They fought on Utah Beach, in Arnhem, Bastogne, the Bulge; they spearheaded the Rhine offensive and took possession of Hitler's Eagle's Nest in Berchtesgaden. Easy Company, 506th Airborne Division, U.S. Army, was as good a rifle company as any in the world. From their rigorous training in Georgia in 1942 to D-Day and victory, Ambrose tells the story of this remarkable company, which kept getting the tough assignments. Easy Company was responsible for everything from parachuting into France early D-Day morning to the capture of Hitler's Eagle's Nest at Berchtesgaden. BAND OF BROTHERS is the account of the men of this remarkable unit who fought, went hungry, froze, and died, a company that took 150 percent casualties and considered the Purple Heart a badge of office. Drawing on hours of interviews with survivors as well as the soldiers' journals and letters, Stephen Ambrose tells the stories, often in the men's own words, of these American heroes.
About the Author
Stephen E. Ambrose, leading World War II historian, was the author of numerous books on history including the Number 1 bestselling BAND OF BROTHERS, D-DAY (on which SAVING PRIVATE RYAN was based) PEGASUS BRIDGE and WILD BLUE. He is founder of the Eisenhower Center and the National D-Day Museum in New Orleans. He died in 2002.
"The Times-Picayune" A valuable and fascinating record...In these pages, the reader can vicariously walk with the men of E Company, suffer and laugh with them.
Just like the mini-series but much more in depth and with a lot more personal details about the member involved. A great read, keeps you wanting more!! Recommend watching series first, then the book, as it help keep track on the characters (as there are quite a few)
A must read for any fan of the series or WWII history!
Like another reviewer, I read this book ages ago and then after watching -and enjoying- the miniseries, I reread the book. I actually enjoyed the book more than the miniseries, there is more detail about the men of Easy Company and what happened to them after the war.Happily, there is hardly any 'Americans single handedly won the war' attitude that is common in many popular style history books (and Hollywood!) Ambrose writes history books that are accessible and enjoyable for the general public and Band of Brothers is a must read for those with an interest in World War Two.
Saw the HBO series first, loved it. Read the book a few months later, loved it even more. Watch the series again a few months later (and after reading d-day, and citizen soldiers (by Ambrose) and loved it even more. Then I read it again. Awesome. The only book I have ever voluntarily read twice.
I remember reading this book many years back, before seeing the HBO series, and enjoying it a lot. Then I watched the HBO series, which I loved, and reread this book - and enjoyed it even more. While I've found some other works from Stephen Ambrose to be a bit heavy with the patriotic assertions that the American GI was the best soldier of the war, this didn't come across the same way in Band of Brothers, probably because it was about this specific elite unit.
Very good read and a great tv series to go with the band of the brother book. It is a very moving story about a group of soilders trying to make their way to germany to defeat the german army in world war 2. Has got a lot of action in this story and gets you thinking about how hard soilders had it while in world war 2.
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