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Brothers in Battle, Best of Friends Paperback – October 7, 2008
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a[An] irresistible storya]relentlessly gripping.a
[A] must-read for anyone who enjoyed "Band of Brothers".
[An] irresistible story relentlessly gripping.
?[A] must-read for anyone who enjoyed "Band of Brothers".?
?[An] irresistible story?relentlessly gripping.?
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Post brings her readers right into the men's living rooms. One gets the impression that Bill and Babe are sitting across from them in an easy chair sipping a beer, recounting their amazing experiences. Post arranges the book nicely. Though both men grew up only blocks apart in South Philly, they would not meet until Babe joined Easy Company in England after the Normandy battles. Recognizing Babe's South Philly accent (for those who ever had a friend from Philly, you know the accent) the men became fast friends. Guarnere ensured Babe was placed in Joe Toye's squad because he knew Toye would take care of "the dirty rat." Both men soldiered through Holland, the bitter cold and horrendous fighting at Bastogne where both Toye and Guarnere were horribly wounded by the same artillery round and both men lost a leg. Babe then carries the narrative to war's end, while Bill recounts his journey through recovery and the physical and mental readjustments he overcame, all the while "just happy to be alive.Read more ›
This book gives Bill and Babe's first hand account of what they went through during the war, and how the hardships of battle bonded them together even to this day.
The Ambrose book and HBO miniseries while excellent, they pale in comparison with the story being told in the first person, by men who were actually there.
These are two ordinary guys from South Philadelphia,who never knew each other prior to the war, but because of it are best of friends.
If you want to read an excellent first hand account of two real Band of Brothers, pick up this book. You'll laugh and cry, but most of all you will see how the horrors of war can bond people together.
The book stems from the interviews by a journalist in 2001 of "Wild Bill" (aka "Gonorrhea" and one of the two "natural killers" in Easy Company according to Major Richard Winters in his autobiography, "Beyond Band of Brothers") and "Babe" (who joined Easy Company after D-Day and lived through Operation Market Garden, the Battle of the Bulge, and the capture of Hitler's Eagle's Nest at the end of the war) in connection with an article she was writing about them and the then upcoming HBO miniseries.
Each chapter contains their life stories (and those of other members) as told separately through these interviews, from both of them growing up poor in Philadelphia, to both of them ignoring their draft exemptions to volunteer, to their training and combat experiences, to their continuing post-war friendship ("Wild Bill" was shipped home after losing a leg in the Battle of the Bulge), to their belated renown as heroes.
I viewed this book with some trepidation as yet another spinoff from what is now a cottage industry of Band of Brothers material but I was pleasantly surprised at how interesting it was to learn more first-hand information from both of these warriors about their WWII experiences and lives both before and after the war. (Particularly revealing are frank admissions of certain acts that have been widely downplayed, discounted, or dismissed for generations. But without these admissions, no one will ever understand what these men went through and what war is often like no matter what side you are on. History cannot be studied or understood in a vacuum. It is these admissions that are, perhaps, their final act of heroism.)
Most Recent Customer Reviews
We owe so much to so few that sacrificed so much that we can live the life we live. Thank youPublished 5 months ago by Darrell W. Reed
A great book that gives wonderful insight into the lives of these two great men. We are privileged to be the inheritors of their sacrifices.Published 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
I thought this was the best book written about e Company. I've read band of brothers, the one written by winters, and also the one written by Marlarkey.Published 8 months ago by Robert P Root
I loved it and reading it after seeing Band of Brothers added to the reading pleasure.Published 9 months ago by John E. Valek
Great book about two of my local heroes made famous from HBO's Band of Brother'sPublished 9 months ago by Matthew Strickland
For me the best Band of Brothers related book out there. Had the chance to meet both Babe and Bill years ago. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Ronald Ooms