Brothers In Arms: The Epic Story of the 761St Tank Battalion, WWII's Forgotten Heroes
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar first learned about the battalion from family friend Leonard “Smitty” Smith, a veteran of the battalion. Working with acclaimed writ...more
But I will say that my very minor complaint above pales in the richn...more
There is no movie for this book. It would make a decent movie though. The people who made that Red Tails movie could probably make it a good movie seeing h...more
Former NBA superstar and best-selling author, Abdul-Jabbar, and Walton, author of the memoir Mississippi, have joined forces to chronicle the engaging, rarely-told story of how the Army's first black armored unit fought valiantly overseas during World War II. In succinct detail, the authors describe how these courageous men cut a swath across Europe and helped liberate more than two dozen towns and the Mauthausen concentration camp in Germany. Despite facing discrimination from their commanding...more
It continues to amaze me that those behaviors were so socially acceptable only 50 years ago. Because I was born in the 7...more
While they were on another continent. I am going to give a quick summary. It was a hot summer day we were by the local lake and lieutenant smith did not know how to swim. So they got a canoe and went in the lake because general thinks knowing how to swim is very important so then he said jump in. he was nerves but he followed his orders. And the...more
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar with the help of Anthony Walton has written one of the best books about World War II I have ever read!
It puts you in the time and place without the over dramatization and cloudy nostalgia that usually accompanies post war "untold stories".
It gives a clear and unfettered picture of war time for the 761st Tank Battalion. War at best is nightmarish but for this group of me...more
PS) I listened to the audio CD - narrator butchered the German pronunciations and was sometimes hard to follow. Given the choice, I'd read the book...more