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Comrades: Brothers, Fathers, Heroes, Sons, Pals

Comrades: Brothers, Fathers, Heroes, Sons, Pals

(1999)
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This tender book about male friendship will probably surprise those readers who know Stephen Ambrose best for his histories of World War II and biography of Dwight D. Eisenhower. Born in 1936, Ambrose acknowledges in the introduction to his memoir that men of his generation do not speak or write easily about their feelings. Yet male bonding is a strong theme in all of his work, as selections from previous writings on Lewis and Clark, Richard Nixon, Crazy Horse, and General Custer that are included in Comrades prove. What is more interesting, however, is the more personal material on Ambrose's two brothers (their youthful competitiveness mellowed into mature devotion), fellow historian Gordon Mueller ("my dearest and closest friend"), and several college buddies. After losing touch with each other during the harried years of career building and child rearing, these men rediscovered intimacy in middle age. Most moving of all is the closing chapter on Ambrose's father, an old-fashioned authority figure and disciplinarian quick to criticize his sons, but always available to sustain and guide them. The warming of that rather stern relationship is clearly one of the great joys of his son's adult life. It makes a fitting finale to a dignified but strikingly sweet memoir. --Wendy Smith

Comrades is a celebration of male friendships. Acclaimed historian Stephen Ambrose begins his examination with a glance inward -- he starts this book with his brothers, his first and forever friends, and the shared experiences that join them for a lifetime, overcoming distance and misunderstandings. He next writes of Dwight D. Eisenhower, who had a golden gift for friendship and who shared a perfect trust with his younger brother Milton in spite of their apparently unequal stations. With great emotion, Ambrose describes the relationships of the young soldiers of Easy Company who fought and died together from Normandy to Germany, and he recalls with admiration three unlikely friends who fought in different armies in that war. He recounts the friendships of Lewis and Clark and of Crazy Horse and He Dog, and he tells the story of the Custer brothers who died together at the Little Big Horn. Ambrose remembers and celebrates the friends he has made and kept throughout his life.

Comrades concludes with the author's recollection of his own friendship with his father. "He was my first and always most important friend," Ambrose writes. "I didn't learn that until the end, when he taught me the most important thing, that the love of father-son-father-son is a continuum, just as love and friendship are expansive."Eminent historian Stephen Ambrose pays tribute to the friends of his lifetime and reflects on what they have meant to him.

 
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Hardback Editions

September 2000 : Library Binding
Title: Comrades: Brothers, Fathers, Heroes, Sons, Pals
Author(s): Stephen E. Ambrose
ISBN: 0613567420 / 9780613567428 (USA edition)
Publisher: San Val
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October 1999 : Hardback
Title: Comrades: Brothers, Fathers, Heroes, Sons, Pals
Author(s): Stephen E. Ambrose
ISBN: 1568957777 / 9781568957777 (USA edition)
Publisher: Wheeler Pub Inc
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June 1999 : Hardback
Title: Comrades: Brothers, Fathers, Heroes, Sons, Pals
Author(s): Stephen E. Ambrose
ISBN: 0684867184 / 9780684867182 (USA edition)
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
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Paperback Editions

September 2000 : Paperback
Title: Comrades: Brothers, Fathers, Heroes, Sons, Pals
Author(s): Stephen E. Ambrose
ISBN: 0743200748 / 9780743200745 (USA edition)
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
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Audio Editions

2001 : Audio Cassette
Title: COMRADES Brothers, Fathers, Heroes, Sons, Pals [Unabridged] [Audiobook]
Author(s): Stephen E. Ambrose
ISBN: 0788749781 / 9780788749780 (USA edition)
Publisher: Recorded Books
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Kindle Editions

September 2000 : Kindle edition
Title: Comrades: Brothers, Fathers, Heroes, Sons, Pals
Author(s): Stephen E. Ambrose
ISBN: B000FBJHBC
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
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September 2000 : Kindle edition
Title: Comrades: Brothers, Fathers, Heroes, Sons, Pals
Author(s): Stephen E. Ambrose
ISBN: B003YFJ48M
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
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September 2000 : Kindle edition
Title: Comrades: Brothers, Fathers, Heroes, Sons, Pals
Author(s): Stephen E. Ambrose
ISBN: B00AHEAGPI
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