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Comrades, Brothers, Fathers, Heroes, Sons, Pals

Ambrose, Stephen E.

ISBN 10: 0684867184 / ISBN 13: 9780684867182
Published by Simon & Schuster, 1999
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1999. Hardback. Fine first edition first print in fine dust jacket protected with Mylar cover. Bookseller Inventory # 620

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Title: Comrades, Brothers, Fathers, Heroes, Sons, ...

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Publication Date: 1999

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine

Edition: First Edition.

Book Type: Hardback

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The author looks at his own friendships with his father and brothers, as well as friendships between other brothers, fellow soldiers, and colleagues.

Review:

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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