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Shifty's War: The Authorized Biography of Sergeant Darrell "Shifty" Powers, the Legendary Shar pshooter from the Band of Brothers Hardcover – May 3, 2011

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“A beautifully-crafted insight into the life of a national treasure and backbone of 3rd Platoon, E Company, whose words are honestly conveyed through this tender and moving narrative.”

—Ian Gardner, coauthor of Tonight We Die as Men

“Brotherton refuses to let the Band of Brothers go gentle into that good night. His words keep these men’s honorable legacy alive and well.”

—Bob Welch, author of Easy Company Soldier

“Shifty Powers’ life was momentous, and Marcus Brotherton flawlessly captures every detail.”—Robyn Post, New York Times bestselling coauthor of Brothers in Battle, Best of Friends

About the Author

Marcus Brotherton is a journalist and professional writer, known internationally for his literary collaborations with high-profile public figures, humanitarians, inspirational leaders, and military personnel. He is the author of the national bestsellers A Company of Heroes, We Who Are Alive and Remain, and the coauthor of Call of Duty with Lieutenant Lynn “Buck” Compton.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley; 1St Edition edition (May 3, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0425240975
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425240977
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (158 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #641,400 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Marcus Brotherton is a journalist and professional writer, known internationally for his collaborations with high-profile public figures, humanitarians, inspirational leaders, and military personnel.

Visit his blog at: www.marcusbrotherton.com

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104 of 109 people found the following review helpful By Wes Hawkins on May 3, 2011
Format: Hardcover
I considered Shifty to be a good friend and a tremendous role model. My one regret was not having more opportunities to ask him about his life. Before I got to the 1st chapter the tears were already rolling. This book brings Shifty back, just as if he was still with us. I learned about what his life was like beyond being a famous war hero. I feel that this is probably the greatest book that has ever been written, not because it's written about a friend of mine, but the method that Mr. Brotherton writes is simply unmatched. You'd think that Mr. Brotherton had known Shifty all his life. By the time I finished the last page, I hada to remind myself that Shifty is gone now. That is how deep this book pulls you in. It's really as if you're sitting in his living room listening to him talk. It was a priveldge to read this book and I have no doubt that I'll read it over and over again as the years go by.
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39 of 39 people found the following review helpful By Robert Craddock on May 6, 2011
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I had always heard that Shifty Powers was one of the most-loved guys in Easy Company, even though he didn't have a huge presence in the HBO miniseries. Now I understand why. Brotherton's written another excellent book in the Band of Brothers series ... it's a great read and is filled with many inspiring stories. Shifty was a great man of excellent character. He will obviously be missed by many, and I'm glad his story has been told!
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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful By JP on May 9, 2011
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I have read every book about the Band of Brothers and I picked this book up the day it came out. I was written in first person even though Shifty did not write the book. But Brotherton does a great job making the reader feel like it is Shifty telling us his story.

Definitely a great book about a great person who did not any recognition for what he did in the war.

RIP Shitfy
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Greg on May 10, 2011
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Even if you don't know anything about WWII or the Band of Brothers this book is a must read. Marcus Brotherton does a tremendous job of pulling different sources together about this crack-shot WWII hero who saved lives with his skills as a hunter and rifleman and makes you feel that the man is sitting there speaking to you.

"Shifty" is a humble man who like other WWII vets says he was just doin his job over there. (Germany). He was raised in a coal-mining town in southwest Virginia whose main goal in life was to be a great shot with a gun. As I read this book I could not help but be moved by this man's humbleness and gentleness even when speaking about his battle experiences. He had great morals, and was just a good old country boy who lived a great life.

I could not think of a better book to read to kids about what America was once like and how people took pride in what they did and put their lives on the line when the Germans and Japanese threatened ours and every ones freedom
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Russell Humphrey on May 10, 2011
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Millions of people throughout the world have come to love and respect a group of Old Warriors known as "The Band of Brothers" Darrel "Shifty" Powers is one of the most beloved of that prestigous group. Marcus Brotherton is probably the most prolific author of books about these heros. Marcus has out-done himself with "Shifty's War". As you read this book you will have the uncanny feeling of being with Shifty as he relates the events that filled his life, before, during, and after the war. It is a soft and easy read just like the soft and easy demeanor that Shifty possessed. I have admired and respected Shifty for years. After reading this book I have the very comfortable feeling that he was a personal old friend. I think this book deserves an award!!
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Judy Hawkins on May 10, 2011
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We had the honor of knowing Shifty and Marcus Brotherton has captured him exactly. Reading it is like sitting down with Shifty. A word of warning however: Don't start reading 30 minutes before bedtime. I opened mine at 8:00 Saturday night and didn't put it down until 1:00 Sunday morning. It's that good. If anyone ever wondered why they're called The Greatest Generation, just read this book.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By P. R. Smith on May 6, 2011
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This is a story that has the word 'War' in its title, but it isn't a war story. It is the story about a young man from the Blue Ridge region of southwest Virginia who wanted nothing more than to live the simple life with family, friends and work in a place he loved but WWII came along and became the experience that forever changed his life. Darrell 'Shifty' Powers never aspired to greatness or wealth, but lived a life rich in many things that neither money nor greatness could buy. In the end, he had lived the life that one can look back on without regret. This book will tug at your heart and wet your eyes, but you won't want to stop until it is finished.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Bernie Sergent on June 2, 2011
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It was an honor to have known the man. Having the opportunity to sit down with him and hear him tell a story is an experience I will always cherish. I only regret not having more time with him. He was truly a national treasure and efforts like this from Mr. Brotherton only serve to cement the legacy of a man who never really sought out such things. The story was told as Shifty would have told it, I believe. Mr. Brotherton was able to capture oft used phrases and his colloquial manner of speech. It was if he were sitting right next to me telling me the story of his extraordinary life...how I wish that were true. RIP Shifty.
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