I bought this because I loved the first book by this author, Seabiscuit. Although the writing in this wasn’t quite as good (IMHO) as it was in Seabiscuit, Ms. Hillenbrand has again found a completely compelling true story to tell. Louie Zamperini was an Olympic class runner whose life was blessed with an amazing talent and a resilient spirit. His story of being shot down and adrift at sea for 47 days and then captured and tortured by the Japanese is at times almost unbelievable. I had to keep reminding myself that this was a true story.
The research is impeccable and the story is riveting.