Band of Brothers Book Review Essay

1205 Words Jun 10th, 2011 5 Pages
Band of Brothers
E Company, 506th Regiment, 101st Airborne: From Normandy to Hitler's Eagle's Nest

By Stephen Ambrose
ISBN 0-671-76922-7

Review by Kevin Campopiano
History 382
Prof. Schweizer

Band of Brothers is a book chronicalizing the emotions, bonds, tragedies and tactics used by Easy Company in the 506th Regiment of the 101st Airborne which is one of the highest decorated companies from World War II in the United States armed forces. It is written by Stephen Ambrose, a distinguished history professor at the University of New Orleans and noted American historian and biographer.

Easy company was involved in almost every major airborne campaign in the European conflicts of World War II, Even so the book heavily covers
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Stephen Ambrose is a very thorough and methodical writer who goes through great extents to make sure he writes the most accurate and descriptive scenario possible and has shown this through some of his earlier writings such as his highly acclaimed biographies on Richard Nixon and Dwight Eisenhower as well as his historical writings on the American Civil War. In order to prep for writing Band of Brothers, Stephen Ambrose sifted through thousands of World War II era files and combat reports and eyewitness accounts, but more importantly personally interviewed almost every living soldier from Easy Company among others and got their full detailed first hand versions of the stories he was publishing. If you combine this kind of research with Stephen Ambrose’s attention to even the smallest detail you are not only left with one of the most accurate pieces of historical writing I have ever read, but a writing so precise it almost reads like a play. This first becomes evident during the assault on Brecourt Manor when Ambrose is describing the line drive grenade thrown by Lt. Buck Compton. It is described so perfectly you can almost see it happening, and it goes on like this throughout every chapter. It is hard to think that anyone who hasn’t already seen the HBO miniseries version of this book could possibly be picturing anything else, to the point where it is questionable
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