On the hellish battlefields of World War II Europe, Major Dick Winters led his Easy Company - the now-legendary Band of Brothers - from the confusion and chaos of the D-day invasion to the final capture of Hitler's Eagle's Nest.
But Winters' story didn't end there; it was only the beginning.
He was a quiet, reluctant hero whose modesty and strength drew the admiration of not only his men but millions worldwide. Now comes the story of Dick Winters in his last years as witnessed and experienced by his good friend Cole C. Kingseed.
Kingseed shares the formative experiences that made Winters such an effective leader. He addresses Winters' experiences and leadership during the war; his intense, unbreakable devotion to his men; his search for peace, both without and within, after the war; and how fame forced him to make adjustments to an international audience of well-wishers and admirers, even as he attempted to leave a lasting legacy before joining his fallen comrades. Following Winters' death on January 2, 2011, the outpouring of grief and adulation for one of this nation's preeminent leaders of character, courage, and competence shows just how great a mark he left on the world.
This is a story of leadership, fame, and friendship and the journey of one man's struggle to find the peace that he promised himself if he survived World War II.
©2014 Cole C. Kingseed (P)2014 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
'll start by saying that the material contains extended excerpts from interviews which made up Beyond Band of Brothers, so there is some repetition from the prior work. This book is also an opportunity for Col Kingseed to step out from behind the mask of Ghost writer, and show his relationship to the Major, and all that meant to him. This book is more of a tribute to a friend, and a reflection on friendship. I wouldn't choose this as my first book, if one were interested in Major Winters, his wartime experiences, or Easy Company, 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment, or World War II. Even to fully get the meaning behind this book, reading Beyond Band of Brothers, of Band of Brothers, or one of the many good books on the subject is a prerequisite. At first, I was overly aware of the repetition from the prior work, as more new material enters the narrative, and the various figures of the author, his teenage daughter, and others flesh out, the book definitely grows on you.
I am a retired high school computer teacher. After years of tech reading, I have given up reading for listening while I woodworking.
Forthright - Historical - Insightful
The repeated simple philosophy of Dick Winters. "Hang Tough"
A conversational life
This is a must listen after you listen to "Band of Brothers"
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