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We Who Are Alive and Remain: Untold Stories from the Band of Brothers

We Who Are Alive and Remain: Untold Stories from the Band of Brothers [Kindle Edition]

Marcus Brotherton
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The national bestseller of never-before-published stories from the Band of Brothers

They were the men of the now-legendary Easy Company. After almost two years of hard training, they parachuted into Normandy on D-Day and, later, Operation Market Garden. They fought their way through Belgium, France, and Germany, survived overwhelming odds, liberated concentration camps, and drank a victory toast in April of 1945 at Hitler's hideout in the Alps.

Here, revealed for the first time, are stories of war, sacrifice, and courage as seen by one of the most revered combat units in military history. In We Who Are Alive and Remain, twenty men who were there, and the families of three deceased others, recount the horrors and the victories, the bonds they made, the tears and blood they shed- and the brothers they lost.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 596 KB
  • Print Length: 314 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0425227634
  • Publisher: Berkley; Reprint edition (5 May 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0023EFB3C
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #86,538 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful
Band of Brothers has spawned a mini-industry of art prints, books and magazines and this book is the latest Easy Company work to hit the market. So if you have all these other books, is this new one worth buying? Well my answer to that is a big resounding YES.

As great as the TV series was and the original Ambrose book too, you always felt that for every featured character, there were others who's ommission meant we missed hearing their tales. Well here Marcus Brotherton offers us the stories, memories and anecdotes of 20 more Easy company veterans. Some were included in the TV series - Shifty Powers, Earl McClung and Herb Suerth Jnr, but many weren't and most readers will find the memories of Al Mampre, Dewit Lowrey, Hank Zimmerman and Norman Neitzke (for example) new and fascinating.

Marcus allows the vets to the talk about their lives from childhood to old age in their own words and style. But ordered into chapters covering from before the war into enlisting, training and combat in Normandy through to Austria and also their post-war years. This is not a battlefield study, it won't tell you which battalion was located at what point in any given campaign. It's all about the men and how they viewed the events that shaped the 20th Century. It tells of their fears and hopes, their pride and determination and the horrors and joys of serving in the European campaign in WWII - all in their own words and in easy to read short anecdotes some of which are also very funny.

But the best part of the book is the appendix, where the children of 3 Easy company veterans write passionately about their fathers. Michael Sobel writes about his father's negative portrayal in the TV show, George Jnr and Lana tell us about the Company's resident comic their father - George Luz.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
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I have mixed feelings about this book. I have read a lot of the memoirs out there by several "band of brothers" men and they have all been very gripping in various degrees and pretty well written. This book was not as easy of a read. It's confusing reading separate statements from all the participants on various topics that make up the chapter headings. And people appearing suddenly in some chapters, disappearing and then being back in later ones. Had there not been photos of almost everybody I would have been utterly confused and would have been forced to go back to chapter one over and over again to remind me who was talking. The disappointing thing was that there was no photo of one soldier at all, and some photos were really poor of the others. Since the author spoke to all of them, he really ought to have been able to get some GOOD photos of them from back then. I want to see who is talking.
So when one reads the book, one has to constantly flip to the photo section in the middle to get a face on the speaker and to the back of the book that has a list of all the participants and what campaigns they were in. Makes for a more difficult read than say Ambrose's book "Band of Brothers".
Unfortunately one also feels that it is a desperate book, gripping at straws. It really is about the few remaining men of Easy company, the ones that did not get to be mentioned in the TV series, nor in Ambrose's book. It's mostly replacements, medics and soldiers that got wounded early on, that have participated in this book and some of their comments did nothing for the book. It would have been better to have picked fewer of them, the ones that REALLY had stories to tell and had the memory.
Yes, I liked the book because it told what happened to the wounded ones.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Yet another great read about Easy Company 18 July 2009
Having read several Band of Brothers autobiographies, this is right up there with the best. Although it might not be full of names you'd recognise from the miniseries, it gives an insight into WWII from other members of the company, taking turn about with their personal accounts of their experiences in chronological order. The background on each man was interesting too, seeing where they came from and what they did after the war.
A worthy addition to any BoB fan's library.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Humbling Experience 27 May 2010
I have read and seen many books, DVD's etc about Easy Company and I own the books about Malarkey, Winters, Wild Bill and Babe, Buck as well the Ambrose book "Band of Brothers" and this book, for me at least, ties up some of the loose ends I felt existed regarding the "Band of Brothers" such as wanting to know more about "Shifty" Powers among others.

It can be a little confusing sometimes as you bounce from one Veteran to the next but for me, the way the book is laid out makes it right. As an example, if you wish to read more about Bastogne, you dont flick through hundreds of pages looking for a paragrapgh here and there, you simply go to the Bastogne Chapter and read each veterans memory of what it was like for them.

I cant sum up what some pages made me feel when I read them but certain paragraphs will stick in my mind for ever as veterans tell you about how this lost a true friend who made the ultimate sacrafice. If you love anything about Band of Brothers and Easy Company, then I really do urge you to purchase this book.
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