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My Private War: Liberated Body, Captive Mind: A World War II POW's Journey

My Private War: Liberated Body, Captive Mind: A World War II POW's Journey

by Norman Bussel

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The vivid and emotional story of one soldier's heroic struggle with post-traumatic stress disorder.

1944: Norm Bussel finds himself bailing out of a burning B-17 bomber only months after his twentieth birthday. Touching down in a field outside Berlin, Norm was immediately seized by local farmhands, who were in the process of lynching him when a passing German soldier put a stop to the execution. For the next year, Norm would struggle to survive at the hands of the Nazis as a prisoner of war.

The rage and emotional turmoil he suffered during that year of suffering would follow him home, denying him the peace and stability he longed for. This is one soldier's searing and honest story of his battle with post-traumatic stress disorder.

"One of the Greatest Generation writes affectingly of a long life spent wrestling with post-traumatic stress disorder. An honest account of matters once considered embarrassing-and much more common than civilians might realize, as a new generation of veterans is discovering." -Kirkus Reviews

"A tremendously valuable account. Norman Bussel's story is even more important today than it was back then." -James Patterson, #1 New York Times-bestselling author

"An important book. Norman Bussel has performed one of the most vital, and most painful, acts of war-which is to remember." -Hampton Sides, author of GHOST SOLDIERS and BLOOD AND THUNDER

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ISBN-13: 9781605980676
Publisher: Pegasus Books
Publication date: 12/01/2009
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 304
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

On April 29, 1944, Norman Bussel was shot down over Berlin and held prisoner at Stalag Luft. A year later, he was liberated by General Patton’s tank corps, but would spend the next several decades battling the crippling effects of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Bussel lives in upstate New York.

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