Shifty's War: The Authorized Biography of Sergeant Darrell "Shifty" Powers, the Legendary Sharpshooter from the Band of Brothers

Shifty s War The Authorized Biography of Sergeant Darrell Shifty Powers the Legendary Sharpshooter from the Band of Brothers A tale of heroism and adventure a memoir about Sergeant Darrell Shifty Powers a highly respected Band of Brothers soldier When he was a boy growing up in the remote mining town of Clinchco Virginia

  • Title: Shifty's War: The Authorized Biography of Sergeant Darrell "Shifty" Powers, the Legendary Sharpshooter from the Band of Brothers
  • Author: Marcus Brotherton
  • ISBN: 9780425240977
  • Page: 414
  • Format: Hardcover
  • A tale of heroism and adventure a memoir about Sergeant Darrell Shifty Powers, a highly respected Band of Brothers soldier When he was a boy growing up in the remote mining town of Clinchco, Virginia, Shifty Powers s goal was to become the best rifle shot he could be His father trained him to listen to the woods, to see without his eyes Little did Shifty know his fA tale of heroism and adventure a memoir about Sergeant Darrell Shifty Powers, a highly respected Band of Brothers soldier When he was a boy growing up in the remote mining town of Clinchco, Virginia, Shifty Powers s goal was to become the best rifle shot he could be His father trained him to listen to the woods, to see without his eyes Little did Shifty know his finely tuned skills would one day save his life and the lives of many of his friends.Shifty s War is a tale of a soldier s blood filled days fighting his way from the shores of France to the heartland of Germany, and the epic story of how one man s abilities as a sharpshooter, along with an engagingly unassuming personality, propelled him to a life greater than he could have ever imagined.

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    1. Marcus Brotherton tells the story of Shifty Power's life through Shifty's own words. While a biography, this work has a memoir feel. Brotherton uses the first person to tell Shifty's story, letting his unique style and manner of speaking convey his life story better than any way Brotherton himself could manage. While reading the book, you feel like you're sitting down and listening to story. Shifty's voice comes through crystal clear off the page. Brotherton follows Shifty from his childhood, th [...]

    2. This is the story of Shifty Powers, who was a member of "the Band of Brothers". If you haven't read the book, and only have seen the mini-series, he was the sharpshooter of Easy Company. This book is really interesting in that it gives a single perspective on the events chronicled in both Ambrose's book and the mini-series but also gives the before and after the war life of Shifty. The author takes a bit of a twist in that he writes it as if Shifty is writing the book, which I thought was a bril [...]

    3. An easy book to read. The author made it feel like you were talking to Shifty Powers and listening to his stories. The viewpoint of Shifty differed a bit from the Band of Brothers mini-series in that he discussed how the "Bad" memories from his time overseas affected him, even during the war especially at Bastogne. From this you can understand why many WWII vets don't talk about their life in combat. And it was nice to learn how Shifty affected people after the war, helping out in his home town [...]

    4. Shifty was with Easy Company - 'Band of Brothers.' This will give you an idea right off the bat on how this book goes. The author, Marcus, does a pretty good job in putting this story together. Marcus never met face to face with Darrell "Shifty" Powers. He did have some phone interviews with him. Most of the story comes from his 'buddies, hometown friends and his family. The story is worth the read. I enjoyed it because I felt he was Telling his own story. His story is told in the trenches.

    5. Boy, was I ready to bawl when I finished this book! I do not know what it is about Easy Company that I love so much, but I cry just about every time I finish a book about one of the members or the whole company. I was a little wary, because after I got this book I found out it wasn't actually written by Shifty, but by Marcus Brotherton, in Shifty's voice. I'm always cautious about books like this, and can you blame me? After the first few chapters though, I began to relax and realize that this i [...]

    6. With my mother being born in Clinchco, VA I had to read this biography of Shifty Powers. It was well written and I related to the book perhaps because I was born in the mountains of this small town. A true story of life, war, love of family, love of home, love of friendship.

    7. Shifty’s War by Marcus Brotherton is a great book about a man of character, determination, integrity who served in Easy Company of the 506th PIR - 101st Airborne (The Screaming Eagles). The man a quiet man was Sgt Darrell "Shifty" Powers, the legendary sharpshooter from the Band of Brothers. Shifty has described himself as a mountain man and hillbilly. He never aspired for greatness as the world defines it but in his own quiet way he was a capable leader who lead twelve other men and got the j [...]

    8. Shifty was in 3rd platoon, which is mentioned less than other platoons. He is a sharp shooter in Easy Company, and one of the few who miraculously didn’t get hurt during wartime. That’s we learned from Band of Brothers book or TV series. Band of Brothers book tells a general story of Easy Company, while here we focus on Shifty Powers. Written in first person, this book covers almost the entire life of Shifty Powers, ranging from childhood to elderly life. Here we can find why Shifty is good [...]

    9. A great readThis is the story of an uncomplicated man thrown into the turmoil of WWII but he takes it all in his stride. It's impossible to dislike him in any way. The writer takes you there right to the end. Sadly men such as shifty seem thin on the ground these days. Highly recommended.

    10. The book was great. It gives realistic view of the triumphs and tribulations of a man gone to war and the people who went with him. The war for him was over, he went home to live and start a life outside the military and the struggle to live a life after war.

    11. Brotherton's book took me by surprise. It has moved me in unexpected ways. For a first, it is one of the few books that told about a man's war long after its been fought. The way the book is written, too, is somewhat intriguing: Brotherton managed, through the use of various source and recordings, to credibly speak in lieu of Powers, using the I, and it is entirely believable. I'm rating this book a 5 stars not because of some incredible writing, but because it feels like peeking into the soul o [...]

    12. I really enjoyed this book, although it didn't provide as much information about his time in combat during WWII as I expected. Instead I got a rundown of the man's life, but it was written in such a way that you felt like you were sitting on your grandpa's porch and he was telling you stories. I have seen numerous interviews with Mr. Powers and I think that Marcus Brotherton really did a good job of getting down his speech patterns and dialect. This was written after Shifty's death based upon in [...]

    13. I really like how this book was written in first person even though it was a biography. This point of view allowed me to get a clearer image of the stories that were being told of Shifty and his time in the war. Unlike other biographies, it is very easy to read and understand. It is not full of boring drawn out facts on Shifty, on the contrary, it is as if Shifty is telling the story himself with context like “I thought the battle for Carentan was on again and sprinted down the rickety steps. [...]

    14. What a wholesome and heartwarming story! "A nation without heroes is nothing," the Roberto Clemente quote near the book's end, both captures my sensation as I read this volume and expresses the reason "Shifty's War," as well as other stories in the same genre, is so important to the virtues of patriotism, self-sacrifice, humility, and the preservation of liberty. In a culture that increasingly celebrates its celebrities, the story of real-life heroes, like Sgt Powers, provides a needed exception [...]

    15. I've read almost every book associated with the BOB. The fact that this book was written in the first person AFTER Shifty died is a noble but empty attempt on the author's part. I could not get a feeling that this is how Shifty would have actually written it. In fact there are many known BOB facts that are weaved into the story that we really have no idea if Shifty actually witnessed or how he actually would have described them. Sadly, I could not finish reading this book much past the events of [...]

    16. This book was not actually written by Shifty himself even though it is in first person. The introduction actually states while it was written in first person even though it was published after he had already died in 2009. But to me it didn't much matter. It was a good book. Shifty was a strong, brave man. He fought his for his country and saw more than any 21-year-old should see, and all he wanted was a live a quiet life. I highly recommend this book if you are interested in learning more about [...]

    17. i loved this book. the writing was very conversational and personal, as if you were reminiscing with shifty himself. he was a highly fascinating person and it provided an interesting perspective on easy company's campaigns as someone who was more in the sidelines. the only reservation i had was that this wasn't actually written by shifty despite it being told from a first person pov. it's an excellent book nonetheless and highly recommended for anyone interested in world war 2 and military histo [...]

    18. I enjoy reading about the regular guy who is put in extraordinary situations, and how he responds. Shifty's War fits well into this category. If you are a fan of the 'Band of Brothers' mini series, or the book, you will enjoy this very much. Marcus Brotherton does a great job in sharing what brought Mr. Powers to the defining period of his life, and how that affected him from that point on. I found the book very interesting, and it made me proud to live in a country which produces people of such [...]

    19. If you looked up the words humble and hero together I am sure it would come up with Sergeant Darrell Shifty Powers. A true gentleman and a hero.The book talks about what a sharpshooter he was and how he took out enemy snipers and thus saved lives on numerous occasions. Yet he maintained that there were better riflemen in the Band of Brothers airborne division. The positive effect he had on people all the way up to his death was amazing and this really adds to the enjoyment I had with the book. C [...]

    20. Notice it says "authorized" biography. Shifty already died before this book was written and I really feel the author took a LOT of liberties with this one. I'm a huge Band of Brothers fansad the book, read a lot of other biographies, but this is the first time I've been a little angry. It's not a true account of what he thought and what he was feeling during these moments in war. In fact, the author makes kind of clear that Shifty never talked about the war. So I'd recommend skipping it.

    21. If you've seen Band of Brothers, the first 3/4 of the book covers very familiar territory. Brotherton takes an interesting approach by writing a biography from a reconstructed first person account ("Shifty" Powers) that works very well. A good story and a fitting tribute to one among many young men and women who have willingly put themselves in harm's way for our country.

    22. This is a wonderful book relating the time Darrell "Shifty" Powers spent in Easy Company during WWII. The story of a typical veteran of that war, extremely reluctant to talk about what he experienced. In fact, until the HBO series, "Band of Brothers" came out, no one in his family knew anything other then he fought in Europe. Read it

    23. This is a biography of one of the men from Easy Company who was portrayed in the series Band of Brothers. It was interesting particularly in the first person narrative that the book uses. The after the war reading was a snooze though. I wish they had dedicated more time to the experiences in the field. This was one brave young dude!

    24. A great book! I liked the way author Marcus Brotherton wrote the book. It made me feel like I was on the front porch with Shifty drinking coffee listening to his stories. The authors stile made the book very personal for me.

    25. I connected with my father over HBOs Band of Brothers. Since then, I have been hungry for knowledge. I always want to learn more about Easy and this book left me feeling like I know Shifty. I feel like he told me all these stories over a cup of coffee. It's amazing!

    26. Doesn't hold up to Band of Brothers but interesting perspective through the eyes of a single individual from Easy Company. Warm, empathetic tone following Shifty all the way through Shifty's later years

    27. one of the best WWII books I've ever read. Exciting and folksy at the same time. What a wonderful man Shifty Powers was, bless him.

    28. Love this account of the story of 101st Airborne during World War II. I am humbled by these heroes, particularly Darrell "Shifty" Powers.

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