I read the book years after watching the HBO series. I remember not being impressed by the shows and disappointed it didn't measure up to Band of Brothers. After reading the Hugh Ambrose book I don't see why it couldn't have been better. There are some good story lines that they should have put into the book. I don't remember seeing Shofner and Michael in the TV series. Then again books are always better. Especially from the Ambrose family.
It's better than the mini series
One of my favorite military books. The mini series missed many of the first account stories that are in this book but that's expected. If not the mini series would of been 20-30 hours long. I have this book in hard back.
Difficult to Follow
By Ann Marie Sutter
The book is interesting, but very difficult to follow. The book is structured poorly, but mostly, the writing is awful. You often have to repeat a section 2-3 times because the sentence just doesn't make sense. He randomly adds asides that, while sometimes interesting, are irrelevant, distract from the point, and detract from the story.
As I mentioned, the other problem is that the story is poorly structured. He has multiple plot lines going on which he switches between often rather randomly. This technique is often used to enhance a story, but not here. He focuses on a few of the stories, but lets others sit too long, so you have to remember what is happening and who the characters are. This style makes it hard to invest in the book, which is otherwise filled with very interesting stories. I get what he was trying to do, it just didn't work.
To El Booko
It was not copied. Eugene Sledge the author of "with the old breed" was interviewed and helped with this book along with Robert Leckie "Pillow for my helmet."
By El booko
These peopled a book called with the old breed it's like 20 years old
Not the iBook experience I expected
While the book reads well and was interesting, I didn't realize this book is a companion to the HBO miniseries... Definitely not as good as "Band of Brothers". The big criticism is the lack of pictures and maps that exist in the print version. Why buy the iBook version only to get cheated on the content? This is not the iPad/iBook experience I was led to to expect from Apple and the affiliated publishers.
Gave it 5 stars for accuracy and authors careful reference to documentation if you care to check. Ambrose and his father apparently spent years putting this together and I don't know what came first, the HBO series or the book manuscript - guessing the book as a lot of the series had obvious drama added, which was ok because the guys who did it took painstaking care to be accurate. They seem to care about our fathers. As for this book, at the end I was left with a burning desire to read others, especially those written by characters in the book. Personally, I found it so descriptive that I felt I had watched a movie. I must admit that I moved quickly through some of the "set-up" portions to get back to the action. Because, as another reviewer put it, ther author is not polished. Overall, a great book that I have given as gifts to others so they know what our fathers endured.
Had Had Ambrose
This book was OK but not great. Hugh is not a polished writer. It seems that the publisher needed a book to go alone with the movie just to make money.
The reason I refer to Hugh as "Had Had" is because he put those words together dozens of times throughout the book, which shows a bit of his writing flaws.
I recommend the other books who this book and the movie are about. They all seemed to write their own stories which were were far more detailed and captivating.
Better than series
This book is what I expected the HBO series to be....which is much closer to the action of Band of Brothers. Definitely enjoyed the inclusion of the Battle of Midway. Must read as companion piece to series!
I am a huge fan of his father, but he is not his father.
This book is all over the map. It wants to tell you a story of the entire Pacific Theatre but in the process of being complete, loses the nuances and details of a story. It jumps around so much that I rarely feel if I understood each character.
At the end of Band of Brothers (I compare because I think this wants to be the Pacific Theater version) I felt I knew each character as a person and understood their demons, strengths, and personal experiences of the war. With this book, not so much, by the end I was still trying to figure out who was who.
Further the writing just isn't that goos. I read and re-read sentences and was uncertain of his point or what he was trying to convey. In short there are far better books on the battles of the pacific.
As an aside - the miniseries (although 4 episodes in) fails every worse than the book in my opinion.