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The photos in this book give an inkling of that impact, and also evince the intense empathy for the GIs that won Spielberg the allegiance of the leading historian Stephen E. Ambrose, whose stunning book Citizen Soldiers was the director's prime influence. "I wanted to write about the lives of the GIs," Ambrose said in an Amazon.com interview. "Books are always written from the generals' point of view, but I'm sick of the generals and their point of view. It's more refreshing to be with the guys who did the fighting." After seeing the film or reading this book (or the novelization Saving Private Ryan), you may not feel refreshed, but you will be enlightened. And you will immediately want to read two other sagas of ordinary heroism by Ambrose, D-day and Undaunted Courage, his ode to Meriwether Lewis.
Saving Private Ryan is, in a sense, a companion volume to Tim O'Brien's masterpiece Going After Cacciato, about soldiers hunting down a deserter during the Vietnam War. Spielberg's story of GIs risking their lives hunting down an endangered dogface to save his life helps measure what it was that Americans lost between World War II and Vietnam. --Tim Appelo
Nice book with great stills from the movie but disappointingly little content. Very surprised that the author did not make it a more comprehensive review of the script. Read morePublished 12 months ago by WNYer
This Movie Is Great It Has The MG-42 Bullets Going Right Through The Water On The Beach.The Blood,Gore,Gun Realism Is Great.It Also Is A Heart Touching Movie. Read morePublished on March 11, 2002 by Satan's Son
Although I give this movie 5 stars, the book only gets 3 stars. The book gives an insight into some of the behind the scenes themes to the movie (the airfield where they made the... Read morePublished on March 12, 1999 by Richard Hayward
Spielburg made a cheap mistake in this award hunting movie. After the battle which killed the black guy in the rain and find a wrong ryan,before the battle of ryda station,THERE... Read morePublished on February 20, 1999