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. 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.

Product details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Perennial; Reissue edition (25 November 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062118854
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062118851
  • Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 1.9 x 20.3 cm

From the Back Cover

A youthful troublemaker, a world-class NCAA miler, a 1936 Olympian, a WWII bombardier: Louis Zamperini had a fuller life than most. But on May 27, 1943, it all changed in an instant when his B-24 crashed into the Pacific Ocean, leaving Louis and two other survivors drifting on a raft for forty-seven days and two thousand miles, waiting in vain to be rescued. And the worst was yet to come when they finally reached land, only to be captured by the Japanese. Louis spent the next two years as a prisoner of war—tortured and humiliated, routinely beaten, subjected to medical experiments, starved and forced into slave labor—while the Army Air Corps declared him dead and sent official condolences to his family.

This is the remarkable true story of accomplishment, glory, disaster, survival, and true heroism made famous by Laura Hillenbrand in her #1 New York Times bestseller Unbroken. Told in Louis Zamperini’s own words, Devil at My Heels is a stirring memoir from one of the greatest of the “Greatest Generation,” a living document about the brutality of war, the tenacity of the human spirit, and the power of forgiveness.

About the Author

Louis Zamperini continues his full-time work as a motivational speaker, very much in demand talking to students, veterans groups, corporations and religious organizations across the country. He lives in California. David Rensin has co-written numerous bestselling books including the recent The Mailroom: Hollywood History from the Bottom Up (Ballantine), both of Tim Allen's bestsellers, Confessions of a Late Night Talk Show Host with Garry Shandling and the widely praised Where Did I Go Right? with show business legend Bernie Brillstein. For 20 years he has been a contribuing editor of Playboy and has written for numerous other publications, including Esquire, Us and Rolling Stone. Rensin has long won widespread praise for his remarkable ability to get his subjects to open up and deftly capture their voice on the page. He lives in California with his wife and son.

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