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Beyond Band of Brothers: The War Memoirs of Major Dick Winters | [Dick Winters, Cole C. Kingseed]

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

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.
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Publisher's Summary

In war, great commanders lead soldiers into hell to do the impossible.

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

What the Critics Say

"Winters tells the tales left untold by Stephen Ambrose, whose Band of Brothers was the inspiration for the HBO miniseries." (Publishers Weekly)

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    Tom Scott City, MO, USA 04-20-06
    Tom Scott City, MO, USA 04-20-06
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    "A decent listen"

    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.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Michael Owatonna, MN, USA 12-29-06
    Michael Owatonna, MN, USA 12-29-06
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    "Still a good read"

    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.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    "Not a repeat of Ambrose writings"

    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

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    David Ewing Clayton, CA, United States 08-10-07
    David Ewing Clayton, CA, United States 08-10-07 Member Since 2005
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    "I listen to this over and over"

    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.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Renee West Union, SC, USA 02-03-07
    Renee West Union, SC, USA 02-03-07
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    "Beyond the Band"

    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.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Hill Bedford, TX, United States 07-08-09
    Hill Bedford, TX, United States 07-08-09 Member Since 2008
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    "Beyond Band of Brothers"

    Wonderful book. Made me feel like I really know the men of "Easy" company.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    mike Barrie, Ontario, Canada 03-02-14
    mike Barrie, Ontario, Canada 03-02-14 Member Since 2013
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    "just an amazing man with unbelievable courage!!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Beyond Band of Brothers to be better than the print version?

    depends on the person


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    yes & i was able to do so cuz im a truck driver


    Any additional comments?

    major dick winters is one of the most bravest men that has come out of ww2 ALIVE & im just sooo thankful to be able to listen/read about his missions & the men he fought with & respected in his own words!!!!

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    Jason Sherwood, OR, United States 02-28-14
    Jason Sherwood, OR, United States 02-28-14 Member Since 2005

    Some days you need to take a break from getting better and just enjoy a great tale. Whatever your mood you can find it here at Audible.

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    "Amazing book about an amazing man!"

    I'd watched the HBO series "Band of Brothers" so I was already familiar Easy Company and Major Dick Winters. I'd recommend that you watch that first but even if you don't this is still a great book.

    Major Winters was the rarest of men. He hails from a time where service to country was viewed differently. The book is worth listening to just to experience that different perspective but it is so much more than that.

    This is one of my most often recommended audio books.

    Do yourself a favor and pick this up, you'll enjoy it and be better for the experience.

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    Joel Girard, PA, USA 10-23-07
    Joel Girard, PA, USA 10-23-07 Member Since 2006
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    "Outstanding Detail"

    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.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Tyler 06-22-14
    Tyler 06-22-14 Member Since 2012

    Oh, you know, stuff.

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    "The story of a Good man."
    Would you listen to Beyond Band of Brothers again? Why?

    Yes. There is so much to learn from Major Winter's story about leadership and character that it can't be digested all in one look over.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Beyond Band of Brothers?

    The description D-Day and D+1 are still fantastic even after having watched and read Band of Brothers. It was great getting to hear about how and why decisions were made, instead of just seeing their results.


    What does Tom Weiner bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He does a pretty good voices for the various men who show up in the story, especially Colonel Sink.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Winter's feeling of responsibility for his men was particularly moving. There are a few times when he talks about things he would have done differently that may have brought home more men, and you can hear the regret and sorrow in his words.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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