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The Victors

The Victors

(1998)
The Men of WWII
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The Victors is like a compilation of Stephen E. Ambrose's greatest hits, drawing heavily from his biography of General Dwight D. Eisenhower and several military histories that recount the events of the Allied push across the European continent in 1944 and 1945 from the frontline trooper's perspective. The narrative is vintage Ambrose, full of engaging yet workmanlike prose that conveys the epic scope of its subject while paying careful attention to the details of the often inglorious lives of the GIs. Eisenhower looms large over this book, but it's the ordinary soldiers and their experiences who give the story real life. Readers who have already dipped into the Ambrose library may find sections of The Victors redundant, but for those who want an adept overview of what Ike and his men accomplished, this is a great place to start. --John J. Miller

From America's preeminent military historian, Stephen E. Ambrose, comes a brilliant telling of the war in Europe, from D-Day, June 6, 1944, to the end, eleven months later, on May 7, 1945. This authoritative narrative account is drawn by the author himself from his five acclaimed books about that conflict, most particularly from the definitive and comprehensive D-Day and Citizen Soldiers, about which the great Civil War historian James McPherson wrote,

If there is a better book about the experience of GIs who fought in Europe during World War II, I have not read it. Citizen Soldiers captures the fear and exhilaration of combat, the hunger and cold and filth of the foxholes, the small intense world of the individual rifleman as well as the big picture of the European theater in a manner that grips the reader and will not let him go. No one who has not been there can understand what combat is like but Stephen Ambrose brings us closer to an understanding than any other historian has done.

The Victors also includes stories of individual battles, raids, acts of courage and suffering from Pegasus Bridge, an account of the first engagement of D-Day, when a detachment of British airborne troops stormed the German defense forces and paved the way for the Allied invasion; and from Band of Brothers, an account of an American rifle company from the 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment who fought, died, and conquered, from Utah Beach through the Bulge and on to Hitter's Eagle's Nest in Germany.

Stephen Ambrose is also the author of Eisenhower, the greatest work on Dwight Eisenhower, and one of the editors of the Supreme Allied Commander's papers. He describes the momentous decisions about how and where the war was fought, and about the strategies and conduct of the generals and officers who led the invasion and the bloody drive across Europe to Berlin.

But it is, as always with Stephen Ambrose, the ranks, the ordinary boys and men, who command his attention and his awe. The Victors tells their stories, how citizens became soldiers in the best army in the world. Ambrose draws on thousands of interviews and oral histories from government and private archives, from the high commandæ Eisenhower, Bradley, Patton -- on down through officers and enlisted men, to re-create the last year of the Second World War when the Allied soldiers pushed the Germans out of France, chased them across Germany, and destroyed the Nazi regime.From America's preeminent military historian, Stephen E. Ambrose, comes a brilliant telling of the war in Europe, from D-Day, June 6, 1944, to the end, eleven months later, on May 7, 1945. This authoritative narrative account is drawn by the author himself from his five acclaimed books about that conflict, most particularly from the definitive and comprehensive "D-Day" and "Citizen Soldiers", about which the great Civil War historian James McPherson wrote, "If there is a better book about the experience of GIs who fought in Europe during World War II, I have not read it. "Citizen Soldiers" captures the fear and exhilaration of combat, the hunger and cold and filth of the foxholes, the small intense world of the individual rifleman as well as the big picture of the European theater in a manner that grips the reader and will not let him go. No one who has not been there can understand what combat is like but Stephen Ambrose brings us closer to an understanding than any other historian has done." "The Victors" also includes stories of individual battles, raids, acts of courage and suffering from Pegasus Bridge, an account of the first engagement of D-Day, when a detachment of British airborne troops stormed the German defense forces and paved the way for the Allied invasion; and from Band of Brothers, an account of an American rifle company from the 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment who fought, died, and conquered, from Utah Beach through the Bulge and on to Hitter's Eagle's Nest in Germany.

 
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Hardback Editions

November 1998 : Hardback
Title: The Victors: Eisenhower and His Boys: The Men of World War II
Author(s): Stephen E. Ambrose
ISBN: 068485628X / 9780684856285 (USA edition)
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
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September 2004 : Hardback
Title: The Victors: The Men of WWII
Author(s): Stephen E. Ambrose
ISBN: 0743263669 / 9780743263665 (USA edition)
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Ltd
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March 1999 : Hardback
Title: The Victors: Eisenhower and His Boys : The Men of World War II
Author(s): Stephen E. Ambrose
ISBN: 1568956363 / 9781568956367 (USA edition)
Publisher: Wheeler Publishing
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Paperback Editions

September 2004 : Paperback
Title: The Victors: The Men of WWII
Author(s): Stephen E. Ambrose
ISBN: 0743492420 / 9780743492423 (USA edition)
Publisher: Pocket Books
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October 1999 : Paperback
Title: The VICTORS : Eisenhower and His Boys: The Men of World War II
Author(s): Stephen E. Ambrose
ISBN: 0684856298 / 9780684856292 (USA edition)
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
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Kindle Editions

December 2012 : Kindle edition
Title: The Victors: The Men of WWII
Author(s): Stephen E. Ambrose
ISBN: B00AE8Z710
Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK
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July 1999 : Kindle edition
Title: The Victors: Eisenhower And His Boys The Men Of World War Ii
Author(s): Stephen E. Ambrose
ISBN: B000FC0WB0
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
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