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Comrades: Brothers, Fathers, Heroes, Sons,…

Comrades: Brothers, Fathers, Heroes, Sons, Pals

by Stephen E. Ambrose

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This is a collection of historical essays on friendship. Some of the subjects are historical figures that Ambrose has written about at length previously (Lewis and Clark, Eisenhower, Nixon, Crazy Horse, Custer, Easy Company) and some are personal (his brothers, his father, his college friends). This is easy reading for history, more character sketches and anecdotes than anything else, and through it Ambrose does make some interesting points about friendship and character. Some of the chapters are not well focused – the Easy Company in “Band of Brothers” is dealt with rather confusingly and reads more like a postscript to the book. This is worthwhile, but not compelling, reading. ( )
  wdwilson3 | Oct 8, 2012 |
Stephen E. Ambrose, one of the most acclaimed and popular history writers of the 20th century, composes a moving book that examines the bonds formed between men as a result of both family and circumstance. A New York Times best-seller, Comrades looks at the lasting friendships of various men, from Sioux Indians to Ambrose
  CollegeReading | Mar 5, 2008 |
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This tender book about male friendship will probably surprise those readers who know Stephen Ambrose best for his histories of World War II and biography of Dwight D. Eisenhower. Born in 1936, Ambrose acknowledges in the introduction to his memoir that men of his generation do not speak or write easily about their feelings. Yet male bonding is a strong theme in all of his work, as selections from previous writings on Lewis and Clark, Richard Nixon, Crazy Horse, and General Custer that are included in Comrades prove. What is more interesting, however, is the more personal material on Ambrose's two brothers (their youthful competitiveness mellowed into mature devotion), fellow historian Gordon Mueller ("my dearest and closest friend"), and several college buddies. After losing touch with each other during the harried years of career building and child rearing, these men rediscovered intimacy in middle age. Most moving of all is the closing chapter on Ambrose's father, an old-fashioned authority figure and disciplinarian quick to criticize his sons, but always available to sustain and guide them. The warming of that rather stern relationship is clearly one of the great joys of his son's adult life. It makes a fitting finale to a dignified but strikingly sweet memoir. --Wendy Smith

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Comrades is a celebration of male friendships. Stephen Ambrose begins his with his brothers, his first and forever friends, and the shared experiences that join them for a lifetime, overcoming distance and misunderstandings.

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