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Beyond Band of Brothers: The War Memoirs of Major Dick Winters

Beyond Band of Brothers: The War Memoirs of Major Dick Winters [Kindle Edition]

Major Dick Winters , Cole C Kingseed
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"Praised as an exemplar of leadership, [Winters] shows here what he did to earn that praise, and how he did it" (Booklist)

"[An] extraordinary memoir" (H. R. McMaster, author of Dereliction of Duty)

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The remarkable story of the Band of Brothers, told by its commanding officer

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 530 KB
  • Print Length: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Ebury Digital (21 July 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0055CS36G
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (93 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #43,837 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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63 of 63 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read 25 Aug 2006
I've read Band of Brothers, and watched the DVD (on numerous occasions). Reading this book continued my interest! It comes across loud and clear that although proud of his achievements during the war, he is very humble, and was just doing what he expected everyone else to be doing.

His views on leadership are very interesting, and anyone who looks after anyone, whether in business, sport or military should read it. Lead from the front and set the standards you expect, both at work, and in your personal time.

He is a quiet, personal and religious man, who has reflected very well on his past.

Good read, totally recommend it!
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A leader of the common man, in his own words 28 Aug 2007
You may recall the book by Stephen Ambrose, BAND OF BROTHERS, a unit history of E Company, 2nd Battalion, 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment from its inception in July 1942 to occupation duty in Austria after the Nazi surrender. Much of the story focused on Richard "Dick" Winters, who rose from Easy Company's 2nd Platoon leader to 2nd Battalion commander over the course of the war. Winter's character was played by Damian Lewis in the BAND OF BROTHERS TV miniseries produced by Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg for HBO, arguably the best small screen miniseries ever created.

BEYOND BAND OF BROTHERS (BBB) is the war memoirs of Dick Winters, written with a certain Colonel Cole Kingseed, the nature of whose contribution to the whole goes unexplained in the narrative. But, no matter, really.

BBB essentially follows, and ostensibly embellishes with insider knowledge, the history of Easy Company as outlined in the original book: training at Toccoa, GA and in southern England, the D-Day parachute drop into France, the slog through Holland, the Battle of the Bulge, the discovery of the Buchloe concentration camp, the capture of Berchtesgaden, and the post-surrender occupation duty in Kaprun, Austria.

Even with Kingseed's help, Winters is no Stephen Ambrose. His narrative, aided by a reasonably illustrative photographic section, is business-like and competent but not inspired. A glaring omission is the lack of battlefield maps, which would have been especially helpful for the D-Day, Holland, and Bastogne campaigns. And Winter's makes repeated reference to a mysterious "friend" back in the States, DeEtta Almon, with whom he carries on a sporadic and sometimes awkward correspondence. Is this the "Ethel" he married after returning home? Did I miss something?
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting 30 Aug 2009
I enjoyed this book and if you are a fan of the DVD series, Band of Brothers, or military history in general you will enjoy this book. The author is clearly not a writer but he tells it as it was and speaks from the heart on death, destruction and war. Major Dick Winters is loved by all the members of Easy Company and it's clear from this book why. He was a leader and led from the front. Of particular interest is Winters thoughts on leadership.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beyond a band of brothers - Major Dick Winters 30 Mar 2009
is an excellent read, Was glued to it, Couldn't put it down, The word hero is much overused nowadays, This man is a real hero ,, although he now avoids the 'limelight' He is - in my opinion a living legend and deserves a Congretional Medal of honour. There were (of course) other men & women that contributed to the War effort.. A great number losing their lives .. but those that survived need HUGE recognition. This book details just some of the real stories that we wouldn't normally get to know about...

Fantastic stuff.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating book..... 8 July 2006
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If you liked the Band Of Brothers TV series and want to know more about the influencial officer Richard "Dick" Winters, then this book will be of great interest to you.

I should say that the book refers to a lot of military references and phrases and if you are unfamiliar with some of the technical aspects of warfare etc, then you might find the book hard that respect you might be better reading Stephen E. Ambrose's "Band Of Brothers" book first.

As a reader you are taken through the life of Winters in the army, from training as an officer and then paratrooper training through his experiences in England, D-Day and through to the end of the war and being part of the army of occupation. Along the way the reader is given a good idea of what was going through Winters' mind in various situations and what it actually took to be a good leader in stressful circumstances, and he talks about his ideas on leadership and how he thought he shaped up to his own high standards.

At times the book becomes a little repetitive and is not always fluent, which is more down to the editing and structure given by the overwriter..and for that this book doesn't get 5 stars; you're left feeling it could have been presented much better. What is very clear once you finish reading this book though, is what a truly amazing man Richard Winters was, and given an insight on how a slightly shy and unassuming ordinary guy could take on the mantle he did with such dignity and authority, in turn earning the respect of every soldier that came into contact with him.
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good read but Ambrose got there first 16 Nov 2006
Dick Winters tells the story of Easy Company his way. Much has, however, been already told by Stephen Ambrose in his "Band of Brothers". The book adds little to that story other than Winters giving his own account of the pressures of leadership, a little on his formative years, a few more photographs, and an update on more members of the company who have sadly passed on in the past three or four years. The book is slightly let down by what appears to be sloppy editing which give rise to a few inconsistencies. However, nothing can prevent you from having great admiration for Winters and his comrades. There must be many more stories like this waiting to be told by many other wartime servicemen.
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2.0 out of 5 stars The CD Audio Version...
Beware, the tracks on disk number 6 are in random order, therefore completely spoiling the narrative. Read more
Published 12 days ago by Calypsopiper
3.0 out of 5 stars present
was a present for my husband, so don`t know how good or bad it was.
Published 16 days ago by Muriel
5.0 out of 5 stars just brilliant
A great read from a truly inspirational man! A must read follow on from Band of Brothers. Extremely thought provoking.
Published 1 month ago by Craig Richmond
3.0 out of 5 stars Adds a little to the original book, but I ...
Adds a little to the original book, but I found the philosophy hard going. Is this the same man that was portrayed by Damien Lewis & seen commenting on TV? Read more
Published 1 month ago by Sheldon Clark
5.0 out of 5 stars awe-inspiring.
If you loved the series you will love this. Major Dick Winters is one of the most humble, courageous and charismatic men telling an awe-inspiring story. Read more
Published 1 month ago by a j willday
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting read.
This book is a must read if you liked "Band of Brothers" it gives an insight to Major Dick Winters and the mutual respect he and his men have for each other forged through the... Read more
Published 1 month ago by William
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing man and inspiration to us
Bought as a fathers day present. Read a bit before. Amazing man and inspiration to us all
Published 2 months ago by andy
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Bought as a present
Published 2 months ago by k lawrence
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent book
Great book from a true hero
Published 2 months ago by Chris Harrison
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
This is a fantastic addition to the original book. Even now Winters inspires by his writing and his attitude. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Gerry
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