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)
too many facts with little opportunity to "get to know the characters"
I was surprised that the men kept in touch for the rest of their lives
Ye sit would make a better ,movie than a book. It should feature typical rough and rugged types of people, not hollywood pretty faces.
Yes, but only if you can handle words being mispronounced throughout the entire book. The same words continuously.
The end of the book, when the author is telling you about the soldiers after the war, always gets me choked up. Makes me think of my grandfather and what he must have went through upon returning from Germany.
He could have done much better. Bastogne, Guarnere and Toye are repeatedly mispronounced, making it extremely difficult to listen to.
This review has been a long time coming. I remember seeing this book on the shelf in Barnes and noble 2-3 years before the HBO mini-Series came out and I opted for Ambrose's D-Day. Not a bad choice, but hind sight told me that I chose...Poorly!
We as Americans, and I as a veteran owe these men a great deal. These ordinary men, came from all walks of life to defeat Hitler's Army, and did so as humbly as one could, without a parade, without accolades of any sort until their story came to the forefront 60+ years later. Far later than it should have.
I cannot go into detail nor can I paraphrase the countless acts of valor and heroism, without in some way discounting someone. Pick this one up if you haven't already. It's well worth the time, money, effort and whatever else. You'll be doing both yourself a favor as an amateur historian, and you'll be doing these men a service by again, hearing the story of Easy Company, 506th Regiment, 101st Airborne.
High school history and psychology teacher and coach
If you want to see how company- and platoon-level combat played out between Normandy and the fall of Berlin, this is the one you want. If you want the "Big Picture," I recommend Rick Atkinson's The Guns At Last Light. Reading both - I suggest Atkinson first - gives a really nice appreciation for what US troops faced between June 1944 and April 1945.
This is the best of Ambrose's audiobooks that I have listened to or books that I have read. If there is a better audiobook or book out there covering the troop's-eye view of combat on the western front of WWII, I haven't seen it yet.
57 Y/O MALE. MARRIED RETIRED USAF 1ST SGT. A SON A DAUGHTER 1 GRANDSON 3GRANDDAUGHTERS VFW CMDR MASTER OF MY LODGE HIGH SCHOOL TEACHER😄
Comparing it to reading it myself
When Capt Sobel got what he deserved Karma
The liberation of the concentration camped
The narrator was excellent, making transitions between character (I say characters for lack of a better word) perspectives, sequence of events, and the exorbitant amount of information provided by the author feel as if the reader is watching it happen.
There is no other book to compare Band of Brothers to because it is an entity and perhaps genre all it's own.
It's really hard to choose a favorite, but I guess I would have to say the Battle of the Bulge with Winters leading the unexpected and unplanned attack against the Germans as they (the Germans) tried to make a sneak attack on the Allied forces.
It made me proud! Extremely proud to be an American!
I recommend this book to everyone no matter what their literary preference is! It is important to know and recognize these historic battles that have preserved freedom for us and the world!
We are RV'ers traveling the USA. I love Romance, Mysteries, and Thriller Novels. Good listening while on the road.
It's the best WWII story ever told. These men are true hero's. Lt. Winters is my hero.
I couldn't put it down.
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