An Olympian's Journey From Airman to Castaway to Captive

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On a May afternoon in 1943, an American military plane 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 sagas of the Second World War. The lieutenant's name was Louis Zamperini. As a boy, he had been a clever delinquent, breaking into houses, brawling, and stealing. As a teenager, he had channeled his defiance into running, discovering a supreme talent that carried him to the Berlin Olympics. But when war came, the athlete became 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 sinking raft, thirst and starvation, enemy aircraft, and, beyond, a trial even greater. Driven to the limits of endurance, Zamperini would respond to desperation with ingenuity, suffering with hope and humor, brutality with rebellion. His fate, whether triumph or tragedy, would hang on the fraying wire of his will.
Publisher: New York : Delacorte Press, [2014]
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780385742511
Branch Call Number: 940.57 HIL Y
Characteristics: 307 pages : illustrations, map ; 24 cm


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Stella Chan
Jun 30, 2015

wow! what an incredible book. I enjoyed reading this version as it was a faster paced read (for my book club). I am at a lost for words. I could not believe how the Japanese treated the POW's and how some of these men even survived. I was so angry at the japanese that I was hitting and yelling at the book. lol. This story has given me more appreciation to the men that have fought in wars so we could have and enjoy the freedom we experience today. Saw the trailer for the movie. Definitely going to watch it

I think everyone (including the younger generation) needs to read this book. Then they can fully appreciate what war vets went through. We are very lucky that we will never have to experience this

Mar 13, 2015

Wow, i loved this book. So much detail that i was never aware of. Really an amazing insight into what our war vets went through. I had no idea that Japan was so brutal towards the POW's.
Recommend for sure.

dswartz233 Jan 15, 2015

This is the young adult version of the popular adult book of the same name. The language is more appropriate.

Dec 08, 2014

This is the young adult version of the popular adult book of the same name. Highly recommend it for young adults/middle school age children. Also, I would recommend it for adults who want to a faster pace read. I'm looking forward to seeing the movie!

Dec 04, 2014

What a story. To think there is forgiveness involved. Unlike some cultures who carry grudges forever. Not sure if I will be able to watch movie.


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Dec 08, 2014

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