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- Full Title: Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption
- When Written: 2003-2010
- Where Written: Washington D.C.
- When Published: 2010
- Literary Period: Contemporary Narrative Journalism
- Genre: Historical nonfiction
- Setting: The United States and Japan; before, during, and after World War II
- Climax: When Louie Zamperini finds redemption at a Christian revival meeting
- Antagonist: Mutsuhiro “The Bird” Watanabe
- Point of View: Limited third-person
Success on the Silver Screen: Angelina Jolie produced and directed the 2014 film adaptation of Unbroken. Grossing over 160 million dollars, Unbroken had the fourth highest box-office debut among WWII themed movie.
eBay and Adversity: Unable to leave her house because of her medical condition, Laura Hillenbrand conducted all the reporting and research for the novel from her home. This made even the simplest tasks a challenge. For example, instead of going to library to look at microfilms of old newspapers, Hillenbrand had to find and procure vintage newspapers on eBay.