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Don't give up, don't give in : lessons from an extraordinary life
Zamperini, Louis, 1917-2014, author.
Publication Information:
[Ashland, Oregon] : Blackstone Audio Inc 2014.
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4 audio discs (5 hours) : digital, CD audio ; 4 3/4 in.
"American hero Louis Zamperini shares his wisdom, values, lessons, secrets, and other insights gleaned from his remarkable experiences in this powerful and inspiring book. Louis Zamperini's struggle to survive the unimaginable--brought to life in his autobiography Devil at My Heels and in Laura Hillenbrand's #1 New York Times bestseller and its film adaptation, Unbroken--elevated him to his rightful place among our country's greatest heroes. Now, Zamperini reveals the wisdom he learned along his incredible journey. Faced with one misfortune after another--a plane crash, the shark-filled waters of the Pacific, a brutal Japanese prisoner of war camp--Zamperini could have given up a thousand times. Instead, he chose to see every hardship as a challenge that he was determined to overcome. Enduring the perils of World War II, Zamperini continued to find adventure at every turn--from crashing weddings to facing down Frank Sinatra in a fight to getting mixed up in a bank robbery. Until his death at 97 he remained undaunted; happy, sharp-minded, and healthy, he continued to engage life to its fullest. In Don't Give Up, Don't Give In, he offers never-before-told tales that embody his simple yet essential secrets of success: how his relationship with God, his ever-positive attitude, his constant pursuit of accomplishment--and a healthy dose of mischief--helped him lead a long and fulfilled life, lessons we can all use to transform our own" --
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Read by Arthur Morey.

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Audiobook on CD


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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.

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.