Author: Laura Hillenbrand
The Good: From the author who wrote about Seabiscuit, is this story about Louis Zamperini, an Olympian and WWII prisoner of war. It is an intriguing story about how Zamperini survived some deplorable and inhumane conditions as a prisoner of war in the South Pacific and how he overcame those struggles.
The Bad: Spoiler alert: Zamperini survives. That's good. But the bad is that he became a religious motivational speaker and entirely too much of the story is devoted to that. The story could have ended shortly after mention of his life after WWII.
The Verdict: I'm willing to bet this will also become a future movie if it's not already in the works. But, I was really disappointed by the preachy note the book ended on. It's an interesting story, but not one of my favorites, so read with the knowledge that it will get a bit preachy at the end.