Citizen Soldiers: The US Army from the Normandy Beaches to the Bulge to the Surrender of Germany

Citizen Soldiers: The US Army from the Normandy Beaches to the Bulge to the Surrender of Germany

From Stephen E. Ambrose, bestselling author of Band of Brothers and D-Day, the inspiring story of the ordinary men of the U.S. army in northwest Europe from the day after D-Day until the end of the bitterest days of World War II.

In this riveting account, historian Stephen E. Ambrose continues where he left off in his #1 bestseller D-Day. Citizen Soldiers opens at 0001 hours, June 7, 1944, on the Normandy beaches, and ends at 0245 hours, May 7, 1945, with the allied victory. It is biography of the US Army in the European Theater of Operations, and Ambrose again follows the individual characters of this noble, brutal, and tragic war. From the high command down to the ordinary soldier, Ambrose draws on hundreds of interviews to re-create the war experience with startling clarity and immediacy. From the hedgerows of Normandy to the overrunning of Germany, Ambrose tells the real story of World War II from the perspective of the men and women who fought it.

Title:Citizen Soldiers: The US Army from the Normandy Beaches to the Bulge to the Surrender of Germany
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9780684848013
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  • Jim

    "... only in the extremity of total war does a society give so much responsibility for life-and-death decision-making to men so young"I have read other books by Stephen E. Ambrose. Among them Band of ...

  • A.L. Sowards

    I've been thinking a lot about story structure lately. How many wonderful stories (books or movies) have a structure something like this: Hero reluctantly gets involved in a struggle. Hero faces setba...

  • Eric_W

    Ambrose, an incredibly prolific and readable historian, focuses in this book on the soldiers who made up the ETO (European Theater of Operations). It’s at first somewhat difficult to categorize. His...

  • David Bird

    When people know you like history, especially military history, you are probably doomed to get Ambrose books. And so I did, and dutifully read it. The fault of Ambrose is not bad prose (he can write a...

  • Ensiform

    A history of the U.S. Army in World war II, specifically the European Theater, from D-Day to VE-Day. Very readable, with lots of awe-inspiring anecdotal reminisces from both American and German infant...

  • Rick Davis

    A well-written account of US soldiers in WWII in Europe between D-Day and the end of the war. Based on first hand experiences relayed by soldiers. Gut wrenching....

  • Jimmie Aaron Kepler

    I read Citizen Soldiers by Stephen E. Ambrose in the late 1990's shortly after reading Band of Brothers and D-Day, both also by Ambrose. I reread this book in 2005. I listened to the audio book versio...

  • Dwain

    I gave this book four stars because it is one of the best histories of World War II I have ever read despite occasional episodes of fierce language. There wasn't a lot of bad language but it was inten...

  • Matt Hartzell

    This was my second Ambrose read after Band of Brothers, and it was exceptional. In Citizen Soldiers, Ambrose primarily uses the first-hand accounts of a select number of American infantry and non-comm...

  • John

    I'm on a little world war II kick right now and I realized that this book would basically tell me what my grandfather and Kate's grandfather were doing in 1944. Turns out, things were not that fun for...