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Brothers in Battle: Best of Friends [Hardcover]

William Guarnere , Edward Heffron , Tom Hanks
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)

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2 Oct 2007
Tom Hanks introduces the “remarkable”(Publishers Weekly) story of two inseparable friends and soldiers portrayed in the HBO miniseries Band of Brothers.

William “Wild Bill” Guarnere and Edward “Babe” Heffron were among the first paratroopers of the U.S. Army—members of an elite unit of the 101st Airborne Division called Easy Company. The crack unit was called upon for every high-risk operation of the war, including D-Day, Operation Market Garden in Holland, the Battle of the Bulge, and the capture of Hitler’s Eagle’s Nest in Berchtesgaden. Both men fought side by side—until Guarnere lost his leg in the Battle of the Bulge and was sent home. Heffron went on to liberate concentration camps and take Hitler’s Eagle’s Nest hideout. United by their experience, they reconnected at the war’s end and have been best friends ever since. Their story is a tribute to the lasting bond forged between comrades in arms—and to all those who fought for freedom.
--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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  • Hardcover: 16 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley Publishing Corporation,U.S.; 1 edition (2 Oct 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0425217280
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425217283
  • Product Dimensions: 2.7 x 15.8 x 23.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 605,161 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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William “Wild Bill” Guarnere and Edward “Babe” Heffron were both portrayed in the HBO miniseries Band of Brothers, produced by Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks.

Robyn Post has been a professional journalist for 13 years and profiled the two men for Philadelphia Magazine. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a fantastic read! 10 Jan 2009
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this is just one of those books you cant put down.the way its written, its as though both authors are in the room talking to you.every emmotion leaps from the page, from the pride they had,to the horrors they saw.from the hardships they endured,to the awful conditions in which they had to live.and the love and admiration they have for each other,and everyone else that they served with.superb,and i have already ordered another copy for a friend.cant recommend this book highly enough.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars setting the record straight 12 Jan 2010
I totally agree with all the other reviews that this is a great book, whether or not you agree with what is written about the English contribution to the campaign.
A couple of years ago I had the honour and pleasure of meeting "Babe" Heffron at the American Cemetery in Luxembourg where General Patton is buried. He was over with a tour group from the US, following the route of the Band of Brothers across Europe (and doing pretty well considering his age!).We had quite a chat, as I am an accredited Luxembourg tour guide who also gets to show a lot of groups the cemetery and have reasonable knowledge of the Battle of the Bulge.When he realised I was English he said that he and the other guys were very pleased to have had the "Brits" alongside,they were great soldiers, but if there was one "Brit" they would have loved to put up against a wall and shoot it was that "b.....d Monty!
We all know that mistakes (some disastrous) were made by senior officers, Monty and Patton to name just two (and they, to put it as mildly as possible, hated each others guts, but generally the soldiers lower down the chain of command had respect and a feeling of comradeship for the other nationalities fighting alongside, even if sometimes, especially when things went wrong, they vented their feelings with a few good cusses.
Going to start reading the book again as soon as I post this review.
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Recommended 26 July 2008
A great read that fills in the blanks left by the Band of brothers book and tv series.
Political correctness takes a back seat and Bill and Babe say it as it was.
I felt that more could have been detailed about the different firefights which occured (especially on the Normandy drop.)
Bill touches on this very lightly by saying he was named Wild Bill after killing many Germans on D Day.

However, he doesn't go into any more detail other than admitting that he 'executed' two SS soldiers (on D Day) who had surrendered to him - with a bullet to the back of their heads. He then goes on to say that he has no regrets and feels no sorrow or remorse for killing them. (How many people would admit that in their book ?)

Been a Brit I didn't appreciate the comments stating that if the 101st were dropped into Arnhem then it may well have been a different outcome but hey, That's what makes this book such a good read.
They tell it exactly how they see it and don't hold out on there opinions (Especially on what they think of Monty !)

I know this isn't a review as such but I wanted to give a couple of examples as to the content of the book to give an idea of what you can expect.

As I said earlier this is a great read and I highly recommend buying it.

I give it 4 Stars but it is very nearly a 5.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars brothers in battle, best of friends 13 Jan 2010
By Puffina
this a very pleasant book;two voices:that from "Wild Bill", and that from "Babe".If you are a fan of "Band of brothers", you'll be fond of this item.It's like they are talking to you directly. Very recommended.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 9 Dec 2012
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The best thing about the book is that the author uses wthe words that bot men say. It is written like a conversation in their own words, no changing things for the sake of making it read stylishly. Just accurate reflection of how both men remeber things and how theu feel about it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very 'easy' to read 16 Sep 2012
By Goody
I agree with other comments about this book being quite scathing towards the British soldiers/Army, and how great the Americans are...Being English myself i found that to be very annoying. All armies had heroes and idiots alike, especially in the higher ranks! Otherwise though, i found it to be a very interesting and easy read. It was also nice to read about what they did in the post war years as the Band of Brothers book only touches briefly on this point. It's also interesting to hear what happenend to Bill after he lost his leg, in the miniseries he seems to get forgotton about after he was hit. Well worth a read but probably not aimed at the British audience. A must for BoB fans.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Bill and Babe 8 Sep 2012
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It was almost like you were having a conversation with these two men, I loved the way it was written but it left me longing for more - maybe that is the sign of a good book?
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars First Reading 2 Mar 2008
By Dave602
Brilliant book, writing style is as it is told to the author, Bill and Babe are superb and if you like Band of Brothers you will love this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great, Easy Reading
I am a huge fan of Band of Brothers so knew I would love this book. A great read told with passion
Published 2 months ago by Quinner
5.0 out of 5 stars Babe and Wild Bill!
One of the best combined books to come out of the "Band of Brothers" franchise, as it were. Heffron and Guarnere, Babe and WIld Bill...Edward and William. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Kelly89
3.0 out of 5 stars Bought for Him
Bought as an Xmas present for the other half, he's in to all this war time stuff. However, having thought he was going to read it, he put it on the shelf with the rest of the... Read more
Published 19 months ago by LA West
5.0 out of 5 stars Heroes, not historians....
I was given this book, by 'Babe' himself, as i know him and Bill personally. (I traveled on the BOB tour that went across much of Europe, retracing the path of the 101st. Read more
Published on 9 Nov 2011 by Anna Austen
5.0 out of 5 stars Brothers in Battle
A different take on the Band of Brothers story,from 2 members of Easy company, good historical information, and further knowledge of the Battles they went through.
Published on 6 Jan 2010 by B. E. Loseby
4.0 out of 5 stars we were not that bad
well this is a very very good book /and its a book that i found hard to put down /put i was a bit upset with the way wild bill wrote is account of the war . Read more
Published on 7 Nov 2009 by Stephen Milligan
4.0 out of 5 stars easy company
a must for all band of brothers fans .Never get sick of reading about easy company
Published on 3 Mar 2009 by M. coyne
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