Comrades: brothers, fathers, heroes, sons, pals

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Simon & Schuster, 1999 - Family & Relationships - 139 pages
Comrades is a celebration of male friendships. Acclaimed historian Stephen Ambrose begins his examination with a glance inward -- he starts this book with his brothers, his first and forever friends, and the shared experiences that join them for a lifetime, overcoming distance and misunderstandings. He next writes of Dwight D. Eisenhower, who had a golden gift for friendship and who shared a perfect trust with his younger brother Milton in spite of their apparently unequal stations. With great emotion, Ambrose describes the relationships of the young soldiers of Easy Company who fought and died together from Normandy to Germany, and he recalls with admiration three unlikely friends who fought in different armies in that war. He recounts the friendships of Lewis and Clark and of Crazy Horse and He Dog, and he tells the story of the Custer brothers who died together at the Little Big Horn. Ambrose remembers and celebrates the friends he has made and kept throughout his life. Comrades concludes with the author's recollection of his own friendship with his father. "He was my first and always most important friend," Ambrose writes. "I didn't learn that until the end, when he taught me the most important thing, that the love of father-son-father-son is a continuum, just as love and friendship are expansive."

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User Review  - bookworm12 - LibraryThing

From the man behind "Band of Brothers" comes a reflection on the relationships that bind men together. There are short pieces about the Eisenhower brothers, Nixon, Lewis and Clark and more. I enjoy his writing style and this one is short and packed with interesting info. Read full review

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This is a collection of historical essays on friendship. Some of the subjects are historical figures that Ambrose has written about at length previously (Lewis and Clark, Eisenhower, Nixon, Crazy ... Read full review



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Stephen E. Ambrose is the author of numerous books of history, including Citizen Soldiers, Undaunted Courage, and D-Day, as well as biographies of Dwight D. Eisenhower and Richard Nixon. He lives in Bay St. Louis, Mississippi, and Helena, Montana.

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