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Viewers of the telecast of the 1998 Winter Olympics at Nagano, Japan, may recall watching a spry octogenarian, former Olympic runner, and onetime prisoner of war, Louis Zamperini, carrying the torch on the last lap to the stadium. Later, they might have caught Zamperini bounding up the steps at a memorial near his notorious former POW camp at Naoetsu, to lay a wreath for his fellow POWs who perished there in 194445.
Zamperini first published his incredible story in 1956, telling of his wayward youth; his brilliant track career; his unbelievable 47-day survival in a rubber raft after his plane was shot down; the brutal torture, medical experimentation, and forced labor he endured at the hands of his Japanese captors; and finally, the peace he found in forgiveness as a witness for the Crusade ministry of the Reverend Dr. Billy Graham.
Now Zamperini has updated his story. He has enhanced his narrative with important new twists that add depth and intrigue to this already amazing tale. The new edition includes the added dimension of his discovery that a Japanese classmate at the University of Southern California, who was Zamperini's chief interrogator in the infamous Ofuna POW center, was indeed a spy while at USC; and the story of how CBS tracked down Zamperini's chief tormenter, interviewing him while the man's son wept off-camera.
For Zamperini, it's been quite a run. For the reader, this will be an incredible, unforgettable and inspiring page-turner. Linda Goetz Holmes
Linda Goetz Holmes, a historian of the War in the Pacific, is the author of Unjust Enrichment: How Japan's Companies Built Postwar Fortunes Using American POWs.