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Easy Company Soldier: The Legendary Battles of a Sergeant from World War II's "Band of Brothers"

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Sgt. Don Malarkey takes us not only into the battles fought from Normandy to Germany, but into the heart and mind of a soldier who beat the odds to become an elite paratrooper, and lost his best friend during the nightmarish engagement at Bastogne.

Drafted in 1942, Malarkey arrived at Camp Toccoa in Georgia and was one of the one in six soldiers who earned their Eagle wings
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ebook, 288 pages
Published May 13th 2008 by St. Martin's Press (first published 2008)
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Carrie
Feb 12, 2009 Carrie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Truth be told, I am not the kind of person who writes many book reviews. Honestly, this is my first. This book meant enough to me to take the time to write a few words on its behalf.

In the Ambrose book and HBO mini-series, Malarkey always stood out to me as the heart of Easy Company. I have read through Bill and Babe's book ... which I enjoyed, Webster's book, Major Winters' book, Compton's book, but this one was different. By far the best of the bunch. I sat down one morning to read it and fini
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K.M. Weiland
Jun 30, 2016 K.M. Weiland rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not my favorite of the Band of Brothers biographies (Guarnere and Humphries retain that honor for the sheer bodacity of their personalities), but Malarkey brings to life the suffering that the soldiers came home with. As always, it’s a pleasure to get another perspective on the overall story.
Reader
Aug 17, 2010 Reader rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: war buffs
Incredible. What's most telling and interesting about this book is that only 5% of it is spent describing battle itself. He spends most of the book describing the relationships he forged with the men in his company and how the things he experienced affected him both during and after the war.

I'm currently re-watching the Band of Brothers mini-series for the ump-teenth time, paying special attention to Malarkey's character this time. Most interesting after reading the book is noticing the closenes
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Ray
Jun 29, 2008 Ray rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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David
Jun 17, 2009 David rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I "read" this book in its audio CD form, and as such, it is very well performed, as the actor doing the narration captures not only the action taking place but seems to enable us to get to know the real person behind the story, which is very important in a first person narrative. As someone with about 25 yrs of active duty Army experience, I can attest to the verisimilitude with which Sgt. Malarkey has infused his memoir. What is particularly engaging about this story is that it is about a real ...more
Littlefox
Jun 06, 2011 Littlefox rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011
Wow what a great book, I've read "Band of Brothers" by Stephen E. Ambrose. I read "Beyond Band of Brothers" by Dick Winters. As well as Babe Heffron, Bill Guarnere's book "Brothers in Battle, Best of Friends". All of which where good, hell better then good... a must read. That being said, I don't know something about the way Donald G Malarkey tales this story, the honesty about wanting to put a bullet into his foot to just get the hell out of the Battle of the Bulge in Belgium made me respect hi ...more
Janell
Sep 13, 2009 Janell rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of WW2 history, and/or of the Band of Brothers miniseries
Giving this book five stars was a no-brainer for me, a huge fan of the miniseries "Band of Brothers." I tore through this book in two sittings, eager to read more in-depth about the various battles of Normandy, Operation Market Garden, Bastogne, etc as depicted in the miniseries.

Beyond that, I enjoyed reading more about the background and friendships of these men, and also about a couple of facts that the miniseries changed from the truth (nothing big, but interesting all the same.)

I'm looking
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Robert Gobel
Jun 25, 2015 Robert Gobel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of the best accounts of WWII I have ever read. Nearly brought me to tears at multiple points. A must-read for anyone with any interest in history
Dr.J.G.
Some episodes of history are more than unforgettable, they are thrilling every time one thinks of them. One such is the battle of the bulge, when the allied forces were further out than could be logistically supported and German forces unexpectedly turned around to strike back, and the allies were surrounded on almost all sides with almost no option but to surrender or be massacred - and yet the commander famously replied "nuts" to the proposal of surrender from the Germans, barely taking the ci ...more
Doug Phillips
Sep 08, 2014 Doug Phillips rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: world-war-ii
After listening to the unabridged audio book version of this work, I was surprised that I had not earlier read the story of Don Malarkey. The co-author, Bob Welch, works and lives in my same community and we have met socially a few times. Malarkey's story, and his Oregon connection, are a natural for Welch, who continues to be a features (general interest) writer for The Register-Guard here in Eugene/Springfield.

With that said, I can report that it was a very interesting autobiography that many
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Katy
Dec 30, 2008 Katy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
I really enjoyed listening reading this story not only for the amazingly heroic jobs they did, but because Malarkey is a beautiful writer. I enjoyed Major Winters book loads, but it did seem like a pretty strict narrative of what happened. Malarkey brings in feelings and colors. His story is tragic... losing a lot of his friends in just the Battle of the Bulge. But I fully appreciate everything he's done. The "band of brothers" are my heroes.
Steve
Feb 16, 2016 Steve rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thanks greatly to the HBO mini-series Band of Brothers the history of the American Paratroopers and their brave actions of World War II have been made known to many and that is indeed a good thing. Courage and sacrifice against a grand evil is the stuff of great stories yet it was a true realty in the lives of these men. Malarkey was one of those brave young men and his account for his part in the event is certainly worth reading. For fans of the mini-series I am sure you will appreciate some of ...more
Ashley
Jan 18, 2016 Ashley rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Being a HUGE fan of Band of Brothers, it was expected that I would pick up this book. Donald Malarkey is a soldier who stuck out to me in the miniseries, and in Ambrose's book of the same title to me. Malarkey gives a heartfelt and honest view of life as a paratrooper during his service in the European campaign with the famous Easy Company. Although he doesn't focus too much on the battle aspects of the war, the book still paints a vivid picture of the experience. He speaks of the brotherhood am ...more
Alex
Jun 13, 2014 Alex rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I picked this up having read Ambrose's book and Babe and Bill's, and seen the miniseries, but I wholeheartedly agree with those who have said that Don Malarkey's tale really adds to the narrative. He seems like an incredibly perceptive person, and his insights into the personality of men like Sobel and Winters are very nuanced, and not necessarily what you would see in other memoirs. His story is richly embellished with details about life in Oregon, and his friends and family back home, and I re ...more
Candace
Nov 14, 2015 Candace rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read this book just after reading the book by Major Dick Winters. I almost thought they were like companion books, not just because they deal with the same company. I thought they were complimentary because this book focused more on the human elements of war, what it felt like, how emotional it was, the fear, longing to be home, just trying to deal with the atrocities and the death, whereas Winters' book dealt with the strategic elements of the war and various fights/battles. They are both gre ...more
Shoshannah
May 25, 2016 Shoshannah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The emotions in this book run too deep for me to even fully process right now, so I may have to come back and write a more full review later. All I can say at this moment is that I appreciate Malarkey's commitment to honesty and vulnerability in this memoir. And also, he is a fantastic writer.

"But for all the attention, the darker side of war follows you. The wave is always there, building behind you, never going away. Ever since the march to Atlanta, I've had trouble walking at a quick pace or
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Alokmahajan
May 08, 2012 Alokmahajan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Let me try if I can do justice by writing a review here. My Stomach is filled with chicken and My mind with a hot babe I just watched on television. So I guess to Pen down this post I need to turn on Easy Company mode.

I like to read about war books not just because of some heroic feats or that I have a deep interest in history but they teach you something about the human psychology which is embedded in each one of us but we seldom realise. Sebastian Junger describes this phenomenon as the hand
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Kater Cheek
I picked this book because I thought a war memoir would be an interesting non-fiction to listen to. I guess I only read the first part of the sentence, because I had no idea that this was A. about WW2, and B. about a group of men already covered in an HBO miniseries (Band of Brothers) and a movie (Saving Private Ryan). But that didn't matter so much, as I haven't seen either of those shows. I just wanted to learn about someone who had a different life from me.

Boy howdy did I get that in spades.
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Brett Marshall
Aug 13, 2015 Brett Marshall rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I give East co. soldier 5 stars because I could not put the book down I just read through and through in only 2 hours. I liked the book because it showed the bonds these men forged and how they kept them throughout their hellish experience and how at every time in battle they were surrounded from all sides and were never defeated. I think anyone who can read should read this book
Chad Simons
May 08, 2014 Chad Simons rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Yet another awesome account of the legendary soldiers from World War 2. These stories are so inspiring. What great men these guys were. Not that other soldiers are not, but these guys are so storied now, it's awesome to read of their experiences. Each book adds a little bit more to the story.
Christy
Apr 30, 2011 Christy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book demonstrates that sincerity is the source of true eloquence. Of the memoirs I've read about the men of Easy Company this is the one that best conveys the struggle of one man doing his best in an incredible situation both during and after the war. For a man who bottled up his feelings for decades, he has produced a stark yet emotional account of the desperation and sheer grit each soldier faced and fought with. In a world that seems at times to be coming apart at the seams, I wish more ...more
Cathy
Apr 10, 2015 Cathy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
War is never an easy read. Don Malarkey does not hold back with retelling the gruesome battles he and his comrades fought, his emotions of losing members in E(Easy)Company, and his thoughts of ending his life at times. He did suffer from PSTD throughout his life.
Sarah
Sep 30, 2009 Sarah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is one of the best war memoirs I've ever read. Why? Because I read it in two sittings and because it reads like fiction. Bravo to Malarkey and Welch for telling a great story. I'm definitely adding this book to my school collection.[return][return]We've all seen Band of Brothers and Saving Private Ryan. Malarkey tells his story--from a childhood in Oregon to barely making it into the service to receiving an Bronze star. Malarkey was one of the paratroopers in Operation Overlord and saw horr ...more
Dylan Ashmore
Oct 29, 2014 Dylan Ashmore rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Stu Bradley
Dec 27, 2015 Stu Bradley rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Better in many ways than Ambrose's 'Band of Brothers'. Not least because this is written by someone who was actually there, rather than twisting, or inventing tales, or plagiarising other works for his own agenda, as Ambrose did.
Chad
Jul 19, 2013 Chad rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: war
One thing is constant in books written by our veterans, war is hell. There is no way to lessen that. Malarky's account starts with his childhood and winds it's way through training, D-day, Battle of the Bulge and other battles and ends up with his post-war life.

He writes a very personal account that deals with his friendships, victories and loss. The things he endured and witnessed are hard to fathom and you get the feeling that he knows that of his reader. He doesn't try to sugar coat or over
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Madisson
May 29, 2016 Madisson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015-read
Autobiography by the oldest living veteran of the "band of brothers", member of E Company, 506th PIR, 101st Airborne Division - the most recognized unit in American history.
Shelby Griswold
Jul 26, 2015 Shelby Griswold rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The story behind Sgt. Don Malarkey's time as a part of the 101st Airborne, 506th Paratrooper Division is a heartbreaking read. Excellent book though!
Lexie__a
Nov 03, 2013 Lexie__a rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really loved this book. This is the 4th one I read about Easy Company and I still learn so many things. Malarkey's book is really touching, he may have less combat description but much more information about the soldiers' feelings and emotions. I learned more about Joe Toye, Skip Muck (of course, he was Malarkey's best friend) and Buck Compton. I think this book can be dedicated to Muck because Malarkey is talking about him so many time and you can feel how close they were and how devastated M ...more
John Barbara
Apr 18, 2016 John Barbara rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent first person narrative of history being made footstep by footstep through the Second World War.
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Technical Sergeant Donald G. Malarkey is a former non-commissioned officer with Easy Company, 2nd Battalion, 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment, in the 101st Airborne Division of the United States Army during World War II.
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