Tom Hanks introduces the rousing story of two inseparable friends and soldiers portrayed in the HBO miniseries Band of Brothers. William "Wild Bill" Guarnere and Edward "Babe" Heffron were among the first paratroopers of the U.S. Army—members of an elite unit of the 101st Airborne Division called Easy Company. Arguably the bravest, most efficient, physically fit, and tight-knit group of soldiers the Army has ever produced, the unit was called upon for every high-risk operation of the war, including D-Day, Operation Market Garden in Holland, the Battle of the Bulge, and the capture of Hitler's Eagle's Nest in Berchtesgaden. Both fought side-by-side until Guarnere lost his leg in the Battle of the Bulge and was sent home. Heffron went on to liberate concentration camps and rake Hitler's Eagle's Nest hideout. United by their experience, the two reconnected at the war's end and have been the best of friends ever since. Their story is a tribute to the lasting bond forged between comrades in arms—and to all those who fought for freedom.
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"I thought the true voices of Wild Bill and Babe came through. Allowing both of these men to tell their version of the events leading up to and after WWii when they formed their friendship seemed to give a more complete view of how things were. I really enjoyed learning of how their friendship blossomed post-war and how they've grown up together. I had worried that I had heard it all about Easy Company with all of the other books I've read on this topic, but I was wrong of course. Everyone has a story to tell and I enjoyed hearing theirs."
Miranda (4 out of 5 stars)
About the Authors
William “Wild Bill” Guarnere, a U.S. paratrooper during World War II, was portrayed in the HBO miniseries Band of Brothers,
produced by Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks. Guarnere, a tough street
kid, grew up in South Philly and went on to become brothers in battle
and best of friends with Edward “Babe” Heffron.
Edward “Babe” Heffron, a U.S. paratrooper during World War II, was portrayed in the HBO miniseries Band of Brothers,
produced by Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks. Heffron, a thoughtful and
introspective boy, grew up in South Philly and went on to become
brothers in battle and best of friends with William “Wild Bill”
Robyn Post has been a magazine journalist for twenty years and has written for such regional and national publications as Parade, Philadelphia, Cosmopolitan, Men’s Health, Details, New Jersey Life and others. She is co-author of the best selling book, Brothers in Battle, Best of Friends: Two WWII Paratroopers from the Original Band of Brothers Tell Their Story, with William “Wild Bill” Guarnere and Edward “Babe” Heffron. She writes about inspirational people, business, personal finance and the psychology and neuroscience behind success.
About Dick Hill
Dick Hill, named a Golden Voice by AudioFile magazine, is one of the most awarded narrators in the business, having earned several Audie Awards and thirty-four AudioFile Earphones Awards. In addition to narrating, he has both acted in and written for the theater.