What an amazing story! The rider has crafted not only a biography but it historical stamp of World War II in the Asian theater. I found myself horrified and astonished that the details survived for the retelling. Ultimately it's uplifting. However the journey to that point is very emotional and disturbing. You'll have to read it for yourself and find your own words. Terrific book go read it.
This is a story about many war heroes, not just about one. I found this story to be very touching and moving on many levels. this is a must read for any history buff.
You will be drawn into the intense story and the heartbreaking reality that war is unkind, and then into the light and belief that God, love and grace can conquer and heal.
If there is a more moving story out there I have not yet heard of it. I was gripped with fascinating wonder from the very beginning. The performance of the reader was flawless. This is a must have for every living human being!
I should first start off by admitting that I am not one for non-fiction. I usually envelop myself in salacious mysteries that begin with a gruesome murder or unfaithful spouse. In all its unlikeness to my typical preference, it is the best story I've ever read (or listened to in this case). Laura Hillenbrand's ability for story telling lends itself to fiction, without losing any of the hard statistics of World War II that illustrate the gravity and enormity of its impact. I'd never known of the story of Louis Zamperini, and I'm more than glad that I do now. The performance was great, solemn and tempered. The story was incredible, provoking both extreme sorrow and extreme joy. This one is a must-read (or listen to) for sure.