Band of Brothers

by Stephen E. Ambrose | History |
ISBN: 0743429907 Global Overview for this book
Registered by darkhorse4460 of Bletchingdon, Oxfordshire United Kingdom on 9/2/2009
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Journal Entry 1 by darkhorse4460 from Bletchingdon, Oxfordshire United Kingdom on Wednesday, September 02, 2009 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".

For those who saw the fabulous TV series (see it if you haven't) - this is what it was based on. Gripping and moving stuff and I'm not usually the kind of gal who likes to read military history, but in the end its the human stories of courage and comradeship that count.

Released 10 yrs ago (9/3/2009 UTC) at The Duke's Cut (previously Rosie O'Grady's) in Oxford, Oxfordshire United Kingdom



For release at the meet on Thursday.

Journal Entry 3 by Ali4189 from Oxford, Oxfordshire United Kingdom on Friday, September 04, 2009
Picked this up at The Duke's Cut for Harry.

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