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

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

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by Lynn ''Buck'' Compton, Dick Hill, Marcus Brotherton
     
 

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As part of the elite 101st Airborne paratroopers, Lt. Lynn "Buck" Compton fought in the critical battles of Normandy and Market Garden and in the freezing cold of Bastogne. Easy Company, immortalized as the Band of Brothers, stands today as an unparalleled icon of brotherhood and bravery under fire. Here, Compton tells his own story for the first time,

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As part of the elite 101st Airborne paratroopers, Lt. Lynn "Buck" Compton fought in the critical battles of Normandy and Market Garden and in the freezing cold of Bastogne. Easy Company, immortalized as the Band of Brothers, stands today as an unparalleled icon of brotherhood and bravery under fire. Here, Compton tells his own story for the first time, revealing how the skills, work ethic, and discipline he learned as a young man served as the foundation for the courage and selflessness he displayed during the deadliest conflict of the twentieth century. 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, Compton truly embodies the American dream: college sports star, esteemed combat veteran, detective, attorney, and judge. This is the true story of a real-life hero who traveled to a faraway place and put his life on the line for the cause of freedom-and an insightful memoir about courage, leadership, camaraderie, compassion, and the opportunities for success that can only happen in America.

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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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781400107346
Publisher:
Tantor Media, Inc.
Publication date:
05/06/2008
Edition description:
Unabridged, 8 CDs, 9 hrs. 30 min.
Product dimensions:
6.44(w) x 5.50(h) x 1.12(d)

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From the Publisher
"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

Meet the Author

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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Call of Duty 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
GratefulCitizen More than 1 year ago
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.
G-Raymond-Archer More than 1 year ago
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."
Guest More than 1 year ago
'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.
lapd00duke More than 1 year ago
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.
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