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Band of Brothers: E Company, 506th Regiment, 101st Airborne from Normandy to Hitler's Eagle's Nest Hardcover – Deckle Edge, June 1, 2001
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"The Times-Picayune" A valuable and fascinating record...In these pages, the reader can vicariously walk with the men of E Company, suffer and laugh with them.
"The New York Times Book Review" As a member of just such a unit...I am impressed by how well Mr. Ambrose has captured the true essence of a combat rifle company.
"San Francisco Chronicle" A first-class explanation of what crack infantry troops are like...Addicts of military history will relish its finely detailed account....Stephen Ambrose's thorough research and clear organization have produced a highly readable account of the heroic service of this "band of brothers" he so unstintedly admires.
"Publishers Weekly" This is a terrific read for WW II action buffs.
About the Author
Stephen E. Ambrose was a renowned historian and acclaimed author of more than thirty books. Among his New York Times bestsellers are Nothing Like It in the World, Citizen Soldiers, Band of Brothers, D-Day - June 6, 1944, and Undaunted Courage. Dr. Ambrose was a retired Boyd Professor of History at the University of New Orleans and a contributing editor for the Quarterly Journal of Military History.
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this book is a great read; full of heroism and humility. Truly inspiring. Ambrose has a knack for telling you the stories that make up History. Not just the History. He makes history more exciting by putting it in context and explaining not just the basics but he gets into the stories of the men.
So beloved is this book that it was turned into one of the most acclaimed mini series of our time. If you like History, heroism, and excitement this is a must read.
It is relatively short but packed with everything an armchair history buff wants in a book.
Although I watched the HBO series (more that once), I enjoyed the book immensely - it gave substance to the narrative that a video series could not hope to provide.
Once in battle, the interviews with the men show how human they are/were and yet how determined. Their bravery and the amount of action they were involved in were just phenomenal. The story of how they took out a German artillery battery at night sticks with me. One guy got shot and was dying, yet apologized for having been shot as if he didn't perform well enough. That was how they were.
I actually felt let down at the war's conclusion. To think that such men, having survived and shared such suffering and "glory" (that only they knew about except for Ambrose documenting it near the end of the survivors' lives) would be frozen in time as they were made me feel despair. Upon arrival at home in the U.S., they would be separated and have to go about the relatively mundane business of life. It's not as if they wouldn't want to sleep in clean sheets, eat well and not get shot at. But there's a void, an unexplainable let down when such soldiers return home.