Download Brothers in Arms: The Epic Story of the 761st Tank Battalion, WWII’s Forgotten Heroes Audiobook

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Author: Anthony Walton, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Narrator: Richard Allen Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2004 ISBN: 9781415904329
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A powerful wartime saga in the bestselling tradition of Flags of Our Fathers, Brothers in Arms recounts the extraordinary story of the 761st Tank Battalion, the first all-black armored unit to see combat in World War II. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “While it will leave aficionados satisfied, this is military history that will prove compelling to anyone with an interest in black men’s experience during the twentieth century.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • A carefully researched and engrossing account that paints the individual dramas of the tankmen against the backdrop of the war . . . A fine tribute to these unsung heroes and a valuable addition to the literature on African American service in World War II. Washington Post Book World
  • More than a combat story or a segregated version of Stephen Ambrose's Band of Brothers. It's also the story of how black soldiers had to fight (literally and figuratively) for the right to fight the Germans. USA Today
  • A wholly different perspective on the ‘greatest generation.’ People (Critic's Choice)
  • A brilliant and moving narrative that through its imagery helps the reader appreciate the hardness of battle. Charlotte Observer
  • A slam dunk . . . Well written, well researched and an excellent read . . . Abdul-Jabbar does an incredible job of weaving [the personal stories] into the context of the war as it unfolded. Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
  • A touching profile of men who fought overt and subtle racism for the chance to prove their mettle, and a poignant reminder of the unreasonable prejudices of that era that almost kept them on the sidelines. Sacramento Bee
  • An inspirational, moving account of courage and comradeship on the part of exceptional men. Military History
  • Not only an exciting, informative military history for the general reader but also a revealing and moving record of racism in America’s past. Houston Chronicle
  • “A wholly different perspective on the ‘greatest generation.’” 

    People

  • “More than a combat story or a segregated version of Stephen Ambrose’s Band of Brothers. It's also the story of how black soldiers had to fight (literally and figuratively) for the right to fight the Germans.” 

    USA Today 

  • “A carefully researched and engrossing account that paints the individual dramas of the tankmen against the backdrop of the war…A fine tribute to these unsung heroes and a valuable addition to the literature on African American service in World War II.”

    Washington Post Book World

  • “Not only an exciting, informative military history for the general reader but also a revealing and moving record of racism in America’s past.” 

    Houston Chronicle

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mark | 9/23/2012

    " I got to meet Mr. Abdul-Jabbar for a school event. It (and he) was pretty awesome! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mrs. | 5/8/2012

    " Seriously, they use the word bivouac a lot, but hey, I learned something. This is a fairly interesting account of a fairly unknown unit of fighters in WWII. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mason | 11/14/2011

    " Great book! Very well written. It demonstrates the true cruelty of war. I felt like I was in the crossfire the entire time! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lisa | 5/2/2011

    " Great book telling the story of WWII from a perspective most folks have never heard. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cyn | 7/6/2010

    " This was excellent. I listed to the audio version of this book and at the end they had two of the actual members of this amazing band of heros. I immediately went out and bought this for my father. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gilbert | 8/28/2008

    " Very enjoyable & informative overview of the Harlem Renaissance, & how it impacted the life of Kareem Abdul-Jabar. Very enjoyable whether or not you are a basketball fan, and helpful for me to understand this era of American history. "

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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Oscar | 7/6/2007

    " Semi-encyclopedic account of Kareem's interest in Harlem. Leans heavily on honorific adjectives as he describes Harlem figures. Good basketball details and excellent picture of Cab Calloway looking to play some tough D. "

About the Author

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is the NBA’s all-time leading scorer and a Basketball Hall of Fame inductee. Since retiring, he has been an actor and basketball coach and has authored six books for adults and three for children, including What Color Is My World?, which won the NAACP award for Best Children’s Book. In 2012, he was selected as a US cultural ambassador, and in 2016 he was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian award which recognizes exceptional meritorious service.

About the Narrator

Richard Allen is an accomplished and respected theatrical actor whose work includes Ragtime and PBS’ Great Performances: Play On! His voice can be heard on numerous television and radio productions, as well as the animated series Jumanji. Allen is also the winner of seven AudioFile Earphones Awards.