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Beyond Band of Brothers: The War Memoirs of Major Dick Winters Audio CD – Audiobook, 1 Apr 2006

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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks; Unabridged edition (April 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0786170298
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786170296
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 2.5 x 15.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (150 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 967,143 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"There is a saying that 'Great leaders are born not made.' Such a man is Dick Winters... A beautifully written book about a truly great leader. This riveting read clearly reflects Dick Winters's solid character, great integrity, and unerring judgment in critical battlefield situations." Lieutenant General Harold G. Moore, co-author of We Were Soldiers Once...And Young

"Its modesty, its candor, and its insights into the nature of front-line leadership and the fears and behaviors of men in combat make this memoir a classic ranking with Charles MacDonald's Company Commander." Dennis Showalter, author of Patton and Rommel

"Dick Winters epitomizes the finest attributes of American citizen-soldiers .a poignant, riveting story with timeless application to the study of leadership in war." Colonel Lance Betros, Chairman, Department of History, U.S. Military Academy, editor of West Point: Two Centuries and Beyond

"Winters's leadership inspired his soldiers to fight courageously under the most difficult and challenging conditions of battle. [An] extraordinary memoir." H.R. McMaster, author of Dereliction of Duty: Lyndon Johnson, Robert McNamara, The Joint Chiefs of Staff, and the Lies That Led to Vietnam" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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The remarkable story of the Band of Brothers, told by its commanding officer --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Format: Hardcover
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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By Mr. Joe HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWER on 28 Aug. 2007
Format: Hardcover
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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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 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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Format: Hardcover
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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I am a huge fan of Band of Brothers. That is why I was so excited about this book. It was a bit of a let down for three basic reasons.

1. It is obvious he is not a writer. I can't fault him for that.
2. He did not really get into much detail as to what he did during the war.
3. He is a very humble person, that is very obvious. But he talks too much about how humble he is to the point of he doesn't seem humble. I think this relates back to the first point.

If you enjoyed Band of Brothers, this is a nice read. There is one quote from the series that he states again in the book that always gives me chills.

When his grandchild asked if he was a hero, he said, "No, but I served with heros."

He is an unbelievable man who did heroic things with other great Americans
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