The Victors: Eisenhower and His Boys: The Men of World War II

by Stephen E. Ambrose

Hardcover, 1998

Call number

940 A



Simon & Schuster (1998), 400 pages


From the author of 'Citizen Soldiers' and 'D-Day', 'The Victors' is a portrait of the extraordinary courage and fortitude displayed by thousands of ordinary men. It covers the war in Europe, from D-Day to Berlin.

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LibraryThing member btuckertx
Having read, and enjoyed, several of Ambrose's WWII books (e.g., D-Day, Citizen Soldiers, Band of Brothers), I was a little put off by the "Best of..." concept, as another reviewer called it. Overall, though, it added to my knowledge of WW II. I was a little disappointed by the "Cliff Notes" approach to a history of WW II. I would have been better served by reading his other books (and other authors' works) on the subject..… (more)
LibraryThing member mjmorrison1971
The back of this book proclaims it “The Definitive Single-Volume History of the Second World War”. While it is true that it is a single volume it cannot claim to be definitive.

The book looks at the European Theatre of Operations and really only considers operations from the planning and execution of Operation Overlord (D-Day) onwards, and then largely from the perspective of the US GI (which is very reasonable as Ambrose is a US History Professor).

The book is well researched, based on many first hand account of the War the Ambrose has gathered over 40 years of work. They are woven together into a very readable account of the Allied invasion of Europe through to the collapse of the Third Reich. He looks at most events from the perspective of Supreme commander Dwight Eisenhower and that on the Solders, NCOs and Junior Officers who carried out each campaign. There are little asides from the German point of view. Ambrose is very interested in making you aware of the hardships faced by the lower ranks rather than the overall strategy envisioned by high command – it is a book about the man on the ground.

While it is a well written and easy to follow book it is let down by the lack of addressing the darker side of the War for both sides in the treatment of prisoners and killing on both sides. This omission fits with the overall thrust of the book – to the man on the ground, whom Ambrose clearly admires but not fitting with a definitive account of the war – or even the European Theatre of Operations.

A book worth reading but not one that lives up to the back cover hyping.
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LibraryThing member jimrbrown
Superb overview of the WW2 story from D Day till the taking of Berlin. Very much from an American perspective however and very little about the British input.
LibraryThing member MrDickie
The soldiers' stories, drawn from the acclaimed works of historian Stephen E. Ambrose. The book covers the preparation for the invasion of Europe through the end of the campaign to defeat Germany on May 7, 1945. It's a compilation of information previously published in other works by the author. It's a good overview of what the American soldiers went through during the war in Europe.… (more)




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