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A Vital Record
Reviewed in the United States on June 10, 1999
Ambrose's book superbly captures the horrors and drama experienced by GI's in WWII. This masterful text is a vital record of first-person accounts--the soldiers re-telling it as they remember it. Ambrose's sense of dramatic story-telling is also at play here. He weaves the interviews together brilliantly. Therein, however, is a critcal aspect of this project too many readers miss: Ambrose goes for the dramatic and first-person record sometimes as the expense of objectivity. Ambrose is not as good of a military historian as John Keegan--Keegan's depth, fact-finding, objectivity, and analysis in writing military history is remarkable. Ambrose, it must be noted, is not a traditional or always even rigorous historian (relatively speaking only); he's not afraid to be a bit of a cheerleader during his book, to chose sides and even allow the vaguest whiff of jingoism ot flit across the odd page here or there.