Unbroken - Louis Zamperini Story - Preface

If you will save me ...

Louis Zamperini
Castaway, South Pacific
Summer, 1943 

On a raft, in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, three men were dead to the rest of the world.  Other than sharks, no one was looking for them.

Mothers believed their boys were alive, but perhaps that was just wishful thinking.  This time, motherly instincts were at odds with a likely outcome.

Without food and water, traumatized and emaciated, the three airmen (and their plane) had crashed in the ocean, about 800 miles south of the Hawaiian Islands.  If they ever reached land, it would likely be enemy-held.

One of the drifters was an Olympic athlete.  Most people thought he'd be the first person to run a four-minute mile.  Instead, Louis Zamperini and his long legs were bound for an early end-of-life.

Not a man of faith, Zamp started to pray.  He had nowhere else to seek help.

 

 

EDITOR'S NOTE:  Learn how Laura Hillenbrand developed Unbroken, her bestselling book about Louis Zamperini (soon to become a major motion picture).

Author: Carole D. Bos, J.D.

 

Original Release Date:  March 31, 2011
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