by Laura Hillenbrand
Hardcover - 496 pages
Janet Maslin in the New York Times wrote that the ideal way to read this book would be to have absolutely no idea of how her protagonist's - Louie Zamperini's - life unfolded. Taking that suggestion to heart, nothing more will be said about the book than that it is the story of an Olympic athlete who became an Air Force lieutenant in WW II and wound up as a Japanese prisoner of war. Hillenbrand's Seabiscuit would be a hard act to follow in any event, but this page-turner surely stands the test.