- Paperback: 336 pages
- Publisher: Simon & Schuster; Media Tie-In edition (September 6, 2001)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 074322454X
- ISBN-13: 978-0743224543
- Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.8 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 1,211 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,321 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Band of Brothers: E Company, 506th Regiment, 101st Airborne from Normandy to Hitler's Eagle's Nest Paperback – September 6, 2001
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The men of E Company, 506th Regiment, 101st Airborne, volunteered for this elite fighting force because they wanted to be the best in the army--and avoid fighting alongside unmotivated, out-of-shape draftees. The price they paid for that desire was long, arduous, and sometimes sadistic training, followed by some of the most horrific battles of World War II. Actor Cotter Smith--a veteran of numerous TV movies and Broadway plays--spins Stephen Ambrose's tale with almost laconic ease. Anecdote by anecdote, he lets the power of the story build. By the time the company has gotten through D-day and seized Hitler's Eagle's Nest in Bavaria, we feel we know as much about the men and their missions as we do about our own brothers. (Running time: 5 hours, 4 cassettes) --Lou Schuler --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Ambrose ( Pegasus Bridge ) narrates in vivid detail the adventures, misadventures, triumphs and tragedies of a single U.S. Army infantry company over its span of organizational life. Formed in July 1944 and deactivated in November 1945, E Company was one of the most successful light infantry units in the European theater. Its troops saw their first action on D-Day behind the Normandy beachhead, took part in Operation Market Garden in Holland, held the perimeter around Bastogne during the Battle of the Bulge, and were the first to reach Hitler's Bavarian outpost at Berchtesgaden. The book is enlivened with pertinent comments by veterans of "Easy Company," who recall not only the combat action but their relations with their officers (one company commander was a petty tyrant of the worst type, but his oppressive ways had much to do with the unit's impressive esprit de corps ) and their impressions of the countries through which they campaigned (hated the French, loved the Germans). This is a terrific read for WW II actions buffs. Photos. Military Book Club main selection; Literary Guild alternate.
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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There are a number of movies and books that will help shed a light on what it is like inside the mind of a soldier who is battle wearied and seen more carnage than they would like. This book does that for many of the soldiers of E Company, and includes their own words.
I would give 5 stars for a non-kindle book. I deducted a star due to the lack of photos that must exist in the non-kindle books.
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.
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.
Overall, it was a wonderful read.
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.