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Beyond band of brothers [text (large print)] : the war memoirs of major Dick Winters / Dick Winters with Cole C. Kingseed.

By: Winters, Richard D.
Contributor(s): Kingseed, Cole C. (Cole Christian), 1949- | (Cole Christian), 1949- | Kingseed, Cole C. (Cole Christian), 1949- [author.].
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: Waterville, Me. : Large Print Press, 2008Edition: Large print edition.Description: 508 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm.Content type: text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 9781594132360 (pbk. : alk. paper); 1594132364 (pbk. : alk. paper).Subject(s): Winters, Richard D | United States. Army. Parachute Infantry Regiment, 506th. Company E -- History | United States. Army -- Biography | World War, 1939-1945 -- Personal narratives, American | World War, 1939-1945 -- Campaigns -- Western Front | World War, 1939-1945 -- Aerial operations, American | Soldiers -- United States -- BiographyDDC classification:
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Enhanced descriptions from Syndetics:

A New York Times Bestseller -- They were called Easy Company - but their mission was never easy. Immortalized as the Band of Brothers, they suffered 150 percent 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.Beyond Band of Brothers is Winters' memoir - based on his wartime diary - but it also includes his comrades' untold stories. Virtually all this material is being released for the first time. Only Winters was present from the activation of Easy Company until the war's end. Winner of the Distinguished Service Cross, only he could pen this moving tribute to the human spirit.

Originally published: Waterville, Me. : Berkeley, 2006.

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Table of contents provided by Syndetics

  • Author's Preface (p. 9)
  • Prologue (p. 15)
  • Part I Band of Brothers (p. 21)
  • 1 Beginnings (p. 23)
  • 2 There Is Nothing Easy in Easy Company (p. 44)
  • 3 From Benning to Shanks (p. 78)
  • 4 Old Beyond My Years (p. 100)
  • Part II In the Time of Achilles (p. 143)
  • 5 Day of Days (p. 145)
  • 6 Carentan (p. 178)
  • 7 Holland (p. 211)
  • 8 The Island (p. 240)
  • Part III In War's Dark Crucible (p. 265)
  • 9 Interlude (p. 267)
  • 10 Surrounded Again (p. 294)
  • 11 The Final Patrols (p. 339)
  • 12 Victory (p. 365)
  • Part IV Finding Peace After a Lifetime of War (p. 393)
  • 13 Occupation (p. 395)
  • 14 Coming Home (p. 426)
  • 15 Steve Ambrose Slept Here (p. 457)
  • 16 Reflections (p. 489)
  • Leadership at the Point of a Bayonet (p. 505)

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Publishers Weekly Review

In his well-intentioned but impersonal memoirs, Winters tells the tales left untold by Stephen Ambrose, whose Band of Brothers was the inspiration for the HBO miniseries, but Winters's memoir is disappointingly sparse on details unrelated to troop position. It is in the battles and tactical maneuvers of Easy Company that Winters is most at home: on D-Day, when Easy Company's commanding officer is killed, Winters takes charge minutes after landing deep in German territory and leads an assault against a German battery. He carefully explicates the reasoning behind his strategy, leading the reader along as the Company attacks German machine gun and mortar outposts. The narrative is laced with Winters's soldierly exaltations of pride in his comrades' bravery: "My God, it's beautiful when you think of a guy who was so dedicated to his company that he apologizes for getting hit." Although the intrepidness of the group induces more than a tinge of pride, the memoir is devoid of powerful reflections. In the last, sluggish chapters, Winters devotes an excessive amount of time to letters he has received and to expositions on leadership. Winters is too humble for a genre that requires a little bit of conceit. (Mar.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

Booklist Review

Stephen Ambrose's Band of Brothers (1992) and the HBO miniseries based on it made Easy Company--the 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment, which fought from D-Day to the end of World War II, with 150 percent casualties--well known to more than -military-history buffs. After both publication and broadcast, Winters, Easy Company's commanding officer, received many requests for more information. Feeling that much of the material Ambrose didn't use deserved an audience, he chose to air it and satisfy all those requests in his memoirs. For those to whom the story is familiar, the major and his collaborator developed an excellent narrative voice to recount Winters' experiences, actions, and thoughts during everything from training to deployment to battle to subsequent occupation. Winters has been praised as an exemplar of leadership, and here he shows what he did to earn that praise and how he did it. Very well done, book as well as war service. --Frieda Murray Copyright 2006 Booklist