Louis Zamperini (1917-2014) was an Olympics runner, a World War II bombardier, and a POW survivor. During World War II, his B-24 crashed at sea, leaving him and two other survivors lost at sea aboard a life raft for 47 days. Eventually, Louis was found by the Japanese, imprisoned, and severely tortured for 2-1/2 years as a prisoner.
After the war, he returned to the United States and eventually founded Victory Boys Camp, a charitable organization for at-risk youth. Louis is the hero of the major motion picture Unbroken, as well as Laura Hillenbrand's bestselling book, Unbroken. His post-war life is captured in the upcoming movie UNBROKEN: PATH TO REDEMPTION, in theaters October 5.
Louis (LouisZamperiniFoundation.org) authored two books with co-author David Rensin, Devil at My Heels in 2003 and a posthumous publication in 2014 entitled Don't Give Up, Don't Give In.