A Hero Has Died

WK-AV921_COVER__DV_20101110182743Louis Zamperini has died. He is the subject of the international bestseller Unbroken by Seabiscuit’s biographer Laura Hillenbrand.

The only reason I didn’t put this book on yesterday’s post, “Reading List for Patriots” was because I was saving it for when the movie comes out this December.

Louis Zamperini died of pneumonia yesterday in Los Angeles at the age of 97. And what a life he led. Unbroken details his life as a Olympic distance runner who so impressed Adolf Hitler that the Fuhrer insisted on meeting the young runner.

Later he enlisted in the United States Army Air Forces and earned a commission as a second lieutenant in the Pacific. He was shot down and survived 47 days at sea in a raft with two other men.

And that is only the beginning.

Unbroken is quite possibly the greatest World War II book (or nonfiction subject) I have ever read, and there is no better time for you to read it than now, in honor of a great American hero.

Unbroken will be Angelina Jolie’s third directorial project. Watch the three minute trailer here.


About Andrew Toy
Writer when I'm not being a husband or dad. So mostly just a husband and dad.

34 Responses to A Hero Has Died

  1. flygirl140 says:

    it is sad to hear that he has passed on but he did lead an amazing life. I just put Unbroken on my reading list because my father recommended it. I will be watching the movie when it comes out.

  2. Titanimom says:

    An incredible human being. I had not heard the news. Thanks for honoring his memory today. The book is unbelievable yet sadly true. Thinking the movie will be unbearable to watch.

  3. dfrantz1953 says:

    The book is one of my favorites! Such a compelling story of a true American hero! I have recommended it over and over! Thanks for your post! 🙂

  4. iamglor says:

    Aw_wwwww, so sad…he looks stoic! Unbroken is on my reading list…been wanting to start reading again. This seems like a good place to start. Thanks for stopping by and following my blog, James! And thanks for sharing!

  5. Between your post and watching Fox News, I was blown away at this American hero. I am sure that the movie will be extraordinary…

  6. I plan to read the book before the movie comes out. Amazing American hero.

  7. mikew66 says:

    This Book is one of the best I have read, amazing man,amazing story. RIP Louis Zamperini

  8. Elaine says:

    I have this book on my Kindle but the opportunity has not yet come up for me to read it yet. Looking forward to it though!

  9. Dahon says:

    I’m putting this one on my list! I’m so excited to read it..Thanks for the follow by the way! 🙂

  10. cielotech says:

    I agree completely–he was a hero. I read the book with astonishment. His ability to survive the ordeal and live a meaningful life afterwards is truly remarkable. Truly remarkable. Thank you so much for indicating his death. Happy 4th. Bob J.

  11. swamiyesudas says:

    Glad to hear of this Hero, Mr. Louis Zamperini. May he be an Inspiration for all of us. Thanks for sharing.

  12. Anne Lene says:

    Thank you for popping by my blog and the follow. It brought me back to your blog and I found this amazing story. Thank you for sharing this. I have never heard about this American hero, will definitely watch the movie and put the book on my reading list. It’s amazing what some people can endure, and still come out stronger at the other end. What an inspiration!

  13. brm7 says:

    can’t wait for the movie thanks for blogging this our friend Col. Mastriano was a good friend of his and has told us many a story about him. He was a wonderful Christian example.

  14. Reblogged this on quirkywritingcorner and commented:
    My prayers and condolences to the family

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