Brothers in Battle, Best of Friends [NOOK Book]

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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 ...
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Overview

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.


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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781101207574
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 10/2/2007
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 74,335
  • File size: 650 KB

Meet the Author

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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 1, 2013

    Came back to this today

    With the passing today of babe heffron I felt the need to again read this fantastic book. A great read. Rest in peave babe, currahee!

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  • Posted May 8, 2012

    This is a good book for someone who is looking for more of a per

    This is a good book for someone who is looking for more of a personal view of some of the WW2 effects, if your looking for a book more into the tactics and overview of the war, this is not the right book for you. don't get me wrong, it was a good read! just not what i, personally was looking for!

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  • Posted April 19, 2010

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    A Great Insight to Two Best Friends of Band of Brothers

    Brothers in Battle tells the tales of Bill Guarnere and Babe Heffron, two paratroopers of Easy Company. Fans of Ambrose's Band of Brothers will love this book. Just as Ambrose captured the bond of Easy men, Brothers in Battle allows the reader insight into how two guys from Philadelphia became bonded for life.

    Guarnere and Heffron tell their stories of growing up blocks apart and not meeting until on tour serving in Europe. The book captivates the reader as the words come directly from the men themselves. Each chapter has both perspectives, with some chapters reading like a conversation between the two. Although written by both men with the help of Robyn Post, it is not hard to distinguish whose words belong to who. By the end of the first chapter the reader had witnessed each man's individual personality and is able to distinguish which man is telling the tale even without the book's explicit notes.

    Guarnere and Heffron tell the story of how they were raised, why the entered the paratroopers, the experience they shared in Europe, and their lives afterwards. Two men living blocks apart and never met until fighting in the Great War. Heffron, a replacement, was looked down upon when joining the men of Easy who had been bonded by the training and surviving Captain Sobel. Paratroopers earned the right to wear those wings, but replacements had to earn the respect of Easy to earn the privilege to fight with them. When battle vets didn't socialize with replacements, these two men found a commonality between them: Philly.

    Despite being of different ranks, the men considered each other friends. Brothers in Battle shares their experiences and allows fans of Band of Brothers to quench the thirst for more knowledge about the men.

    As a Band of Brothers fan and World War II history buff, I enjoyed this book tremendously. I recommend it to anyone and everyone. If you enjoy war stories, you'll enjoy the stories of experiences. If you enjoy life, you'll enjoy their stories of their wild youth and young adulthood. And if you enjoy friendship, you will find comfort in witnessing the bond that exists between these two friends: two friends who instead became brothers.

    Truly a great read. Enjoy!

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  • Posted March 13, 2010

    Wild Bill and Babe / two important members of Easy Company

    This was a great book which I enjoyed very much. The men of Easy Company give each of us a better understanding of what our fathers who served during World War 2 were faced with on a daily basis, along with the losses of close friends and comrades. Additionally, this book shows that each of the men who returned from WW2 went on to have productive lives and raises family. This was a good book and was easy to read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 24, 2008

    I'll read it again and again!

    Wow!! I could not put this book down. I own the mini-series B.O.B. and have seen each one a number of times. I've read the Band of Brothers book by Ambrose so I consider myself very knowledgeable on the subject. Brothers in Battle has to be hands down the best book that I have ever read! (I look forward to reading other E-Company Veterans' books) It truly shows the bond formed only in combat. Like Henry V said 'For he to-day that sheds his blood with me, shall be my brother.' 'Wild' Bill and Babe are a quite a duo while the majority of the book is describing the heavy combat, there are some lighter parts, such as their stories of a weekend pass in London. Throughout the entire story you really do develop a much deeper admiration for what these men did, and what the price of freedom really is. I have the utmost respect for every single man and woman who gave up a little something for our freedom. They truly were the greatest generation! I am so glad to see that more and more WWII veterans are perserving their memoirs into a story, that way their memories are forever enshrined in a novel, which will ensure that they are never forgotten. After reading this book I had the strongest urge to write Babe and Bill a letter thanking them for their services, however contacting them has been much harder than I ever imagined. I could go on forever telling you all the great things about this book, but you might as well just buy it as soon as possible!! Thanks for your time!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 5, 2008

    Touching. One of the Best.

    Moving. Raw. Informative. Heartwrentching. Incredible. The story of WWII seen through the eyes of 2 Easy Company men. The thing that separates this book from most wartime books is the fact that it is mostly about their personal stories and experiences as opposed to tactics and facts... One of the greatest WWII books I have read for anyone and everyone.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 4, 2008

    Highly recommended

    As the son of a WWII veteran that fought with the 9th armored division and endured many of the similar hardships, I have the greatest respect for these men and my Dad for their sacrifices. This should be required reading for all that think war is all glory and no guts. The book kept me riveted from beginning to end.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 21, 2007

    so awesome

    I love war world two i know ALOT about this subject!!And this book was absoloutly good loved IT ANY ONE WHO HAS WATCHED BAND OF BROTHERS THIS MAKES ALOT OF SENCES i highly reccommend

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 2, 2007

    A reviewer

    If story telling bridges the gaps between generations, then it is time that the great and great-great grandchildren of Americans listen to the stories of the good men and women who did and were willing to give their life for a future, that is your today. Stop text messaging long enough to read and appreciate what has been given to you. I have read many books about men and women who served during World War II. From, Stephen Ambrose book, ¿Band of Brothers¿ which was smooth and moving read about a tragic human experience. Too, Tom Hanks and Stephen Spielberg¿s, HBO mini-series ¿Band of Brothers¿ which was a visual, auditory experience of war that most of us will never experience, hopefully. Yet it is ¿Brothers in Battle-Best of Friends¿ the story of two soldiers William ¿Wild Bill¿ Guarnere and Edward ¿Babe¿ Heffron that is the link which is needed, to really understand Easy Company and the millions of others who fought WWII. From the beginning to the end of this book you have a better feel and understand how, why and what Americans¿ felt and believed in, from a time gone by. I hope future generations never have to face what these men went through. However if such a need were asked, I pray that Americans once again could answer such a call in the same manner. Though I will never have the honor to thank these two men and millions of others who fought for what I too often take for granted, then let this review of this wonderful book be but a `Thank you!¿ Dr. Douglas O¿Neill, Sociologist South Dakota State University

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 10, 2008

    UNBELIEVABLE!!!

    I felt so emotional and overwelmed after finishing the book. It really has given me another look at what life is about. I've read Band of Brothers and this is the perfect book to read after finishing it. It gives you a whole new perspective to Easy Comapany. After reading Band of Brothers I adored Doc Roe, and now I also give my respct to Carwood Lipton, Muck and Penkala, and Don Malarkey. Babe and Bill, though they refuse to admit it, are true legends- not heroes of the war. I certainly agree that a hero is someone who never came home! Bravo on a brilliant book!

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