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3.94 out of 53.94 out of 53.94 out of 53.94 out of 53.94 out of 5 3.94 (35 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Stephen E. Ambrose Narrator: Cotter Smith Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: November 1997 ISBN: 9780743542821
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Citizen Soldiers opens on June 7, 1944, on the Normandy beaches, and ends on May 7, 1945. From the high command (including Eisenhower, Bradley, and Patton) on down to the enlisted men, Stephen E. Ambrose draws on hundreds of interviews and oral histories from men on both sides who were there. He recreates the experiences of the individuals who fought the battles, the women who served, and the Germans who fought against us.
Ambrose reveals the learning process of a great army -- how to cross rivers, how to fight in snow or hedgerows, how to fight in cities, how to coordinate air and ground campaigns, how to fight in winter and on the defensive, how citizens become soldiers in the best army in the world -- all from the point of view of the men.
A masterful biography of the U.S. Army in the European Theater Of Operations, Citizen Soldiers provides a compelling account of the extraordinary stories of ordinary men in their fight for democracy. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • Citizen Soldiers is an unforgettable testament to the World War II.” 

    New York Times

  • “History boldly told and elegantly written…Gripping.

    Wall Street Journal 

  • “Highly recommended for fans of Ambrose, as well as all readers interested in understanding the life of a 1940s army grunt.” 

    Amazon.com, editorial review

  • “Ambrose offers a stirring portrayal of the terror and courage experienced by men at war.” 

    Kirkus Reviews

  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • A 1998 New York Times Notable Book for Nonfiction
  • A USA Today Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Barry | 2/16/2014

    " What a read! Explores the Great war from the point of view of the grunt,not just Generals but a focus on the men in the field. My Dad was one of those guys- and I never really was able to capture the deprivations he endured before Steve Ambrose gave the stories wings. What a compelling series of narratives- and the comparisons to other historic events- like why this was worse on the grunts than the Civil war, or Napoleon's retreat from Russia were totally unexpected. If your family was connected to WW2- like its possible they weren't- read this one "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bob | 2/7/2014

    " I have read almost everything Stephen Ambrose wrote and this is as good as any of his other books. His mix of stories told by average soldiers with an overall view of the war made the book quick reading and thoroughly enjoyable, but I always expect that from Ambrose. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jason Reeser | 2/7/2014

    " I really could not put this down. Great! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Erik | 1/27/2014

    " I like this book, but not as much as Band of Brothers. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rich Martin | 1/25/2014

    " I think of Stephen Ambrose's work every time I watch "Saving Private Ryan." He was a consultant, and the movie definitely reflects the book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dennis | 1/16/2014

    " Outstanding overview of WWII from invasion at Normandy to VE day. Ambrose has a way of making a formal history read like a novel. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jasen Martinez | 1/12/2014

    " I am a sucker for oral histories. Really intense book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Darrell | 1/9/2014

    " Great book. This book was similar to Band of Brothers. This book, instead, tried to talk about what it was like for everyday soldiers in the war. It didn't focus so much on the overall war. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chippo Writes | 12/17/2013

    " Amazing stories, amazing book , i borrow this book from a friend, after read it i cannot help to own it, so i bought one as collection hence i can read it forever :-) loooveee it "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Terry | 12/13/2013

    " Interesting, but it becomes a bit repetitive and formulistic. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bobby Romero | 11/28/2013

    " The greatest generation. Enough said "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Leah | 11/24/2013

    " Too much editorializing by Ambrose for my liking, but a good book overall. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brendan Sweeney | 11/13/2013

    " Stephen Ambrose was one of the premier Historians of the 20th century. I heartily recommend all of his Histories. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amy Rohmiller | 8/13/2013

    " Social history of Europe by Ambrose. Probably the best book I read for the class and actually enjoyable. Problems with documentation were pointed out to me...but I didn't think they were all that bad. Ambrose is an excellent storyteller, whatever else his problems might be. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ryan | 3/26/2013

    " Very interesting read by the author of Band of Brothers. A little shorter than and covering a broader portion of the war than BoB and D-Day. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chad Kerchner | 3/4/2013

    " Very well written...one of the better WWII histories that I have read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chanel Thyson | 2/3/2013

    " Informative. Clear and concise. I like history, perfect book for it. So many things in here you learn about the war that you wish you wouldn't have, but it is the true history, and many of those things are done with and over, can't be taken back. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Curtiss | 12/25/2012

    " An excellent look at America's cotribution the liberation of the world from the forces of global tyranny and despotism. No wonder Europe and Asia resent the U.S.A.; they know deep in their souls just how much they truly owe America for cleaning up their messes. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Wendy | 12/3/2012

    " It was the first time I've learned about ETO. I'm grateful to those who served and that I could learn more about what happened. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ari | 8/13/2012

    " This is kind of historical short stroies about world War Two. Some of the unsung heroes. Written well and moves pertty well. For WW2 buffs this book is a good one. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 The Truong | 8/4/2012

    " Excruciatingly detailed; can be numbing to read at points. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Fritz | 1/28/2012

    " Recommended by Zach Madden. I really enjoyed this book. Gave me a much greater understanding of what the war was like for the men who did the real fighting, and work. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joefraz | 1/2/2012

    " I liked it better than most Ambrose books "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Thom | 5/9/2011

    " It compares well with other works by Stephen Ambrose "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Erin | 3/3/2011

    " Great details of the lives of soldiers in WWII. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ray | 2/28/2011

    " a look at the personalities of the citizen soldiers who were part of the greatest generation who fought and won the second world war, really good so far, i enjoy the personal accounts of the soldiers themselves "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 David | 2/12/2011

    " Stephen Ambrose's books are very uneven to me but this is my favorite of the bunch. Filled with interesting facts and fascinating vignettes. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Richard | 12/29/2010

    " I'd like this book better if Ambrose wasn't a plagarist "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Matty | 12/26/2010

    " If I remember correctly, it had a bit of a propagandist attitude about being a soldier. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rich | 9/24/2010

    " What a great perspective of the war -- the soldiers perspective. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bill | 9/8/2010

    " really good history of what it was like to be an American 'grunt' in the front lines of Europe after Normandy. We have a lot to be thankful for their sacrifices during that period. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amy | 8/31/2010

    " Social history of Europe by Ambrose. Probably the best book I read for the class and actually enjoyable. Problems with documentation were pointed out to me...but I didn't think they were all that bad. Ambrose is an excellent storyteller, whatever else his problems might be. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Pat | 8/26/2010

    " Good and informative account of WWII following D-Day. Like "Undaunted Courage," you have to look past Ambrose's gung-ho enthusiasm for the topic in order to get to the facts. Amazing what conditions the soldiers had to endure. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ed | 8/10/2010

    " Another excellent work of history from Stephen Ambrose. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Erik | 6/10/2010

    " I like this book, but not as much as Band of Brothers. "

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About the Author
Author Stephen E. Ambrose

Stephen E. Ambrose (1936–2002) was the author of Citizen Soldiers, Undaunted Courage, and D-Day, as well as biographies of Presidents Eisenhower and Nixon. He also founded the Eisenhower Center and was president of the National World War II Museum in New Orleans. His book, Band of Brothers, was the basis for the HBO miniseries.

About the Narrator

Cotter Smith is an American actor of stage, film, and television. As an audiobook narrator, he has won two Earphones Awards and was a finalist in 1997 for the prestigious Audie Award.