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  • Victory in my hands by Harold Russell with Victor Rosen (New York: Creative Age Press, 1949).
  • The best years of my life by Harold Russell with Dan Ferullo; introduction by William Wyler (Middlebury, Vt.: P. S. Eriksson, c1981).

Referenced in:

  • A Talent for Trouble: The Life of Hollywood's Most Acclaimed Director, William Wyler by Jan Herman (New York: Putnam Publishing Group, 1996).
  • "The Best Years of Our Lives" Original Motion Picture Score, London Philharmonic Orchestra recording booklet by Royal S. Brown (Entr'acte Records, 1979). 

The Books/ Plays of his Films:

  • Glory For Me by MacKinlay Kantor (New York: Coward-McCann, Inc., 1945).
    (Inspiration for THE BEST YEARS OF OUR LIVES).
For more information about locating any of the above books, visit this page: Classic Movie Merchandise: Books.



  • "Handless Veteran: Amateur Actor Harold Russell has no trouble with hooks, a great deal with anxious friends."  Life magazine (16 Dec. 1946): 74-5.
  • Russell, Harold.  "I'm a lucky guy."  Photoplay 30.4 (March 1947): 54+.
  • "Harold Russell."  Current Biography (1950): 507-9.
  • "Harold Russell's Best Years Never Ended."  The Boston Globe (31 July 1998): C1.


  • "Movie of the Week: The Best Years of Our Lives."  Life magazine (16 Dec. 1946): 71-73.
  • Parsons, L.O.  "Cosmopolitan's citation for best performance of the month."  Cosmopolitan 122 (January 1947): 99. 
  • Fields, A.C.  "Hooked grip on life."  Saturday Review n.32 (2 April 1949): 11.
  • Tanner, L.  "Best Years of Their Lives."  Coronet n.47 (March 1960): 88.
  • Kernan, Michael.  "Harold Russell: The Best Years of His Life."  The Washington Post (4 January 1982): C14.
  • Smyth, Michael.  "Double amputee still an inspiration."  Toronto Star (8 March 1987): D4.
  • Davis, Robert.  "Oscar's price: At least $ 40,000; Actor to sell for 'security'."  U.S.A. Today (31 July 1992): 3A.
  • Davis, Robert.  "Oscar sells for $ 60,500."  U.S.A. Today (7 August 1992): 1A.
  • Purdom, Todd S.  "His Best Years Past, Veteran In Debt Sells Oscar He Won."  New York Times (7 August 1992): 10A.
  • Honeycutt, Kurt.  "Harold Russell back in movies."  Denver Rocky Mountain News (8 August 1996): 11D.
  • Bergman, Anne.  "Film Clips: A True Veteran Actor; Sure, It's Typecasting -- But He's Used to it."  Los Angeles Times (8 September 1996): 23.
  • Wilson, Jon.  "After 'Best Years,' the work of his life."  St. Petersburg Times (9 March 1997): 1.
  • Hill, Michael E.  "The Path Taken; From Walter Reed To Hollywood And an Oscar."  Washington Post (7 June 1998): Y06.
  • Montgomery, M.R.  "Harold Russell's Best Years." Star Tribune (Minneapolis, MN) (30 August 1998): 10F.


  • Peros, Steven.  "Crossing the Line: The Death of Homer: Harold Russell, 1914-2002."  MovieMaker 46:9 (Spring 2002): 84.
  • Miller, Norman.  "Harold Russell, disabled vet won double Oscars."  The Boston Herald (1 February 2002): 38.
  • Thurber, John.  "Harold Russell, 88; Disabled Actor Won 2 Oscars for 'The Best Years of Our Lives'."  Los Angeles Times (1 February 2002): II, 14.
  • Severo, Richard.  "Harold Russell Dies at 88; Veteran and Oscar Winner."  New York Times (1 February 2002): B9.


  • Photoplay n.30 (March 1947): 54.
  • New York Herald Tribune (9 December 1946): V5.
  • New York Post Magazine (26 November 1946): 41.
  • PM Magazine (14 April 1946): 7.


  • "Diary of a Sergeant."  Signal Corps Film (1944).

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