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Anyone hooked on Stephen Ambrose's HBO series, "Band of Brothers," won't want to miss these stories from the 506th Parachute Infantry. The author interviewed 20 surviving members of Easy Company, and their remembrances of WWII combine in an audio collage of the men's backgrounds, training, transport, combat, homecoming, and lives after the war. George Wilson distinguishes the men with varying accents, tone, and pacing. He melds their individual stories into a blend that flows easily, with each voice and description contributing to an authentic picture of what the war felt like to the men who fought it. For the most part, the men record their memories without emotion, but Wilson conveys the tension, loss, and camaraderie on and off the battlefield. S.W. © AudioFile 2009, Portland, Maine --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

About the Author

Marcus Brotherton, "New York Times "bestselling author and coauthor of twenty-five books, including "We Who Are Alive and Remain: Untold Stories from the Band of Brothers", specializes in helping people with public platforms tell their stories. His most recent collaboration was "Voices of the Pacific", an oral history of World War II Marines, and he is also the author of the well-reviewed historical novel "Feast for Thieves". A former newspaper reporter, he lives with his family in Washington State.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley; Reprint edition (May 4, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0425234193
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425234198
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (84 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #83,333 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Paul Woodadge on May 13, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Band of Brothers has spawned a mini-industry of art prints, books and magazines and this book is the latest Easy Company work to hit the market. So if you have all these other books, is this new one worth buying? Well my answer to that is a big resounding YES.

As great as the TV series was and the original Ambrose book too, you always felt that for every featured character, there were others who's ommission meant we missed hearing their tales. Well here Marcus Brotherton offers us the stories, memories and anecdotes of 20 more Easy company veterans. Some were included in the TV series - Shifty Powers, Earl McClung and Herb Suerth Jnr, but many weren't and most readers will find the memories of Al Mampre, Dewit Lowrey, Hank Zimmerman and Norman Neitzke (for example) new and fascinating.

Marcus allows the vets to the talk about their lives from childhood to old age in their own words and style. But ordered into chapters covering from before the war into enlisting, training and combat in Normandy through to Austria and also their post-war years. This is not a battlefield study, it won't tell you which battalion was located at what point in any given campaign. It's all about the men and how they viewed the events that shaped the 20th Century. It tells of their fears and hopes, their pride and determination and the horrors and joys of serving in the European campaign in WWII - all in their own words and in easy to read short anecdotes some of which are also very funny.

But the best part of the book is the appendix, where the children of 3 Easy company veterans write passionately about their fathers. Michael Sobel writes about his father's negative portrayal in the TV show, George Jnr and Lana tell us about the Company's resident comic their father - George Luz.
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Format: Hardcover
First the Nation called on these men to give in the fight against the nazis. They endured their training, their burdens and hardships and the hell of war with humility and without complaint. They were all changed by the experience and some gave their lives. When the war ended and the unit dissolved they got on with their lives, found careers and started families. They kept the memory of what they did among themselves and preserved their wartime friendships through reunions, visits, and correspondence. A few of the men published accounts of their experiences; David Webster and Don Burgett among them. The writer, historian Stephen Ambrose told their story in the book "Band of Brothers." That story became the basis for the HBO miniseries, "Band of Brothers" which was produced by Tom Hanks. The film's appeal brought a renewed interest and public desire to know more. The men continued to publish their stories; among them are Dick Winters (Kingseed and Alexander), Bill Guarnere and Babe Heffron(Post), Jake McNiece (Killblane), Buck Compton (Brotherton), and Don Malarkey (Welch). And now through the efforts of Marcus Brotherton the stories of many more of these men are revealed to us. The book organizes their stories in chronological phases. The style creates an intimate experience for the reader to be able to nearly hear the men's spoken accounts in a very personal way. Thank you, Mr. Brotherton and thank you to the men who gave so much to the country and continue to inspire us and give "us who remain" the chance to hear their personal remembrances of war and life stories! Currahee!
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Format: Hardcover
We Who Are Alive and Remain: Untold Stories from the Band of Brothers (Hardcover)

(I would like to dedicate this review to the memory of Shifty Powers, who died in June,2009 of cancer.)

There have been many books written about the 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 2nd Battalion, Easy Company. Easy is the subject of an HBO miniseries, and is known the celebrated "Band of Brothers." The men, in their 80s, are now stars, and they are asked for stories, autographs, and memorabilia. There have been so many hounded for their individual stories--so many personal, buried stories--that they have become a part of the man, that is, until NOW.

"We Who Are Alive and Remain: Untold Stories from the Band of Brothers," by noted American historian Marcus Brotherton tells these stories, and in the best way possible--by using personal narrative from each man. It is very hard to find war books that feel like you're sitting in your den and swapping stories with your buddy over a beer. It is what you find after Hollywood packs up its cameras and goes home, leaving you with the "I wonder what happened to...?" This book mops up some of the things "Band of Brothers" leaves behind. This shares the men's stories from Normandy, Market-Garden, the Battle of the Bulge, the Rhine, and the Peacetime Force in Germany and Austria.

Because this is basically written BY the men of Easy Company, and edited by Marcus Brotherton, I give this book a five-star, thumbs way-up, rating.

Read it and weep. Seriously.
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We Who are Alive and Remain is the excellent latest effort in a kind of cottage industry of Band of Brothers books spawned by Stephen Ambrose's book and the HBO series. I have come to Band of Brothers fairly recently, and I admit to being absorbed in the books and the DVD set. Plus, we visited the D-Day sites in Normandy in late May, so all of this is more meaningful to me now.

Mr. Brotherton's book is billed as the "Untold Stories from the Band of Brothers" and that description is entirely accurate. Mr. Ambrose focused on Easy Company as a whole as did the DVD, but since then several books have been published about individual members of Easy. In this book, Mr. Brotherton gives us stories of war and post-war from 23 members of Easy Company that we have not read individual books about previously. The stories are direct quotes from the soldiers and are organized by chronological chapters. The book also has a very good section at the end called Memories of My Father written by children of three of the deceased members of Easy Company, I found the one written by Captain Sobel's son to be particularly interesting. Several other useful appendices round out the book.

If you are interested in Band of Brothers and the exploits of the men of Easy Company, you will very much enjoy the firsthand accounts in We Who are Alive and Remain.
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