is you falling through a manhole; tradgedy is me getting a paper cut.”
    My problems, although sometimes truly insignificant, are given a perspective from your courageous writing and subject matter.
    I get large doses of hope from your writing and wish you the best.
    Thanks

  967. Thank god I am a reader. re: Seabiscuit

  968. Thank-you Laura for this amazing and inspiring story! I am the third or fourth person in my family who has read your book and I have already recommended it to several people. What incredible research you did!
    Thanks for allowing us to understand the truth about the war camps, and for preserving the memory and dignity of some of the men who suffered. I have not enjoyed a book this much for a long time.

  969. I had always wanted to ride a thorobred to vicroty. Thank you fortaking me on that ride. You have an incredible ability to take your reader not just on a journey but to be an active participant of that journey.

    I found the same of Unbroken! What an experience! While I did indeed enjoy it, it was a roller coaster of emotion for me. It did gring tears to eye on more than one occassion.

    Thank you! I look forward to your next adventure!

    Jim McCully

  970. This whole entire saga would have ended very differently if that lieutenant had never sent him out in the Green Hornet. Were there any consequences for him as a result of what he did?

  971. Dear Laura
    I have just finished reading Unbroken and I have to tell you that this story of courage and survival has really moved me, not just for Louie’s resourcefullness, but his persistence. Through Louie you have shown the wonderful depth of forgiveness to those that were so brutal. A remarkable tale. But then i wanted to find out about you, the writer. Laura, your story with CFS also moved me. You see I too am a writer, (of contemporary and historical romance). I am suffering from a physical disability and also polymyalgia, but Laura your fortitude to not give up, or give in has really shown me the way ahead. Thank you.
    Kind regards and wishing you good days ahead
    Jane Beckenham
    New Zealand.

  972. I have read and enjoyed both books and consider Laura the best story teller we have. I have an assignment for her ;-) I was always a fan of Spencer Tracey and am finishing his biography by James Curtis. We all knew about “the wife” of Tracey who he never divorced, didn’t we? Her name was Louise. We all felt bad for her and I always pictured a housewife type who married young and got left behind. Well, she is the hero of this book in my eyes. What a courageous, smart, hard working, dedicated woman she was! She was the only actual adult in the book, all the rest were revealed for what they actually were, self-centered egotistal drunken cheating sociopaths. Louise Ten Broek Treadwell Tracey needs Laura Hillenbrand to remind all of us that she was not the one left behind but the one who left the biggest legacy. If I could go back in time to meet these people she is the one I would be looking for first.

  973. An amazing book, at times so heartbreaking and troubling, I had to put it down to digest the information. A true testament to the power of God and one man’s will that he did not give up in the end! WOW…Laura, you are an INSPIRING WRITER, I CAN’T WAIT TO READ YOUR NEXT NOVEL. YOU DO NOT DISAPPOINT.

  974. Dear Ms. Hillenbrand:

    I finished your book “Unbroken”. Once I started it , I couldn’t stop reading, but I had to stop as I am an 86 year old women and I get real tired. After finishing reading it, I couldn’t stop thinking about the Louie and his life. I know it may sound off-base, but I begain to remember my life and the many fasets that historically conect to my life.

    I am also a praying women and the Lord spoke to me and told me you could write my story. At first I thought it was only my imagination, but the Holy Spirit kept bringing the idea back until last night I heard from the Lord and He said to write you this letter. I wish I had the book, but I have a Son-in-law in Achorange, Alaska who loves to read and I always send him a book for his birthday which was July 7th.

    My favorite Book is the King James Holy Bible and I guess you could say I am religious, but since I started to read it, it has been my life. I got saved at the age of 40 years, 1956.

    My ancestry is Spanish, Navajo Indian and Jewish and I have very interesting stories as told to me by my Mother and other relatives. I was born in a house that is only a few blocks from the center city of Albuquerque.

    I could give moe interesting information, but if you are not interested in writing another Best Seller”

  975. This book came very close to my heart. My father, was in the Army Air Corp. His B-24 was shot down over Poland, and he became a POW in Germany for 1 year. He never spoke of what he went through, but he always carried the pain of the war with him. He shared some things with my mother, who often shared them with us. This wonderful book made my heart ache, yet gave me a better understanding of why my father was, who he was and how brave he was. My father passed away 5 years ago last June. I wish I could have read this book to him in his last years. Thank you.

  976. By far, the best ww2 book that I have ever read. The details are so perfect. I will look for “seabiscuit”.

  977. I am a fan of Ms. Hillenbrand. I’ve read of her struggles with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and I would like to send her a bottle of a patented herbal supplement that’s proven to be very helpful to me in my struggle. Can you tell me how I might contact her to see if she would like to take me up on my offer?

    John Zehr
    JohnZehr@gmail.com