I enjoy Ambrose as an author and historian, and this book was an excellent quick read that sort of gives a more in depth look at something he often encounters in his writings on history and war. The chapters are not long, and each skims a relationship between brothers and male friendships. Ranging from some historical ones like Eisenhower and his brothers, Custer and his brothers and others, he also looks at some combat veterans he's encountered over his work and also spends 3 chapters at the friendships and bonds he's formed with men like his brothers and his father. While the book is not long or in depth, it's a quick read you can return to if you like some feel-good look at male friendships. While the book itself doesn't look at the psychological aspects of male friendships at all, it does provide some good examples and anecdotes of what real male friendship has provided great leaders and average men over their lifetimes. It also shows the breadth of things that can bring men together as well as the impact of male friendships in differing times of the human lifespan.
Bob D. reviewed Comrades : "Brothers, Fathers, Sons, Pals" on
I enjoy the book, and I love Stephen Ambrose. In turn, I found that this is a an offshoot of his earlier books, and a wonderful scenario of his family, brothers, and Mom and Dad. If I had had a chance to ask him, Stephen Ambrose, I would think that historically he could have gone further.