Louis Zamperini was an Olympian in 1936, went on to become a B-24 bombardier, and would eventually become famous for surviving 47 days afloat in the Pacific Ocean — followed by two years in Japanese POW camps.
Zamperini died last Thursday, July 3rd, at the age of 97.
Zamperini wrote a book about his experiences entitled Devil at My Heels, which was reviewed here. Laura Hillenbrand, who wrote Seabiscuit and heard about Zamperini during her research, wrote another biography entitled Unbroken (reviewed here), which Read more
For the second year in a row, the biography of a military Christian has made the Chief of Staff of the Air Force’s official “Reading List.” Last year, it was Unbroken, the story of Louis Zamperini, the Olympic athlete turned bombardier turned POW — a man who eventually became a Christian and returned to meet his former torturers.
This year, General Mark Welsh’s first list contains Lee Ellis’ Leading with Honor, previously reviewed here. The Air Force write up says
How did American military leaders in the brutal POW camps Read more
The Chief of Staff of the Air Force, General Norton Schwartz, recently published his 2012 reading list, part of the CSAF Professional Reading Program.
In the first quarter, one of the featured books is the biography of a Christian, Unbroken.
As noted in a separate review (here), Unbroken is the biography of Louis Zamperini, a World War II B-24 bombardier who also wrote an autobiography entitled Devil at My Heels (reviewed here). Unbroken focused on “survival and resilience,” leaving the “redemption” part of its subtitle to just the last few pages. Redemption, of course, came in the form of Zamperini accepting Christ at a Billy Graham crusade in 1949, his Read more
Air Force Chief of Staff General Norton Schwartz recently continued the annual tradition of publishing a recommended “reading list.” The service’s first non-fighter/bomber pilot chief included a fighter pilot memoir in the “military heritage” section: Fighter Pilot: The Memoirs of Legendary Ace Robin Olds, which was previously reviewed here.
Another interesting recommendation is Red Eagles: America’s Secret MiGs, which reportedly details the stories of the top secret US acquisition of foreign fighters, and their clandestine use in training US fighter pilots.
Most Air Force bases stock the Chief’s reading list in a special section of the base library.