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)
Revisit the TV production, with more about the philosophy and internal dialog of the men.
Lots of skips and jogs in the recording interrupted the enjoyment of the narration.
One of my favorite book I've ever listen to. it was so good that I'm starting to listen to it again. right away great book that gives good detail on the life of a paratrooper. I would recommend anyone that loves war books to get this right away.
The book was put together well with the accounts of the men that survived ww2. The band of brothers HBO series followed a majority of the book but left out a few battles that shows the full chaos that these men endured.
This is an amazing, detailed and riveting story of comradeship, sacrifice and what it took to preserve liberty in its darkest hour. If makes you proud to be an American and gives you appreciation for what that means.
Band of Brothers is one of the great accounts of any unit in World War II. You cannot help but admire these fine soldiers and men. In some ways you may almost envy them and the closeness of the relationships that were forged in battle. Anyone interested in the war must read this book. The only downside I found was the narrator mispronouncing some of their names, but I only know that from watching the interviews with some of the men and the exceptional dramatization of the HBO series.
I had high hopes for this, but actually found it pretty dry and a little pedantic. Of course, I had seen the remarkable HBO series based on this book several times, and for me, there is just no comparison. If you really want an engrossing story about the men and events surrounding Easy Company and WWII, watch the series. If you want more or less a summary of how the Company was formed, a little about the main events and the men involved, adequately narrated, this book should do.
Ambrose tells us like no other the greatness and the horror of the war! This company specifically made us care more about friendship and courage to face life and the obstacles thru it. An asset to lovers of the WWII stories.
what a fantastic book I could not put it down headphones were worn all day
"Slightly disappointed. But not a terrible experience."
I am probably word perfect on the series.
The book feels less of a 'story' more an account. I didn't feel the book was very descriptive compared to the depth of character you have in the series.
The book paints a general picture but i was expecting something with a lot more detail.
It was down to my personal expectations rather than the book in all fairness.
"what a great book and audio book"
what can I say the story of easy company is one of my favorites tales from the second world war.
This had loads more detail and emotion than the series that they made from the book...
loved this book. better than the TV show much more content. and little stories that were now in the TV show.
"Excellent, apart from the English accents"
I found this book to be excellent in content. It contains quite a bit more detail than the HBO series. What was disappointing, though, was the English accents. The narrator puts on a hammy, camp voice like Leslie Phillips, which sounds utterly farcical at best, and, at worst, disrespectful to the brave souls depicted. A real shame as the reading is otherwise great.
"Real heroes "
Incredible story from start to finish. I loved the TV series and have watched it many times, this is the 1st time I have listened to the book and loved it. The bond between these men is unbreakable and the faith and trust in the man beside them in the worst conditions a person can imagine is unbelievable.
Legend or hero is used too much these days about people but these men are exactly that.
"They were not alone!"
Despite the incredible courage and endurance of the Airborne troops, it may have been gracious for the author to at least give credit to the other troops without whom the Airborne would not have been able to sustain their progress. The narrator should have at least taken the time to learn the correct pronunciation of place names (particularly Dutch towns) and his accent used for 'English' soldiers was ludicrous! Making each one sound as if they were a product of Eton! Infuriatingly, the author refers to 'the English' soldiers/troops rather than 'British'! A common mistake made by Americans!
Overall the story was interesting despite a rather condescending attitude to all non-Airborne combatants.
"We stand alone together"
Remarkable, engrossing, amazing
Richard Winters (a real person, not a character). A model soldier and leader. Had I met the man I would have bought him a pint. I was sad to hear of his death in 2011.
Yes. And it is one of the only books I have read and listened to several times over.
A remarkable true story. It is helpful if you already know a bit about European geography, military vehicles/ weapons and army ranks before you read it.
"Just wonderful. Words can't describe."
The narration was of a good pace, although the consistent mispronounciation of Guarnere and Bastogne annoyed me a little.
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