Biggest Brother: The Life of Major Dick Winters, The Man Who Lead the Band of Brothers

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"They were Easy Company, 101st Army Airborne - a fighting unit whose members became legendary in the annals of World War II combat for their bravery, their ability to get the job done against nearly insurmountable odds, and their unswerving loyalty to one another in the face of death. They were more than brothers in arms. They were a family. And there was one man to whom every soldier in Easy Company looked for leadership, guidance, the embodiment of courage, and devotion to duty: Major Dick Winters." "Here, for the first time, is the compelling
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Overview

"They were Easy Company, 101st Army Airborne - a fighting unit whose members became legendary in the annals of World War II combat for their bravery, their ability to get the job done against nearly insurmountable odds, and their unswerving loyalty to one another in the face of death. They were more than brothers in arms. They were a family. And there was one man to whom every soldier in Easy Company looked for leadership, guidance, the embodiment of courage, and devotion to duty: Major Dick Winters." "Here, for the first time, is the compelling story of an ordinary man who became an extraordinary hero. Winter's childhood in the rolling farmlands of Lancaster, Pennsylvania, taught him the core values of hard work and personal integrity that guided him, leading him to enlist at the outbreak of war and volunteer for the arduous training that forged the army's new Airborne division. His natural skill as a leader in combat elevated him into the higher ranks, where he felt an increasing responsibility for the lives of his men. After the war, he gradually adjusted to civilian life, but was reactivated to duty during the Korean conflict. Yet it was only decades later that worldwide fame and recognition - which he had never sought - were thrust upon him with the publication of Stephen E. Ambrose's Band of Brothers." Including interviews with family, friends, and fellow veterans of Easy Company, and the insight and knowledge only Winters himself could provide, Biggest Brother is the life story of a man who became a soldier, a leader, and a living testament to the valor of the human spirit - and of America.
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The commander of Easy Company, 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment, was the subject of Stephen Ambrose's Band of Brothers, the HBO miniseries made from it, and now this biography from a Pennsylvania journalist. Much of the book covers the same ground as the preceding work (Winters's command from Normandy through the Battle of the Bulge), but it also covers his youth in rural Pennsylvania, the Depression-era hardships he survived and the old-fashioned work ethic that stood him in good stead when he was drafted in 1941. Promotion eventually brought Winters to the rank of major and command of the 2nd Battalion of the 506th, and he was urged to stay in the army after WWII and again during Korea. But he settled down as a successful seller of livestock feed, raised a family and at the end of the book is still alive at 87. This straightforward study of the best sort of small-unit leader-fair, judiciously rewarding merit or the lack thereof, able to deal with a wide variety of people, leading from in front-is for the dedicated only. (May) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780451215109
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 4/26/2005
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.12 (h) x 1.24 (d)

Meet the Author

Larry Alexander has been a journalist and columnist for the Intelligencer Journal newspaper in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, for more than a decade, winning numerous awards for excellence in journalism. He grew up on the same street in the same town as Major Dick Winters, three decades later.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 11, 2007

    Fantastic!!!

    This is an amazing book. I have read Band of Brothers, this selection, and Maj. Winters' war memoirs. 4 times apiece. I've watched the series countless times. I've completely immersed myself into this company. I can see the men of E Company as I read any of these books. I develop an opinion of each one whether I like them or not. The author goes into great detail about Winters. I can't get enough of this man!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 19, 2006

    Wow!

    One of the best books I have read in a long time. Found it more interesting than the TV series, due to the fact that the author goes into more detail about the characters. Great work, excellent read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 12, 2005

    Amazing

    Very amazing story of a man and the people who surounded him through his history. It is a complete story of historical events that took place. The author makes you feel the emotions of the people who where near this man and why he was so likeable. I have not had a chance to read the 'Band Of Brothers' but after reading this book I feel the need to purchase it. I hope you enjoy the book as much as I have.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 11, 2005

    Great Follow-Up On Band of Brothers

    Larry Alexander has done an excellent job in writing about the 'biggest brother' of the Band. Looking at Richard Winters early life before entering Easy Company, his school years, some excellent insight on his leadership skills, comments on the other fellows in the 'Band' - Bill Guarnere, Lewis Nixon, Carwood Lipton and Bull Randleman. Goes into his life after WWII, his time at Nixon Nitrate, his call into the service during the Korean War, and how he met with Stephen Ambrose for the Band of Brothers book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 5, 2005

    Best Book i've read since Band of Brothers

    Right from the Start I was hooked. This is just a little more on Major Winters. I am on like Page 207 of like 285 and I've read that much in less then a week I got it the last Friday April 29th I think it was. I plan to have it done by Sunday since Sunday's the 60th anniversary Of V-E Day. This book is mostly all Major Winters but there's interaction and stuff about the rest of the battalion. Out of this and Band of Brothers I like this book better because it¿s shorter for one and it's almost just as well written but Stephen E. Ambrose has the better writing style I don¿t something about just shutting your eyes and imaging being there. This book also has a lot on winter's early life and about college and how he never swore growing up seeing he didn¿t need profanities to get his point across. I love this book its probably the best biography I've ever read

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