Format Hardcover
Publication Date 12/17/08
ISBN 9781605980157
Trim Size / Pages 9.3 x 6.4 in / 304

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My Private War

Liberated Body, Captive Mind: A World War II Pow's Story

Norman Bussel

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

1944: Norm Bussel, an introspective and happy-go-lucky teen from Memphis, finds himself bailing out of a burning B-17 bomber just months after his 19th 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. And that is when the rage began. Rage that he and his fellow captives were cold and starving, their wounds and illnesses left untreated. Rage that men were shot without warning. The rage and emotional turmoil he suffered during that year of hell would follow him home, denying him the peace and stability he and his loved ones longed for. This is one soldier's searing and honest story of his battle with post-traumatic stress disorder. A battle that speaks to the hearts and minds of veterans of all wars who find themselves with liberated bodies but captive minds.

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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Endorsements & Reviews

“An important book. Norman Bussel has performed one of the most vital acts of war--which is to remember. --Hampton Sides, author of Ghost Soldiers and Blood and Thunder
“A tremendously valuable account. Norman than it was back then. --James Patterson, #1 New York Times bestselling author”
“An honest account of matters once considered embarrassing--and more common than we realize, as a new generation is now discovering.”
“Eloquent…it is hard to think of a better book on the POW experience...A notable addition to PTSD literature.”