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Stephen  Ambrose book Comrades : Brothers, Fathers, Heroes, Sons, Pals
by Stephen E. Ambrose
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Heroes, Sons, Pals by Stephen E. Ambrose
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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
 
                     Book Description of Stephen  Ambrose book Comrades : Brothers, Fathers, Heroes, Sons, Pals by Stephen E. Ambrose
                     Comrades is a celebration of male friendships. Acclaimed historian
                     Stephen Ambrose begins his examination with a glance inward -- he
                     starts this book with his brothers, his first and forever friends, and the
                     shared experiences that join them for a lifetime, overcoming distance and
                     misunderstandings. He next writes of Dwight D. Eisenhower, who had a
                     golden gift for friendship and who shared a perfect trust with his younger
                     brother Milton in spite of their apparently unequal stations. With great
                     emotion, Ambrose describes the relationships of the young soldiers of
                     Easy Company who fought and died together from Normandy to
                     Germany, and he recalls with admiration three unlikely friends who fought
                     in different armies in that war. He recounts the friendships of Lewis and
                     Clark and of Crazy Horse and He Dog, and he tells the story of the
                     Custer brothers who died together at the Little Big Horn. Ambrose
                     remembers and celebrates the friends he has made and kept throughout
                     his life.
                     Comrades concludes with the author's recollection of his own friendship
                     with his father. "He was my first and always most important friend,"
                     Ambrose writes. "I didn't learn that until the end, when he taught me the
                     most important thing, that the love of father-son-father-son is a
                     continuum, just as love and friendship are expansive."
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