• Against All Odds

  • A True Story of Ultimate Courage and Survival in World War II
  • By: Alex Kershaw
  • Narrated by: Mark Bramhall
  • Length: 8 hrs and 51 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (311 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

**The instant New York Times bestseller**

The untold story of four of the most decorated soldiers of World War II—all Medal of Honor recipients—from the beaches of French Morocco to Hitler’s own mountaintop fortress, by the national bestselling author of The First Wave 

“Pitch-perfect.”—The Wall Street Journal • “Riveting.”—World War II magazine • “Alex Kershaw is the master of putting the reader in the heat of the action.”—Martin Dugard

As the Allies raced to defeat Hitler, four men, all in the same unit, earned medal after medal for battlefield heroism. Maurice “Footsie” Britt, a former professional football player, became the very first American to receive every award for valor in a single war. Michael Daly was a West Point dropout who risked his neck over and over to keep his men alive. Keith Ware would one day become the first and only draftee in history to attain the rank of general before serving in Vietnam. In WWII, Ware owed his life to the finest soldier he ever commanded, a baby-faced Texan named Audie Murphy. In the campaign to liberate Europe, each would gain the ultimate accolade, the Congressional Medal of Honor. 

Tapping into personal interviews and a wealth of primary source material, Alex Kershaw has delivered his most gripping account yet of American courage, spanning more than six hundred days of increasingly merciless combat, from the deserts of North Africa to the dark heart of Nazi Germany. Once the guns fell silent, these four exceptional warriors would discover just how heavy the Medal of Honor could be—and how great the expectations associated with it. Having survived against all odds, who among them would finally find peace?

©2022 Alex Kershaw (P)2022 Penguin Audio

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The Greatest Generation.

They sacrificed so much to stomp out fascism and far right wing ideology. I hope that their sacrifice was not in vain as we see fascism rearing its ugly head in the United States and around the world.

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Fantastic book excellent read

Once again, Alex Kershaw, has nailed it. They will re-searched and Brantley written piece of work. Please keep doing what you’re doing, for all of us that did serve and still serve. Thank you so much.

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Evan's Review

Good book on the most decorated division of WW2. The 7 Army 3 Division was involved in combat during WW2 from Operation Torch to the end of War. The most famous of these soldiers was Audy Murphy but there others that we never heard about. If you like WW2 history you will really like this book.

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Lacked any engagement by the listener

Not Mr. Kershaw’s best work. Wonderful history but not engaging and the narrator sounded as if on his last leg.

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An excellent recounting of bravery

I hope you enjoy hearing how ordinary men served our country well during WW11 as much as I.
Mark Bramhall did a superior job of narrating this well written book and added to my enjoyment of this story.
The narrator is a critical part of any audio book; a fact unknown by authors who read their own books.

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Follow the thread of Audy Murphy through WW2

a true tale of men & women struggling to defeat the Axis powers in WW2. The main character is Audy Murphy and the men in his outfit

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Amazing story of the Greatest Generation

A truly amazing story about the heroes of the 3rd Infantry Division, those that received the MOA and those that never came home. My father proudly served in the 3rd and was one of the only two in his original company that fought through the entire war. These stories bring back so many memories of places he fought and the things he was willing to talk about. I only wish he could have been here to hear it. I still remember him singing The Dogface Soldier.

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Great history

Excelling in showing the individual lives in WW2. I still have a sense of awe what the veterans had to live to save the world.

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Not just a war story

Very good book. The young people (those from age of 45 down) of this country should read this and other books to see where we came from, see principles and values of our country and get back to those values and principles. we have lost our way over the past 50 years and are heading into what these soldiers fought so hard for and gave their lives for.

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“Greatest generation” a moniker truly earned

I very much enjoyed this book, I’ve enjoyed all of kershaw’s books that I’ve read/listened to thus far. I feel that no generation has ever been more truly deserving of the moniker “the greatest generation”. People who grew up in extreme poverty during the Great Depression, often without power or running water. The main 4-5 men described in this book accomplished feats of daring and bravery I could never begin to put into words. They didn’t do it for medals, or for accolades, they did it for the men BESIDE them. The last hour describes “after the war” and the nightmares, depression and drinking that often accompanied them. It was hard to hear how bad they often struggled. This book should be required reading for high school students, and politicians. These great men (and women) were born at the right time, and made tough as nails through adversity. We owe them a debt of gratitude that can never be repaid.

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Not interesting and far too graphic kills

Found it hard to follow, just that the same unit, like many others, fought from North Africa to Germany. Most upsetting was his extremely graphic details of how soldiers died.
Instead of writing he got shot and died.
He would write something like he was shot above the left ear, and his BXXXX's spattered all over his comrade's arm.
Why? Very upsetting to hear.

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  • 04-29-22

Incredible

The whole book has you hooked, the stories are incredible and fascinating! What a book, highly recommended.