• Fierce Valor

  • The True Story of Ronald Speirs and His Band of Brothers
  • By: Jared Frederick, Erik Dorr
  • Narrated by: Chris Abell
  • Length: 9 hrs and 39 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (147 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Fans of Stephen E. Ambrose’s Band of Brothers will be drawn to this complex portrait of the controversial Ronald Speirs, an iconic commander of celebrated Easy Company during D-Day and beyond, whose ferocious courage and drive across three wars were matched by a devotion to duty and a hidden heart shadowed by lost love.

Fight Like You Mean to Win

His comrades called him “Killer.” Of the elite paratroopers who served in the venerated “Band of Brothers” during the Second World War, none were more enigmatic than Ronald Speirs. Rumored to have gunned down enemy prisoners and even one of his own disobedient sergeants, Speirs became a foxhole legend among his troops. But who was the real Lieutenant Speirs?

In Fierce Valor, historians Jared Frederick and Erik Dorr unveil the fuller story of Easy Company’s longest-serving commander. Tested by trials of extreme training, military rivalry, and lost love, Speirs’s international odyssey begins as an immigrant child in Prohibition-era Boston and continues through the bloody campaigns of France, Holland, and Germany. But 1945 did not mark an end to Speirs’s military adventures. Uncovered by sharp scholarship, his lesser-known exploits in Korea, the Cold War, and embattled Laos also come to light for the first time.

Packed with groundbreaking research, Fierce Valor unveils a compelling portrait of an officer defined by boldness on the battlefield and the inherent costs of war. His story serves as a telling reminder that few soldiers escape the power of their own pasts.

©2022 Jared Frederick and Erik Dorr (P)2022 Blackstone Publishing

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great look behind the curtain

this book does a great job of humanizing Speirs. I can't recommend it enough.

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Felt like a historical yet cursory summary

I never felt a connection to the character I so richly admired. The story came across as an chronological abstract of the military life of Ron Speers. So disappointed that he kept an interested and adoring public at arms length. As such the author didn’t have a personal view from the primary subject.

What a bummer.

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strong and silent

Having read many of the Band of Brothers memoirs, this one is good, but not one of my favorites. I admit I liked his character in the mini-series, he was a tough Soldier. It still feels like I don't know much about him in his own words. After you listen/read maybe this will make more sense. He doesn't have the Paternal influence as Major Winters but still his memoir was inspiring and I do recommend it.

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Great read!

This is a well written and well read book. I learned a lot about Spears I didn’t know. I have read nearly all the Easy Company memoirs available and this book really puts some pieces in place for me…

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Riveting Stories.

This is outstanding material. Good source material for any aspiring military leader. It takes an unflinching look at the nuanced environment in war, and some of the decisions required of the men who fight.

The reader, while enthusiastic, at times mispronounces words, and betrays a minor lack of understanding of some military terminology. Outstanding reading overall though.



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Awesome

We living today should never forget the accomplishments of our soldiers and give thanks for men like him. A great listen thanks to the descriptive battle scenes and emotional intangibles of war.

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True Life Story if a Hero

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A Fan of Band of Brothers since I first read the book. I’ve always tried to Research the backstories of the Individuals in a books I read, to try and understand them and get to the “True Life” story of them. This Book did that for me regarding This Hero. It did cause me to wish that he had opened up to a few interviews and attended the Reunions. Their is so much information of the other Members of Easy Company out there but very little on Spears. The Audiobook was excellent. It was Easy to listen too and enjoyable. Thanks to all involved.

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The History Underground , didn’t Lie!!!

Great Book , as an active duty service member , I’m still in awe of these men. I know what they went through was tragic and heroic , but I’d give anything to have been a part of it. The bond these men had , is something not found in our current world. Great read! Thanks Eric & James!

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Worth listening, but a little disappointing.

Good to get more on Spiers, so worth listening. The source material was poor - you get a lot of familiar E CO quotes, but few from D. The author should have spent an additional year doing research. So good, but overall, a little disappointing.

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good book that really puts the reader in the middle of the war. I very much enjoyed the perspective and certainly appreciate the bravery and valor from all the guys in the war. they saved the world!

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  • Mrs Carol Anne Smith
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Filled in some missing information

Great book. really interesting to hear the story from another side.
Great inside view with a lot of new information on the 101st

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