Category: History / General
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Publication date: 17 September 2001
Number of pages: 336
The story of the toughest fighting unit in WWII that was a major BBC mini-series produced by Tom Hanks and Stephen Spielberg
The remarkable success of the TV series produced by Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks will ensure that many readers are keen to sample this vivid and powerful picture of men at war. In the book that formed the basis for the series, Stephen Ambrose takes us on a tour of duty with the men of Easy Company, a US rifle company being trained for the bloody landings of D-Day. From the tough training scenes in Georgia (in which the raw recruits are honed into a crack team of soldiers) to the final costly assault on Hitler's Eagle's Nest in Berchtesgarden, we are inextricably involved in the hopes and fears of the fighting men. Utilising first-person accounts, the verisimilitude of Band of Brothers virtually leaps off the page and makes most accounts of war seemed thin-blooded indeed. While always building the narrative towards its pulse-increasing finale, the author never forgets to characterize each member of Easy Company with maximum vividness: in each tautly orchestrated set piece, the tension is ratcheted up not so much by the bursts of action as by our knowledge of the individual personalities of the men of Easy Company. The reality is increased by the constant shoring up of the narrative with the hard facts of the encounters and a section of well-chosen photographs. Trading on the innovations of Spielberg's Saving Private Ryan, the TV series was more subtle and intelligent than many earlier ventures in the genre; a few pages into Stephen Ambrose's remarkable book shows us how much it owed to the source material. (Kirkus UK)
What the papers say:
"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.
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.
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