Stephen E. Ambrose Jr. - Band of Brothers: E Company, 506th Regiment, 101st Airborne from Normandy to Hitler's Eagle's Nest

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The Company Who Took the Eagles Nest

Jan 28, 2006
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Pros:Told from multiple perspectives, very well written,

Cons:None

The Bottom Line: A must for those who like to read books about the military or WW II


This extraordinary book by Stephen Amborse, and which the HBO miniseries was based, tells the tale of E company of the 506th division of the 101st Airborne during Word War II. From its beginning in the summer of 1942 to the D-Day invasion, to Holland and Operation Market Garden, to the Battle of the Bulge, to Berchtesgaden and the capturing of Hitler’s Eagles Nest, and to life after the war, as told by the surviving members of E company as well from memories and letters of those who are no longer with us.

The members of E company or Easy Company as they where known, came from different walks of life, for the most part these men has nothing in common. Some came from colleges, Harvard or Yale or even lesser known schools; some came from working class jobs, from small towns or big cities. What they did have in common was the fact they where going to war and they knew that when they went to war they wanted to be with the best, to fight with the best, they wanted to be paratroopers. In the summer of 1942 they meet in Camp Toccoa Ga, to start a journey that would create a bond that would last a life time.

During their time at Toccoa, the men of easy where pushed harder than any of the other men of the 506th, they trained harder, longer than any other company they where trained to be the best. It would be this training that would set this company apart, from the other companies with in the 506th and the 101st Airborne, and help the men of Easy Company endure the challenges that lay ahead. This book takes you though the challenges that they faced at Toccoa, the triumph of getting their jump wings, the challenges and losses of D-Day, Operation Market Garden, and the Battle of the Budge, and the experience of capturing of Hitler’s prize Berchtesgaden.

Unlike the mini series the book tells the full story of all Easy Company members, not just a few key members. There where several other members of Easy Company, that where not mentioned in the series, who played important roles in the Easy Company story. To really get the full picture of Easy company you have to read this book, there are quite a few differences the series vs. in the book.

If you enjoyed the miniseries or even if you are just looking for a good book to read this book is a must. Unlike most books this is a story is told by all members of Easy Company, both living and deceased. Although not all the members of Easy Company where not interviewed for this book Ambrose does an excellent job of tying in the memories of the men he interviewed as well as the thoughts and experiences thought letters and writings of the Easy Company men who are no longer with us.


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