Band of Brothers

by Stephen E. Ambrose | History | This book has not been rated.
ISBN: 0743429907 Global Overview for this book
Registered by Molyneux of Oxford, Oxfordshire United Kingdom on 1/22/2005
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Journal Entry 1 by Molyneux from Oxford, Oxfordshire United Kingdom on Saturday, January 22, 2005
I have the videos of this BBC TV series - which was brilliant, and which is why I bought this book. Review
As grippingly as any novelist, preeminent World War II historian Stephen Ambrose uses Band of Brothers to tell the horrifying, hallucinatory saga of Easy Company, whose 147 members he calls the nonpareil combat paratroopers on earth circa 1941-45. Ambrose takes us along on Easy Company's trip from gruelling basic training to Utah Beach on D-day, where a dozen of them turned German cannons into dynamited ruins resembling "half-peeled bananas", on to the Battle of the Bulge, the liberation of part of the Dachau concentration camp, and a large party at Hitler's "Eagle's Nest", where they drank the his (surprisingly inferior) champagne. Of Ambrose's main sources, three soldiers became rich civilians; at least eight became teachers; one became Albert Speer's jailer; one prosecuted Robert Kennedy's assassin; another became a mountain recluse; the despised, sadistic CO who first trained Easy Company (and to whose strictness many soldiers attributed their survival of the war) wound up a suicidal loner whose own sons skipped his funeral. The Easy Company survivors describe the hell and confusion of any war: the senseless death of the nicest kid in the company when a souvenir Luger goes off in his pocket; the execution of a GI by his CO for disobeying an order not to get drunk. Despite the gratuitous horrors it relates, Band of Brothers illustrates what one of Ambrose's sources calls "the secret attractions of war ... the delight in comradeship, the delight in destruction ... war as spectacle". --Tim Appelo
A description of life in the Easy Company, 101st Airborne Division, US Army, from the time of their rigorous training in Georgia in 1942 to D-Day and victory. Drawing on interviews, journals and letters, the author tells - often in their own words - the story of these American heroes.

Journal Entry 2 by Molyneux at on Tuesday, July 25, 2006

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Released at Cripps Hall where I set up a temp OBCZ (Official BookCrossing Zone) during an Open University Residential School between 14 - 22 July

Journal Entry 3 by Ali4189 from Oxford, Oxfordshire United Kingdom on Sunday, April 01, 2007
Cherrytree meet on 24th,passed to Brother in law.

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