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Beyond Band of Brothers: The War Memoirs of Major Dick Winters

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Winters' memoir, based on his wartime diary, includes the untold stories of his comrades--the Band of Brothers who suffered 150 percent casualties while liberating Europe.
Hardcover, Large Print, 509 pages
Published November 1st 2006 by Thorndike Press (first published January 1st 2006)
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Brent
Aug 22, 2008 Brent rated it liked it
I am a huge fan of Band of Brothers. That is why I was so excited about this book. It was a bit of a let down for three basic reasons.

1. It is obvious he is not a writer. I can't fault him for that.
2. He did not really get into much detail as to what he did during the war.
3. He is a very humble person, that is very obvious. But he talks too much about how humble he is to the point of he doesn't seem humble. I think this relates back to the first point.

If you enjoyed Band of Brothers, this is a n
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Betty
I really enjoyed reading the story of Easy Company through Major Winter's eyes. I can see why other people think he has false modesty, but I thought it was good anyway. But how could you write a story about yourself and your role in the war, and NOT tell what other people said about you? I think that was why he felt obliged to always say that he "never thought of himself" as hero. I have never read Band of Brothers, but am a big fan of the movie. I really enjoyed all the details not given in the ...more
Katy
Dec 30, 2008 Katy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
Recommended to Katy by: Dad
I read this during a vacation in France... we were able to visit Normandy and had a personal tour of the beaches and the german and American cemetery. It was an extraordinary experience. I already new the Hollywood version of the story from the Band of Brothers mini-series (which I recommend for EVERYONE)... but I liked reading the actual story from Major Dick Winters. This man is a humble hero and served with heroes. Whether you want to go into the politics of whether it was the right decision ...more
Eric_W
Aug 31, 2012 Eric_W rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I am willing to grant, I guess, that Winters was a remarkable leader, but in this ghost-written autobiography he comes across as a sanctimonious prig. He gets leave in Paris then complains that he learns too much about the construction of the Eiffel Tower because it doesn't help him as an infantry officer. He refuses to drink or get laid or do all the things everyone else was doing because he didn;t want to disrespect his unit, his army, his family, his country, etc., etc. blah blah, blah.

Compar
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Doug DePew
Jul 18, 2011 Doug DePew rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone interested in military history or leadership
Recommended to Doug by: History Book Club
Major Dick Winters was a very humble man, and it is a pleasure to read the story of Easy Company in his own words. The writing and narrative are marvelous in this first person account of what it was like to serve in the proud unit. It is almost strictly an account of the military actions of E Company, 506th PIR in World War II, but it does delve more deeply into the personalities making up Easy Company. "Beyond Band of Brothers" shares many stories that were not included in the original book or ...more
Phyllis Soybel
Jan 05, 2014 Phyllis Soybel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As other reviews have said, Winters is not a writer by training; anyone who has seen Band of Brothers remember the typing the scene as he is trying to do after action reports. However, as a complement to Ambrose's book, this memoir serves its purpose. I think it is clear from interviews Winters did prior to his death, he never saw himself as a hero and he was never out to make this story of the Screaming Eagles and Easy Company about him. it was about the men with which he served. He did them ju ...more
T.j. Durkin
After reading Band of Brothers by Stephen E. Ambrose and watching the HBO series based on it I gained an even greater respect for the men and women on the front lines, and I was truly fascinated by the courage portrayed by the men of Easy Company and their leader Major Winters. I always found Major Winters to be particularly fascinating and I was curious about how he was able to be so comforting to his men when they needed it and yet so completely unwavering in the face of death. Beyond Band of ...more
Nicole
Jun 22, 2008 Nicole rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
If I could only read one book about Band of Brothers, this surprisingly would NOT be it. Though I admire Winters and believe he truly loved the men he served with, I don't think he conveys himself or his story very well in his writing. At times, he even seems to patronize his men. Though it was an interesting read, it is not a book that I would reread or recommend unless you are very interested in Band of Brothers. I would suggest the book by Bill Guarnere and Babe Heffron over this one.
Courtney Umlauf
War brings out the worst and the best in people. Wars do not make men great, but they do bring out the greatness in good men. War is romantic only to those who are far away from the sounds and turmoil of battle. For those of us who served in Easy Company, and for those who served their country in other theaters, we came back as better men and women as a result of being in combat, and most would do it again if called upon. But each of us hoped that if we had learned anything from the experience
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Paul
Dec 18, 2011 Paul rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's an excellent book! I always like to read books by or about great leaders, and this book is one of them. Major Winters story was first told by Stephen Ambrose in his book, Band of Brothers, and then Winters wrote this book from his own perspective. Winters' Ten Principles for Success, which he called Leadership at the Point of the Bayonet:
1. Strive to be a leader of character, competence, and courage.
2. Lead from the front. Say, "Follow me!" and then lead the way.
3. Stay in top physical shap
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Jess
Apr 07, 2012 Jess rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history, biography, wwii
I enjoyed Band of Brothers - the book and HBO mini-series - so I was interested in reading more about Richard Winters and Easy Company.

The book held some interesting content particularly the first three chapters before the invasion and the last few chapters detailing life after the war. Some other reflections on decision making as a military leader and on being a leader in general sprinkled throughout the book were also of interest. However, stylisticaly the book is a little boring as both a wa
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Hamish Davidson
Dec 21, 2015 Hamish Davidson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: war, europe
It is fascinating to follow the history of the famous Easy Company through the eyes of one of its finest. He contributes many personal side stories and comments on personnel. If you have seen HBO's Band of Brothers, many of the combat stories will sound familiar, but I most enjoyed learning what Major Winters drew from the war in terms of wisdom. He was most definitely a confident and inspiring leader.
Mari
Words cannot explain how much I was waiting from this book. I'm absolutely fascinated for WWII and Major Winter is, undoubtedly, the most intriguing figure could found.
I was expecting some transcendental discovery capable of explain why he and his company was so amazing, but this book was so much more! A moving history about how one single man did everything he was capable to achieve impossible tasks in the most difficult time of history of the world.
His lessons about leadership will be forever
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Jeff
Apr 28, 2015 Jeff rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2015
Listened to this audiobook from the library, using Hoopla.

I had always liked the Band of Brothers story, both in book form by Stephen Ambrose and the Tom Hanks mini-series. Its the story of Easy company; part of the 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division. In Band of Brothers, there isn't any real main character, other than the company itself. Dick Winters did, however, emerge as an important person (in my mind), not only as the ultimate commander of the company but as an int
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Chris
May 08, 2014 Chris rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I rather enjoyed this. Having enjoyed Band of Brothers and having read the book it was based on, I have started to gather as many biographies and autobiographies of Easy Company men.

It is clear that Dick Winter's didn't really consider himself doing anything out of the ordinary, just his job, which was to lead his men and bring them home. And he evidently did all he could to ensure that he would get home himself and so would as many of his men as possible. It is also clear that, whilst not needi
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Dr.J.G.
Some episodes of history are more than unforgettable, they are thrilling every time one thinks of them. One such is the battle of the bulge, when the allied forces were further out than could be logistically supported and German forces unexpectedly turned around to strike back, and the allies were surrounded on almost all sides with almost no option but to surrender or be massacred - and yet the commander famously replied "nuts" to the proposal of surrender from the Germans, barely taking the ci ...more
Jonathan
Apr 07, 2015 Jonathan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Beyond Band of Brothers was written by Major Dick Winters. Major Dick Winters went to college after high school, and joined the U.S. Army in WWII. It is a story about his experience while he was in the 101st Airborne Division as a commander in WWII. He tells stories about the heroism of the men in his company, and recounts things that happened during the battles, such as the struggles, strategy, and accomplishments. He describes his life before and after the war and how it affected him. I would ...more
John
Jan 25, 2016 John rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's hard to imagine anyone who has seen the "Band of Brothers" miniseries to not have been deeply affected by it. At the very least, it immediately made me want to read the book upon which it was based. I haven't yet, but likely will eventually. I thought I would instead start with the personal memoirs of the soldier who was the main focal point to see what a personal account of the war would be like. Other than the occasional anecdote and personal reflection, this basically amounts to a recap ...more
Ikram Mohd noor
Jun 15, 2015 Ikram Mohd noor rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When I went trough a lot of WW2 memoirs written by the veterans, one thing was really consistent among them: humbleness.

This is quite different when reading the memoirs of recent conflicts like Iraq and Afghanistan, most of the books written in form of some arrogant and 'holier than thou' atmosphere. But of course there is some exceptions like One Bullet Away by Nathaniel Fick and many others.

But for WW2 veterans, there is something special about them. How they respect others in their books, re
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Kym
Apr 29, 2015 Kym rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read Major Winters' book just after finishing Band of Brothers by Stephen E. Ambrose. Band of Brothers was well- researched, well- written, and an enjoyable read. Major Winters' account of E Company is a great companion to Band of Brothers. His book read like you were listening to a veteran recalling his experiences in war, which is exactly what Beyond Band of Brothers is. It is not a text book and it is told from his perspective. He had it organized, he's a good story-teller, and he had a lot ...more
Hussam
Jan 23, 2016 Hussam rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A riveting tale of the men of Easy Company of 506 PIR seen through the eyes of their company commander. It has got important lessons of leadership, courage in the face of heavy odds and the bond which binds men who have shed blood together
Shoshannah
Aug 11, 2015 Shoshannah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"The shadows are lengthening for those of us who fought in World War II. In the twilight of our lives, our thoughts return to happier days, when we struggled together not as individuals, but as a team--a team that willingly sacrificed itself to protect its members" (p. 291).

Perhaps I should have waited a few days to write this review, as I'm still digesting what I read about the fate of each man who served in Easy Company (translation: I'm still crying). I've read some other reviews on here that
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Hugh
Dec 08, 2009 Hugh rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Interesting only if you are a fan of the "Band of Brothers" book or HBO series.

The problem is that if you are a fan of either, then you probably know most of what's in the book.

HHH
Abigail
Jun 18, 2014 Abigail rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was a fantastic book. I listened to it via Audiobook from my local library. (Can I express my love for local libraries?) I am a major history buff and have always loved the story of the 101st Airborne Division.
Major Dick Winters really was a great leader. He lead by example. Always. Being one who has seen the HBO miniseries of the Band of Brothers at least four times, it was enlightening to hear the perspective and details from Major Winters on stories that were already told in the miniser
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Tionne
Feb 11, 2013 Tionne rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great book of a great man. He really is one of a kind. Great way to follow up Band of Brothers.
Keiran Mclaren
Nov 10, 2014 Keiran Mclaren rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A great book from a great leader, Dick Winters. This book covers the finer details of the mini series "Band Of Brothers". This is an honest recap of a terrible time of World War 2 and the famous East Company. I am a huge fan or the Retired Major Dick Winters and what he did during Works War 2, I also found that way he managed his men and the respect he received from his men was outstanding and this can only happen in times of war with a natural strong leader.

A very good read and I found it very
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Chad Simons
May 08, 2014 Chad Simons rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I could read books about Easy Company back to back to back. As many as they can make and write, I will read, especially if Major Winters is involved. The great thing about this book that makes it different from others is that Major WInters is the author. He is able to add his insight and perspective. His thought processes in his decision making. He even offers advice and things to do to be a great leader. I love this generation of men and what they did to make our Country what it is today. If on ...more
Matt Randall
Sep 11, 2015 Matt Randall rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a really interesting look behind the curtain of band of brothers. He states in the beginning of the book that he felt like so many stories were left out of the TV series that he felt like he had to put all this information into a book.
Being a fan of the series, I must say that this is a must read for anyone who wants to know more about easy company and their exploits from training to the Eagles Nest. The plot of the book follows the general outline of the TV series, but is weaved with m
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James Montgomery
It is a decent book, and a subject that is very dear and important to me, but by the twentieth time Winters discusses his "humility" it comes across as anything but. That said, nobody is perfect and it remains an interesting historical account. Sometimes I wondered how it was that if Winters was so involved in helping to provide info for Band of Brothers and so revered both Ambrose and his men, how he could have allowed some of the inaccuracies to stay in that work - or at least not point them o ...more
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Major Richard "Dick" D. Winters was a United States Army officer and decorated war veteran. He commanded Company "E", 2nd Battalion, 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division, during World War II.

Winters parachuted into Normandy in the early hours of D-Day, and fought across France, Belgium, the Netherlands, and eventually into Germany. Later in the war, Winters rose to command th
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“I certainly didn’t feel like writing anymore. I couldn’t explain why, but the only emotion that I could arouse were feelings of anger and after staying mad all day and half the night, I was just plain tired. Mad at what? Just about everything, for just about everything was done wrong or it wasn’t done perfectly. Since nothing but perfection was acceptable, I stayed mad.” 8 likes
“Lastly, ''Hang tough!'' Never, ever give up regardless of the adversity. If you are a leader, a fellow who other fellows look to, you have to keep going.” 0 likes
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