We Who Are Alive and Remain: Untold Stories from the Band of Brothers

We Who Are Alive and Remain: Untold Stories from the Band of Brothers

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by Marcus Brotherton
     
 

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From Marcus Brotherton, coauthor of Call of Duty, comes a collection of untold stories from the Band of Brothers. With candid personal accounts of training, combat, triumph, and loss, the men of Easy Company let you know what it was really like.

The army had decided to try something different. A select division would receive boot camp and paratrooper training in

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From Marcus Brotherton, coauthor of Call of Duty, comes a collection of untold stories from the Band of Brothers. With candid personal accounts of training, combat, triumph, and loss, the men of Easy Company let you know what it was really like.

The army had decided to try something different. A select division would receive boot camp and paratrooper training in one place and at one time. The result, they hoped, would be a group of men unparalleled in their cohesiveness; a force of heroic spirit and deadly efficiency.

After almost two years of hard training, the men of Easy Company parachuted into Normandy on D-Day and, later, Operation Market Garden. They fought their way through Belgium, France, and Germany, survived overwhelming odds, liberated concentration camps, and drank a victory toast in April of 1945 at Hitler's hideout in the Alps.

Here are stories of war, sacrifice, and courage as seen by one of the most revered combat units in military history. In We Who Are Alive and Remain, twenty men who were there and are alive today-and the families of three deceased others-recount the horrors and the victories, the bonds they made, the tears and blood they shed ... and the brothers they lost.

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"Presents the ordeal of war for the horror it truly is, yet it also shows how the indomitable spirit of ordinary citizens can prevail and triumph in the face of incredible odds."
-Robyn Post Co-author of the New York Times bestseller Brothers in Battle, Best of Friends

"I've always thought it was too bad that Ambrose's book and the HBO series selected only a few people to profile .... Easy Company was made up of a hell of a lot more guys than those of us who got all the notoriety. ... This book gives an opportunity for some of those men to share their stories. That's a good thing. These are all top flight men. I was honored to be included in their ranks."
-Lt. Lynn "Buck" Compton Member of Easy Company and author of Call of Duty

"This book adds valuable and fascinating information from men in E Company, 506th PIR, 101st Airborne .... These are men who volunteered for their duty because they wanted to be the best in the army. They are some of the finest men I know-both then, and today."
-Tech. Sgt. Don Malarkey Member of Easy Company and author of Easy Company Soldier

My father, Joe Toye, knew well and served alongside many of the contributors of this book and shared many of the experiences they have so succinctly described. A distinct honor in my life was to have had the privilege of personally meeting many of these great men of Easy Company and having the opportunity to listen to their stories firsthand. A more courageous and humble lot I have never met-nor ever will. Their stories of joy, sacrifice, and suffering are America's stories and shall forever be cherished and preserved thanks to this wonderful and timely publication.
-Pete Toye, son of Joe Toye (1919-1995), Easy Company member

"Imagine being able to sit down and listen to twenty veterans of one of the most fabled American military units of World War II tell their personal war stories—stories full of pain and fear and camaraderie and pride that most of them, like a lot of veterans, probably never even told their families. That priceless opportunity is here in Marcus Brotherton's fascinating collection of oral histories by a remarkable group of American heroes. Be amazed, be humbled.
-Flint Whitlock Pulitzer-nominated author and military historian Author of The Fighting First: The Untold Story of the Big Red One on D- Day

Library Journal

This work examines the experiences of the 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment, focusing on the 2nd Battalion, Easy Company, the unit Stephen Ambrose profiled in Band of Brothers. The narrative offers interviews with 20 surviving members of the company, often discussing their opinions of the HBO series as well as their experiences in training and combat. Probably not a necessary acquisition for any but the most complete collections.
—Edwin Burgess

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780425234198
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
05/04/2010
Pages:
320
Sales rank:
347,963
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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"Presents the ordeal of war for the horror it truly is, yet it also shows how the indomitable spirit of ordinary citizens can prevail and triumph in the face of incredible odds."
-Robyn Post Co-author of the New York Times bestseller Brothers in Battle, Best of Friends

"I've always thought it was too bad that Ambrose's book and the HBO series selected only a few people to profile .... Easy Company was made up of a hell of a lot more guys than those of us who got all the notoriety. ... This book gives an opportunity for some of those men to share their stories. That's a good thing. These are all top flight men. I was honored to be included in their ranks."
-Lt. Lynn "Buck" Compton Member of Easy Company and author of Call of Duty

"This book adds valuable and fascinating information from men in E Company, 506th PIR, 101st Airborne .... These are men who volunteered for their duty because they wanted to be the best in the army. They are some of the finest men I know-both then, and today."
-Tech. Sgt. Don Malarkey Member of Easy Company and author of Easy Company Soldier

My father, Joe Toye, knew well and served alongside many of the contributors of this book and shared many of the experiences they have so succinctly described. A distinct honor in my life was to have had the privilege of personally meeting many of these great men of Easy Company and having the opportunity to listen to their stories firsthand. A more courageous and humble lot I have never met-nor ever will. Their stories of joy, sacrifice, and suffering are America's stories and shall forever be cherished and preserved thanks to this wonderful and timely publication.
-Pete Toye, son of Joe Toye (1919-1995), Easy Company member

"Imagine being able to sit down and listen to twenty veterans of one of the most fabled American military units of World War II tell their personal war stories--stories full of pain and fear and camaraderie and pride that most of them, like a lot of veterans, probably never even told their families. That priceless opportunity is here in Marcus Brotherton's fascinating collection of oral histories by a remarkable group of American heroes. Be amazed, be humbled.
-Flint Whitlock Pulitzer-nominated author and military historian Author of The Fighting First: The Untold Story of the Big Red One on D- Day

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George K. Wilson has narrated over one hundred fiction and nonfiction audiobook titles, from Thomas L. Friedman to Thomas Pynchon, and has won several AudioFile Earphones Awards.

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We Who Are Alive and Remain: Untold Stories from the Band of Brothers 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 24 reviews.
greatreader More than 1 year ago
My husband is an expert on World War II, and this book was enthralling. It not only told him about some of the men who were main characters in The Band of Brothers, but told him a lot about men who were not featured. It also gave thorough explanations about some of the main characters, and why they acted as they did. I would highly recommend it for anyone interested in World War II.
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J-Coop More than 1 year ago
I knew very little outside of high school history about this subject and this book was most definitely an eye opening experience. I enjoyed Brotherton's approach to profiling the men of the 101st Airborne. Unlike other historical non-fiction Brotherton allowed each man to basically speak for himself in an interview/dialogue style. I most recommend this book highly to anyone who is looking for a lesson in what courageous men should look like!
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G-Raymond-Archer More than 1 year ago
This is a must read, not just for Band of Brothers fans, but for all interested in the men who made up our airborne warriors during WWII. This book features some of the lesser known men of Easy Company who got little or no camera time from HBO. (Not a knock on HBO's Band of Brothers--it's just due to the obvious limitations of a screenplay.) Forrest Guth got entirely left out by HBO, but he's featured here! A real fan favorite, Shifty Powers, is also featured in this book. Guth and Powers are great patriots and unique personalities who each deserve their own books. I like the way the author, Marcus Brotherton, did not get in the way of the men telling their stories. He just let them speak, almost like, as a reader, I was having a cup of coffee with these heroes. He didn't even correct them when minor details of there recollections didn't exactly jive with historic or geographic details. I actually liked and appreciated that. You don't read such a book for historical details--you read such a book to get to know the thoughts, fears and loves of the amazing men. The greatest generation will soon all be gone. Thanks to men like Marcus Brotherton, they will not be forgotten. (Brotherton also co-authored Lt. Buck Compton's autobiography--another great book about WWII airborne soldiers!) Add this to your library--and look for more projects from Marcus Brotherton.
lapd00duke More than 1 year ago
I bought this book for one reason. I wanted to know more about Herbet Sobel. The book becomes very redundant, especially if you have read more than one book on the subject. I still enjoyed the book and the photos that were new to me.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read all the books dealing with the Band of Brothers from Stephen Ambrose's original to all the individuals. This book adds more details and some new insights into what made these men so special. If you are a fan of Easy Company, you'll want to read this book.
davidshermantax More than 1 year ago
Very readable interview excerpts with 20 or so remaining men of Easy Company. A good read after watching the Band of Brothers TV series.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Good insight to the characters from the series.