by: Laura Hillenbrand
This is a very good telling of the world War II experiences of Louie Zamperini, along with his flying buddies. Mostly if focuses on Louie, as he was an Olympic-caliber runner just before going to war. The first part of the book provides much historical and factual background, but isn’t gripping. Once the crew of The Green Hornet bomber crashes into the ocean, it gets gripping. The details of how the 3 survivors managed to accomplish seemingly impossible tasks to survive (patching their raft without all the right equipment; catching a small shark for food) is amazing. The book also provides insight to the horrific treatment of POWs in Japan, along with the ‘Rape of Nanking’, China, which I am pretty sure most anyone currently alive is unaware of. This kind of history book should be on the reading list for high-school students to learn what happened. I’d recommend this to everyone.