If there’s been a shortage of stories of heroes in your life lately, here’s two fantastic books that might just restore your faith in America. Both of them are about paratroopers from Easy Company, the now-famous unit that was portrayed so beautifully in Tom Hanks’ miniseries, BAND OF BROTHERS.
BROTHERS IN BATTLE, BEST OF FRIENDS, by William “Wild Bill” Guarnere, Edward “Babe” Heffron,” and Robyn Post, recounts the true story of two friends from Philly who served together in the same unit. When Wild Bill realized the new guy in the unit was from his hometown, they became best friends at once – and for life. Wild Bill was wounded while saving another friends life. They said he never complained. It’s a wonderful story.
So is SHIFTY’S WAR by Marcus Brotherton, the biography of the unit’s remarkable sharpshooter, Darrell “Shifty” Powers. This is so well-written that even though I know the entire story from having viewed the miniseries, which I own on DVD, many, many times, I’m still riveted by it and can not put it down.
Take heart. We’re a nation that once brought up our children to become the fine men that Wild Bill, Babe and Shifty, who are all gone now, were. We as Americans certainly did something right back then.