Book Review: The Victors | The Simple Pastor
The Victors: Eisenhower and his boys, the men of World War 2 is the second book I've read by Stephen Ambrose (Pegasus Bridge was the first) and I've watched Band of Brothers of course. The Victors is essentially several books spliced together to give a more overall picture of the war in Europe from D-Day onwards (so nothing on the Pacific, or the Russian war, little on North Africa or on the Italy invasion going north). It focuses on two ends of the spectrum, the very top with the man who made the decisions Ike Eisenhower and the the very bottom, the men who did the shooting and the dying. It's compelling stuff. I've not read enough WWII history to know how reliable a guide Ambrose is but it seems to me that he is an excellent oral historian. There are literally hundreds of first hand accounts of what happened and so the picture painted is authentic, genuine, gritty and certainly strips you of any illusions of glamour that there may be about war. Not surprisingly there's a focus on the