Brothers in Battle – Best of Friends
William “Wild Bill” Guarnere and Edward “Babe” Heffron with Robyn Post. Foreword by Tom Hanks.
If you have never seen Band of Brothers on HBO, I suggest you look into that before you start reading this book. It will give you more background and a bit of an idea about what the veterans are talking about. I will say though, that the movie is never as good as the book, and this will prove it. Bill and Babe are WWII Paratroopers who went to war and came out alive, luckily. In this book, they share their stories.
What I loved about the book layout, was that It went from one man to the next; it was very organized. Everything is in chronological order (as it should be). For those of you who think books without pictures are boring, you have no excuse BUT to read this book, because it has a section of pictures from their private albums. Another good part of the book, the epilogue. The epilogue has the actor’s (who played Bill and Babe) experiences.
You can’t write too much of a review on a history book, because there’s not much creative about it. There’s no climax or plot, it’s 100% truth. In the middle of the book, I started tearing up, not cying my eyes out, just tearing up. Now, I’ll admit, when I got to the end of the book, where the vets tell their story about meeting the actors who were playing them and the men that they lost, I cried for about twenty minutes. It was heartbreaking.
Like I said, you can’t write too much of a review on a history book, so the only way for you to get a GREAT opinion on it, is to pick it up and read it for yourself. If you’re emotional like me, have some tissues ready. You will not regret reading this book.