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

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They were the men of the now-legendary Easy Company. After almost two years of hard training, they 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 1945 at Hitler's hideout in the Alps. Here, revealed for the first time, are stories of war, sacrifice, and courage as experienced by one of the most revered combat units in military history. In...

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Overview

They were the men of the now-legendary Easy Company. After almost two years of hard training, they 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 1945 at Hitler's hideout in the Alps. Here, revealed for the first time, are stories of war, sacrifice, and courage as experienced 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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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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"George Wilson distinguishes the men with varying accents, tone, and pacing. He melds their individual stories into a blend that flows easily." —-AudioFile
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781400163748
  • Publisher: Tantor Media, Inc.
  • Publication date: 8/1/2009
  • Format: MP3 on CD
  • Edition description: MP3 - Unabridged CD
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 7.50 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface xiii

Perspective xvii

1 A Future That Nobody Could Prepare Us For 1

2 Young Lions, East 5

3 Young Lions, West 21

4 The Day Everything Changed 29

5 Cutting Teeth at Toccoa 44

6 How the Rest of Us Trained 64

7 Aboard the Samaria, Toccoa Men 80

8 Atlantic Crossings, Replacements 84

9 Aldbourne: Calm Before the Storm 92

10 A Bad Day for a Lot of Young Men 97

11 Fighting in Normandy 101

12 The Battle of Carentan 115

13 R&R in England 123

14 The Fight of Our Lives in Holland 125

15 Defending the Island 134

16 Respite in Mourmelon 139

17 Frozen Hell 143

18 Blood 156

19 Enemy Across the River 165

20 Meeting a Defeated Aggressor 172

21 Toasting Victory 177

22 Last Duties in Austria 183

23 Coming Home 190

24 Lives in Freedom 199

25 Thoughts on Heroism 224

Epilogue: Those Who Have Been Given Much 233

Memories of My Father 237

Herbert Sobel Michael Sobel 239

Robert Burr Smith C. Susan Finn 249

George Luz Sr. Lana Luz Miller George Luz Jr. 261

Appendices 271

Index 283

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  • Posted February 6, 2010

    We Who Are Alive and Remain

    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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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2011

    A fitting follow up to the original book

    Good insight to the characters from the series.

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  • Posted January 2, 2010

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    Profiles of what true men should be!

    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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  • Posted September 23, 2009

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    At Last! -- Some of the Other Band of Brothers

    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.

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  • Posted September 14, 2009

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    One of many on the subject

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 24, 2009

    For Band of Brothers fans

    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.

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  • Posted August 9, 2009

    Interviews in 2008 with the remaining men of Easy Company from World War II (made famous in Band of Brothers)

    Very readable interview excerpts with 20 or so remaining men of Easy Company. A good read after watching the Band of Brothers TV series.

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