If you are not a big reader, like I am, then skip the books for now and watch the series. It is only ten episodes, and it is such as life-changing - but also life-affirming - experience. It was for me, at least. It is brutal, horrific, blood-thirsty and shocking, but if you desire to try and understand the human soul, it is second to none. It is a story of true heroes.
Speaking of heroes, I found out this morning that Major Richard D. Winters (who is portrayed in Band of Brothers by Damian Lewis) died on 2nd January 2011. If you have seen Band of Brothers then you will know what a loss this is and what a great man he was. Thank you, and Rest In Peace.