Beyond Band of Brothers: The War Memoirs of Major Dick Winters Audio CD – Audiobook, 1 Apr 2006
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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.
The remarkable story of the Band of Brothers, told by its commanding officer --This text refers to the Paperback edition.See all Product Description
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Top Customer Reviews
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.
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
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A superbly written and accurate description of all the brave men in Easy Company. Major Winters still refuses to acknowledge his own true leadership and heroism in this book.Published 26 days ago by Tommy
An amazing insight into the character of an incredible leaderPublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Not too many surprises compared to the TV series but still a very worthwhile read on leadership and in particular leading by example.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
What else can be said which hasn't already been told in the multitude of 5 star reviews given to this book. Read morePublished 1 month ago by C. D. Godfrey
Words cannot express the ability and achievements of this exceptional human being. And so unassuming. Always credited his own troopsPublished 1 month ago by Terry Hern
A very interesting read for any fans of World War 2 history or the television series.Published 1 month ago by Mike
I had recently rewatched the box set of Band of Brothers and had read the Stephen Ambrose book on which the series was based. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Elizabeth M.