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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 . . .

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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 . . .

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** Seabiscuit was one of the most electrifying and popular attractions in sports history and the single biggest newsmaker in the world in 1938, receiving more coverage than FDR, Hitler, or Mussolini. But his success was a surprise to the racing establishment, which had written off the crooked-­legged racehorse with the sad tail. Three men changed Seabiscuit’s fortunes:­Charles Howard was a onetime bicycle repairman who introduced the automobile to the western United States and became an overnight millionaire. When he needed a trainer for his new racehorses, he hired Tom Smith, a mysterious mustang breaker from the Colorado plains. Smith urged Howard to buy Seabiscuit for a bargain-­basement price, then hired as his jockey Red Pollard, a failed boxer who was blind in one eye, half-­crippled, and prone to quoting passages from Ralph Waldo Emerson. Over four years, these unlikely partners survived a phenomenal run of bad fortune, conspiracy, and severe injury to transform Seabiscuit . . .

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The #1 New York Times bestseller—soon to be a major motion picture—has now been adapted by the author for young adults. Beautifully illustrated throughout, this riveting biography includes more than 100 black-­and-­white photos. On a May afternoon in 1943, an American military plane 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 sagas of the Second World War. The lieutenant’s name was Louis Zamperini. As a boy, he had been a clever delinquent, breaking into houses, brawling, and stealing. As a teenager, he had channeled his defiance into running, discovering a supreme talent that carried him to the Berlin Olympics. But when war came, the athlete became an airman, embarking on a journey that led to his doomed . . .

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He didn't look like much. With his smallish stature, knobby knees, and slightly crooked forelegs, he looked more like a cow pony than a thoroughbred. But looks aren't everything; his quality, an admirer once wrote, "was mostly in his heart.­" Laura Hillenbrand tells the story of the horse who became a cultural icon in Seabiscuit: An American Legend.­Seabiscuit rose to prominence with the help of an unlikely triumvirate: owner Charles Howard, an automobile baron who once declared that "the day of the horse is past"; trainer Tom Smith, a man who "had cultivated an almost mystical communication with horses"; and jockey Red Pollard, who was down on his luck when he charmed a then-­surly horse with his calm demeanor and a sugar cube. Hillenbrand details the ups and downs of "team Seabiscuit,­" from early training sessions to record-­breaking victories, and from serious injury to "Horse of the Year"--­as well as the Biscuit's fabled rivalry with War Admiral. She also describes the world of . . .

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The #1 New York Times bestseller—soon to be a major motion picture—has now been adapted by the author for young adults. Beautifully illustrated throughout, this riveting biography includes more than 100 black-­and-­white photos.

On a May afternoon in 1943, an American military plane 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 sagas of the Second World War.

The lieutenant’s name was Louis Zamperini. As a boy, he had been a clever delinquent, breaking into houses, brawling, and stealing. As a teenager, he had channeled his defiance into running, discovering a supreme talent that carried him to the Berlin Olympics. But when war came, the athlete became an airman, embarking on a journey that led to his . . .

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Una tarde de 1943, un bombardero de la Fuerza Aérea de Estados Unidos se estrelló en el Océano Pacífico y desapareció; tras de sí, dejó sólo escombros y un rastro de aceite, gasolina y sangre. De pronto, en la superficie del océano, apareció un rostro. Era el rostro de un joven teniente, Louis Zamperini el piloto del bombardero, luchando por alcanzar un balsa y salvar su vida. Así comenzó una de las odiseas más extraordinarias y fascinantes de la Segunda Guerra Mundial.
Frente a Zamperini había cientos de kilómetros de mar abierto, tiburones hambrientos, una débil balsa, sed y hambre, artillería enemiga y, más lejos, un reto todavía mayor. Llevado a los límites de la resistencia, Zamperini respondió a la desesperación con ingenio, al sufrimiento con esperanza, decisión y humor, a la brutalidad con rebeldía. Su fe, independientemente del triunfo o del fracaso, se mantuvo atada a su voluntad.
En su esperado nuevo libro, Laura Hillenbrand escribe con la narrativa rica y nítida que . . .

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Amazon.­com ReviewHe didn't look like much. With his smallish stature, knobby knees, and slightly crooked forelegs, he looked more like a cow pony than a thoroughbred. But looks aren't everything; his quality, an admirer once wrote, "was mostly in his heart.­" Laura Hillenbrand tells the story of the horse who became a cultural icon in Seabiscuit: An American Legend.­Seabiscuit rose to prominence with the help of an unlikely triumvirate: owner Charles Howard, an automobile baron who once declared that "the day of the horse is past"; trainer Tom Smith, a man who "had cultivated an almost mystical communication with horses"; and jockey Red Pollard, who was down on his luck when he charmed a then-­surly horse with his calm demeanor and a sugar cube. Hillenbrand details the ups and downs of "team Seabiscuit,­" from early training sessions to record-­breaking victories, and from serious injury to "Horse of the Year"--­as well as the Biscuit's fabled rivalry with War Admiral. She also . . .

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