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

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The national bestselling World War II memoir with a foreword by John McCain.

As part of the elite 101st Airborne paratroopers, Lt. Lynn "Buck" Compton fought in critical battles of World War II as a member of Easy Company, immortalized as the Band of Brothers.

This is the true story of a real-life hero. From his years as a two-sport UCLA star who played baseball with Jackie Robinson and football in the 1943 Rose Bowl, through his legendary ...

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Overview

The national bestselling World War II memoir with a foreword by John McCain.

As part of the elite 101st Airborne paratroopers, Lt. Lynn "Buck" Compton fought in critical battles of World War II as a member of Easy Company, immortalized as the Band of Brothers.

This is the true story of a real-life hero. From his years as a two-sport UCLA star who played baseball with Jackie Robinson and football in the 1943 Rose Bowl, through his legendary post-World War II legal career as a prosecutor, in which he helped convict Sirhan Sirhan for the murder of Robert F. Kennedy, Buck Compton's story truly embodies the American Dream: college sports star, esteemed combat veteran, detective, attorney, judge.

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"Second Platoon was indeed 'blessed' to have Buck Compton as our leader. He was a quiet and strong officer who, above all, listened and talked to all men under his command. I could never say enough to express my thanks and admiration for Buck Compton."
-William "Wild Bill" Guarnere
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780425227879
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 5/5/2009
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 400,506
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author


Marcus Brotherton, a former newspaper reporter and a professional writer, is the author or coauthor of seventeen books.

Lt. Lynn "Buck" Compton has been a collegiate sports star, esteemed war veteran, detective, attorney, and judge. As a second lieutenant during World War II, Compton commanded the second platoon of Easy Company in the 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment, part of the 101st Airborne Division.

Reader of over four hundred audiobooks, Dick Hill has won three coveted Audie Awards and been nominated numerous times. He is also the recipient of several AudioFile Earphones Awards. AudioFile includes Dick on their prestigious list of Golden Voices.

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Table of Contents

Foreword John McCain McCain, John

1 First Training Jump 1

2 From Benning to Normandy 7

3 The Shock at Brecourt 14

4 My "Movie Career" 19

5 Dad's Secret 29

6 Triumph 37

7 Horror 46

8 Somehow You Continue 53

9 Train for Georgia 85

10 To Get a Uniform 72

11 Decision of a Lifetime 78

12 Wearing the Wings 84

13 Joining Easy Company 91

14 Beyond D-Day 103

15 Carentan 109

18 Market Garden 117

11 Wounded 126

18 My Last Battle 134

19 The End of The War 145

20 Return to Normalcy 153

21 Vice 184

22 Happy Again 172

23 My First Trial 182

24 Secrets of the DA's Office 186

25 Key Cases 199

28 RFK Assassination 210

21 Sirhan Sirhan's Trial 222

28 Finishing on the Bench 231

29 Band of Brothers 242

30 Last Rants and Reflections 241

Epilogue Neal McDonough McDonough, Neal 255

Acknowledgments 259

Index 261

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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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  • Posted September 14, 2009

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    Good read

    I enjoyed the book and was glad to read more about what happened before and after the war. If you want to get to know Buck Compton, besides being a soldier, this book is for you.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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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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