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Devil at My Heels by Louis Zamperini

Devil at My Heels (2003)

by Louis Zamperini

Other authors: David Rensin

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This pretty much sums up the story of more than one lengthy human endeavor ! “Some people believe that if the Pacific generals hadn’t gotten so much liquor, the war would have been over two years sooner” ( )
  nkmunn | Nov 17, 2018 |
If you enjoyed Unbroken, you need to read this book. This is the autobiography written by Louis Zamperini himself, along with David Rensin. This book includes so many more details of the Unbroken story, including what happened after he returned home from the war. This book was actually written 7 years before Unbroken was published and when Laura Hillenbrand approached Louis Zamperini about writing the story of his life, he told her everything was written in Devil at my Heels already. But she still wanted to write his biography. I think Unbroken left out too many details and wonderful stories this amazing man lived to tell.

If you only have time to read one or the other, I’d read this one. But if you’ve already read Unbroken, and you miss Louie, then read this one as well. ( )
1 vote Greytlibrarian | Dec 26, 2014 |
Great Condition and signed by Zamperini, Louis himself ( )
1 vote | leslie440 | Jan 1, 2012 |
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The "inspirational" and "extraordinary" memoir of one of the most courageous of the greatest generation, Louis Zamperini: Olympian, WWII Japanese POW and survivor.

A juvenile delinquent, a world class NCAA miler, a 1936 Olympian, a WWII bombardier: Louis Zamperini had a fuller than most, when it changed in an instant. On May 27, 1943, his B–24 crashed into the Pacific Ocean. Louis and two other survivors found a raft amid the flaming wreckage and waited for rescue. Instead, they drifted two thousand miles for forty–seven days. Their only food: two shark livers and three raw albatross. Their only water: sporadic rainfall. Their only companions: hope and faith–and the ever–present sharks. On the forty–seventh day, mere skeletons close to death, Zamperini and pilot Russell Phillips spotted land–and were captured by the Japanese. Thus began more than two years of torture and humiliation as a prisoner of war.

Zamperini was threatened with beheading, subject to medical experiments, routinely beaten, hidden in a secret interrogation facility, starved and forced into slave labour, and was the constant victim of a brutal prison guard nicknamed the Bird–a man so vicious that the other guards feared him and called him a psychopath. Meanwhile, the Army Air Corps declared Zamperini dead and President Roosevelt sends official condolences to his family, who never gave up hope that he was alive.

Somehow, Zamperini survived and he returned home a hero. The celebration was short–lived. He plunged into drinking and brawling and the depths of rage and despair. Nightly, the Bird's face leered at him in his dreams. It would take years, but with the love of his wife and the power of faith, he was able to stop the nightmares and the drinking.

A stirring memoir from one of the greatest of the "Greatest Generation," DEVIL AT MY HEELS is a living document about the brutality of war, the tenacity of the human spirit, and the power of forgiveness.

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BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY: HISTORICAL, POLITICAL & MILITARY. Devil at My Heels is the riveting, astonishing, and inspirational memoir of one of the greatest of the Greatest Generation: U.S. Olympian, World War II bombardier, Japanese POW, and survivor Louis Zamperini. His story of courage and resilience is so extraordinary that Lauren Hillebrand, author of Seabiscuit, made it the subject of her acclaimed bestseller, Unbroken. But Devil at My Heels is Zamperini's remarkable personal history in his own words, a gripping, first-hand account of every trial, torment, escape, and remarkable triumph, with an introduction by Senator John McCain, himself a former Air Force flyer and prisoner of war.… (more)

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