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Interesting material but only adequately written.
on July 19, 2013
The author clearly interviewed all the surviving Rangers that were available in order to write this book. It appears that he then went through the individual interviews and cut them into segments pertaining to specific time frames and pasted the segments regarding the time frames all together. This makes for a disjointed account, and, worse, leaves the reader hanging as he constantly raises questions which are not answered because he didn't follow up questioning in his original interviews and, apparently, never did follow up interviews. Two examples of many such instances, both from his description of the Rangers intense, isolated battle at Huertgen Forest: He tells how a Ranger has gotten a Jeep and is driving the wounded back to the rear area through German lines, successfully for several times without incident. His last statement is that the Jeep returns to the battle area and there is now a German tank there. And...? (We'll never know.) Also at this battle, the Rangers are surrounded at the top of the hill, holding off far superior numbers of Germans when one of the Rangers' has his hand blown off when he tries to throw a grenade. And...? (Does he survive or die, we'll never know).
The book tells in great detail the two significant battles that the Ranger participated in: D-Day and Huertgen Forest, their participation in which has previously received little or no attention, and does convey the difficulty and intensity of those actions.
The descriptions of the formation and training of the Rangers and the minor actions between and following the major actions are forced and feel like they are merely padding.
The book is worth reading for the information presented but not for the writer's style.