This is by far the best WWII true story I've read, and I've read quite a few. Louie Zamperini was training for the 1940 Tokyo Olympics when they were suddenly cancelled, and the nation was at war. Louie enlisted in the Air Force and soon was in Hawaii, in the aftermath of Pearl Harbor. His incredible tale includes extremely aggressive sharks, world records for time as a castaway, prisoner of war camps, sickness, injuries, mental illness, and redemption. Before reading this book, I wasn't as aware of the extent of Japan's involvement in WWII. It is fairly descriptive: I recommend to 12+.