Monday, January 20, 2014
This biography of Louis Zamperini is almost unbelievable. How a man could survive against such odds is astounding. Zamperini, a star athlete and Olympic runner, was flying in a B-24 when it crashed in the ocean and and killed all but three men. They starved, fried and languished in two lifeboats for a month and a half (a record at that time) eventually losing one man and finally getting rescued... by the Japanese. They thought starving on the sea was bad, but they soon learned that what the Japanese soldiers had in store for them was much worse. For years they suffered in horrific POW camps; getting beaten, degraded, starved, and killed. Louis and the surviving pilot were both declared dead by the US government after being missing for thirteen months. Their story of survival against such odds is truly inspiring.
I learned soo much about aircraft, the Pacific theater, the Japanese, POW camps, the US Air Force, and the end of the war through this biography. It was truly a fantastic read. It didn't even read like non-fiction; it was fluid and soo fantastic that I had to keep reminding myself that this all really happened.
An excellent read, recommended for everyone!
Also, Louis is still alive and well in his 90s.How amazing. I can't wait to see the movie version written by the Cohen brothers and directed by Angelina Jolie.