Books in the Park

suggestions from the Barbara S. Ponce Public Library at Pinellas Park

Band of Brothers (2001)

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band of brothers coverIf you missed out on the phenomena that is Band of Brothers back in 2001 when it as originally released, then you should wait no longer. Band of Brothers is an epic ten part miniseries based on a book by Stephen Ambrose about World War II that focuses on the real men of “Easy Company”, an infantry regiment assigned to the 101st Airborne Division that landed in Normandy on D-Day. Partially written and directed by Tom Hanks, Band of Brothers is said to be one of the most accurate portrayals of the war ever produced.  The writers conducted interviews with veterans and had every episode scanned for authenticity and accuracy by these men before the series aired.

Each hour-long episode focuses on Easy Company’s struggles through training, battle, and emotional dilemmas—often showcasing each man’s particular traits and deeds. Your respect for these men will continue to grow as you see how they deal with the loss of their comrades, shell shocked soldiers, and life-threatening situations. Lieutenant Richard Winters, often a plot center point, learns to embrace his leadership role as he climbs the military ladder to Major. He leads the men mostly successfully through numerous battles: D-Day, the Battle of the Bulge, and Bastogne.  Interspersed throughout the series is footage from interviews with the men of Easy Company in 2001; they give firsthand accounts on what they were thinking and feeling.

When I started this series last year, I was just looking for a good show to kill some time and maybe teach me a little something. What I found was an amazing, award-winning, patriotic miniseries that left me wanting more. Listening to the veterans speak about their experiences in WWII was truly something special. Almost fifteen years after its release most of these men have passed away and I count myself lucky to have been able to hear their heroic journeys.

Check the PPLC Catalog for Band of Brothers.

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