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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 We Who Are Alive and Remain, 20 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.

©2009 Marcus Brotherton (P)2009 Tantor

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Only for the Avid Easy Company Readers

If you're an avid Easy Company reader and you've read everything else, you'll find a few nuggets buried in this work. It was pleasant hearing about the familiar places again: Curahee, Foy, Carentan and the rest. The author describes this work as his effort to give a voice to every soldier who was on the Easy Company roster whose stories have not been told. To use a baseball analogy, if you're a big fan of a World Series winning team, you might want to know the first hand stories of everyone who was on the roster during the season, regardless of how brief or how uninteresting, but chances not. That is what the author has done here, in the form of first-person responses to his questions. But rather than hearing their own voices, those voices are narrated in about 20 or so different accepts. The narration by George K. Wilson is brilliant, but the overall effect is a bit ridiculous. At the end of the book, there are a few interviews with children of Easy Company soldiers recalling their fathers. The interview with Herbert Sobel's son is very interesting and revealing and I gave this review one extra star just for that interview. If you haven't read Band of Brothers, this book is definitely not for you. Otherwise, read any or all of the other good biographies of Easy Company soldiers, including the book by the same author on Lt. Buck Compton, before reading this book.

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Filling in the blank spots

It's important to realize that this is a collection of short interviews of different men who served in Easy Company, rather than one continuous narrative.

While fragmented, considered as a whole, with other related material, this fills some interesting gaps.

I wouldn't recommend starting with it, but it is worth a listen to anyone interested in learning more, after seeing the miniseries, or reading other related works.

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Top Three

I read the book and saw the series about fifteen years ago. Then a year ago I bought the game and worked my way through it to get a picture of the tactics involved. Then I started listening to the little mini library Audible has about the Band. Of these the two by Brotherton and the one by Guarnere and Heffron are the best because most moving. At the other end of the line of command Audible has two on Patton: Brothers and Rivals and O'Reilly's on Killing Patton. All I can say is that all these guys were truly great, amazing that each was unique and that there were so many of them!

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God bless America and all that have served

Amazing book, I’ve just about read all the books on Easy Company, this is right at the top. I really believe that all American students should read this book, I think it should be mandatory. If it were to happen, we would end up being a better country!

I highly recommend this book

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Amazing Men, Amazing Stories

What a fortunate opportunity this book presents to get to know these few men who were part of Easy Company and our greatest generation. They were amazing men without realizing it, and it was a privilege to get to know them through their stories.

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Not disappointed.

Love it! I felt like a child at the dinner table listening to my dad and uncles.

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I tried

I wish I could listen to this all the way through, but the narration is awful. It’s either too slow making folks sound dumb and back country or if you speed it up the next sounds like their on speed. I’ll just read this one the old fashioned way.

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great book

this is a great book for expanding on people in band of Brothers. it gives more depth and background on who in the individuals are and I love hearing their voices

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Great to hear about the men of Easy Company

brings these men to life beyond the films and HBO series. they don't think they're heroes but they are!

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What a fantastic book!

This is completely unlike most books! It the remembrance of those that fought for the Allies. I found it very interesting.