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

4.28  ·  Rating details ·  14,978 ratings  ·  611 reviews
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 pa

Hardcover, 304 pages
Published February 7th 2006 by Dutton Caliber
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May 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Tara by: Zella Kate
These impressively detailed memoirs recount Dick Winters’ extraordinary experiences in World War II while serving in the U.S. Army as an officer in Easy Company, 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment. Beginning with training at Camp Toccoa, Winters goes on to relate much of what he and his men endured throughout many historically significant events, most notably: D-Day and the Brécourt Manor Assault at Normandy, fighting at Carentan, Holland, and Bastogne (the Battle of the Bulge), and the eventual ...more
Jason Koivu
Sep 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
Major Dick Winters was a diligent soldier, caring humanitarian and just who you'd want to lead a troop of men into the worst of war zones.

He is most well-known from Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks' World War II miniseries Band of Brothers, which dramatized the valiant efforts of Easy Company, 2nd Battalion of the 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment of the 101st Airborne Division from D-Day through to the end of the European stage of the war.

Major Winters' memoir takes a brief glance at his youth
Aug 22, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Dec 30, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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
This was hard to rate independently from Band Of Brothers, in that having just read that book, much of this felt like review. I do think Beyond was a good read and added additional information, or in some portions clarified statements made in Band Of Brothers. I particularly enjoyed Winters’ describing what it felt like stepping out into nothing on his first jump, and how he spent his time between missions, which I feel is unique to his first hand account.

Major Winters was an inspiring individu
The rumours I'd heard about Dick Winters' WWII memoir were true for the most part: he is no writer, and he does often sound like he's humble-bragging. His account is very interesting, and valuable, but it reads as if he dictated it all on a recorder and then a secretary wrote it from the recording. Some veterans got a journalist or someone else to help with their memoirs, and such a help would have been great for Winters. ...more
Mar 22, 2009 rated it it was ok
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.

Phyllis Soybel
Jan 05, 2014 rated it really liked it
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
Fred Shaw
Apr 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is Major Dick Winters' war memoirs. A first hand account of Easy Company (E Company) of the US Army, 101st Airborne as they trained, traveled to England, readied for D-Day and parachuted into Normandy. Winters, as company commander, led his Band of Brothers through Normandy, the Battle of the Bulge and on to capture Berchtesgaden, Hitler's Bavarian retreat at the end of the war. Many people know of "The Band of Brothers" book by Stephen Ambrose and the movie of the same name. This book is D ...more
Doug DePew
Jul 18, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
Apr 07, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: wwii, biography, history
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
Jun 14, 2008 rated it it was ok
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. ...more
Jeff Mauch
Oct 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
It's no surprise whatsoever that I thoroughly enjoyed this memoir. The Band of Brothers miniseries is still one of my favorite miniseries, particularly the depiction of Dick Winters. You know watching the series that he was special man for a special time and it only becomes more apparent the more I've dug into his life, including this book. Some men were simply born to lead, Winters is just one of these men. It's clear he's also a man of reflection, which made this memoir all the more interestin ...more
Oct 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Excellent book! Definitely worth the read!
Haley S
So good! I read this just after finishing Band of Brothers. It was really awesome to read some more of the insights about Winter's perspective on some events.
Oct 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Excellent book!
Jun 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 5-books
I read this book to commemorate Memorial Day. Although MAJ Winters isn’t a writer, as many other reviews state...I thought this was an excellent memoir. Although, if you’ve read or watched Band of Brothers you may be familiar with some Easy Co stories.
This memoir gives you more insight into what kind of man Dick Winters was. I loved that he is utterly perplexed why people continually ask him about leadership and how he came to be so effective. His advice is: don’t ask people to do what you would
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
I read this for a book club focused on leadership and am inclined to review it in that light. I have not read or watched Band of Brothers, and that plus Winters's very spare prose left me feeling disconnected with the men of Easy Company, beyond the extraordinary nature of their deeds. And although Winters writes from the vantage of a man leading other men into battle on the frontlines of Europe, the book reads more as a set of case studies for a military history course than a compelling narrati ...more
Mike Kennedy
Nov 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: history
I listened to the audio version of this book. One of the hero’s of the screaming eagles, the famous paratrooper company from World War II. A lot of there fame comes from the HBO mini series Band of Brothers. Dick Winters resells stories and the history of the unit he lead from D Day until he was promoted to a positions overseeing more than just E Company. I really enjoyed this retelling, and this memoir was amazingly similar to the Band of Brothers mini series. That was surprising to me because ...more
Michael McCarthy
Jul 18, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This terse memoir of the famous “Band of Brothers” commanding officer is certainly no great work of literature, but it is a glimpse into the mind and heart of a man of unique integrity. Major Winters is just about as ideal of an American as one can find in the pages of history; they don’t make ‘em like this anymore.
“A leader should strive to be an individual of flawless character, technical competence, and moral courage.”

“I certainly didn’t raise hell [on leave in Paris]. Never did, and had
Jul 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: history, biographies
This is a great book that gives a deeper look into the story of Easy Company through the eyes of none other than Major Dick Winters. I loved HBO's masterpiece, Band of Brothers, and this book gives many added details that just makes the show even better. Only complaint I had was Major Winters talks so much about his own humility, he comes off as overly proud at times. ...more
Carl  Palmateer
Nov 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Started this on Veterans Day (observed), seemed appropriate, finally a sequel I like.

A great book, if it has any shortcomings it would be its inability to stand on its own. This really needs to be read after you have read Band of Brothers or seen the miniseries. It adds a lot of little details and fills out much. An excellent read you will not be disappointed in.
May 06, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: war, non-fiction
I'm really unsure if this is two or three stars for me. The leadership talk got on my nerves, like, we get it. ...more
Jul 29, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: world-war-ii
The Humble Memoir of a Proven Leader ..., July 26, 2011

While Stephen Ambrose may have originally introduced Easy Company to the world, it was arguably the mini-series that endeared us to the individuals that became known as the "Band of Brothers". And although the extraordinary deeds of this particular group of men have brought well-deserved attention over the last decade, I often remind myself that they are probably no more or less extraordinary than many other groups of soldiers, sailors, airm
Joe Vigil
Dang. And I thought some of my work days were tough. Nothing to complain about compared to this WWII commander and his boys. Anyone who is looking for the definition of a leader will find it in these pages. Lead from the front, Lead by example, Never ask your troops to do something you're unwilling to do yourself. This book is a must for any WWII buff. ...more
David Readmont-Walker
Apr 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Dick Winters. Band of Brothers. Legendary.
Nick Parkes
May 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Book 20 of 2019
Beyond Band Of Brothers
By Major Dick Winters
"Hang tough"

Two simple words on paper yet words that were pivotal to the men under his command.

The personal account to the incredibly loyal humble leader of Easy Company, 506th PIR Regiment, 101st Airborne Division.

A more in-depth look into the minds of certain characters and a more personal feel from the original "Band Of Brothers" by Stephen Ambrose". Such a joy to read and one I am left motivated and inspired to do more and
Jul 06, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: military-history
Lately I've found myself wanting to read memoirs from World War II because I've spent so much time studying American soldiers during the Vietnam War this past year that I have acquired some tunnel vision when it comes to figuring out what was unique/new about their experiences in comparison to those who served in prior wars.

Dick Winters' memoir tells a compelling story of a junior officer who spent his entire military career with 2nd Battalion of the 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment (PIR) of t
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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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“One day my grandson said to me, grandpa were you a hero in the war? And i said to him no I'm not a hero, but I have served in a company full of them.” 38 likes
“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.” 13 likes
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