Unbroken, by Laura HillenbrandRead about the other books on the list.
The incredible story of famed Olympic runner Louis Zamperini during World War II is made even more compelling by the fact that it’s completely true. His persistent will to survive on the high seas, in multiple Japanese POW camps, and in the dire domestic circumstances to which he returned in America, is the fabric of a narrative that would certainly provide me with the hope and hubris necessary to make it on my own on a desert island. Moreover, his refusal to give in and magnanimity might be enough for me to swallow a coconuts-for-breakfast-lunch-and-dinner diet, at least for a few weeks.
Unbroken is among Lauren Passell's top seven books that belong on every runner’s bookshelf.