by: Laura Hillenbrand
I highly recommending reading this is the biography of Louis Zamperini. Zamperini was a troubled youth who found his way through his abilities as a track start. As a high schools student he participated in the 1936 Olympics and though he did well did not finish in a medal position. As he continued his track career he continued to break records and was looking forward to participate in the 1940 Olympics; he was viewed as having a good shot at being the first person to break the four minute mile. Unfortunately, WWII got in the way of his Olympic ambitions and he was drafted in the army air corps as a bombardier. The book goes on to describe how his plane was shot down causing him and two other fliers from his plane had to survive floating n a raft for about 49 days on the open seas with limited supplies using only their ingenuity and resourcefulness to survive. After their ordeal on the raft they were “rescued” by the Japanese and sent off to various prisoner of war camps. The book details Zamperini’s and the other POWs horrible experiences at these camps and the abuses that they had to contend with. Finally, the book details his release from camp and the difficulties he had to overcome after his return from the war. This book was made into a major motion picture but the movie did not do justice to the story. Do yourself a favor and read the book!