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The Improbable Lives of Louis Zamperini
Power Line, by Scott Johnson

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Posted By:StormCnter, 7/4/2014 5:32:20 AM

I am saddened to learn of the death yesterday of the remarkable Louis Zamperini. What a man; what a great American. The New York Times obituary by Ira Berkow is here. I wrote about Mr. Zamperini on Power Line after I finished reading Laura Hillenbrand’s best-selling biography of him (linked below). The following comments are adapted from what I wrote then. In November 2010 the Wall Street Journal’s Saturday Review section carried Steve Oney’s moving joint profile of Laura Hillenbrand and Louis Zamperini, the subject of Hillenbrand’s book Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption. Zamperini competed

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: mathman, 7/4/2014 7:46:09 AM     (No. 9910601)

You cannot make this stuff up.
Read the book.
Louie was unique. Within his chest beat the heart of a hero.
Surviving the torture of The Bird is an incredible recounting of how to overcome the most vile, contemptible, evil perversion I have ever heard of. It kind of made the rape of Nanking more likely.
And his redemption? The Gospel message comes through with vividness and force!
Read the book!

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Reply 2 - Posted by: StormCnter, 7/4/2014 8:09:33 AM     (No. 9910631)

Amen, #1.

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