DEVIL AT MY HEELS: The Story of Louis Zamperini. Louis Zamperini, Helen Itria.
DEVIL AT MY HEELS: The Story of Louis Zamperini
DEVIL AT MY HEELS: The Story of Louis Zamperini

DEVIL AT MY HEELS: The Story of Louis Zamperini

New York: E.P. Dutton, 1956. First Edition. Hardcover. First Edition (stated) in a later printing dust jacket. Stirring memoir of the Olympic distance runner and World War II prisoner of war and his battles with post traumatic stress disorder. A world-class NCAA miler who competed in the 5,000 meter race at the 1936 Olympics, Zamperini (1917-2014) enlisted in the United States Army Air Forces in September 1941, and was eventually deployed to the Pacific island of Funafuti as a bombardier on a B-24 Liberator bomber. Following a crash 850 miles west of Oahu and 47 days adrift at sea, he and two other survivors from the eleven-man crew were captured by the Japanese Navy in the Marshall Islands. He 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. Though celebrated as a hero after the war, he descended into alcoholism and mental illness before attending a crusade led by evangelist Billy Graham and discovering his calling as a Christian inspirational speaker. Zamperini is the subject of Laura Hillenbrand's best-selling book Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption (2010). Foreword by Billy Graham. Frontispiece, with textual photographs. Inscribed by Zamperini on the front flyleaf. Octavo. Original red paper-covered boards, with dark blue titles. Minor wear to the corners and tips. The dust jacket is a bit edgeworn, with some neat brown paper reinforcement to the verso; otherwise very good. Very Good / Very Good. Item #69714

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