• The Rifle

  • Combat Stories from America's Last WWII Veterans, Told Through an M1 Garand
  • By: Andrew Biggio
  • Narrated by: Shawn Compton
  • Length: 9 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Categories: History, Military
  • 5.0 out of 5 stars (108 ratings)
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The Rifle is the inspirational story of a 28-year-old US Marine, Andrew Biggio, who returned home from combat in Afghanistan and Iraq, full of questions about the price of war. He found answers from those who survived the costliest war of all - WWII veterans. 

It began when Biggio bought a 1945 M1 Garand Rifle, the most common rifle used in WWII, to honor his great uncle, a US Army soldier who died on the hills of the Italian countryside. When Biggio showed the gun to his neighbor, WWII veteran Corporal Joseph Drago, it unlocked memories Drago had kept unspoken for 50 years. On the spur of the moment, Biggio asked Drago to sign the rifle. Thus began this Marine's mission to find as many WWII veterans as he could, get their signatures on the rifle, and document their stories. 

For two years, Biggio traveled across the country to interview America's last-living WWII veterans. Each time he put the M1 Garand Rifle in their hands, their eyes lit up with memories triggered by holding the weapon that had been with them every step of the war. With each visit and every story told to Biggio, the veterans signed their names to the rifle. Ninety-six signatures now cover that rifle, each a reminder of the price of war and the courage of our soldiers.

©2021 Andrew Biggio (P)2021 Tantor

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A must read

The fact that within a few shot years, those that lived through WWII and experienced this horrific period of our history, will no longer be with us to remind us that it mustn’t happen again. Only though books like this will we remember.

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Incredible story a must read!

I served in the Marines with Andy. He has done more for Veterans than anyone I know. Sharing the story of the greatest generation, and what happened to his Great Uncle is remarkable!

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Essential Book for WWII Fanatics

This book is powerful. As Biggio is collecting these stories, these WWII heroes are dying before the book publishes. The journey, the history, the humanity…this book is worth it, you’ll come back to it…and you’ll buy it for a friend.

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Wow. Just wow

Powerful. Thank you for sharing these heroic stories. We owe them all everything for what they've done and it was captured beautifully in this book.

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Incredible

Incredible book! Booked my flights to go to the book signing and meet the author and some of the veterans from the book; can’t wait!

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Fantastic book!

well written, and fantastic, captivating stories from the vetrans. An awesome book! i would recomend it to all.

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Excellent WWII history told by the men who fought

I followed Andy's journey from the beginning. His book exceeded my expectations and will yours too! If you are interested in WWII, Andy takes you to some of the most famous battles with stories by the warriors who fought it.

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Excellent

Biggio went on a journey to learn about the journeys of the greatest generation. This book will become a classic if not a series of books. Great job Andy

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Wonderful read! Our Heroic WWII Veterans

The greatest warriors to pick up the spear. Fantastic book! The author truly did what many fail to do nowadays. Listen to those who came before us. Our eternal heroes, the greatest generation. I loved this book. My grandfathers one in the 104th Timberwolves and the other a Marine in the South Pacific passed away before I was old enough to ask them what their experiences were like in WWII. Because of the research the author has done. I feel even more prideful of my grandfathers service. I have to thank him for his service in the the Marines during the GWOT campaign and for the veterans he talked to.
- Hank M. 302 MP CO.

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a must-read for everyone

great story of the sacrifice the men and women of World War II made to make this country great.