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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
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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Ray
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Reader
Aug 17, 2010 Reader rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  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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David
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
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 5 of 5 stars  ·  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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Doug Phillips
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 5 of 5 stars  ·  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.
Alex
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
Alokmahajan
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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Phyrman21
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
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
Sarah
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
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Devon
Feb 05, 2009 Devon rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: BOB Fans
Recommended to Devon by: Jen (foofighter0234 on LJ)

I absolutely adored this book. A lot of memoirs add in tons and tons of information that nobody cares about; stuff that isn't relevant to the book as a whole. Malarkey, at least in my eyes, did not have that problem. He didn't just add in random things to fill up a book. I loved the language of the book, too (which is probably a reflection on Welch, although Malarkey's letters were very eloquent as well.) I just absolutely loved seeing everything through his eyes, through his unique way of telli
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Chad
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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Lexie__a
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
Donnie Kingery
This is one of the better books I have read of the band of brothers books. I really enjoyed this book.
Vanessa
Great reminder to never take the hard won freedom that I enjoy daily for granted.
Tony
I can't remember the last time a book so moved me that it made me cry - but this book did just that. Mr. Malarkey has written about many of the same things I've read about in other books about the 101st Airborne (specifically Easy Company), but he also tells of the impact these events had on him personally in the years after the war. He was an amazing soldier - a brave, tough man. But he's not afraid to let us see the scars left behind by the fierce battles he fought - physical battles, as well ...more
Wayne
A good war memoir. A lot of the material is a rehash of the info in Stephen Ambrose's "Band of Brothers". But that's kind of the point. There are at least four memoirs written by five members of Easy Company. It's a unique opportunity to hear the same stories told from five different perspectives. Sometimes you hear new stories, sometimes you hear a new point of view that never cropped up before.
Malarkey has a good voice and this is a very personal memoir about his feelings during the war. If yo
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Sue
Listened to book on CD...

I found this one of the better memoirs I've read recently. It was well-written, descriptive, thoughtful, moving, and really amazing when you think of what he and so many others endured during the war, particularly as volunteers. I also liked the tidbits he offered regarding the HBO series Band of Brothers, both good and bad. If you're interested in learning what the war in Europe was like from the POV of someone who saw more than his share of action on the front lines,
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Ann Herrick
I had seen Band of Brothers, I knew Don Malarkey was from Oregon (where I live) and I knew his co-author Bob Welch is a wonderful writer, so I picked up this book.

I was not disappointed. The story delves into the emotions of being in a war, the personalities and the personal struggles dealing with fighting and death. There are plenty of books that provide the timeline, names of battles, strategies, types of weapons, statistics etc. of WWII, but fewer that show the humanity involved.

Highly recom
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PWRL
Oct 06, 2014 PWRL marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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Renee Cutchen
Malarkey, a normal and admirable man. Loved his story and his perspective on his time in the service and his life afterwards.
Stephen
I've read many books about the Band of Brothers. This is one of my favorites. Don Malarkey's book seemed to have a genuineness and honesty about it that really made you feel like Don was pouring his heart out to the reader. He was not ashamed of admitting his weaknesses but didn't do it in a way that made you feel like he was wanting the reader to feel sorry for him in any way. He demonstrates pride without arrogance. Self-awareness without self-pity. He and Bob Welch did a great job.
Sarah
The story of Easy Company told through another voice. Not quite as in depth as Dick Winters autobiography but still nice to hear some new stories. It amazes me still that this group of guys were able to make it through the Battle of the Bulge as well as they did. Granted they probably couldn't forget it either. Very easy reading for a quick read, read it in a day. Would recommend it to those who want to complete their library of easy company soldiers.
Jason
A wonderful book that gives the readers a good insight to "Band of Brothers" Malarkey has a very nice writing style that easily pulls the reader in whether he is talking about battles, or what transpired before and after the war. Malarkey I felt also captured the mentality of America before the war. This is now my third book from the E company that I have read and one I really liked. If you like Band of Brothers, then this book is one that you should read.
Adam
As a big fan of the Band of Brothers book and mini-series, I found this to be really interesting. It was great to hear the first persons point of view on a lot of moments in time that I have watched over and over again. The writing itself might have just been okay, but it didn't matter to me, as the details and information about what it was like on D-Day or The Bulge or in Holland were terrific.
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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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