The bestselling autobiography of the legendary Louis Zamperini, hero of the blockbuster Unbroken.A modern classic by an American legend,Devil at My Heelsis the riveting and deeply personal memoir by U.S Olympian, World War II bombardier, and POW survivor Louis Zamperini His inspiring story of courage, resilience, and faith has captivated readers and audiences ofUnbroken,now a major motion picture directed by Angelina Jolie InDevil at My Heels,his official autobiography co written with longtime collaborator David Rensin , Zamperini shares his own first hand account of extraordinary journeyhailed as one of the most incredible American lives of the past century People.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 wartortured and humiliated, routinely beaten, starved and forced into slave laborwhile the Army Air Corps declared him dead and sent official condolences to his family On his return home, memories of the war haunted him nearly destroyed his marriage until a spiritual rebirth transformed him and led him to dedicate the rest of his long and happy life to helping at risk youth.Told in Zamperinis own voice,Devil at My Heelsis an unforgettable 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 faith....
|Title||:||Devil at My Heels: A Heroic Olympian's Astonishing Story of Survival as a Japanese POW in World War II|
|Publisher||:||William Morrow Paperbacks Reissue edition November 1, 2011|
|Number of Pages||:||292 pages|
|File Size||:||997 KB|
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Devil at My Heels: A Heroic Olympian's Astonishing Story of Survival as a Japanese POW in World War II Reviews
I had read Unbroken first, then received Devil At My Heals as a gift on my IPAD. I decided to go ahead and read this version and was struck by how the first half of both books were basically identical, though more "first person experiences" with Devil than Unbroken. What became more striking with Devil is that the experience in war as a prisoner was really just prologue for his ultimate life's work which was his service to God. You do not get that sense with the Unbroken version. He never claimed to be a hero, claiming rather to be a survivor who got a lot of press. His tale of survival was amazing and his commitment to God after his post war trauma is equally admirable as his ability to survive the war. I would recommend the Devil version over the Unbroken version because it seemed more of a personal story as opposed to just a survival story.
Devil at My Heels reveals the remarkably candid autobiography of Louis Zamperini. Although reared in a loving family, Zamperini was a clever, streetwise delinquent. He escaped the streets of Torrance, California, unscathed during his youth for the love of ‘running.’ During his teen years, Zamperini’s older brother, Pete, cultivated his running skills. However, Zamperini learned accountability and leadership in sports.
Despite all the hoopla about the movie and the heralded book "Unbroken;" this book is by far more honest, riveting and soulful. Since I had already Read :Unbroken" and Seen the movie, I was reluctant to read Louie's personal account of his amazing life. I am so gratified I did. The book is fast-paced and a real page-turner. His exploits, sufferings and victories are both uplifting and heart wrenching. The movie and other book missed the point entirely- Louie's descent into his darkest hour of resentment, anger and- self pity over his treatment by his Japanese captors; and his recovery to complete forgiveness and fruitful living after his encounter with a young Billy Graham. What a great story!
After reading Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand and watching the movie by the same name, I just had to get a copy of Devil at My Heels and get 'the rest of the story' from Louie Zamperini himself. As many reviewers have already stated, Devil at My Heels shares many accounts similar to Unbroken. Of course Unbroken is a more professionally written book, from a third person perspective and is more descriptive and broader in scope. This book, Devil at My Heels is more of a personal, firsthand account of his life and is a great read on its own.
My favorite book and my favorite movie! So inspiring, and makes me feel fortunate -- and a little guilty -- that I've had such an easy life. I believe his life was spared so many times because God had a special plan for him. But I don't mean to belittle the fact that his survival was mainly due to his own strength, courage, survival skills, athletic training, and sharp mind. I would never have survived half of what he went through. In the last several decades of his life, he helped and inspired so many people; it's just too bad that he had to suffer so much to get there. Even though he lived to the age of 97, I don't know how he fit it all in! I wish I could have had the privilege of meeting him in person.