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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.

©1998 Stephen E. Ambrose (P)2012 Simon & Schuster

Critic Reviews

"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)

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Great book!

I loved the book and would strongly recommend it to anyone that is into books and how the soldiers had it.

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Like the HBO mini series but better.

An extraordinary history about ordinary men forced to become a company of heroes during World War II. Complete with all the hardships sacrifice and espirit de corps common to soldiers in wartime. They may have been in the Army but in another life these soldiers must have been Marines.

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Miniseries was better

I read this a year after watching the miniseries. Things are just duller in the book. The detail doesn't add much. The relationship between Lewis Nixon and Richard D. Winters does benefit from better treatment. It's still a good story, and I found myself very interested in knowing what happened to all the soldiers after the war, especially Winters.

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loved it

the band of brothers is an amazing story, truly the greatest genaration. didn't disappoint. defiantly recommend.

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Listened to at work

Love band of brothers from the series. Listening to it reignited my passion for the series. Will watch series again now.

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Exceptional book.

The reader and the story of this book is one of the best I've listened to on audible. Just as good as the series on television, if not better. I will listen to this book again. A definite must have.

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Wonderful rendition!!!

I read this book years ago and it has always been a favorite. The Audible version is EVEN BETTER!!! Definitely a must own!!

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exceptional

very entertaining as I listened I had visuals from watching the TV mini-series on HBO

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Great book!

The words of American hero's, who gave all for our freedom. Words can't describe how thankful I am for these brave people who fought and died during this trying time of our nation. Blessed to have read this book.

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great first hand accounts

my son is an army airborne soldier currently in ranger school at ft benning. i listened to this book to feel closer to him and also as a distraction. my grandfather was also a paratrooper, so many times my thoughts went to him and the connections. this was a great account of history and it was interesting to see what has changed in the army and what has been improved upon since the men of easy company learned lessons the hard way.

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  • Jonny Bird
  • 11-28-17

Excellent Story and Narrator

Excellent Story and Narrator, made the listener feel part of the action. Excellent to listen to after watching the series, more detail and explanations of the events missed in the TV series

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  • 11-28-17

Loved the tv show and loved this!

Anyone who watched the show should listen to this. It gives an even greater insight into the characters who you grow fond of even more in this book.

If you’ve not seen the series then you’re in for a very special experience. This is a must for anyone remotely interested in ww2 and the early special forces operators on that time.

BRILLIANT!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-22-17

Enjoyed every aspect of this book.

Really enjoyed this book. It was a great insight into the part played by easy company in the war. I have great admiration for these men. The book was well read and easy to listen to.

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  • George
  • 11-10-17

Encapsulating and Enjoyable

I struggle to breeze through a book but this just flew by. Enjoyed every minute and learnt so much. The TV does a truely excellent job of mirroring the book

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  • M. R. Kemp
  • 10-26-17

Heartbreaking and well written. WWII fans must read

This book is just superb. A portrayal of a few of the many hundreds or thousands who gave their lives, their bodies and their minds to fight against evil.

The book really makes you get to know the men and understand, even if it’s just a little bit, what they went through.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 10-05-17

a must read

incredible true story well written and read. a must read for any American or in fact anyone

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  • Richard Killian
  • 09-25-17

An excellent story

A fantastic story, a must read/listen. Superhuman heroic men's stories and a great insight to life as a soldier on the Western front in WW2

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  • Douglas
  • 08-15-17

Superb

A wonderful account of inspiring men and events expertly narrated. I had seen the TV miniseries some years ago but will now definitely rewatch as soon as possible.

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  • James
  • 04-26-17

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The book is even better than the show Great story. From start to finish. R. I. P Easy company.

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  • Mr Andrew M Winder
  • 04-15-17

A braver bunch of men there never was...

Thank you for collating all those memories and have them all put together in this fine record of history. Those men will always give inspiration to those who read or listen to this fine book.

God bless them all.