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)
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.
Being an avid follower of Stephen Ambroses books and as such having read Band of Brothers many times as well as watching the series twice a year since release, I loved this book because while there were sections that were in the book (Band of Brothers), there was so much more detail about the life of the late Dick Winters, especially in the lead up to D-Day and after his time in the 506 PIR.
This firsthand account from one of the finest combat officers of the war, is more than worth the read, or listen. Those of you who saw or read Band of Brothers may find some of it redundant...however, it is direct from the man who led Easy Co. at Normandy through the Holland campaign, and eventually led 2nd Bn. 506th PIR through VE day. Leaders like Maj. Winters are few and far between...I highly recommend this heartfelt memoir. Very inspiring. Excellent reader.
An insightful enhanced look at what we now all know to be the "Band of Brothers". But I do think Mr. Weiner was the wrong choice for Mr. Winters' memoirs. He has a fine voice, and is certainly capable, but seemed to relish opportunities to display a French accent and was too over-the-top when quoting other characters, which mis-represents Mr. Winters.
I am nit-picking this, but it was a distraction to listen to.
Not bad, but would have been better with less patting himself on the back and putting others down for their "limited combat experience"
Dick Winters, how a man who depicts hinself as God-fearing, moral, courageous and a leader of men, could mercilessly evict innocent, war weary, victimized families from their own homes, on the eve of the allied victory, so as to self righteously enjoy a more comfortable command headquarters, is hypocritical and beyond me. You at once describe the vanquished German populace as pawns in Hitler's maniacal war, and as quicly display hubris, sufficient to justify a comfy bed, at the expense of a now homeless family. Shame on you for behavior, that could easily be construed as typically ugly and American. I've not been in combat, so perhaps I'm showing my naivete. Still, a show of grace and respect for another human being, is too much to ask, even in war time? I put the book down for the last time at that point. I was done with it, and with you.
This reviews much of the story told in the Band of Brothers. There isn't much new. Winter's personal perspective is interesting. He is as straight-laced an individual as is portrayed in the HBO movie.
Little was added to the work by Steven Ambrose. I had expected personal insight from Major Dick Winters but that was not forthcomming. Wait for the audible production of "Band of Brothers"
Dick Winters is clearly one of the bravest and best combat officers to ever have been described in WWII. That being said -- if you saw the HBO series and/or read the Ambrose book - this will be a series of repeats. If you have not - then I think you will find it excellent.
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