Cloth cover shows minor wear and tear, fraying and rubbing, soiling and tanning. Gift inscription on the back of the bastard title page. Pages are lightly tanned but clean, text is intact and unmarred. Bookseller Inventory #
Title: VICTORY IN MY HANDS.
Publisher: NY: Creative Age Press 1949 1st
Publication Date: 1949
Book Condition: Good
Book Description The Right Book Club, UK, 1950. Hardback. Book Condition: Very Good. No Jacket. Reprint. Very good clean tight book. No d/w. Autobiographical story of a bomb disposal officer in WWII. Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Autobiography. Bookseller Inventory # 007137
Book Description Creative Age Press, New York, 1949. Hardcover. Book Condition: Good. No Jacket. Victory in My Hands is the autobiography of Harold Russell. Russell enlisted in the US Army on December 8, 1941, the day after Pearl Harbor. While an Army instructor, and training with the U.S. 13th Airborne Division stateside in 1944, a defective fuse detonated an explosive he was handling while making a training film. As a result, he lost both hands and was given two hooks to serve as hands. After his recovery, and while attending Boston University as a full-time student, Russell was featured in an Army film called Diary of a Sergeant about rehabilitating war veterans. When film director William Wyler saw the film on Russell, he cast him in The Best Years of Our Lives with Fredric March and Dana Andrews. Russell played the role of Homer Parrish, a sailor who lost both hands during the war. For his role as Parrish, Russell won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor in 1947. Earlier in the ceremony, he was awarded an honorary Oscar for "bringing hope and courage to his fellow veterans." The special award had been created because the Board of Governors very much wanted to salute Russell, a non-professional actor, but assumed he had little chance for a competitive win. It was the only time in Oscar history that the Academy has awarded two Oscars for the same performance. 280 pages. Book is in GOOD condition; binding tight; text pages clean. No dust jacket. Bookseller Inventory # 001486