They were called Easy Company, but their mission was never easy. Immortalized as the Band of Brothers, they suffered huge casualties while liberating Europe in an unparalleled record of bravery under fire. Dick Winters led them through the Battle of the Bulge, the attack on Foy, where Easy Company reached its breaking point, and finally into Germany, by which time each member had been wounded. Outside Munich, they liberated an S.S. death camp and captured Berchtesgaden, Hitler's alpine retreat.
Beyond Band of Brothers is Winters' memoir, based on his wartime diary, but it also includes his comrades' untold stories. Only Winters was present from the activation of Easy Company until the war's end. This is their story, told in his words for the first time.
©2006 Major Dick Winters and Brecourt Leadership Experience, Inc.; (P)2006 Blackstone Audiobooks
"Winters tells the tales left untold by Stephen Ambrose, whose Band of Brothers was the inspiration for the HBO miniseries." (Publishers Weekly)
Although this title does offer more insight into Maj. Winters personal experiences it also repeats a lot of what was in Band of Brothers.
The beginning states that one of the purposes of the book was to get more of the stories from the members of E Company, that Ambrose left out of his book for whatever reason, into print so that they would be told, well there are some very short quips and quotes but I don't remember any real stories other than what Mr. Winters relates about his own experiences.
Don't however get me wrong about the content it is informative and I think anyone interested in the history of WW2 and Easy Company will enjoy the book but I would have really liked to hear stories by other members related through Winters like Lipton, Compton, Rendleman, or any number of other members who I am sure have told stories to Winters and others but we have not heard them, maybe not but I am sure there are some.
Finally the end of the book and I don't want to spoil it for anyone but it really saddens me to learn of the passing of so many of these men in the past few years and I hope that thier families and friends were able to get to know what these men went through and to understand just what they did for us and everyone who lives in freedom today. Unfortunatly for me my father who served in WW2 passed away before I was old enough to ask about what he went through and all of his information was lost in the fire at the St. Louis archives back in the seventies. So if you have a relative who served talk to them listen to them and learn.
Much has been written about Easy Company of the 506 PIR. Although, Dick Winters restates alot of previous information, it was good hearing it in his own words. The best part of the book is after the war in Europe ends. This is all new material.
You just won't find many books like this in the world. An honest and sincere story from an American hero that has no agenda other than to capture the reality of Easy Company's unbelievable campaign through World War II. This is neither a glorification of war, nor a regretful reflection, but a clear narrative of dignity and purpose. Dick Winters is the most decent man I wish I knew.
If you think you knew who Dick Winters was, and admired him in Band of Brothers, you will truely enjoy this book... He introduces you to himself and then takes you on his journey with the men inside and out of Easy Company. A great inside look at the mind of genuine American Patriot.
I bought this book for my husband to listen to the following is his review....a review from a
Vietnam combat infantryman's point of view.
Major Winter's writings relates his personal feelings of Easy Co.;his trials as he lead men into loss of life,wounds and civilized life left behind forever.He did not feel he was born to lead but leadership came about on his experiences prior to the war. It is the infantryman who bears the harsh cruelty of war.Winter's gives insight into the infantryman and the men who must make the decisions.Those that have been in war will have moments of reflection,understanding and a quiet nod of the head.Brotherhood of infantryman is better understood,closer than blood family.It is men at their best hoping no one will ever have to do the same.Their duty is ultimatley to each other. Ambrose's writings are not repeated. Winter's gives deeper clarification.Europe was freed and ultimately us. Byron Adams
Not bad, but would have been better with less patting himself on the back and putting others down for their "limited combat experience"
I absolutely loved this audio book about Major Dick Winters and the outstanding job that Easy Company did in WWII. Thanks for this work to all who participated, and Special thanks to Major Winters for his service to this country.
I've listened to this book several times. Since it chronicles the same events as Band of Brothers, it had potential to be tedious, but it is not. It amplifies and clarifies Ambrose's book. It helps you "get into the head" of MAJ Winters.
It is well written and performed. I'm retired Army myself, but I was a "fobbit" -- I rarely had to do anything dangerous. These guys lived with danger, did their jobs and saved the world. I am glad there is a record of their deeds.
Have not read print version
Not sure there is one. Dick Winters was a superb soldier and human being.
Each character has his own identity and feeling about him.
To digest it takes time.
This book should be mandatory reading for all officers in the military. They would learn more about leadership than from any manual. I wish I could have read it when I was a Lieutenant.
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