The will to live is the connecting thread that holds together these dramatic and moving true stories of man's indomitability. The sum total has terrific impact. Hersey has covered a wide range of challenges -- flood; the concentration camps of World War II. Hiroshima; escape from impending disaster; combat fatigue; mutilation and the return to ""normal"" life these cover a few of the situations. The strength of the book is in the selection of material. These are ordinary people who did not know their own strength. It is the situation that taps this hidden inner strength. Young people who checked to read The Wall will surely find similar compassion, insight and skilled craftsmanship in this new book.