Book Review: Citizen Soldiers by Stephen Ambrose

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"Cit­i­zen Sol­diers: The U.S. Army from the Nor­mandy Beaches to the Bulge to the Sur­ren­der of Ger­many — June 7, 1944-May 7, 1945" by Stephen Ambrose is a non-fiction his­tor­i­cal account of the drive from Nor­mandy to Ger­many. The book is a trea­sure trove of sol­diers' por­traits, per­sonal accounts and interviews.

  • 528 pages
  • Pub­lisher: Simon & Schuster
  • ISBN: 9780684848013

My rat­ing for Cit­i­zen Sol­diers - 5

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Thoughts:
"Cit­i­zen Sol­diers: The U.S. Army from the Nor­mandy Beaches to the Bulge to the Sur­ren­der of Ger­many — June 7, 1944-May 7, 1945" by Stephen Ambrose is a fas­ci­nat­ing book about the Euro­pean the­ater in World War II, as told by the men on the front lines, not a media hug­ging offi­cer or a dry his­to­rian. Ambrose cap­tures the sense of his­tory from both sides of the fence, sticks to the facts as we know them and keeps his com­ments to a minimum.

Mr. Ambrose con­cen­trates on the sol­diers efforts to drive from the Bat­tle Nor­mandy into Ger­many and all that was accom­plished that year. The book starts off a bit slow, but picks up momen­tum as one gets going, and than it's hard to put it down, as it touches many sub­jects, all of them mes­mer­iz­ing. The con­sol­i­da­tion of the forces on the beach­heads in Nor­mandy, the lib­er­a­tion of Paris, Oper­a­tion Mar­ket Gar­den which was a dis­as­trous assault on Hol­land are all cov­ered and the author doesn't let Omar Bradley goes unscathed from his calami­tous "stroll" into Hürt­gen For­est.

The clashes around Bas­togne dur­ing the Bat­tle of the Bulge were very engag­ing as well as the drive into Ger­man in an unsea­son­ably cold win­ter. Since the book is told from ground level, some of the detail which one can only see from far way is lost, how­ever this book cer­tainly makes up for it with quotes and per­sonal sto­ries from the men and women who were on the ground eat­ing mud.

Still, this book taught me a lot about the events I only learned about in high level with the ben­e­fit of hind­sight. The infor­ma­tion offered from the sol­diers them­selves is provoca­tive and the per­spec­tive is raw. The book cer­tainly gets across not only the sense of adven­ture, but also the fear and hard­ship expe­ri­enced overseas.

So tell me, do you like books which give you an over­all per­spec­tive or per­sonal anecdotes?

Syn­op­sis:
Stephen Ambrose, a mil­i­tary his­to­rian and author, blends eye­wit­ness accounts to give the reader the feel­ing of what it was like to be an infantry­men in the Euro­pean the­ater dur­ing World War II. Besides the infantry, Mr. Ambrose also touches on the air war, pris­on­ers of war and medics.

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