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For today’s segment of me, myself, and Mondays I am going to introduce you to my hero – Louis Zamperini. For all my literature friends, he has several books and here are just a couple of my favorites!
Don’t Give Up, Don’t Give In by Louis Zamperini and David Rensin (his “lessons from an extraordinary life”)
Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand (which is also a MOVIE!!!)
Louis Zamperini is a worthy hero in many ways. He has been my motivation and my idol when it comes to running. Whenever I am participating in a race I always remember a saying he lived by; “One moment of pain is worth a lifetime of glory.”
Louis Zamperini’s story really is extraordinary, and it is hard to believe that such a human lived in this world. I do not want to spoil the movie or the books in case I have sparked interest in any of my viewers, so I will give you Goodreads synopsis of the Unbroken book.
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 foundering raft, thirst and starvation, enemy aircraft, and, beyond, a trial even greater. Driven to the limits of endurance, Zamperini would answer desperation with ingenuity; suffering with hope, resolve, and humor; brutality with rebellion. His fate, whether triumph or tragedy, would be suspended on the fraying wire of his will.
In her long-awaited new book, Laura Hillenbrand writes with the same rich and vivid narrative voice she displayed in Seabiscuit. Telling an unforgettable story of a man’s journey into extremity, Unbroken is a testament to the resilience of the human mind, body, and spirit.
Let me know if you have or plan on reading his books or watching his movie!