Easy Company, 506th Airborne Division, U.S. Army, was as good a rifle company as any in the world. From their rigorous training in Georgia in 1942 to D-Day and victory, Ambrose tells the story of this remarkable company, which kept getting the tough assignments. Easy Company was responsible for everything from parachuting into France early D-Day morning to the capture of Hitler's Eagle's Nest at Berchtesgaden.
Band of Brothers is the account of the men of this remarkable unit who fought, went hungry, froze, and died, a company that took 150 percent casualities and considered the Purple Heart a badge of office. Drawing on hours of interviews with survivors as well as the soldiers' journals and letters, Stephen Ambrose tell the stories - often in the men's own words - of these American hereoes.
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"A first-class explanation of what crack infantry troops are like....Addicts of military history will relish its finely detailed account.....Stephen Ambrose's thorough research and clear organization have produced a highly readable account of the heroic service of this "band of brothers" he so unstintedly admires." (San Francisco Chronicle)
"As a member of just such a unit...I am impressed by how well Mr. Ambrose has captured the true essence of a combat rifle company." (The New York Times Book Review)
"A valuable and fascinating record....In these pages, the reader can vicariously walk with the men of E Company, suffer and laugh with them." (The Times-Picayune)
The book is amazing and if you have seen the HBO series, it is well worth the listen. However, the narrator has some unnerving pronunciations of people and places that are very familiar to all who know the men and places talked about in this work.
After seeing the HBO series the book took my breath away. Rich in detail and very well narrated by Tim Jerome. I feel a great respect towards these brave men who liberated the place I was born in, Eindhoven along Hell's Highway. Near my house a monument exists honouring the 101st Airborne Division. A trip to Foy visiting the memorial there ans seeing the Bois Jacques I had tears in my eyes. It changed me forever to learn about those to who I owe so much.
I started out by watching the HBO series back in 2000..? or when ever it came out and have watched it since. listening to the book version was a much better experience than watching it...the HBO series was kickass!
A great listen
Information Technology Manager/CIO
Fantastic!!! Better than the HBO miniseries! I really enjoyed the additional details that the miniseries couldn't capture.
I absolutely love this book. The voice performance is very good, although as far as I can tell there were a few mispronunciations. Of course these mispronunciations might be due to an Americanized way of talking. all around this is an amazing book, I've always been a fan of Ambrose, and this just made it even better I recommend this book for anyone interested in World War 2, and also as a starter for anyone looking to learn about what real leadership courage and endurance looks like.
It was excellent and detailed in all the areas that mattered or served to give a proper picture of what was going on. Some of what happened seems unbelievable. I would not be surprised with all the stress and trauma of combat some of the stories may have been honestly misremembered. At any rate a great compliment to the HBO series whether you read this first or second.
I've seen the series and met many of these men in person. Hearing this story really makes you aware of the hardships these men went though. To think at 27 sick winters was leading men through fierce battles. My brother who is 28 plays video games. Different times.
"Interesting view of history!"
This is a fascinating account of a group of tightly bonded men fighting their way through WWII. However, in its tight focus on and admiration for Easy group, the author seems to forget that 1. There were other countries fighting as well as Americans and 2. That Britain had suffered a devastating 3 years under attack before America entered the war. The constant sniping about Britain and the British army was really irritating, reaching a startling climax when we realise that the author, along with the GIs whose story he's telling, much preferred the Germans to the British. Not your average view on WWII, but an eye opener all the same.
Would I recommend it? Some fascinating stories, esp about men bonding under extreme pressure, if you can put up with the anti-British comments.
"Beautifully, yet grittily told story."
A wonderful insight into a story of how young men become soldiers, brothers combat and then men after their life's entangle with one another.
I loved & still do this story of war.
Thank you & r.i.p to the fallen.
"Fantastic, could not stop listening."
No, however it is a superb and compliments the print version.
Most of the book is memorable. I enjoyed the jump into Holland and the build up to D Day.
For me Winters stands out. However Tim brings all the personalities to life.
As in the TV series, Band of Brothers.
If you have watched the TV series I urge you to listen or read this book. There is far more stories, dialogue and events to enjoy. The TV series only covered a small percent of the story that is Easy Company.
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