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Call of Duty: My Life Before, During, and After the Band of Brothers

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  • Posted February 6, 2010

    Your Duty to Read

    If you want to read a reasonably short autobiography of a great man's life (the famous WWII soldier Buck Compton) look no further than the pages of "Call of Duty." Mr. Compton does an outstanding job of chronicling not only his days in the 101st Airborne Division during World War II (the legendary "Easy Company" of the 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment that was first made famous by the late historian Stephen Ambrose in "Band of Brothers") but his subsequent career where he served as a policeman, prosecutor, and judge for both the city of Los Angeles and the state of California. Mr. Compton also does a good job reviewing his life before the war as well.

    In the book Buck Compton writes "Nobody owes me a thing" several times. I beg to differ with his opinion on this matter because I think we all owe him and his comrades a lifetime of gratitude for saving our way of life and securing our freedom which most of us take so clumsily for granted. I only have one philosophical disagreement with Mr. Compton-I don't believe that all socialist countries are totalitarian or "collectivist" governments, as Mr. Compton refers to autocratic forms of government. But it hardly matters. The book is a testament to the citizen soldier who rose to the challenge and answered the call of duty in the 20th Century's greatest crisis.

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  • Posted September 23, 2009

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    Inspiring Story of a Great Patriot and Hero

    Lt. Buck Compton -- a great representative of not just the 101st Airborne or Easy Company, but for the whole of the Greatest Generation. I like that this book covered Buck Compton's life before during and after Band of Brothers. His greatest fault seemed to be that he cared to much for his men--that says much for his character!

    This is a must read book for all WWII airborne readers. I also really gained insight into growing up in LA in the 30s and UCLA sixty years ago. I feel like I really got to know the man--Buck Compton--personally.I'm sure this is due in large part to the excellent writing and editing of the co-author, Marcus Brotherton. I'm looking forward to more from Brotherton.

    I've read about every book about the Band of Brothers in Easy Company and without a doubt this one is right up there at the top--just below the book that started it all, Ambrose's "Band of Brother."

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 12, 2008

    a soldiers brave life in the band of brothers

    'call of duty' is a book I could not put down. it is the memoir of the amazing life of lt. lynn compton who served in the amazing unite known as the band of brothers he served in many of the toughest battles of the second world war including: normandy, operation market garden and still one of the toughest bastogne for his courage in battle and defending his fellow countrymen and comrads he earned the silver star, the purple heart, and the world war 2 victry medal. this bestseller is amazing to me because not only does the arthur share what he learned in battle but he also after the war takes his skills that he learned in battle and from the military and used it to make a success in baseball and later in law enforcement were he conficted many felony cases as well as the murderer of robert f. kennedy. it is amazing to read how a person could go from one success to another. great gift idea for a friend or family member.

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