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Beyond Band of Brothers: The War Memoirs of Major Dick Winters Hardcover – February 7, 2006
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This volume is the next best thing to having this courageous, thoughtful, and exceedingly modest hero come and sit in your living room to tell you about the adventures and exploits of Easy Company. Time and again Dick Winters embodied the true spirit of the Fort Benning Infantry doctrine of "Follow Me."
Major Winters shares his reflections on the fighting and his tactics from Brecourt Manor and the Eagle's Nest. He is most proud of his unit's work at the Island. "In my estimation, this action by E Company was the highlight of all Easy Company's engagements during the entire war and it also served as my apogee as company commander," Winters tell us.
Major Winters is also quick to commend the gallant work of the men in his company, "The company belonged to the men-the officers were merely caretakers." In reading these pages it becomes abundantly clear that these citizen soldiers were magnificent caretakers of our freedom during some of the darkest hours of the 20th century.
"Leaving Easy Company was the hardest thing I had done in my life," the Major tells us. Putting his book down is pretty damned hard, too.
The storyline of "Beyond Band of Brothers" will be familar to many readers; Dick Winters adds context, perspective, and additional detail. Winters lacks Ambrose's gifts as a writer; his style is serviciable but undramatic. More importantly, however, Winters provides the "How to" of being a successful leader of a highly effective unit. Winters was highly professional, morally and mentally disciplined, physically fit, constantly learning about his job, and acutely attuned to the spoken and unspoken voices of his troopers. He was supported by a strong religious faith. As Winters progesses from enlisted volunteer through officer candidate, junior officer, commander of Easy Company, and ultimately a battalion command in the 506th Infantry, he allows us to see his growth as a leader. Winters is honest about his fears and concerns throughout the war, especially in late 1944 when many soldiers began to break down under conditions of sustained combat. Throughout the book, Winters' care and concern for his soldiers is clear. He was a hard but fair leader who sought to bring as many of his troopers back alive as he could.
This book is highly recommended to fans of the story of Easy Company, and to those looking for lessons in leadership from a man who was clearly an excellent leader.
As in a resent biography by Larry Alexander ( _Biggest Brother: ... _ ) Winters pens only a dozen pages of his early life before delving right into his military career. Winters was the product of many good influences in his upbringing: his family, Mennonite background, a strong work ethic, and no vices. Unlike Alexander's gallant attempt to penetrate his subject without much success, Winters' prose is down to Earth. The sense the reader gets of the words coming from the horse's mouth is reassuring, and holds one's attention. Also unlike Alexander's biography, Winters refers to the correspondence with his wartime pen-pal, DeEtta Almon sparingly.Read more ›
A truly compelling read from cover to cover, I recommend that everyone in America read this book, whether or not they even remotely care about what Winters and the 506th PIR went through. Not only does Major Winters tell his story, but he fills these pages with the important knowledge of skills you cannot learn except from practice. Major Winters was and is an excellent leader and role model, and truly defines the word HERO.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Excellent supplement to Ambrose's book and provides great insight into this extrordinary mans accomplishments.Published 18 days ago by Amazon Customer
If you saw HBO's Band of Brothers, you know who Dick Winters is. An excellent memoir from a true American hero.Published 1 month ago by John Claspill
Outstanding read. If you liked Band of Brothers, you will love this book.Published 1 month ago by JAMES PILSON
This may be the best WWII story ever told. Dick Winters had a unique combat skill of knowing almost immediately what to do when the shooting started. Read morePublished 2 months ago by B. MacLean
A must read for anyone in a position of leader or follower. Truly, these men were The Greatest Generation. Amazing!Published 3 months ago by Carol Tolbert