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The Victors: Eisenhower And His Boys The Men Of World War Ii

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From America’s preeminent military historian, Stephen E. Ambrose, comes the definitive 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
ebook, 400 pages
Published July 15th 1999 by Simon Schuster (first published 1998)
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Magrat Ajostiernos
Me gustó menos que 'Hermanos de sangre', este libro es una mezcla de un montón más del autor sobre la participación de Estados Unidos en la II Guerra Mundial, por eso me parecía interesante, porque da una visión más global del conflicto.
Aún así las partes de los altos mandos con Eisenhower y Patton se me hicieron largas y aburridas, en cambio fueron todos los testimonios de soldados supervivientes y los fragmentos de cartas que se conservan lo que realmente me gustó de esta lectura.. al final e
Oct 07, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-of-2014
You know it was bad, but just how awful? It is tough to read some of these stories. I knew about trench foot, but our own army not supplying men with warm enough clothes? It was truly shameful. I enjoyed the first 250 pages, but the real, true suffering starts after that and I will never feel the same about what happened after D-Day and how difficult it was for those that chose to stay the course. I found his writing riveting and couldn't put it down at times.

Page 54 on Ike's decision making: "
Jill Hutchinson
Jul 16, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: wwi-wwii
I loved this book!! I noticed that several other reviewers were unhappy with the fact that this is a compilation of Ambrose's other books but the liner notes on the edition I read made it clear that it was drawn from his other works. I wasn't surprised to see some things I had read before but they were worth reading again.

He takes the reader on the journey of the American Army from D-Day through the surrender of Nazi Germany. Granted, some of the text is extremely graphic and disturbing but it w
Michael Gerald
Jan 16, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Having not read the other books of Stephen Ambrose on the Second World War, I find this volume that features sections from his various books on the subject good, as it still presents the continuity of the big story.
Will Yumoto
Mar 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I gave this 5 stars, as it was the first Ambrose book I've read. As many other reviews point out, apparently this one rehashes a lot of material from several other of his books. But since I haven't read any of them (yet), I have yet to be disappointed in his pacing or his ability to bring the reader back in time, right alongside the men and women of his history. Maybe I'll re-rate this when I get through other titles, but I doubt it, since it stands on its own as a great historical summation. Al ...more
Floyd Garrett
Feb 15, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It's Ambrose. You love history, you generally can sit down and share some time with Ambrose. This one covers the soldier's stories from WW II. . .If you've read Citizen Soldiers and D-Day, this book should be a slam-dunk
May 16, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ambrose is a superb writer with an undeniable talent for shedding light on the terrible price paid by those who fought the epic battles of WWII. But, as the author admits in his notes on his sources, much of the material in this book was already presented in his earlier books. Since I have already read three of the five earlier volumes ("Band of Brothers", "Citizen Soldiers", and "D-Day"), much of this material was very familiar to me. Even the new material, mostly dealing with Eisenhower and hi ...more
Like others, I had previously read many of Ambrose's books about World War II and knew that much of this book would be a repeat of that material, but I was pleasantly surprised that although the author often covered the same battles and geographic area, he did so in a different way and with newly added material, so that I didn't feel I was wasting my reading time because I had been there and done that. I appreciated learning new things and seeing them in a new way. The book brought back to me th ...more
Sam  Bronstein
May 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history
This is an incredible book in many ways. The standout idea is that it showed the hardships and the victory all in constant balance. While the book seems dense it is a comfortable read, while it can't be read in one sitting it does a great job of describing the war from the American perspective. An important read.
Jude Zoeller
Jun 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An excellent account of Eisenhower's and the GI's accomplishments together in the ETO and their hard-earned victory's worldwide influence in the years after WWII. The final chapter, "The GI's", summarizes the latter in a reflection my generation should always keep in mind.
Ted Mccormack
Jul 09, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Author admitted that book was the merging of several books he had written earlier.
Phil Whittall
victorsThe Victors: Eisenhower and his boys, the men of World War 2 is the second book I've read by Stephen Ambrose (Pegasus Bridge was the first) and I've watched Band of Brothers of course.

The Victors is essentially several books spliced together to give a more overall picture of the war in Europe from D-Day onwards (so nothing on the Pacific, or the Russian war, little on North Africa or on the Italy invasion going north). It focuses on two ends of the spectrum, the very top with the man who
Dec 23, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The only reason that I did not give this 5 stars is that Ambrose borrowed heavily from D Day, Citizen Soldiers and Band of Brothers, all of which I have previously read.

Still all in all a great book.

I find it increasingly moving as I age to read the stories of the horrors my father and his generation went through. I cannot believe sometimes that people can come through combat sane. I have new appreciation for our veterans of the Gulf Wars and Afghanistan. Though our military has learned much fro
Dhiraj Sharma
Jul 25, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Winners write history as can be inferred after reading this excellent book by Stephen Ambrose. I would have rated it 5 starts had Mr Ambrose not resorted to the gung ho, swaggering mentality of the Victors by making statements like "The German soldiers trained in the Hitler Youth were no match for American soldiers trained in the Boy scouts"

C'mon Mr Ambrose...You also know that unlike Hitler Youth (Hitler Jugend), Boy scouts is not a military or semi military organisation and we all know why Ger
Stan Bebbington
The author's reputation is enhanced by this book, a broad trawl through his other efforts to enlighten us about the relatively short period of eleven months after D Day to bring the European war to an end. Not surprisingly he is keen to put an American slant on it all and it does feel like a token inclusion of the not inconsiderable efforts of other countries at the time. He does however ensure that the misunderstanding of Montgomery's management of the "hinge" at Caen is repeated. The predictab ...more
Urey Patrick
An enjoyable read - basically an elementary history of the European campaign from D-Day to surrender, fle3shed out with lots of personal accounts and narratives that personalize combat in Europe at the front line level. I would consider this an abridged version of his previous book "Citizen Soldiers". Ambrose is almost hagiographic in his admiration for the front line soldier - the infantryman, his NCOs and his junior officers - justifi9ably so. The vast losses they suffered are almost unimagina ...more
Nick Bradford
Well written, interesting, and easy to read. The book is basically a mashup of Band of Brothers and Citizen Soldiers, both of which are excellent books. This book kind of seems unnecessary.
Sep 17, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: We like Ike.
Shelves: biography, history
Stephen E. Ambrose has written some of the most important histories of our time, and his documentations of WWII and in particularly Eisenhower have been both historically important and poignant. For readers already engrossed by Ambrose's works, The Victors may be a bit repetitive, especially if one has read Ambrose's other works about WWII. But for those looking for a good encapsulation of Eisenhower's war years, this is an important study, and like all books about Eisenhower, it gives further b ...more
Feb 08, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
It is hard to downgrade a book just because it covers the same territory as several other books written by the same author. Did this book add new information to the story the author already covered in Band of Brothers, Citizen Soldiers or D-Day? Oh, there was a brief discussion of the North Africa campaign and of the allied contributions to the war effort but this book essentially covers the same ground quoting some of the same officers and men as the author's other books. On the bright side, th ...more
Jimmie Aaron Aaron
The Victors: Eisenhower and His Boys: The Men of World War II by Stephen E. Ambrose is essentially a cut and paste compilation of D-DAY, Citizen Soldiers, Eisenhower, and Band of Brothers. If you have read any of Stephen Ambrose's works on World War II, then this one is not worth the time. It has so much material covered in his lengthier works.

It is better to read D-DAY, Citizen Soldiers, Eisenhower, Band of Brothers.and The Wild Blue and to skip this book altogether. Read in 2005 by Jimmie A. K
A very thorough book, thoroughly researched, and documented. I enjoyed some of the interviews from opposite sides of the battles. Also some of the outcomes of the veterans doing post-war interviews and discovering the opinions of young Germans, French, Russian and American soldiers a few years after the war to see what progress pertaining to the war they had made in their lives and in the welfare of their respective countries. The one haunting thought, what had society lost in the war? What inve ...more
Rodney Harvill
Dec 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history
Starting in 1941, this book gives an overview of Eisenhower's World War II career, from his efforts as a staff officer to save the Philipines to his role as Supreme Commander in Europe. The story of Eisenhower is an account of trial by fire, learning from mistakes, the need to make bold, consequential decisions with incomplete information.

Aside from Eisenhower, junior officers, NCOs and privates are the heroes of this book. These men showed great innovation, initiative and courage under incredib
Jeremy Hunter
The Victors covers the G.I. experience in World War II starting with the North African campaign to Germany ' s surrender. Ambrose balances historical facts with veterans personal narratives weaving them into a compelling read. This book is essentially a Stephen Ambrose greatest hits. Most of the text is derived from his other books on the topic. With that said, I did enjoy sections of the book, in particular, the parts involving Eisenhower and his general staff. I'd recommend The Victors to anyo ...more
Sep 30, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Another spellbinding work from the stable of one of the most authentic military historians of our time. In this glittering patchwork gleaned from his earlier works such as"Citizen Soldiers"; "Band of Brothers" and "Pegasus" Ambrose relives the remarkable resilience characterising the millions of young and brave Allied soldiers - the resilience that ultimately led to the world being a better place to live in. Every page resonates with vitality and reverberates with vibrant emotions. The unparalle ...more
Michael Stover
Jul 23, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great book!
My respected for the men and women of the World War II generation continues to increase. I echo the sentiments expressed at the end of the book, quoted here:
What I think of the GIs more than half a century after their victory was best said by Sgt. Mike Ranney of the 101st: "In thinking back on the days of Easy Company, I'm treasuring my remark to a grandson who asked, 'Grandpa, were you a hero in the war?'
" 'No,' I answered, 'but I served in a company of heroes.' "
So far as I am co
This is another of Stephen Ambrose's tributes to the fighting men of the ETO in WWII. It reminded me of Citizen Soldiers and did not really add much to that narrative. In this book, Ambrose brings in a bit more about the generals, Eisenhower in particular, but mostly it was more stories from the trenches. I will say that some of the information about Ike gave me a greater appreciation for him as a warrior and a man; he seems to be a greatly underestimated figure in our history.
May 08, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history
This book read as a hodge-podge of facts that he did not include in his previous books. Since I gave his other books 5 stars, this was very discouraging. He couldn't seem to figure out if Eisenhower was the greatest loser or winner of WWII. So many quotes, so many names, and a preachy final chapter, it probably does not deserve 3 stars, but hey, it is Stephen Ambrose and that is worth at least one star on its own.
Quinn Wright
Mar 09, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Really good read. The depth of insight and research that goes into every Stephen Ambrose is always impressive to me. The recurring idea that I really liked from this book is the idea that the biggest deciding factor on the side of the American forces was the embrace of individual initiative, and the ability for low level leaders to make decisions and effectively lead their men.

Sons of Democracy, for Ambrose, are better prepared to succeed in modern war than sons of tyranny.
Mar 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great book..oddly read on Veteran's Day! The focus on eye witness accounts made it real enough to make me cry over the young men who lost their lives because of administrative decisions that had them carrying packs that sank them at Omaha beach or that opted for more replacement troops rather than winter boots. I marveled at how the leaders worked across nations and the opinion of the foot soldiers of their leadership. I would read more Ambrose.
Bob Price
Apr 06, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a good book as an introduction to Ambrose and his books on WW2. The book contains collected segments from his books on Eisenhower, Easy Company and Citizen soldiers. If you have read those books, you may want to bypass this one, although it was neat to see all the story lines intertwined. If you haven't read those, it's a great introduction to Ambrose's work and will hopefully spur you on to read others.
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Stephen Edward Ambrose was an American historian and biographer of U.S. Presidents Dwight Eisenhower and Richard M. Nixon. He received his Ph.D. in 1960 from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

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