Don't Give Up, Don't Give in

Don't Give Up, Don't Give in

Lessons From An Extraordinary Life

Book - 2014
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"Champion. Survivor. Hero. Legend. Completed just two days before Louis Zamperini's death at age 97, Don't Give Up, Don't Give In shares a lifetime of wisdom, insight, and humor from one of America's most inspiring lives. Zamperini's story has touched millions through Laura Hillenbrand's biography Unbroken, soon to be a major motion picture directed by Angelina Jolie. Now, in his own words, Louis Zamperini reveals, with warmth and great charm, the essential values and lessons that sustained him throughout his remarkable journey. He was a youthful troublemaker from California who turned his life around to become a 1936 Olympian and a world-class miler at the University of Southern California. Putting aside his superstar track career, Louis Zamperini volunteered for the army before Pearl Harbor and was thrust into the violent combat of World War II as a B-24 bombardier. While on a rescue mission, his plane went down in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, where he survived, against all odds, drifting two thousand miles in a small raft for forty-seven days. His struggle was only beginning: Zamperini was captured by the Japanese and, for more than two years, he courageously endured torture and psychological abuse in a series of prisoner-of-war camps. He returned home to face more dark hours, but in 1949 Zamperini's life was transformed by a spiritual rebirth that would guide him through the next sixty-five years of his long and happy life. Cowritten with longtime collaborator David Rensin, Louis Zamperini's Don't Give Up, Don't Give In is an extraordinary last testament that captures the wisdom of a life lived to the fullest. A son of Italian immigrants, Louis Zamperini (1917-2014) was a U.S. Olympic runner, World War II bombardier, and POW survivor. After the war, he returned to the United States to found the Victory Boys Camp for at-risk youth and became an inspirational speaker. Zamperini's story was told in his 2003 autobiography Devil at My Heels, as well as in Laura Hillenbrand's 2010 biography Unbroken. David Rensin worked closely with Louis Zamperini for many years and cowrote Devil at My Heels, as well as fifteen other books, including five New York Times bestsellers"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York, NY : Dey Street Books, [2014]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2014
ISBN: 9780062368331
Branch Call Number: 940.547252 ZAMPERINI
Characteristics: xxix, 238 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm
Additional Contributors: Rensin, David
Alternative Title: Do not give up, do not give in


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Sep 22, 2017

"Don't Give Up, Don't Give In" is a readable book in mainly short chapters.
Zamperini talks about his life as a track star, a U.S. Air Force bombardier in the Second World War, his recovery from alcoholism and his conversion to Christianity, thanks to Billy Graham's dynamic influence on him. I managed to read a few chapters of the religious section and gave it up as chiefly an attempt to proselytize. The descent of the book into religion spoiled it for me. By comparison, Laura Hillenbrand's "Unbroken" is a work of literature, but not "Don't Give Up, Don't Give In."

Apr 27, 2016

Great Book

Dec 08, 2015

More insight into Louis Zamperini's life. A good follow up if you've read Unbroken. And good advice, too!


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