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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by Dick Winters, Cole C. Kingseed
     
 

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

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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.

Editorial Reviews

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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780425208137
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
02/07/2006
Pages:
320
Sales rank:
158,494
Product dimensions:
6.38(w) x 9.34(h) x 1.13(d)
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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Beyond Band of Brothers: The War Memoirs of Major Dick Winters 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 29 reviews.
zukracer More than 1 year ago
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.

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.

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".
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!!!!!!!!!
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Prolific-readerAZ More than 1 year ago
If you want the truth from the people who were actually there, this is the book for you!
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Yeti_the_Roadie More than 1 year ago
It's a must read if you're a student of leadership. Inspiring!
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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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Guest More than 1 year ago
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.'
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.