A Company Of Heroes
Personal Memories about the Real Band of Brothers and the Legacy They Left Us
Marcus Brotherton (author of We Who Are Alive And Remain)
Yet another great book about great men put together by Marcus Brotherton. This book is very, very personal. It’s full of letters and pictures of the men collected by family members. Some of these family members never even met the men they were related too, like neices and nephews. It’s so cool to me to see that they are still able to appreciate and understand their loved ones legacy.
What interests me most about this book has got to be the letters. It’s as if you can hear the men talking through their letters. It’s actually quite heartbreaking. In the last section of the book, Easy Company’s Fallen, there are two stories that got to me. The story of Warren “Skip” Muck and the story of Robert Van Klinken. What stuck out to me from the story of Skip was how the actor who played him in the miniseries wrote about him, which was: “If every person in America could channel his “inner Muck,” this country would be an amazing place.” The story of Robert Van Klinken is mostly letters. It felt so weird to me to be reading a dead mans letter to his family, multiple letters at that. It was just so personal. After all of the letters, they put the telegraph sent to his family stating that he was dead. I can’t handle all of that emotion.
This book is a very powerful, moving and inspiring book. It’s inspiring in the way that you see these young, selfless men going out and doing good things – their job – and you just want to follow in their foot steps. Maybe not exactly go to war, unless you feel like you have to like they did, but to just simply make the best of what you have here. Work hard for what you want and don’t take what you have for granted. Majority of these stories, as well as the stories in the last book he wrote that I reviewed, tell how these men grew up during the depression in large families, yet they always had food to eat and clothes on their backs. If they can feed families of fifteen during the worst economic time in America, why are so many people on food stamps now? Because back then they weren’t greedy. These families grew their own food and worked at a young age and worked throughout their entire lives (at least the one’s who made it out alive). They worked and they fought and they conquered. Maybe I’m getting a little off track here, but this book has inspired me to be a bit more patriotic and a bit more self-sufficient, and a lot less greedy and needy.
This book has pictures so you know the rules: NO EXCUSES.
Here’s a link so you can purchase the book: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/company-of-heroes-marcus-brotherton/1100036448?ean=9780425234204&itm=1&usri=9780425234204&cm_mmc=AFFILIATES-_-Linkshare-_-GwEz7vxblVU-_-10:1&r=1,%201
Here’s a website that I found inside the book, and this brought me great joy: http://www.majordickwinters.com/
I encourage you to please check a LOCAL bookstore or a yard sale before you head out to B&N, Books-A-Million, Amazon, etc. I was able to pick this book up for a dollar at the old bookstore in my area.