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American hero Louis Zamperini shares his wisdom, values, lessons, secrets, and other insights gleaned from his remarkable experiences in this powerful and inspiring book.

Louis Zamperini’s struggle to survive the unimaginable—brought to life in his autobiography Devil at My Heels and in Laura Hillenbrand’s #1 New York Times bestseller and its film adaptation, Unbroken—elevated him to his rightful place among our country’s greatest heroes. Now, Zamperini reveals the wisdom he learned along his incredible journey.

Faced with one misfortune after another—a plane crash, the shark-filled waters of the Pacific, a brutal Japanese prisoner of war camp—Zamperini could have given up a thousand times. Instead, he chose to see every hardship as a challenge that he was determined to overcome. Enduring the perils of World War II, Zamperini continued to find adventure at every turn—from crashing weddings to facing down Frank Sinatra in a fight to getting mixed up in a bank robbery. Until his death at 97 he remained undaunted; happy, sharp-minded, and healthy, he continued to engage life to its fullest.

In Don’t Give Up, Don’t Give In, he offers never-before-told tales that embody his simple yet essential secrets of success: how his relationship with God, his ever-positive attitude, his constant pursuit of accomplishment—and a healthy dose of mischief—helped him lead a long and fulfilled life, lessons we can all use to transform our own.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A fitting capstone to the Zamperini legend…This valedictory book reflects the charm and colorful authority he brought to the world.”

    USA Today

  • “In this extraordinary posthumously published book, this feisty survivor reflects on his long life, his ordeals as a plane crash survivor and a World War II prisoner, and what his challenges taught him about persistence and staying alive.”

    Barnes&Noble.com, editorial review

  • “Zamperini, with his extensive experience of peril, shares his counsel for dealing with dangerous situations.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Not simply another rehashing of Zamperini’s incredible history, this second memoir, dictated to co-writer Rensin during the last year of the author’s life, brims with sage wisdom, learned advice, and fond observations from his adventurous ninety-seven years. Zamperini answers the most recurring questions asked of him during book signings and lectures, mostly pertaining to his adventures after his service in World War II…The author also provides robust wilderness survival tips, which saved his life while adrift on a life raft in the Pacific Ocean…Certainly, his counsel is often platitudinous (exercise forgiveness, challenge yourself, be positive, and give back), but it’s also inspirational, and his words will offer a reflective refresher course for those receptive to it.”

    Kirkus Reviews

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About the Author

Louis Zamperini (1917–2014), a son of Italian immigrants, was a world-class runner and an Olympic athlete, competing at the 1936 Games in Berlin. At the peak of his career, he left sports to fight for his country as a bombardier in the US Army Air Forces. When his B-24 crashed over the Pacific Ocean in 1943, he was stranded at sea for forty-seven days, only to be captured by the Japanese and held prisoner for over two years. After the war, he returned to the United States and founded the Victory Boys Camp for wayward youth and became an inspirational speaker. Zamperini’s story was told in his autobiography Devil at My Heels and made famous in Laura Hillenbrand’s phenomenal #1 bestselling biography Unbroken, which has been made into a major motion picture directed by Angelina Jolie.