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Title:
Don't give up, don't give in : lessons from an extraordinary life
Author:
Zamperini, Louis, 1917-2014.
Edition:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York, NY : Dey Street Books, [2014]

©2014
Physical Description:
xxix, 238 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm
Summary:
"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."--
Language:
English
Contents:
CO-AUTHOR'S NOTE -- PREFACE / by ANGELINA JOLIE -- RUN FOR YOUR LIFE -- The Family Rules -- Anyone Can Turn Their Life Around -- The Difference Between Attention and Recognition is Self-Esteem -- It's Not How You Win, It's How You Lose -- A Race Isn't Over Until It's Over -- BE PREPARED -- Preparation Determines Your Survival -- My Survival Kit -- Keep Your Mind Sharp -- Don't Forget to Laugh -- Trust Your Instincts -- DON'T GIVE UP, DON'T GIVE IN -- You Are the Content of Your Character -- Never Let Anyone Destroy Your Dignit -- Hate is a Personal Decision -- The True Definition of Hero -- ATTITUDE IS EVERYTHING -- You Must Have Hope -- Don't Ask Why, Ask What's Next -- You Choose How to View Your Fate -- The Secret of Contentment -- AFTER THE WAR : STILL LOST -- You Can't Run (or Sail) Away From Yourself -- Don't Leave the Crucial Details to Others -- THERE'S ALWAYS AN ANSWER TO EVERYTHING -- You Need a Cloud to Have a Silver Lining -- Know When You've Done All You Can Do -- The Gangster and the Gospel -- GIVE BACK -- It Takes a Camp to Help a Child -- First You Listen -- Get Their Attention -- Accomplishment is the Key to Self-Respect -- My Private Reward -- The Mission That Never Ends -- WHAT I'VE LEARNED -- Always Challenge Yourself -- Learn to Adapt -- Commitment and Perseverance Pay Off -- You're Only as Old as You Feel -- Free Advice -- LESSONS OF THE OLYMPIC SPIRIT -- It's About People -- You've Got to Train to Carry a Torch -- Forgiveness is the Healing Factor -- REMEMBER ME THIS WAY -- A Charitable Heart.
Added Author:
ISBN:
9780062368331
Format :
Book

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New York Times bestseller

More than 100,000 copies in print

Completed just two days before Louis Zamperini's death at age ninety-seven, Don't Give Up, Don't Give In shares a lifetime of wisdom, insight, and humor from "one of the most incredible American lives of the past century" (People). Zamperini's story has touched millions through Laura Hillenbrand's biography Unbroken and its blockbuster movie adaptation directed by Angelina Jolie. Now, in his own words, 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. Putting aside his track career, he volunteered for the army before Pearl Harbor and was thrust into 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. 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.


Author Notes

Louis Zamperini was born in Olean, New York on January 26, 1917. He was a track star at the University of Southern California and graduated in 1940. He was a member of the 1936 U.S. Olympic track team in Berlin, where he ran the 5,000 meters and finished a strong eighth. At the age of 19, he was the youngest American qualifier ever in that event.

In 1941, he enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Force and was deployed to the Pacific as a bombardier on a B-24 Liberator bomber. In 1943, his plane crashed in the Pacific Ocean. He and two others survived without food and water for 47 days before washing ashore on a Japanese island behind enemy lines, where he was held as a prisoner of war for two years. He wrote two memoirs, both titled Devil at My Heels, the first published in 1956 and written with Helen Itris, and the second in 2003 with David Rensin. He also co-wrote Don't Give up, Don't Give In: Lessons from an Extraordinary Life with David Rensin, which was published in 2014.

His story was the inspiration for the book Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption by Laura Hillenbrand. The book and his story were also adapted into a film entitled Unbroken, which opened on December 25, 2014. On his 81st birthday in 1988, he returned to Japan and ran a leg in the Olympic Torch relay for the Winter Olympics in Nagano. He died following a case of pneumonia on July 2, 2014 at the age of 97.

(Bowker Author Biography)


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Publisher's Weekly Review

Though the life of 1936 Olympic athlete and WWII POW Zamperini was indeed extraordinary, the "life lessons" collected in this posthumously published work (Zamperini died in 2014) prove disappointingly commonplace. The insights he shared with coauthor Rensin tend toward the broadly general, such as, at the start of a chapter on survival, "Life on earth is dangerous: you should be prepared for anything." A section entitled "Anyone Can Turn Their Life Around," meanwhile, strikes a surprisingly Pollyannaish note. Zamperini, with his extensive experience of peril, shares his counsel for dealing with dangerous situations, such as the eccentric earthquake-readiness tip to always keep a hard hat and pair of heavy shoes by one's bedside. He seems less charming than reckless when he cheerfully describes playing "pranks," including one that could have led to a fatal air accident. Zamperini's willingness to forgive the sadistic Japanese officer who tormented him in captivity is moving, but his statement that "true forgiveness goes hand in hand with no longer condemning" may strike readers as an overly lenient attitude toward evil. Admirers of this extraordinary hero may prefer to stick with Laura Hillenbrand's biography, Unbroken, and Zamperini's own autobiography, Devil at My Heels. (Nov.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.


Table of Contents

Coauthor's Notep. xiii
Introductionp. xix
Run for your life
The Family Rulesp. 3
Anyone Can Turn Their Life Aroundp. 7
The Difference Between Attention and Recognition Is Self-Esteemp. 21
It's Not How You Win, It's How You Losep. 25
A Race Isn't Over Until It's Overp. 29
Be Prepared
Preparation Determines Your Survivalp. 37
My Survival Kitp. 41
Trust What You Knowp. 45
Keep Your Mind Sharpp. 49
Don't Forget to Laughp. 55
Don't Give Up, Don't Give In
You Are the Content of Your Characterp. 63
Never Let Anyone Destroy Your Dignityp. 71
Hate Is a Personal Decisionp. 73
The True Definition of Herop. 77
Attitude is everything
You Must Have Hopep. 81
Don't Ask Why, Ask What's Nextp. 83
You Choose How to View Your Fatep. 87
The Secret of Contentmentp. 89
After the war: Still Lost
You Can't Run (or Sail) Away from Yourselfp. 95
Don't Leave the Crucial Details to Othersp. 121
There's Always An Answer to Everything
You Need a Cloud to Have a Silver Liningp. 129
Know When You've Done All you Can Dop. 141
The Gangster and the Gospelp. 147
Give Back
It takes a Camp to Help a Childp. 157
Get Their Attentionp. 165
First you listenp. 169
Accomplishment Is the Key to Self-Respectp. 173
My private Rewardp. 177
The Mission that Never Endsp. 179
What I've Learned
Challenge Yourselfp. 187
Learn to Adaptp. 193
Commitment and Perseverance Pay Offp. 197
You're Only as Old as You fellp. 199
Free Advicep. 203
Lessons of the olympic spirit
It's About Peoplep. 209
You Have to Train to carry a torchp. 211
Forgiveness is the healing factorp. 215
Remember me this way
A Charitable Heartp. 223
Afterwordp. 225
Acknowledgmentsp. 233

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