Devil at My Heels: A Heroic Olympian's Astonishing Story of by David Rensin, Louis Zamperini

By David Rensin, Louis Zamperini

The bestselling autobiography of the mythical Louis Zamperini, hero of the blockbuster Unbroken

A smooth vintage by means of an American legend, Devil at My Heels is the riveting and deeply own memoir via U.S. Olympian, international struggle II bombardier, and POW survivor Louis Zamperini. His inspiring tale of braveness, resilience, and religion has captivated readers and audiences of Unbroken, now an immense movie directed by way of Angelina Jolie. In Devil at My Heels, his legit autobiography (co-written with longtime collaborator David Rensin), Zamperini stocks his personal first-hand account of impressive journey—hailed as “one of the main really good American lives of the prior century” (People).

A younger troublemaker, a world-class NCAA miler, a 1936 Olympian, a WWII bombardier: Louis Zamperini had a fuller lifestyles than such a lot. yet on might 27, 1943, all of it replaced right away while his B-24 crashed into the Pacific Ocean, leaving Louis and different survivors drifting on a raft for forty-seven days and thousand miles, ready in useless to be rescued. And the worst was once but to come back once they eventually reached land, merely to be captured by means of the japanese. Louis spent the following years as a prisoner of war—tortured and humiliated, normally crushed, starved and compelled into slave labor—while the military Air Corps declared him useless and despatched reliable condolences to his kin. On his go back domestic, thoughts of the battle haunted him approximately destroyed his marriage till a religious rebirth remodeled him and led him to commit the remainder of his lengthy and chuffed lifestyles to supporting at-risk youth. Told in Zamperini’s personal voice, Devil at My Heels is an unforgettable memoir from one of many maximum of the “Greatest Generation,” a residing rfile concerning the brutality of struggle, the tenacity of the human spirit, and the facility of religion.

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He used to be a younger troublemaker from California who grew to become his existence round to turn into a 1936 Olympian. placing apart his song profession, he volunteered for the military earlier than Pearl Harbor and used to be thrust into global warfare II as a B-24 bombardier. whereas on a rescue project, his airplane went down in the midst of the Pacific Ocean, the place he survived opposed to all odds, drifting thousand miles in a small raft for forty-seven days. His fight was once simply starting: Zamperini was once captured via the japanese, and for greater than years he courageously continued torture and mental abuse in a chain of prisoner-of-war camps. He back domestic to stand extra darkish hours, yet in 1949 Zamperini’s lifestyles used to be reworked by way of a religious rebirth that might advisor him during the subsequent sixty-five years of his lengthy and satisfied existence. Louis Zamperini’s Don’t hand over, Don’t provide In is a unprecedented final testomony that captures the knowledge of a lifestyles lived to the fullest.

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I replied that until he could find someone who could read Russian well enough to decipher my card I proposed to answer no questions. D. ’ Once again we relapsed into silence. On our arrival the entire force was paraded and each man inspected my card in turn but without success. By this time a certain embarrass­ ment had become evident amongst my captors, and seeing that I had them at a disadvantage, I made some scarcely veiled allusions to the lack of culture prevalent. They began to look more sheepish than ever.

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