Citizen Soldiers: The U.S. Army from the Normandy Beaches to the Bulge to the Surrender of Germany—June 7, 1944–May 7, 1945

By Stephen E. Ambrose
Read by George K. Wilson

21.57 Hours 01/04/2011 unabridged
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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 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. 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.

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Summary

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A 1998 New York Times Notable Book for Nonfiction

New York Times bestseller

A USA Today bestseller

Citizen Soldiers opens on June 7, 1944, on the Normandy beaches, and ends on May 7, 1945. From the high command 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.
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.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

Citizen Soldiers is just about the most gripping account of the second World War that I have ever read.”  Joseph Heller 
“Stephen Ambrose has again demonstrated his absolute mastery of military history. His brilliant narrative puts you on the field of battle as you listen to the brave American citizen soldiers who defeated fascism and freed a continent. An extraordinary book and worthy companion to D-Day.”  Colin Powell
Citizen Soldier is an unforgettable testament to the World War II generation.”  New York Times 
“These events have all been well documented, but in Ambrose’s capable hands, the bloody and dramatic battles fought in northwest Europe in 1944–45 come alive as never before.”  New York Times Book Review 
“History boldly told and elegantly written....Gripping.” Wall Street Journal
Citizen Soldiers [is] a high point in Ambrose’s long fascination with the nature of leaders and followers.”  Time 
“Ambrose proves once again he is a master historian…The book captures the bizarre contradictions, random kindness and unexpectedly comic moments of the push to Berlin as memorably as a great war novel.”  People 
“Ambrose’s arsenal is imposing and effective; his pen is a machine gun: detached, hot, and devastating.”   Ken Burns 
“Ambrose’s Citizen Soldiers is his best book ever, the culmination of a career largely spent immersed in the details of Ike’s war.”  Detroit Free Press 
“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)
“Stephen Ambrose proves again that history need not be boring or impersonal…George Wilson brings a touch of personality to his narration while respecting Ambrose’s journalistic style.” AudioFile
“With remarkable immediacy and clarity, as though he had trained a telescopic lens on the battlefields, Ambrose offers a stirring portrayal of the terror and courage experienced by men at war.”  Kirkus Reviews 
“Writing about the personal level of combat is Ambrose’s forte and has contributed to his reputation as a celebrated military historian…Ambrose solidly coheres disparate facts into a fully faceted story.”   Booklist
“This well-written oral history would also make an excellent general text. Highly recommended.”  Library Journal

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Author Bio: 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.

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Available Formats : Digital Download
Runtime: 21.57
Audience: Adult
Language: English