The change of Louie Zamperini, a young Italian boy in the book Unbroken, is absolutely amazing.  Louie starts out as a vagabond; he has no purpose, no goals, and supposedly, no future.  Louie also steals, smokes, lies,and drinks, all at a very young age.  Although it seems that Louie has no chance in life, his brother Pete, a smart, responsible young man, will not give up on Louie.  In just a few years, with the help of many friends and family members, Louie Zamperini, the criminal from the streets, is now bursting with extraordinary confidence.  Louie is an incredible runner, breaking several records; he now has a new purpose and renewed bravery to face the world.

As many years go by, things take a turn for the worst.  Louie, now enlisted in the army, is stranded in the ocean with two other men. Only minutes after the crash, Louie self promotes himself to the leader of these men.  Louie becomes astonishingly encouraging, giving the men renewed hope, totally contradicting his former helpless self.  Louie sorts out rations, quizzes the men (to keep them from going crazy), and even risks his own life to keep the others alive.  Louie Zamperini has taken the disease of selfishness by the throat and cast it away, resulting in a prodigious transformation!