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Laura Hillenbrand was born in Fairfax, Virginia on May 15, 1967. She studied at Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio, but was forced to leave before graduation because she contracted chronic fatigue syndrome. She has been writing about history and thoroughbred racing since 1988 and has been a visa mer contributing writer and editor at Equus magazine since 1989. Her work has appeared in many other publications including The New Yorker, American Heritage, ABC Sports Online, Thoroughbred Times, Talk, and The Backstretch. Her 1998 American Heritage article on Seabiscuit won her an Eclipse Award for outstanding feature article. In 2004, she won the National Magazine Award for the New Yorker article, A Sudden Illness. Her first book Seabiscuit: An American Legend won the Book Sense Nonfiction Book of the Year Award and the William Hill Sports Book of the Year in 2001. She served as a consultant on the Universal Pictures movie Seabiscuit, which was based on her book. Her second book, Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption, a biography of World War II hero Louis Zamperini, was also made into a movie. She was honored by the Turf Publicists of America for her contributions to the sport of thoroughbred racing with the 36th annual Big Sport of Turfdom award, making her just the fifth woman to win the award. (Bowker Author Biography) visa färre
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Seabiscuit [2003 film] (2003) — Original book — 464 exemplar
The Best American Essays 2004 (2004) — Bidragsgivare — 287 exemplar
Unbroken [2014 film] (2015) — Original book — 230 exemplar
The Best American Magazine Writing 2004 (2004) — Bidragsgivare — 81 exemplar


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Fairfax, Virginia, USA
Fairfax, Virginia, USA
Washington, D.C., USA
Kenyon College (BA|1989)
sports journalist
Operation Iraqi Children
Priser och utmärkelser
William Hill Sports Book of the Year (2001)
Eclipse Award (1998, 2001)
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Laura Hillenbrand (born May 15, 1967) is an American author of books and magazine articles. Her two bestselling nonfiction books, Seabiscuit: An American Legend (2001) and Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption (2010), have sold over 13 million copies, and each was adapted for film. Her writing style is distinct from New Journalism, dropping "verbal pyrotechnics" in favor of a stronger focus on the story itself.

Hillenbrand fell ill in college and was unable to complete her degree. She shared that experience in an award-winning essay, A Sudden Illness, published in The New Yorker in 2003. Her books were written while she was disabled by that illness. In a 2014 interview, Bob Schieffer said to Laura Hillenbrand: "To me your story – battling your disease... is as compelling as his (Louis Zamperini's) story."



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libraryofemma | 581 andra recensioner | Oct 20, 2023 |
If it wasn't real you wouldn't believe it. Just when you think things are as bad as they can be they get worse, and then worse again. The strength of the human spirit is amazing. But it makes me wonder why to some it is strong and to others it is not enough. What makes a person choose survival and fight over succumbing to the seemingly inevitable? I'd like to think I am a fighter but I really don't know. I hope I never have to know to that level. I am grateful for those that have demonstrated that spirit and the example they are.… (mer)
MsTera | 581 andra recensioner | Oct 10, 2023 |
Unbroken tells the life story of Louie Zamperini, who had a remarkable life. As a youth, he was quite the hell-raiser, but his brother got him involved in track, and he competed in the 1936 Olympics at age 19.

The majority of the book tells of Louie's service in the Army Air Corps during World War II, surviving when his plane went down in the Pacific, then surviving 47 days drifting on a life raft before being captured by the Japanese. He then experiences life as a POW, having to survive multiple prison camps for over two years. I was aware that the Japanese treated their prisoners very badly, but the descriptions of life in the Japanese POW camps was shocking. Their treatment of POWs was similar to Nazi concentration camps.

The book does not end with the end of the war. It follows Zamperini's life after he returns, his struggles with PTSD and alcoholism, and his Christian conversion. Hillenbrand also reports on the postwar lives of others whom Zamperini had known, including some of his Japanese captors.

Hillenbrand has done a tremendous amount of research for this book. She does a great job of recreating what the world was like at the time, in addition to telling us about Zamperini's life. She conducted many interviews and reviewed diaries, letters, unpublished memoirs, as well as official documents. It all adds up to a book rich with information, more than I had expected.
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atozgrl | 581 andra recensioner | Sep 16, 2023 |
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