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More amazing back stories of a group of Heroes
on May 4, 2010
I have been part of an unofficial Band of Brothers network for nearly 10 years. In my job as a tour guide in Normandy I take people to locations made famous in the TV series and book and have spent the last decade assembling a collection of stories and character profiles of men from this now world famous company. Well with this new book and the author's others on the same unit, the back stories of many of the veterans are now available for fans all over the world to enjoy. The author's love and respect for the men he writes about shines forth in this book and his easy to follow warm writing style make this a joy to read. Knowing as I do some of the veterans and their families, I can tell you that they have been approached by all sorts of people to share their recollections over the years, and many have been turned away. Marcus however, has been welcomed into the Easy Company circle of friends and when you read the honest and profound stories the families have shared with him, you just know he enjoys their complete trust and respect. To have achieved that, and to have produced such a moving book from their anecdotes and interviews are testamnent to the author's sincerity and dedication.
The book is pitched at just the right level of detail too. We learn all about the men - their pre and post war lives, the lagacies they have left and we gain insight into their differing personalities, warts and all. Yet even when dealing with some of the negative aspects of their characters, Marcus maintains a dignified attitude. There is no sensationalising, no muck-raking and his prevailing respect for the veterans is commendable. You can also tell he has been selective with his retelling of anecdotes. It would have been all to easy to overfill the book with little stories, but in my opinion the impact of the main tales would have been lessened.
The best comment I can make is that this book makes you the reader, feel you have been welcomed into the families houses, and have sat and dined with them and allowed them to talk about their loved ones. It is a personal book, a powerful book and comes with my highest recommendation.