The Louis Zamperini Life Story
Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand
I learned about Louis Zamperini from the free audio CD you get with the purchase of Success magazine. He is 94 years old and it was amazing to hear him tell his story.
At age 19 he made the 1936 American Olympic team for the Berlin Games. He was quite poor and on the trip to Berlin on the cruise ship Manhattan. He gained 12lbs on the trip over from eating the food that athletes were provided for free.
During World War II he and 2 other men survived 47 days in a liferaft in the ocean. They caught a few sharks by hand and ate their livers raw to survive.
After his ordeal in the liferaft he became a Japanese POW and was tortured horribly.
His book Devil At My Heels is his personal record of his amazing life. Louis created the Victory Boys Camp for wayward youth.
He and his wife Cynthia raised 2 daughters of their own.
He attended a Billy Graham event at the insistence of his wife Cynthia and at the event God released Louis from his nightmares, alcohol addiction and revenge fantasies. He was also able to forgive his torturers. He was able to personally meet a number of his torturers and hug them and honestly tell them he forgave them.
Louis talks about the importance of being hearty. He says that every challenge you overcome makes you more hearty.
His life story is now detailed in a book titled Unbroken. It is written by Laura Hillenbrand, author of Seabiscuit. It is a New York Times Bestseller and has been for 4 weeks and counting. Louis has also been interviewed on Crystal Cathedral's Hour of Power.