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Summary

Sgt. Don Malarkey takes us not only into the battles fought from Normandy to Germany, but into the heart and mind of a soldier who beat the odds to become an elite paratrooper and lost his best friend during the nightmarish engagement at Bastogne.

Drafted in 1942, Malarkey arrived at Toccoa Camp in Georgia and was one of six soldiers who earned their Eagle wings and went to England in 1943 to provide ground cover for the largest amphibious military attack in history: Operation Overlord.

In the darkness of D-Day morning, Malarkey parachuted into France and, within days, was awarded a Bronze Star for his heroism in battle. He fought for 23 days in Normandy, nearly 80 in Holland, 39 in Bastogne, and nearly 30 more in and near Haguenau, France, and the Ruhr pocket in Germany.

This is his dramatic tale of those bloody days fighting his way from the shores of France to the heartland of Germany, and the epic story of how an adventurous kid from Oregon became a leader of men.

©2008 Don Malarkey and Bob Welch (P)2008 Macmillan Audio

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Stunning

I have been a big fan of the Band of Brothers stories for many years. This book is written with so much warmth and sincerity. I loved it from start to finish.

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a great insight

provided a glimpse into a brave mans experience on the front line. inspiration and provided a different aspect from HBOS band of brothers mini series. worth a listen!

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Amazing

Loved the film and the book is 100%better the story's and how each member felt in the line of battle is sad yet brilliant at the same time if you like war stories and how things were done then this is a must have A+++++++++

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honour to listen to it.

what better way to hear about the pressure's and struggles of a ww2 soldier than spoken from a truly great hero from the war. Puts today's world to shame when you hear this stuff.

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Amazing

This is a must listen to. It's like I'm there would love to meet them

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Well written, gripping and emotional throughout.

As someone that's always been fascinated by the exploits of the Screaming Eagles this was true delight but even if I wasn't familiar with their story, this would still be an exceptional story.

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Amazing and Heartbreaking

It's amazing to listen to what the author went through and describes so vividly. The strength and valour that this unit in particular showed through the latter parts of WWII is humbling. An excellent listen, highly recommended

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No words. .. Thank you Don M

Great story well told. Some nice new info that's not in any other books.
amazing men and nice to hear the back story of his life.

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  • Mr C
  • Gainsborough, United Kingdom
  • 14-02-18

Band of Brothers

For anyone who has read Stephen Ambrose' classic Band of Brothers this book offers little in the way of new material but, it does offer updates from the HBO series. A few of the scenes are not correct. The story is still nonetheless a good tale of life as an airborne trooper & the courage it took to do something that had never been done before. I couldn't do it now nevermind back then with a 100lb pack on your back & a 60lb mortar hanging from my legs. Due to the serious guts it took to do most of what he does I can forgive the John Wayne style quotes. In today's world he would be diagnosed with PTSD but because his generation, men talking about feelings or crying was a sign of weakness or whining, it comes as no surprise that alcohol was the medication of choice.
If you haven't read the books of seen the mini series then I highly recommend this book

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Incredible

Simply amazing, the HBO serious doesn’t do what these men went through justice. Incredible group of individuals.

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  • David Ewing
  • 28-09-10

Solid American Greatness

I've read through nearly all the materials surrounding Easy Company and this account is fantastic for fellow enthusiasts as well as people new to the story of this remarkable company. Malarkey and Welch make sure they explain everything they encountered as if the user has NOT seen the HBO miniseries or read other books, but there is also a great deal of the personal stories and perspectives of Don Malarkey that make it a valuable point of view for those that had read many of the other memoirs. Lloyd does a great job reading the story with expression and clarity. Malarkey and Welch begin the recount at a dramatic moment - in the frozen woods near Bastone and in riveting detail, describe the harsh conditions of life on the front line. Then they backtrack to the beginning of Malarkey's life and provide a colorful view into prewar America on the rural west coast (Oregon). From there the story progresses linearly through the prewar years, the attack on Pearl Harbor, basic training, crossing the pond, life in the UK, D-Day, Market Garden, Bastone, The Eagles Nest, the end of the war and post war life. What you come away with is a sense of awe about the WWII generation and the men that fought desperately, won and got on with their lives. I really wish I could meet Don Malarkey, but given I probably will not, this was an invaluable substitute and I am so glad I listened to it.

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  • Steve Horwitz
  • 23-07-09

I AM SO PROUD TO BE AN AMERICAN

If ever you find yourself disappointed in our great country listen to the book "EASY COMPANY SOLDIER". UNABRIDGED) It is the most heartwarming true story I have ever listened to. After completing the listen, I realize how lucky I am to be an American. I also realized how much our soldiers gave and continue to give to our great nation without expecting anything in return.

It is a story about the sadness of war, and how one person survived it. The book describes in detail the horrors he experienced. There is no movie that could come close to Don Malarkey's experiences. If I could give this listen more than five stars, I would rate it over a thousand stars for its honesty. I'm sure I will listen to it again and again.

EASY COMPANY SOLDIER IS BRILLIANT.
Thanks for reading my review PLEASE READ IT. YOU WILL BE HAPPY YOU DID.
Thanks,
Steve

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  • Rex
  • 02-03-09

Really Rounds out Band of Brothers

A truly great book. One that will have you fighting and brawling with the 101st in the trenches and feeling all of their losses. Highly recommended.

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  • Suzanne
  • 07-08-09

War is worse then hell.

This book gives rich detail on being a Private joining the Army. Training to be a paratrooper, actually going to war and fighting to get back to the Airborne units after D-Day and freezing in the Battle of the Bulge--all these experiences made me wonder why we go to war in the first place. To say "war is hell" is a oomplete understatement--made by a General.

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  • sarah
  • 10-09-12

better to read

Is there anything you would change about this book?

err, the narrator. He made the story feel cheesy. My husband put it best: "I keep waiting for him to try and sell me something." Distracting.

What did you like best about this story?

I loved hearing a more in-depth part of the Easy Company experience.

What didn’t you like about John Bedford Lloyd’s performance?

Cross between a used car salesman and Captain America

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 14-05-18

amazing

this is a great read and it is done very well the story is amazing and remind you how lucky you really are

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  • ryan j diamond
  • 05-05-18

Incredible!

One of the best personal accounts I've heard on WW2 and incredibly well written. This book takes you into the mind and foxhole of the greatest generation!

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  • Sharon
  • 24-01-18

WW 2

One of the best books I've read, Loved it. Anyone who love's history will love it.

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  • Alan d lichtman
  • 03-11-17

a great follow-up The Band of Brothers.

well written and well read! this book is highly recommended for any fan of Band of Brothers.

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  • Mildred B. Gowen
  • 08-07-17

A very compelling story and book

Just about the time that you feel that you have heard everything about easy company and the band of Brothers, Don malarkey tells the story from a whole different set of eyes. He correct some of the things that were made in the movie that he felt didn't belong.

He brings an insight to how the soldiers of World War II held in there nightmares didn't know how to deal with PTSD and have for years he lost contact with all the men from easy company.

Very rarely will I say this is a must read/listen to but this is one that really opens your eyes to the nightmares that these men faced during and after for and 60 years how to paint a battle has stayed with them and the number who turned into the bottle to kill the pain.

There is a lesson to be learned about all men and women who face combat and the nightmares that they walk with for the rest of their lives these men and women need to be taken care of to be helped to be honored

If you never listen to another book about the band of brothers and easy company this is one you have to listen to thank you to all soldiers sailors and Marines and Coast Guard and airman who step up to defend this country and then live with the nightmares after