I very much enjoyed this book. It's the story of a 1930s Olympic runner - Louie Zamperini and what happens when he becomes a bomber in WWII. He spends 47 days on a raft that floats him right into the hands of Japanese. But there is so much more to Louie's life....a petty thief as a child, running gives him the spark to change his life. Mental toughness and survival skills rise to the top in his 47 days on a raft. And once he's a POW, it's this overwhelming will to go on that keeps him going, despite beatings, illness, hard labor, filth, and more. Louie is one of a kind, and you begin to understand how much American culture has lost in this age of technology...The narrative style is strait forward, laying out the story, but never trying to embellish it with elegant prose or emotional climaxes. It is compelling, none-the-less and for history buffs a really gem. Highly recommend.