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Seven days in hell

In June 1944, the Allies launched a massive amphibious invasion against Nazi-held France. But under the cover of darkness, a new breed of fighting man leapt from airplanes through a bullet-stitched, tracer-lit sky to go behind German lines. These were the Screaming Eagles of the newly formed 101st Airborne Division. Their job was to strike terror into the Nazi defenders, delay reinforcements, and kill any enemy soldiers they met. In the next seven days, the ...

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Seven days in hell

In June 1944, the Allies launched a massive amphibious invasion against Nazi-held France. But under the cover of darkness, a new breed of fighting man leapt from airplanes through a bullet-stitched, tracer-lit sky to go behind German lines. These were the Screaming Eagles of the newly formed 101st Airborne Division. Their job was to strike terror into the Nazi defenders, delay reinforcements, and kill any enemy soldiers they met. In the next seven days, the men of the 101st fought some of the most ferocious close-quarter combat in all of World War II.

Now Donald R. Burgett looks back at the nonstop, nightmarish fighting across body-strewn fields, over enemy-held hedgerows, through blown-out towns and devastated forests. This harrowing you-are-there chronicle captures a baptism by fire of a young Private Burgett, his comrades, and a new air-mobile fighting force that would become a legend of war.

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"A fascinating tale of personal combat...portrays the courage, endurance, initiative and fighting qualities of an American soldier on a European battlefield of World War II."
-- Dwight D. Eisenhower

"I have read a lot of books on the experience of combat from both World Wars, and this is by a longshot the best. Without qualification."
-- Stephen E. Ambrose (from the Foreword)

A Military Book Club Selection

"Without false heroics, everything is here, man's cruelty and kindness under stress, fear and courage, hope and despair."
-- Life

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Donald R.Burgett Seven Roads To Hell
A screaming eagle at Bastogne "A marvelous book."
-- Stephen E. Ambrose

"A stirring combat memoir."
-- Kirkus Reviews

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780440236306
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 9/28/2000
  • Edition description: REISSUE
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 4.18 (w) x 6.86 (h) x 0.66 (d)

Meet the Author

DONALD R. BURGETT lives in Howell, Michigan. He is the author of SEVEN ROADS TO HELL and the soon to be published THE ROAD TO ARNHEM.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 22, 2013

    Amazing book! Never a dull moment throughout. The guts they have

    Amazing book! Never a dull moment throughout. The guts they have to face what they did in this portion of battle. The training and misery to reach their objective.
    The sacrifice and miracles it took to live to the next "hedge row"!
    Cant wait to read "The Road To Arnhem!


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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 4, 2006

    Incredible Portrayal

    Donald Burgett does an incredible job portraying life as a paratrooper in the famed 101st Airborne. He takes the reader back into his past, during basic training in the states, through training in England, and finally to the big jump into Normandy. The details of events really bring to life the true brutality of war. This is a must read for any WWII reader.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 16, 2005

    Awesome book

    This book is the best book I've ever read. I read Soldat, All the Way to Berlin, and even those cant measure up to Curahee. It's 'through the rifle sights' style of writing is incredible, the action is awesome and so everything else in the book. This book was so good that I finished in 5 days, even though the pages were rather short. I recomend this book for anyone interested in WW2 or just wants to read a good book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 26, 2005

    History from 'Everyman'

    After most wars, generals sit down to write their memiors. Theirs becomes the 'official history' of the conflict. It is only occassionally that a private soldier does the same. One such man is Donald Burgett. Burgett was 17 years old when he volunteered for the U.S. Army during World War II. His path lead him to join the newly forming elite 101st Airborne Division, The Screaming Eagles. Reading his story is like sitting by the fireside with your grandfather. Burgett tells of his training, the waiting and finally jumping into the night sky over Normandy on June 6, 1944, with incredible grace, humanity, and reverence. This is real history. History from the point of view that most of us witness it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 7, 2003

    READ THIS BOOK

    I have been reading all of Mr. Burgett's books and I am amazed. He tells his story even better than Mr. Ambrose did in Band of Brothers. When I start to read one of his books, I get sucked into germany with him, and can imagine exactly what he had to go through. I would also suggest reading any book from the 'World War II Library'.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 16, 2002

    On The Edge Of Your Seat Reading- Awsome

    Reading this book really sparked my interest in World War II,I always was interested in history,but reading this book was a great way to learn about our history. I'm an 18 year old girl and not much of a reader, but reading this book just makes me want to read and learn more about World War II. I recommend this book to anyone. I loved it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 1, 2002

    Absolutely Wonderful - Powerful

    As a current Army Staff Sergeant who only recently went to Airborne/Paratrooper school I found this audio book unbelievably motivational and uplifting. A story told wonderfully of yet another look at the days of our invasion of Normady.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 21, 2002

    Amazing!

    It's amazing Mr. Burgett lived and was willing to tell his story. The training, preparation for battle, and actual fighting is impossible for people who have not experienced war to understand what it was like. I thank Mr. Burgett for sharing his experiences with me. A must read read for anyone interested in learning about WWII from the infantry soldier. I look forward to reading other books by Mr. Burgett.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 29, 2001

    One great storyteller!

    Donald Burgett takes you through his training and his experiences in the D-Day battle in this book. He is very good at putting the reader into the scene. This book has given me a new found respect for our men in uniform who fought in this great war. If you like the series Band of Brothers on HBO, this book will take you even farther. It makes the series look like a commercial.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 5, 2001

    great book

    this book was great and very educational. once i picked the book up i couldn't put it down. this book was action packed with danger around every corner. it's a must a read.

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