by Stephen E. Ambrose
Band of Brothers
Simon & Schuster, September, 2001.
Paperback, 330 pages.
This World War II story, which was recently televised as an HBO miniseries, describes the events of a special group of American soldiers, Easy Company, who did some very brave and very intense fighting in the War and also suffered heavy casualties. The group went through some of the toughest training any soldiers have ever seen; their training resulted in greatness on the battlefield. The book tells the story of this group of men from their first days of training to their extraordinary days on the battlefield in Europe.
Stephen Ambrose is the bestselling author of D-Day June 6, 1944, The Wild Blue and Citizen Soldiers. This edition of the book is a TV tie-in to coincide with the HBO miniseries produced by Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg, and it includes a new foreword by Ambrose about the film. Ambrose interviewed survivors and studied the men's journals and letters to compose the book. Ambrose does an excellent job focusing the stories on the men of Easy Company themselves, so that the reader understands the emotions, heroics and perils of war through these individuals. This adds a personal interest to Band of Brothers, unlike some books which read like reference books and discuss only the larger battles and top-ranking generals and officials. The well-researched and fascinating book is sure to interest history buffs and those interested in stories of war. Highly recommended.
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This review was published in the February, 2002 of The Internet Writing Journal.
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