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Beyond Band of Brothers: The war memoirs of Major Dick Winters

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  • Posted November 8, 2008

    I Also Recommend:

    For those that liked the series, you must read this book. Also great for any WWII european theater history buffs.

    I have always been interested in the WWII european theater history, so the Band of Brothers series on HBO peaked my interest. The series did a great job of telling the story of the men that made up the 506 Easy Company. I found myself wanting more and waiting anxiously for the next episode to be released. At the conclusion of the 10th episode, I thought I had a good understanding of what the men went through. I almost did, until I read this book.<BR/><BR/>I found this book, almost by accident and could not put it down after I started reading it. The book is well written and tells the full story of the "Band of Brothers". The book actually adds a great deal of detail that was left out of the series. Dick Winters' stories keep pace with the series but offer insight that could not be imparted on the viewer through the television. There are pieces that were skipped or left out of the series that still allowed the series to be successful, however after reading this book and then reflecting on the series, almost every "chapter" of the series flowed much better.<BR/><BR/>This book will be a great read for anyone interested in this part of history. It will make for a fantastic read for anyone that was a fan of the series and wants to know more about the men, their story and how they became known as the "Band of Brothers".

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 13, 2008

    A Great Memoir and a Book on Leadership All in One

    Major Winters has written not only a fabulous memoir of his role as company commander of Easy Company and later a Battalion Commander of 506th PIR, but he has also woven into it his very personal story as well as a wonderful manual for leadership that every man in a leadership position should follow. Like Stephen Ambrose's original book, Band of Brothers, Winters takes us through his entire experience with Easy Company and the 506th PIR from the start of training at Toccoa to the end of the war. Many of the stories Winters tells are the same, but here we get the insights into an outstanding commander's mind--why he makes the decisions he does and what he bases them on. Winters gives us insights into the individual exploits and abilities of the company's most outstanding men and also into the leadership at the company, battalion, and regiment levels. We get the same gritty stories of combat and heroic deeds that made the original Band of Brothers book and TV miniseries so compelling, but now we also get inside the mind of the commander and learn the psychology and the strategy that really makes a combat team, or any team, work successfully under extreme stress. Winters closes the book with an update on the men at the time of writing, including some very moving personal letters. The last chapter is a brief exposition of leadership, closing with a one-page, 10-point summary of what makes a good leader under the heading, 'Leadership at the Point of the Bayonet.' The memoir is outstanding in every way, but this capstone chapter on leadership is of inestimable value. As I closed the book, I felt some of the same admiration for Dick Winters that his men must have felt. The world yearns for men of character and leadership, and when you've read his personal account, you'll recognize that this is the very personal inside story of a man's man--how he thinks, what he feels, and what makes him and his team so successful. Major Winters is clearly a gentleman and a leader of the finest caliber whose team achieved what they did because he was able to recognize and bring out the best in his men, and they in turn brought out the best in him and in each other. Do not miss this book. It may not have quite the polish of Ambrose's book, but it's more personal, more touching, and it's one of the best books about the war and combat leadership you will ever read.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 8, 2007

    A reviewer

    Mr. Richard Winters has finally told what was left out in Band of Brothers by Mr. Ambrose. Not intentionally, but perhaps for those who aren't combing over history with a magnifying glass. Mr. Winters provides this additional information not in a monotone dry-professor way, but almost like he's talking directly to you, like a grandfather telling stories to his grandchild, sitting on his lap. This book has earned its place on my bookshelf, and will so with yours.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 13, 2007

    A reviewer

    This book is Major Winters story of his experiences in the ETO. This book is awesome.The book isn't too grapic but I wouldn't recommend this to little children either.Love this book!!!!!!!!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 9, 2013

    boring

    boring

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  • Posted January 16, 2012

    Highly Recommended

    If you want the truth from the people who were actually there, this is the book for you!

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  • Posted May 7, 2010

    Great Leadership

    It's a must read if you're a student of leadership. Inspiring!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 12, 2009

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    A MUST READ FOR ANYONE WHO LOVED BAND OF BROTHERS

    I loved the Band of Brothers mini series. However this book is so interesting and goes more in depth than the series. You get to know the "Brothers" a little more. Once you read the book, watch the series again. It makes the DVD's even better than the first time. If you liked the series you will love this book. You will feel like you are their with the 506th. Great, great book!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 9, 2006

    Currahee!!!

    I mostly read strategy and tactical books which can sometimes be dry, boring and hard to get through. They usually go half-read, collecting dust on the bookshelf for years. This book was an easy read: cover-to-cover in less than a week. Major Winters is what a leader should be: humble, dedicated to his men, and a true team player in every sense of the word. Although you cannot compare war to business, those looking to climb-up the corporate ladder should take note. To quote Major Winters quoting General Eisenhower: 'Humility must always be the portion of any man who receives acclaim earned in the blood of his followers and the sacrifices of his friends.'

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 8, 2006

    Review of Beyond Band of Brothers

    The Book Beyond Band of Brothers, by Dick Winters explores the experiences of Easy Company, the 506th parachute infantry regiment. This book talks about Dick Winter¿s life and the stories of Easy Company fighting in Europe. Most of the book talks about the brave and courage¿s army men from the 506th fighting behind enemy lines. The war stories start with Dick Winters and his company being dropped into Normandy for the D-Day operations. After that they were fighting there way threw France to Germany trying to gain or hold their position. Some of the worst parts for Commander Winters were the Concentration camps, but then one of the best was when they finally made it to Berchtesgaden, Hitler¿s alpine retreat. All of these stories that were told by Dick Winter came from his war diary. This was the greatest book that I have ever read it shows me how much I should be thankful for what our soldiers did during these tuff times. The one thing that I did not like was that Commander Winter was too modest in telling the story, in my eyes I see him as a war hero, but he told his story as a humble man. This is a must read book, it shows how courage¿s our men where in fighting this war and how they saved millions over other people. This was the best book that I have ever read in my life, and I highly suggest that you read it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 3, 2006

    Wrong Title

    Title should have been Beyond Brave, these guys were 20 miles past Brave. Jump out of a plane, at night, behind enemy lines-just for starters. I am glad Major Winters, Easy Company and the 101st Airborne was on our side. This book is a gift to us from Major Winters. We can never forget what they did.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 31, 2006

    TRUE FREEDOM

    DICK WINTERS MEMOIRS 'BEYOND THE BAND OF BROTHERS ' IS ONE OF THE BEST AND MOST MOVING BOOKS THAT I HAVE EVER READ. IT SHOWS HOW ONE MAN LEAD A GREAT COMPANY TO VICTORY DURING WORLD WAR 2. HE WAS HIGHLY DECORATED AND EVEN LIBERATED A CONCENTRATION CAMP AND HE EVEN LED THE BAND OF BROTHERS. THIS BOOK EVEN HAS SOME OF HIS MANAGMENT PRINCIPLES THAT HE USED DURING THE WAR TO HELP HIS BRAVE MEN WIN THERE MANY BATTLES.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 3, 2006

    Fantastic read!

    This book was a great read for anyone who enjoyed the band of Brothers book or HBO mini-series and fell in love with Major Winters' gifted leadership of citizen soldiers in one of the highest decorated company's in WWII. Winters does keep it to the facts. Mr. Winters is not a intimate person, so you will not find much about his family after the war, or his childhood in this book. He keeps it mostly to his actions in the war, and takes you in to some of his tactical reasoning of them.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 21, 2006

    An exceptional memoir written by an extraordinary human being

    Major Winters holds nothing back here. What you thought you knew about E Company from 'Band of Brothers,' is told here in Winters' book, and them some. Very candid look into his early years, his role on D-Day, and susequent days thereafter. A definate must read for any WWII buff.

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