Favorite Reads – Band of Brothers – Have You Read It?

With today being Valentine’s Day, and with me thinking about books where people show lots of heart, I thought I would showcase one of my favorite historical books, Stephen E. Ambrose’s, Band of Brothers.  I got to thinking about this type of book due to a fellow blogger of mine, Unfinished Person, and his blog an unfinished person (in this unfinished universe). In his post yesterday he spoke about books with heart, which I recommend you take a look at here.

I remember specifically picking this book up because I became interested in it around the time the HBO series was airing.  As I didn’t, and still don’t have HBO, I picked up the book to read the story of these men, heroes, who served so bravely and honorably in a time of great crisis.  In my book, that definitely takes a heck of a lot of heart.  Here’s what the back of the book has to say:

As good a rifle company as any in the world, Easy Company, 101st Airborne Division, U.S. Army, kept getting the tough assignments-responsible for everything from parachuting into France early D-Day morning to the capture of Hitler’s Eagle’s Nest at Berchtesgaden.  In Band of Brothers, Ambrose tells of the men in this brave 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 recounts the stories, often in the men’s own words, of these American heroes.

Now, I must say, to this day, I still haven’t seen the HBO mini-series.  I must say though, later on this evening, I will add it to our Netflix queue and make sure that I watch it.  I’m confident it will be just as powerful as this book is here.  I highly recommend this book to anyone who’s interested in reading first-hand accounts of World War II.  It’s a fantastic read, and you’ll be able to easily see how much heart and soul these brave men demonstrated to help save the world from tyranny.  It’s definitely one of my top reads of all time.

If you’ve read this book, I’d love to hear what you think!


About Jeremy

Husband, book lover, Civil War Buff. If I could read for a living I would, but unfortunately, it doesn't pay the bills!

2 Responses to “Favorite Reads – Band of Brothers – Have You Read It?”

  1. Well, while you haven’t seen the miniseries, I haven’t read the book. I used to be of the mind that I had to read the book first and then see the movie, TV show, but lately I’ve gotten out of that mindset.

  2. I’ve been trying to wean myself off that mindset. I’m afraid it hasn’t worked too well though. Since Tom Hanks did The Band of Brothers mini-series, if you enjoyed that, you might enjoy another HBO series he did about the Apollo Program called From The Earth To The Moon. I thought it was very well done!

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