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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 mostrar mais 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) mostrar menos
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Associated Works

Seabiscuit [2003 film] (2003) — Original book — 482 exemplares
The Best American Essays 2004 (2004) — Contribuidor — 289 exemplares
Unbroken [2014 film] (2014) — Original book — 236 exemplares
The Best American Magazine Writing 2004 (2004) — Contribuidor — 82 exemplares


Conhecimento Comum

Data de nascimento
Local de nascimento
Fairfax, Virginia, USA
Locais de residência
Fairfax, Virginia, USA
Washington, D.C., USA
Kenyon College (BA|1989)
sports journalist
Operation Iraqi Children
Prémios e menções honrosas
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."



I saw the movie, "Unbroken", years ago. To this day, it's still one of my favorite movies. I came across the book at the Friends of the Library semi-annual book sale. Since I enjoyed the movie so much, I knew that the book would also be an enjoyable read. As was the movie, the book was quite intense. It's well-written and nicely combines history and Louis Zamperini's recollections of the time period of the second World War. Including the complete history of Mr. Zamperini's life, the trials and tribulations, the ups and downs, gives the reader a true indication of his life. A definite must for history buffs and middle/high school students!… (mais)
AndreaHelena | 591 outras críticas | Feb 17, 2024 |
This book was recommended to me after I read The Wager: A Tale of Shipwreck, Mutiny and Murder and I must say that it was a great one. Can hardly believe that this is a true story. Well worth the read if you are looking for a story of human trials and tribulations and how much the human body can put up with in terms harsh treatments which breaks some but motivates others to overcome and transcend beyond. Truely inspirational and a must read for all lovers of non-fiction war time books.
thanesh | 591 outras críticas | Feb 4, 2024 |
Insightful look at a child's life in the 1920's, competitive running in the 1930's, and after that - flying, air combat, survival at sea, survival in horrific POW camps, survival in marriage, and eventually redemption. The horrors make the redemption that much more remarkable, but the horrors were hard to fathom - and to read.
dlinnen | 591 outras críticas | Feb 3, 2024 |



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