Don't Give Up, Don't Give In: Lessons from an Extraordinary Life

Don't Give Up, Don't Give In: Lessons from an Extraordinary Life


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Don't Give Up, Don't Give In: Lessons from an Extraordinary Life by Louis Zamperini, David Rensin

American hero Louis Zamperini shares his wisdom, values, lessons, secrets, and other insights gleaned from his remarkable experiences in this powerful and inspiring book.

Louis Zamperini’s struggle to survive the unimaginable—brought to life in his autobiography Devil at My Heels and in Laura Hillenbrand’s #1 New York Times bestseller and its film adaptation, Unbroken—elevated him to his rightful place among our country’s greatest heroes. Now, Zamperini reveals the wisdom he learned along his incredible journey.

Faced with one misfortune after another—a plane crash, the shark-filled waters of the Pacific, a brutal Japanese prisoner of war camp—Zamperini could have given up a thousand times. Instead, he chose to see every hardship as a challenge that he was determined to overcome. Enduring the perils of World War II, Zamperini continued to find adventure at every turn—from crashing weddings to facing down Frank Sinatra in a fight to getting mixed up in a bank robbery. Until his death at 97 he remained undaunted; happy, sharp-minded, and healthy, and continued to engage life to its fullest.

In Don’t Give Up, Don’t Give In, he offers never-before told tales that embody his simple, yet essential secrets of success: how his relationship with God, his ever-positive attitude, his constant pursuit of accomplishment—and a healthy dose of mischief—have helped him lead a long and fulfilled life, lessons we can all use to transform our own.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062368805
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 10/27/2015
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 114,952
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 7.30(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

A son of Italian immigrants, Louis Zamperini (1917-2014) was a U.S. Olympic runner, World War II bombardier, and POW survivor. After the war, he returned to the United States to found the Victory Boys Camp for at-risk youth and became an inspirational speaker. Zamperini's story was told in his 2003 autobiography Devil at My Heels, as well as in Laura Hillenbrand's 2010 biography Unbroken.

David Rensin worked closely with Louis Zamperini for many years and cowrote Devil at My Heels, as well as fifteen other books, including five New York Times bestsellers.

Table of Contents

Coauthor's Note xiii

Introduction xix

Run for your life

The Family Rules 3

Anyone Can Turn Their Life Around 7

The Difference Between Attention and Recognition Is Self-Esteem 21

It's Not How You Win, It's How You Lose 25

A Race Isn't Over Until It's Over 29

Be Prepared

Preparation Determines Your Survival 37

My Survival Kit 41

Trust What You Know 45

Keep Your Mind Sharp 49

Don't Forget to Laugh 55

Don't Give Up, Don't Give In

You Are the Content of Your Character 63

Never Let Anyone Destroy Your Dignity 71

Hate Is a Personal Decision 73

The True Definition of Hero 77

Attitude is everything

You Must Have Hope 81

Don't Ask Why, Ask What's Next 83

You Choose How to View Your Fate 87

The Secret of Contentment 89

After the war: Still Lost

You Can't Run (or Sail) Away from Yourself 95

Don't Leave the Crucial Details to Others 121

There's Always An Answer to Everything

You Need a Cloud to Have a Silver Lining 129

Know When You've Done All you Can Do 141

The Gangster and the Gospel 147

Give Back

It takes a Camp to Help a Child 157

Get Their Attention 165

First you listen 169

Accomplishment Is the Key to Self-Respect 173

My private Reward 177

The Mission that Never Ends 179

What I've Learned

Challenge Yourself 187

Learn to Adapt 193

Commitment and Perseverance Pay Off 197

You're Only as Old as You fell 199

Free Advice 203

Lessons of the olympic spirit

It's About People 209

You Have to Train to carry a torch 211

Forgiveness is the healing factor 215

Remember me this way

A Charitable Heart 223

Afterword 225

Acknowledgments 233

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Don't Give Up, Don't Give In: Lessons from an Extraordinary Life 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Outstanding!! What an incredible human being! Shows us what the human spirit can endure. Rest in peace sir, you have more than earned it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
sooner in my life.
Gina5 More than 1 year ago
Interesting war story. "Devil at My Heels" showed more of the personal story and insights of this incredible man!
JDMO64 More than 1 year ago
Awesome human being!
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