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Comrades: Brothers, Fathers, Heroes, Sons, Pals Paperback – September 7, 2000
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Top Customer Reviews
It was a wonderfulbook in concept, but like the Kirkus review said, a tad "shallow", and in my estimation, priced more than it was worth -- this is a seven dollar book, not a seventeen dollar book (my price). I kind of felt cheated, as Ambrose recycled a tad too much information from previous efforts, without seemingly doing enough new, groundbreaking, or original exposition on the complexities of male friendships. It feels like our favorite historian "mailed this one in", leaving the hard writing for some other work.
I also felt that Ambrose was a little condescending at times about his own experiences. Can't recall specific details now, but I remember feeling oddly disconnected from some of the male bonding experiences he touts from his own youth, not the least of which was this business about joining this frat over that. (Big deal.) But I suppose judging our own nostalgic memories with superlatives is a right we all reserve for ourselves, and I'm no different.
Nevertheless, devoted fans of Ambrose will enjoy the book...or maybe not. Perhaps the parts Ambrose writes about his friends, his brothers, and his father are a bit too confessional -- more than we're interested in knowing.
If you're a first time Ambrose reader, start with a different book, say Citizen Soldiers, and then check this one out from the library before you head out of town for a weekend of easy reading.
In this short compilation Ambrose explores the relationships between men as "brothers, fathers, heroes, sons and pals". Similar to his other works, this book examines its topics through the lives of specific people -- Ambrose himself, his father and brothers, and others he has met or researched. What emerges is a theme of loyalty, fealty and connection that is unique and binding.
True to my estimation this book was enjoyable and easy to read. Ambrose draws few conclusions but rather allows the reader to discover the simultaneous complexity and simplicity of these disparate relationships.
In an age where pop psychologists diagnose and prescribe broad generalisms about gender and relationships it is nice to find someone who appreciates men for who and what they are. I look forward to Ambrose's next work.
Ambrose has chronicled these male friendships in many of his books, but has felt the need to extract some of these stories and have them stand alone in a separate volume on the strength and importance of male friendships. The result is "Comrades", a sometimes slow, but mostly compelling anthology of the power of male friendships that took place in form of fathers, sons, brothers, and colleagues for famous historical figures. "Comrades" is a relatively short book, with each chapter dedicating just a brief synopsis of these friendships. However, they serve as a primer that makes the reader want to dive deeper in the stories behind these men.Read more ›
FATHERS, HEROES, SONS, PALS, a tender book by
the late historian Stephen E. Ambrose that examines the bond
formed between men as a result of both family and
circumstances . . . he looks at the lasting friendships of
various men, from Sioux Indians to his own brothers, and
analyzes the special relationship between Meriwether Lewis
and William Clark . . . in addition, he pays special tribute
to brothers, including such famous pairs as Dwight and
Milton Eisenhower, and George and Tom Customer . . . Richard
Nixon rates a special chapter and in listening to it, you begin
to understand why he was impeached (in large part because
he had very few friends).
I was particularly moved by the author's last chapter,
describing his own friendship with his father--with whom he
only got close toward the end of the latter's life . . . "He was my first and always most important friend," Ambrose writes. "I didn't learn that until the end, when he taught me the most important thing,that the love of father-son-father-son is a continuum, just as love and friendship are expansive."
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I bought this book because I am a fan of Stephen Ambrose and I like his style of story telling. It is basically a collection of his thoughts about brotherhood and bonding among men... Read morePublished 14 months ago by T. Stewart
"Comrades" is a quick read, rather warm and fuzzy, but really not that deep. I call it a "sampler" of Ambrose's style that touches on some of the men he has... Read morePublished 18 months ago by perry man
These snippets about male friendships seem self-indulgent (after all, most of the friends in the book are the authors, and of little interest to the reader). Read morePublished 20 months ago by Litlovingmama
This is a unique examination, some very personal to the author, of the nature and enjoyment of friendship between men. I have not seen anything like it. Read morePublished on August 6, 2014 by Clifford E. LaMotte
This was a great eye opener for me. And I always live Stephen E. Ambrose books. This one moved me to tears and laughs.Published on July 27, 2014 by Michael O'Neal
Stephen Ambrose is one of the finest history authors in recent years. His approach to history makes it alive and relative to our lives. Read morePublished on February 9, 2014 by Erma R Kyle
The best book since Band of Brothers. Every male should read this book, because male friendship is a lost art to the degree that the word "bromance" an expression that I... Read morePublished on October 1, 2013 by Amazon Customer
Stephen E. Ambrose wrote many books on history. This one is about male friendship, some from the 19th century (from secondary sources). Read more
I happened to read a condensed version of this book in Reader's Digest. Even though it's about men and their relationships, it was interesting to me (a female). Read morePublished on September 30, 2008 by Barbara K. Mallery