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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

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They were called Easy Company—but their mission was never easy. Immortalized as the Band of Brothers, they suffered 150% casualties while liberating Europe—an unparalleled record of bravery under fire. Dick Winters was their commander—"the best combat leader in World War II" to his men. This is his story—told in his own words for the first time

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They were called Easy Company—but their mission was never easy. Immortalized as the Band of Brothers, they suffered 150% casualties while liberating Europe—an unparalleled record of bravery under fire. Dick Winters was their commander—"the best combat leader in World War II" to his men. This is his story—told in his own words for the first time.

On D-Day, Dick Winters parachuted into France and assumed leadership of the Band of Brothers when their commander was killed. He led them through the Battle of the Bulge and into Germany, by which time each member had been wounded. They liberated an S.S. death camp from the horrors of the Holocaust and captured Berchtesgaden, Hitler's alpine retreat. After briefly serving during the Korean War, Winters was a highly successful businessman. Made famous by Stephen Ambrose's book Band of Brothers—and the subsequent award-winning HBO miniseries—he is the object of worldwide adulation.

Beyond Band of Brothers is Winters's memoir—based on his wartime diary—but it also includes his comrades' untold stories. Virtually all this material is being released for the first time. Only Winters was present from the activation of Easy Company until the war's end. Winner of the Distinguished Service Cross, only he could pen this moving tribute to the human spirit.

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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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781101205662
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
02/07/2006
Sold by:
Penguin Group
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
320
Sales rank:
85,810
File size:
504 KB
Age Range:
18 Years

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From the Publisher
"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

Meet the Author

Major Dick Winters was born near Lancaster, Pennsylvania in 1918. A graduate of Franklin&Marshall College in 1941, he was one of the initial officers assigned to Easy Company of the 101st Airborne. Winters jumped into France on D-Day and commanded the unit now known as the Band of Brothers. Promoted to Captain and then battalion commander, he led his men through the Battle of the Bulge and captured Berchtesgaden, Hitler's Bavarian retreat. Released from military service in November 1945, he returned briefly to active duty during the Korean War, then spent his life on a small Pennsylvania farm and was a highly successful businessman. Now eighty-six years old, Winters is popular on the lecture circuit and has found the peace and quiet he promised himself as he lay down to catch some sleep on June 6, 1944—D-Day.
Cole C. Kingseed is a thirty-year Army veteran who served in a variety of command and staff positions. He earned his M.A. in national security and strategic studies from the U.S. Naval War College and his Ph.D. in history from Ohio State. He taught at West Point, where he served as chief of military history for four years. Kingseed is the author of thirty-seven articles on corporate and military leadership and such books as Eisenhower and the Suez Crisis of 1956 and Old Glory Stories: Combat Leadership in World War II. He is president of his own leadership consulting firm, The Brecourt Leadership Experience, Inc., whose clients, to name a few, include General Electric, FreddieMac, International Paper, and Bayer Corporation.

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Guest More than 1 year ago
I have long considered myself a student of history, and wiith my father having served with the 1st Infantry Division in WWII books dealing with the average GI have the most interest for me. Like many others my wife and I watched the fine HBO film 'Band of Brothers' by Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks, I then rushed out and purchased the book. This year my wife gave me Major Winters novel and I found it extremely well written. First of all I want to take this opportunity to thank Major Winters, and all the men of Easy Company for all they did to give us the freedoms we all share today! Major Winters has given us a outstanding piece of history as seen from the eyes of the average soldier, done in a manner that is such an easy read and yet is so compelling you can barely put it down. I STRONGLY SUGGEST that ANYONE who ENJOYS books based on WWII to READ this one!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Truly regretful that it has taken so long for the story of these brave men to be told. I will soon conclude reading this book twice. The last chapter on leadership is inspiring and might be the best section in the book. The world owes a great deal to men like Dick Winters, William Guarnere, Carwood Lipton,and countless others whose names we will never know. If you liked 'Band of Brothers' by Steven Ambrose, you will like this book more!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Major Winters fills in the details of Easy Company's trek from boot camp to the end of World War II. He was respected by his men and I think you will get an insight to why they followed him in battle.
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Highly recommend
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One of the best books I have ever read on Word War II. Major Winters is a true American hero!
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Offers an excellent perspective into the thoughts behind Dick Winters actions.
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I so respect Winters. I thought this book wad great!
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LongrifleTB More than 1 year ago
A TRUE AMERICAN>>>RIP Major Winters..
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