Unbroken Author Laura Hillenbrand; A Lesson in Adaptation

Runners love it when our sport intersects with what is going on in life. We had not had a good running movie in a while….until recently that is.

Unbroken has been a huge hit in cinemas, because it follows the true story of Olympian Louie Zamperini, who survived 47 days in a raft, after his bomber plane crashed into the ocean, and then he spent years as a prisoner of war in Japan.


A little more about the author, Laura Hillenbrand:

  • Unbroken sold 4 million copies, likely to be higher by now
  • Author of Seabiscuit
    • Spent 42 weeks at #1 on the NY Times Bestseller list
    • Voted William Hill Sports Book of the Year
    • Voted Best Sports Book in history by Newsweek
  • Two time winner of the Eclipse Award
    • Highest Journalistic Honor in Thoroughbread Racing
  • Co-founder of Operation International Children
    • Provides school supplies to needy children through US troops

Laura suffers from ME, which keeps her mostly indoors, but it has helped to shape her creative process, which you will learn about in this Interview.

Today we are going to cover

  • How Laura came up with the idea for Unbroken, and why Louie Zamperini was so fascinating to her
  • How Laura has adapted to her life with ME, and how we can correlate that with the ups and downs that we go through in our running lives
  • What happened in Louies final days before he passed last summer
    • You do not want to miss this, it was absolutely fascinating
  • Why Laura believes sports stories are the best out there

Whether you have read Unbroken, seen the movie, or not. We would love for you to listen to this podcast. You will learn about one incredible person, and someone who Laura believes would have been the first person in the world to break 4:00 in the mile, had WW II not intervened.

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Links and Resources mentioned in this Interview:

Laura Hillenbrand Website

Unbroken- Official Trailer

Purchase Unbroken on amazon

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