As an educator who wrote an article about this book when in graduate school, I found Laura Hillenbrand's account of Louis Zamperini's life exceptional. As an accomplished author, I expected Hillenbrand's story to be compelling. But as a runner, I expected Zamperini's racing career to be written about with fault. Contrary to my expectations, Louis's running talents in childhood, adolescence and adult life grew as he did within the story.
Hillenbrand captured the life of an amazing individual who should not be mourned today, but celebrated. The few miles I run this evening will be dedicated to Zamperini as well as my thoughts when watching the fireworks tomorrow night.