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The Victors: Eisenhower and His Boys the Men of World War Iiby Stephen E. Ambrose
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From America's preeminent military historian, Stephen E. Ambrose, comes a brilliant telling of the war in Europe, from D-Day, June 6, 1944, to the end, eleven months later, on May 7, 1945. This authoritative narrative account is drawn by the author himself from his five acclaimed books about that conflict, most particularly from the definitive and comprehensive "D-Day" and "Citizen Soldiers, " about which the great Civil War historian James McPherson wrote,
If there is a better book about the experience of GIs who fought in Europe during World War II, I have not read it. "Citizen Soldiers" captures the fear and exhilaration of combat, the hunger and cold and filth of the foxholes, the small intense world of the individual rifleman as well as the big picture of the European theater in a manner that grips the reader and will not let him go. No one who has not been there can understand what combat is like but Stephen Ambrose brings us closer to an understanding than any other historian has done.
"The Victors" also includes stories of individual battles, raids, acts of courage and suffering from "Pegasus Bridge, " an account of the first engagement of D-Day, when a detachment of British airborne troops stormed the German defense forces and paved the way for the Allied invasion; and from "Band of Brothers, " an account of an American rifle company from the 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment who fought, died, and conquered, from Utah Beach through the Bulge and on to Hitter's Eagle's Nest in Germany.
Stephen Ambrose is also the author of "Eisenhower, " the greatest work on Dwight Eisenhower, and one of the editors of the Supreme Allied Commander's papers. He describes the momentous decisions about how and where the war was fought, and about the strategies and conduct of the generals and officers who led the invasion and the bloody drive across Europe to Berlin.
But it is, as always with Stephen Ambrose, the ranks, the ordinary boys and men, who command his attention and his awe. "The Victors" tells their stories, how citizens became soldiers in the best army in the world. Ambrose draws on thousands of interviews and oral histories from government and private archives, from the high commandae Eisenhower, Bradley, Patton — on down through officers and enlisted men, to re-create the last year of the Second World War when the Allied soldiers pushed the Germans out of France, chased them across Germany, and destroyed the Nazi regime.
Through hundreds of interviews & the examination of countless documents, the
Drawn from Ambrose's published works and re-written as a dramatic narrative, "The Victors" is an account of World War II through the leadership of FDR, Dwight Eisenhower, and as always, the "citizen soldiers" who fought the horrific battles, sacrificed, and eventually prevailed. Beginning with the decision to cross the English Channel on D-Day and the men who pulled it off and continuing on through the bitter battles on the drive to Germany, "The Victors" concentrates on Ambrose's beloved everyday soldiers, boy-men who endured the most, rose the highest to the occasion and proved themselves unbeatable.
Includes bibliographical references (p. 372-379) and index.
About the Author
Stephen E. Ambrose is the author of Undaunted Courage, an account of the Lewis and Clark expedition. He lives in Bay St. Louis, Mississippi, and Helena, Montana.
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