- Paperback: 320 pages
- Publisher: Ebury Press (21 July 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 009194158X
- ISBN-13: 978-0091941581
- Product Dimensions: 12.6 x 2.1 x 19.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (133 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 7,230 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Beyond Band of Brothers: The War Memoirs of Major Dick Winters Paperback – 21 Jul 2011
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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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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!
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?Read more ›
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 going....in 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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