Citizen Soldiers

  • by Stephen E. Ambrose
  • Narrated by George Wilson
  • 21 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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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What the Critics Say

"Citizen Soldiers [is] a high point in Ambrose's long fascination with the nature of leaders and followers. (John Lehman, The Wall Street Journal)
"History boldly told and elegantly written.... Gripping." (Kyle Smith, People)
"Ambrose proves once again he is a masterful historian.... Spellbinding.... The book captures the bizarre contradictions, random kindness and unexpectedly comic moments of the push to Berlin as memorably as a great war novel." (John Omicinski, Detroit Free Press)

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Customer Reviews

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Required reading, excellent narration

This book conveys the tragedy of war for all. As a combat vet of Iraq I feel that my tour was a walk in the park compared to WWII. All citizens should read this book to help them understand the price that was paid to defeat the nazis.

The narrator also does an excellent job, his various accents help the flow of the book and his delivery, tempo, and tone were perfect.
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- Jeremy

I Read it Before and Hearing it is Even Better

Would you listen to Citizen Soldiers again? Why?

This is a great telling of WWII from the soldiers perspective. I read it some years ago and hearing it again I learned some new things I had forgotten. Stephen Ambrose has a way of telling a story that bring the words of history to life.


Who was your favorite character and why?

His story telling keeps the listener listening. It's like watching a movie in your head.


Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I wish I could listen to this in one sitting.


Any additional comments?

Listening to this makes me proud to be an American. Proud of our history and thankful of our past. Some may say our current generation couldn't do the same. Many have said the same of previous generations before. Gertrude Stein called the WWII generation, "The lost generation".

I'm sure history will repeat itself if the current generation is ever called on to defend freedom on a massive scale. It will succeed and we will prevail.

What a great book.

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- Aimee

Book Details

  • Release Date: 01-24-2011
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio