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Publisher Description

On a May afternoon in 1943, a US bomber crashed into the Pacific Ocean. After an agonising delay, a young lieutenant finally bobbed to the surface and struggled aboard a life raft. So begins one of the most extraordinary odysseys of the Second World War.

The lieutenant’s name was Louis Zamperini. As a boy, he turned to petty crime until he discovered a remarkable talent for running, which took him to the Berlin Olympics. But as war loomed, he joined up and was soon embroiled in the ferocious battle for the Pacific.

Now Zamperini faced a journey of thousands of miles of open ocean on a failing raft, dogged by sharks, starvation and the enemy. Driven to limits of endurance, Zamperini’s fate, whether triumph or tragedy, would depend on the strength of his will…

Biographies & Memoirs
20 January
Fourth Estate
HarperCollins Australia Pty Limited

Customer Reviews

Cuttlefish310 ,

A great story!

Although this book is some 1136 pages long when using size 12 font in iBooks, the last three hundred or so are dedicated to cross references, indices and such, take out the first few hundred pages of Zamperini's childhood and the amount of this book dedicated to his actual wartime experiences, and you have a very enjoyable and fascinating account of one mans fight against well recorded Japanese brutality!

I did find myself flipping over pages in the first page of the book but once you get to the actual crash of his bomber, you can't put it down!

Overall I enjoyed it immensely though feel it could be condensed quite a lot and get rid of the last three hundred pages!

Nelstar Stuson ,

It just doesn't get better than this

This is quite simply one of the best books ever written. The read-500-pages-in-one-sitting level has never been higher in a book. Must buy.

Elyagm ,


An incredible life - a captivating read

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