I’m currently reading the spellbinding autobiography of Louis Zamperini. It reads as if it were non-fiction but this miracle of a man was alive and boy did he live! After watching Angelina Jolie’s directorial debut: Unbroken (the film wasn’t that great due to bad casting and missing tension in key scenes, however the story it was based on was extra-ordinary), I was inspired to find out more about this man. So I purchashed his version of the tale of events rather than the new book which accompanies the film.
A few of the key occurences in Zamperini’s life are becoming an Olympic Athlete and competing in the 1936 Olympics in Berlin. Although he didn’t win he showed spirit and produced a startling comeback which was his trademark as a long distance runner. It was so impressive that Hitler himself decided he wanted to personally meet him.
He also fought in the pacific where ironically on a rescue mission his plane crash landed and he and 2 others somehow survived. Stranded at sea they lived off rations, rainwater and killing birds which landed on their rafts which were cleverly used as bait to catch fish. Fending off a constant barrage of man eating sharks, wild storms, enemy planes firing above, 2 of the 3 miraculously managed to survive. In total they were stranded for 47 days and had drifted over 2000 miles only to be “rescued” by the Japanese Navy and thrown straight into prison camps in Tokyo.