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

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The story behind Stephen Ambrose's Band of Brothers.-Booklist In every band of brothers, there is always one who looks out for the others.... They were Easy Company, 101st Army Airborne-the World War II fighting unit legendary for their bravery against nearly insurmountable odds and their loyalty to one another in the face of death. Every soldier in this band of brothers l ...more
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Published May 2nd 2006 by New American Library (first published April 26th 2005)
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Dec 03, 2012 Todd rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I will say straight out that this review is prejudiced since Dick Winters is one of my all time favourite heroes. Frankly the book could have been poorly written and I am not sure I would have cared but the book is well written and serves as a wonderful companion to anyone who loved "Band of Brothers". Dick Winters embodies what Tom Brokaw so aptly described as the 'Greatest Generation' and the world is a lesser place with his passing.
James Christensen
Jan 14, 2010 James Christensen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: biography, history, ww2

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

written by Larry Alexander, '09, (hist/bio)

Best read after reading "Band of Brothers" by Stephen Ambrose. Winters was an exceptional leader of Easy Company, 101st Army Airborne, from D-Day, Normandy, to Market Garden, Holland, to Battle of the Bulge, Bastogne, Belgium, on to Berchtesgaden, Austria. He was a non-drinker, non-fraternizer, no-nonsense man of Mennonite descent but
Nov 14, 2015 Kirstine rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have to say it is an excellent read. I can recommend it for everyone who wants to know more about Richard Winters, as a person, a soldier and a man.

I picked this book over Winters own (for now, I might still read that), simply because it seemed like it would be better, and perhaps because I often prefer biographies when they're written by someone other than the person they're about.

Larry Alexander did a great job. The book keeps you interested all the way through, it's brilliantly paced, somet
May 20, 2008 bkwurm rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a biography of Major Richard Winters, the commanding officer of Easy Company.

An interesting book to read after Band of Brothers as it deals largely with the same events but from Winters' perspectives. You learn what he thought about, for example, Speirs, the officer believed to have killed POWs in cold blood and who eventually took over command of Easy Company.

One interesting factoid I picked up was the fact that Operation Market Garden may have failed, not because Montgomery ignored war
Jan 04, 2010 Mandie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ww2, bio
By the time that I read "Biggest Brother", I had already finished reading "Band of Brothers", "Beyond Band of Brothers: The War Memoirs of Major Dick Winters" and many of the other fine books written by and about Easy Company, and I was worried that it would just re-hash facts that I was already familiar with. There was a bit of repetition from the other books, but there was so much more! For me, the letters between Winters and his pen pal DeEtta were the best part. I thought that they served to ...more
Abby Jones
Apr 13, 2015 Abby Jones rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It's hard for me to not automatically give everything relating to Band of Brothers five stars, but this book truly deserves it. It tracks in great detail Winters childhood, time at war, and life after the war. If you've read some of the memoirs of other Easy Company men and wished they had spent more time on battles than read this book. It's filled with detailed information about each battle from beginning to end. But more than that it is about the man who led Easy and then worked to preserve it ...more
Meirav Rath
Dec 23, 2007 Meirav Rath rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: World war 2 buffs, history buffs, Band of Brothers fans
Shelves: world-war-2
You were perfect, weren't you, Mr Winters? Nothing you ever did was wrong (rather, General Taylor was always wrong) and everyone loved you. The Brits were appalling, the French and the Russians never existed; it was only you and the whole American army who won that war. The whole D-Day invasion lay on the balance of your action in Bercot Mannor.
Ugh, ugh, ugh, ugh. If you're easily sickened by American kitsch you better leave this book alone; someone's been praised way, way too many times to b ab
I'm certain there are others like me who watched "Band of Brothers," tried to follow up by reading the book, and then stopped because the series had done such a great job of telling the story (I experienced this with "Schindler's List," too, to be fair). My father, however, bought me a copy of "Biggest Brother," so I felt compelled to at least give it a shot. Written by a journalist from Dick Winters' home state, this book is, I think, written for folks in the aforementioned frame of mind. After ...more
Jul 02, 2016 David rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3 stars, because while it is not a bad book it really doesn't bring much to the table about the man.

I had watched the exceptional mini series and like most people became instant fans of E Company and their commander. Bonus points that Major Winters hails from the same place I do, as does the author. With such familiarity and personal relationship between the author and subject I expected great things. The book, unfortunately, fails to deliver much depth. I completed the volume without getting mu
Feb 04, 2015 Kevin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Alexander's biography of Major Richard Winters covers the man's entire life, from his childhood in Pennsylvania, through his military service, and his life afterwards. Biggest Brother offers a more complete picture of the man than the one in Stephen Ambrose's book Band of Brothers: E Company, 506th Regiment, 101st Airborne from Normandy to Hitler's Eagle's Nest, or the miniseries. While both of those are excellent, and I highly recommend them to anyone with even a passing interest in the Second ...more
Peter Cimino
Mar 26, 2014 Peter Cimino rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If you are a fan of the Band of Brothers, both the book and the epic HBO Mini-series, this read is a must! Major Dick Winters is without question one the true heroes and leaders of men to ever put on a military uniform. He is a genuine one of a kind.....a natural born leader and soldier. This story follows Winters from childhood through his military service in WWII to his return to civilian life right up through the making of Band of Brothers.
If you want know what true leaders are made of - rad
May 25, 2011 Connor rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Biggest Brother is no question, one of the best books I’ve ever read. I was constantly on edge and felt as if I was there with the paratroopers of the 101st. I think the author portrayed those men’s experiences fairly well, I felt all of the emotions that Dick Winters seemed to feel: Anger, fear, anguish, and relief. I’ve always liked books and stories about the World War II time period, mainly because it is the largest war in the history of mankind, but this book was definitely the best on ...more
Steve Parcell
Apr 20, 2015 Steve Parcell rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fascinating insight in to Major Dick Winters who led the "Band of Brothers" the 101st Airborne Division into France on D Day and then across Belgium and Holland and ultimately Germany.
The man is quite simply a hero of the 20th century and led his men by example and high moral values in the face of terrors we can never imagine.
The book is well written and creates a more vivid picture of Winter and also describes him before and after the war. A more humble and thoroughly decent man you will never
Monte Lamb
Feb 03, 2011 Monte Lamb rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: world-war-ii
This book filled in a lot of information about Major Dick Winters who famously led THE BAND OF BROTHERS in the book and television series. It is impossible for me to read anything about Major Winters without feeling awe and admiration for him and how he handled himself in the war. This book is not nearly so well written as BAND OF BROTHERS but it does fill in a lot of details about his personal life before and after the war. It brings several things together from the earlier book, particularly h ...more
Anyone who has read Band of Brothers or watched the HBO miniseries would have to be lacking in any judgment of character if they did not instantly fall in love with Major Dick Winters. Still highly respected by nearly anyone who comes in contact with him, Winters personifies leadership. Larry Alexander has provided an excellent biography of Winters, paying attention to his life before enlisting in the Army and after, including the portion where he led the men of the 506th Parachute Infantry Regi ...more
Chad Simons
May 08, 2014 Chad Simons rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book goes beyond the story we all know from the Mini-series and book, and digs more into the life and thoughts of Easy Companies great leader. I am so inspired by Major Winters, I can't even describe it. This book is an amazing read. One of my favorites for sure.
Daniel Cohen
May 09, 2015 Daniel Cohen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The story held my attention throughout. Mr. Alexander is a fine writer who provided wonderful details to the story. Well researched and very well edited.
Mark Ott
Dec 25, 2012 Mark Ott rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed reading Biggest Brother. I loved how Alexander focused on the relationships Winters had with his men and the people around him. Although many of the war scenes were replayed from Band of Brothers, this time through seemed to focus more intently on Winters reactions. I especially enjoyed the last chapters, focusing on his connection to Ambrose, and later, his opinions on Hanks and Spielberg. Winters leadership style was present in my Career in the Army. Always getting to know my soldier ...more
Craig Zevin
Jun 23, 2015 Craig Zevin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great accompaniment to BOB, better for those dedicated to the 506 than your average reader.
Joe Owen
Mar 09, 2014 Joe Owen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Outstanding book about the remarkable Major Dick Winters the CO of 506th PR Company E.
Apr 09, 2016 Buckaroo rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I've read the "Band of Brothers" book 4 or 5 times now, and it's amazing to me what these guys went through, and many, many more men in the military. Someone told me I should read this book and I was in a crowd of people right then, when 5 heads shot around and told me I had to read this book at the mention of it. I'm very happy I read this, and would read it again. I'm very thankful for men like Winters, and the men of E company. Winters comes to mind often while I'm at work when I get into som ...more
Alan Lemke
Great read about the man who was the rock who guided Easy Company in WWII
Chris Muck
Feb 23, 2015 Chris Muck rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Liked the fact that it deals with much of the before and after life of Dick Winters. Felt that I got to know him as a person, and not just the leader of Easy company
Feb 05, 2014 Sam rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
great story of a well-respected and fearless leader.
Bruce Ashby
Jan 16, 2016 Bruce Ashby rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Thoroughly enjoyed this book. Fastest I have read one in a while.
Alex Rennick
The narrative style used to tell the life of Major Winters was, at times, jarring on the grounds that it skipped around the century. References to post-war events and facts were mixed in with siege details and that had the effect of pulling me out of the narrative more often than not. Overall, the sequencing of events was stable and the author wrote with the bias of Winters and not his own opinions (there are some exceptionally rare moments where this was not so). An excellent insight into his l ...more
Stewart Peterson
Jul 04, 2016 Stewart Peterson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great read.
Feb 16, 2015 John rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: world-war-ii
A good read
James Knight
The book is not about the life of Dick Winters but his experiences during WWII and some limited coverage of his life post WWII. Little personal development and almost no family development. The focus was about his experiences during WWII and not much else. Beyond that, one has to say he was a great leader, courageous at times and extremely mature for his age. The book never discusses why he was not given the rank he deserved for his exploits, nor his relationship with Col. Sink.
Jan 21, 2012 Dale rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An enjoyable memoir of Dick Winters' life, mostly focusing on his time in the military. Dick Winters is one of the main focuses of the splendid HBO mini-series Band of Brothers and the Stephen Ambrose book by the same name. Throughout, Winters gives open and honest assessments of fellow officers and soldiers, and training levels of replacements soldiers and Korean War soldiers...

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Larry Alexander is a journalist and military historian who has written a number of books about World War II, most notably about Easy Company of the 101st Airborne Division of the U.S. Army. Easy Company was made famous principally by Stephen Ambrose's book, Band of Brothers, and the television miniseries of that name.

For over a decade, Alexander has been a columnist for the "Intelligencer Journal"
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“The 101st was trucked to Utah Beach on July 10, seeing from the land what they had seen from the air the night of June 5: hundreds of ships sitting off shore as far as the eye could see. Smaller boats, LSTs, LCMs and other craft carrying men and supplies plied the waters between the ships and the sand. “It took your breath away,” he recalled. Winters saw something else he had not seen for more than a month, a sight that literally brought tears to his eyes: the American flag. In 2003, the memory still left him choked up. “I didn’t realize how much the American flag meant to me,” he said.” 3 likes
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