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Today’s Free Book is:

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





ISBN 9781400064168, Hardcover


On a May afternoon in 1943, an Army Air Forces bomber crashed into the Pacific Ocean and disappeared, leaving only a spray of debris and a slick of oil, gasoline, and blood.  Then, on the ocean surface, a face appeared.  It was that of a young lieutenant, the plane’s bombardier, who was struggling to a life raft and pulling himself aboard.  So began one of the most extraordinary odysseys of the Second World War.

The lieutenant’s name was Louis Zamperini.  In boyhood, he’d been a cunning and incorrigible delinquent, breaking into houses, brawling, and fleeing his home to ride the rails.  As a teenager, he had channeled his defiance into running, discovering a prodigious talent that had carried him to the Berlin Olympics and within sight of the four-minute mile.  But when war had come, the athlete had become an airman, embarking on a journey that led to his doomed flight, a tiny raft, and a drift into the unknown.

Ahead of Zamperini lay thousands of miles of open ocean, leaping sharks, a foundering raft, thirst and starvation, enemy aircraft, and, beyond, a trial even greater.  Driven to the limits of endurance, Zamperini would answer desperation with ingenuity; suffering with hope, resolve, and humor; brutality with rebellion.  His fate, whether triumph or tragedy, would be suspended on the fraying wire of his will.

In her long-awaited new book, Laura Hillenbrand writes with the same rich and vivid narrative voice she displayed in Seabiscuit.  Telling an unforgettable story of a man’s journey into extremity, Unbroken is a testament to the resilience of the human mind, body, and spirit.

(Please note: While this is a brand new book, there are is a bit of shelf wear to the dust jacket)

We will choose a winner at random from comments we receive here on the Blog from PBS members.

You have until Sunday, May 12, 2013 at 12 noon EDT, to leave a comment.

Good Luck to everyone!

Note: All the books given away on Free Book Friday are available in the PBS Market. We have thousands of new and new overstock titles available right now, with more added hourly. Some of the prices are amazing – and you can use a PBS credit to make the deal even better!

Remember, every new book purchase supports the club and helps keep membership free!

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81 Responses to “Free Book Friday!”

  1. Carol Birch says:

    Sounds like a great book! Just discovered the FB page!

  2. Jean L. (MeanJean) says:

    I would love to win this book. It sounds fascinating!

    Jean Lesslie
    5289 CR 3950
    Independence, KS 67301-7949

  3. Debbi Brude says:

    I loved “Seabiscuit” by the same author. Our book club will be reading “Unbroken” one of these months. Pick me, pick me, please. :>)

  4. Sarah C. (swapmybookplease) says:

    Oh, pick me! Pick me!! I need a good read!!

  5. Marge M. (tikkitembo) says:

    This sounds so very interesting. I’d love to win it!

  6. Debbie B. (orchid7) says:

    This is an awesome book! It really fueled my daughter’s interest in historical fiction. I’d love to win a keeper copy!

  7. Sue H. (sueh) says:

    Love to win this!

  8. Sandra L. (runningshadows) says:

    I would like to finish this book.

  9. Michelle H. (ahenleyreadit) says:

    This book has been on my wish list for a very long time and I know I’m just one of thousands. I would love to win it, read it and send it to someone else who is wishing for it!

  10. Michelle G. (flagirl) says:

    This book is on my wish list as well. It sounds like such a great story and I would LOOOOOOVEEEEE to win this book!

  11. Pam Gardner says:

    this is one of The best books I have ever read-bar none

  12. Debbie B. (Deb) says:

    So great that you do these giveaways! I have heard a lot about this one and would love to read it! Thanks!

  13. Susan W. (sweb4us) Franklin, TN says:

    Sounds like a great book!

  14. Lisa A. (mamawlisa) says:

    Didn’t realize there was a FB day! Just found it, very awsome! Have never read anything by this author, but the book sounds interesting. Thanks!

  15. Audrey D. (sunshine82) says:

    I read Seabiscuit, which was really good.

  16. Kay M. (maydayzee) says:

    I really enjoyed Sea Biscuit, so I am bound to enjoy this adventure. Coincidentally, my father was a bombardier, also, in the South Pacific. Thankfully, he came home safely, but was considered a “war hero”. I would really enjoy reading this book.

  17. Carol Mesheske says:

    Sounds fascinating. My dad, a WWII veteran would love this story.

  18. Sherry Schwabacher says:

    Can’t wait to read this fascinating true story.

  19. Debby R. (debbyramsey) , says:

    I just love paperbackswap! How did I not know about FREE BOOK FRIDAY?! Well, I am entering every week from now on AND telling all my friends!

  20. Carol P. (BookLover4Ever) says:

    Quite a departure from her previous work. I wonder if it is as meticiously researched and written with as much attention to detail; which makes Seabuscit such an enjoyable read.

  21. Sherrie F. (FosterAdopt) says:

    Ohh sounds like a great book!

  22. Barbara S. (barbelaine1) says:

    Have had this on my WL for awhile. Looking forward to eventually reading it.

  23. Debbie F. says:

    Been meaning to read this book! Everyone I know who has read it says it is A-MA-ZING!

  24. Vicki B. says:

    I read Seabiscuit and enjoyed it, I would be interested in reading this one

  25. Beth P. says:

    I would love to get this book from my favorite book source.

  26. Jen says:

    I’m already intrigued and would love to read this book!

  27. Donna Chavez says:

    I would love to read this book!

  28. Shelby says:

    Sounds like a great book!

  29. Marcus M. says:

    I’ve actually read this book, and can truthfully say it’s one of the best books I’d ever read; and also one of my top favorites.

    I’d like to have a copy that I can give away as a gift, to share the amazing true story.

  30. Kmarie says:

    I am absolutely intrigued! What an excellent review!
    Yes, Please!

  31. Kristi says:

    This book has been on my wishlist forever! It seems it will be like 10 years before I ever get it, so I’d love to win it!

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