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 assignment. 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 casualties 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 tells the stories -- often in the men's own words -- of these American heroes....Continua
Having watched the Band of Brothers series 11 years ago, I was delighted to find that Stephen Ambrose wrote a complementary book to the TV series.
This is an awesome read (with a great audiobook narrator) about a specific remarkable paratrooper company and their journey through World War II from training through to taking Hitler's Eagle Nest. It provides a good balance of in the moment battle description and a sobering look at the war and it's effect on the men's lives.
Turns out the author is the same guy who was interviewed 30 years earlier in World at War on the BBC (best doc series on World War II hands down)! I thought he was pretty awesome then and still is now.
Keep in mind though that it's easy to tell he is very pro-American, and subtly puts the American solider on a higher plane than all others. I don't think this is intentional, I believe he genuinely feels that way, and it doesn't get in the way of the narrative too much except to make it feel a little unreal at times....Continua
I was mostly disappointed by the narrative choices of the writer. What these great men did is still great, but the tv show accomplished to both summarize and bring out their heroism in a way that the book doesn't. Honestly, I don't give a crap about all that military crap, and there's too much of it for me to stand it beyond page 106....Continua
... you will love this book! I'm a big fan of Ambrose and this is one of his finest. All the greatness, as well as the flaws, of this exceptional group of WWII warriors is here, just more in depth. Through the writer's exceptional skill, you will come away from this experience feeling as though you have known these men personally....Continua
Fascinating. The HBO special was a good watch as well.