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

by Louis Zamperini, David Rensin


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New York Times bestseller

More than 100,000 copies in print

Completed just two days before Louis Zamperini’s death at age ninety-seven, Don’t Give Up, Don’t Give In shares a lifetime of wisdom, insight, and humor from “one of the most incredible American lives of the past century” (People). Zamperini’s story has touched millions through Laura Hillenbrand’s biography Unbroken and its blockbuster movie adaptation directed by Angelina Jolie. Now, in his own words, Zamperini reveals with warmth and great charm the essential values and lessons that sustained him throughout his remarkable journey.

He was a youthful troublemaker from California who turned his life around to become a 1936 Olympian. Putting aside his track career, he volunteered for the army before Pearl Harbor and was thrust into World War II as a B-24 bombardier. While on a rescue mission, his plane went down in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, where he survived against all odds, drifting two thousand miles in a small raft for forty-seven days. His struggle was only beginning: Zamperini was captured by the Japanese, and for more than two years he courageously endured torture and psychological abuse in a series of prisoner-of-war camps. He returned home to face more dark hours, but in 1949 Zamperini’s life was transformed by a spiritual rebirth that would guide him through the next sixty-five years of his long and happy life. Louis Zamperini’s Don’t Give Up, Don’t Give In is an extraordinary last testament that captures the wisdom of a life lived to the fullest.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062368331
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 11/18/2014
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 790,814
Product dimensions: 7.40(w) x 5.90(h) x 1.00(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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