The Famous Words And Title Of Louis Zamperinis ' Autobiography

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Louis Zamperini
Will Muenzenmaier
Mason High School

“Don’t Give Up, Don’t Give In”. These are the famous words and title of Louis Zamperinis’ autobiography. Louis Zamperini lived a powerful and meaningful life that has inspired thousands of people. Zamperini was a troubled youth, a track star from the town of Torrance California with impressive records, an Olympic athlete, World War Two Bombardier, Alcoholic, Airplane crash survivor, Japanese Prisoner of War, Inspirational speaker and a founder of a camp for troubled youths. Louis has done it all and was truly a man ‘Unbroken’ by the world. Louis Zamperini was born on January 26, 1917 in Olean New York, to Italian Immigrants. Shortly after his birth his family moved to Torrance California. He grew up in the tough part of town. Kids would often pick on him until he swore in Italian at them. Growing up his capers didn’t diminish, in fact, the number of his heists grew. He states in his book, Don’t Give up, Don’t Give in, “I was rotten, I was always in trouble: with my father and mother, with the neighborhood, with the school, and the police- when they could catch me” (Zamperini, 7). One day his uncle gave a note that said that said “Please sell him some cigarettes”, the clerk sold them to him and he would take them home to his uncle. Louis started smoking at the age of six. And up until that point he would take cigarette butts out of ash trays and smoke them at home. Being a rotten kid he wanted to get his hands on some

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