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Don't Give Up, Don't Give In: Lessons from an Extraordinary Life

by Louis Zamperini, David Rensin

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Sometimes, extraordinary tales are also true. Louis Zamperini was a living, breathing example of resilience and determination to never give up. Beyond survival, Zamperini’s life demonstrates imperfection and acceptance, handling circumstances beyond our control, finding purpose, admitting fault and taking responsibility. In addition to US and World History, this historical figure brings meaning and depth to writing autobiographies, character education, leadership, service, and so much more.

The publisher’s website offers educator resources for teachers and librarians (https://www.harpercollins.com/9780062368331/dont-give-up-dont-give-in), but the links seem to take you on a wild goose chase so finding anything useful was nearly impossible. I found the greatest variety of links to lesson plans and instructional ideas on Pinterest (https://www.pinterest.com/search/pins/?q=lesson%20plans%20Louis%20Zamperini&rs=typed&0=lesson|typed&1=plans|typed&2=Louis|typed&3=Zamperini|typed).

Some unexpected finds included quotes on goodreads.com (https://www.goodreads.com/work/quotes/41449346-don-t-give-up-don-t-give-in-lessons-from-an-extraordinary-life), 4 Lessons in Manliness (https://www.goodreads.com/work/quotes/41449346-don-t-give-up-don-t-give-in-lessons-from-an-extraordinary-life), digital storytelling (https://www.awesomestories.com/asset/view/Louis-Zamperini-Life-Story), a leadership blog (https://prepforum.wordpress.com/2015/01/05/4-lessons-from-the-life-of-louis-zamperini/), and one of many documentaries, The Great Zamperini is a CBS Sports special produced during the 1998 Olympic Winter Games in Japan (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aEGL-wyz1yk). ( )
  frozenteacher | Mar 5, 2016 |
This book is full of "proverbs", each accompanied with a short story from Louis Zamperini's life. I got to know him just a little more, a little better than I had previously, from reading "Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption". A sweet, fun, and interesting little book. ( )
  fuzzi | Jan 5, 2015 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0062368338, Hardcover)

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, and 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—have helped him lead a long and fulfilled life, lessons we can all use to transform our own.

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"Champion. Survivor. Hero. Legend. Completed just two days before Louis Zamperini's death at age 97, Don't Give Up, Don't Give In shares a lifetime of wisdom, insight, and humor from one of America's most inspiring lives. Zamperini's story has touched millions through Laura Hillenbrand's biography Unbroken, soon to be a major motion picture directed by Angelina Jolie. Now, in his own words, Louis Zamperini reveals, with warmth and great charm, the essential values and lessons that sustained him throughout his remarkable journey. He was a youthful troublemaker from California who turned his life around to become a 1936 Olympian and a world-class miler at the University of Southern California. Putting aside his superstar track career, Louis Zamperini volunteered for the army before Pearl Harbor and was thrust into the violent combat of World War II as a B-24 bombardier. While on a rescue mission, his plane went down in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, where he survived, against all odds, drifting two thousand miles in a small raft for forty-seven days. His struggle was only beginning: Zamperini was captured by the Japanese and, for more than two years, he courageously endured torture and psychological abuse in a series of prisoner-of-war camps. He returned home to face more dark hours, but in 1949 Zamperini's life was transformed by a spiritual rebirth that would guide him through the next sixty-five years of his long and happy life. Cowritten with longtime collaborator David Rensin, Louis Zamperini's Don't Give Up, Don't Give In is an extraordinary last testament that captures the wisdom of a life lived to the fullest. A son of Italian immigrants, Louis Zamperini (1917-2014) was a U.S. Olympic runner, World War II bombardier, and POW survivor. After the war, he returned to the United States to found the Victory Boys Camp for at-risk youth and became an inspirational speaker. Zamperini's story was told in his 2003 autobiography Devil at My Heels, as well as in Laura Hillenbrand's 2010 biography Unbroken. David Rensin worked closely with Louis Zamperini for many years and cowrote Devil at My Heels, as well as fifteen other books, including five New York Times bestsellers"--… (more)

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