Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption, by Laura HillenbrandRead about the other books on the list.
Unbroken is the beautiful and inspiring story of Louis Zamperini, an Olympic runner-turned-WWII lieutenant whose plane crashed into the Pacific Ocean in 1943. Zamperini survived the open ocean, blood-thirsty sharks, thirst, starvation, enemy aircraft, and more, before reaching land in Japan, where he was admitted into a POW camp—something that probably made him wish he was back with the sharks. But Zamperini survived and survived and survived—it’s something that all runners like to think they’re capable of doing. Perseverance and the ability to accomplish the unthinkable is any athlete’s dream. This non-fiction story is truly stranger than fiction, and you won’t be able to put it down.
Also see: Ten inspiring books about running.