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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (3,724 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Dick Winters, Cole C. Kingseed Narrator: Tom Weiner Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2007 ISBN: 9781455184484
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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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A poignant, riveting story with timeless application to the study of leadership in war.”

    Colonel Lance Betros, chairman, Department of History, US Military Academy

  • “This riveting read clearly reflects Dick Winters’ solid character, great integrity, and unerring judgment in critical battlefield situations.”

    Lieutenant General Harold G. Moore, coauthor of We Were Soldiers Once…And Young

  • “Its modesty, its candor, and its insights into the nature of frontline leadership and the fears and behaviors of men in combat make this memoir a classic.”

    Dennis Showalter, author of Patton and Rommel

  • “Winters tells the tales left untold by Stephen Ambrose, whose Band of Brothers was the inspiration for the HBO miniseries…It is in the battles and tactical maneuvers of Easy Company that Winters is most at home…He carefully explicates the reasoning behind his strategy…The narrative is laced with Winters’ soldierly exaltations of pride in his comrades’ bravery.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Tom Weiner narrates in a deep, youthful voice that is easy to imagine as that of a forceful and charismatic Army officer.”

    AudioFile

  • “An excellent narrative voice…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.”

    Booklist

  • A New York Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Greg Snyder | 2/15/2014

    " A lot of people have seen the HBO series "Band of Brothers." Major Dick Winters was the leader of the real Band of Brothers. The book is a collection of stories and actions that did not make it into other books about WWII but are just as good. It is a short but excellent read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ronald Wise | 2/13/2014

    " A recounting of Easy Company's role in Europe during World War II, concluding with an update on the subsequent lives of many of the men from that unit of paratroopers. This book seemed to be written as a supplement to Stephen Ambrose's Band of Brothers, and I probably would have enjoyed it more had I read Ambrose's book first. Winters indicates a lot of reflection on his part in the war, and the quality of leadership. I learned of this memoir from its four-month stay on the New York Times best seller list in 2006. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Connie | 2/12/2014

    " A real life, modern day hero! He recounts his experiences that were also featured in the "Band of Brothers" HBO productions as well as Stephen Ambrose's book. Todays leaders could learn from this man and his style of leadership. This was a gift to my dad but I had to read it first! I was impressed with the man and the book held my interest throughout! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Eve Bowmaster | 2/11/2014

    " Wonderful companion to Band of Brothers "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Daniel Alvers | 2/2/2014

    " This book is awesome. I love the simple straight forward no nonesense approach. Leadership is follow me. If you can't say follow me you aren't leading anybody anywhere. These guys were heros and should be respected by every generation of americans. I really loved this book. Major Winters has my respect. I hope in ministry life I can display the type of leadership that he embodies. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Christian | 1/17/2014

    " Great companion piece to Stephen E. Ambrose's 'Band Of Brothers', written by one highly inspirational individual. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Derrick | 1/10/2014

    " great book motivates me to be a better military officer. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joe R. | 12/25/2013

    " The perfect follow up book to Band of Brothers, even if you only watched the mini-series but even better if you read Band of brothers the book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Abby Alderman | 12/11/2013

    " Reading about the hells of war can have a completely different take when told from the lens of a man who spent the same amount of time studying his men as he did his battles. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Erica M | 12/6/2013

    " A great companion novel to Stephen Ambrose's "Band of Brothers". Rich in history, Major Dick Winter's memoirs of world war II display his passion to be the best leader he could to the men of E company. The everlasting bond and mutual respect that he has for his men is inspiring. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Don Liles | 10/1/2013

    " Very inspiring life "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jay Webb | 8/6/2013

    " A superbly written account by one of my personal heroes. Everyone should read this book at least once if for no other reason than to truly understand the nature of war of what the American spirit was always supposed to be. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sam | 7/24/2013

    " Out of respect for the late Major Winters, I give this 4 stars, although I would recommend Ambrose's book "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michelle S | 7/5/2013

    " Fantastic stories detailing some of the personal experiences of the 101st airborne during WWII. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melissabrown0217 | 7/3/2013

    " I also like this book, it is similar like the movie. It has more things in it than i expected that i could learn from it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bryan | 2/20/2013

    " Another excellent piece of work for fans of Band of Brothers by Stephen Ambrose. This is the autobiography of Major Richard Winters that adds additional insight into the leadership and life skills of this outstanding American hero. I loved it and highly recommend it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Erwin | 12/11/2012

    " I was enthousiastic about Ambrose's Band of Brothers and wanted to read more about the E-Company. Although Winters' book informs the reader quite extensive, the content gets repetitive. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Emily | 10/13/2012

    " A very interesting read for anyone who enjoyed the HBO miniseries. It was interesting to find out which details were real. And what can I say except that Major Winters is awesome! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 David Machado | 8/24/2012

    " I enjoyed the another perspective on the beloved tale from Band of Brothers and would highly recommend this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Zach Houck | 2/1/2012

    " Amazing Book! I went back through and began underlining so many of the basic leadership principles Major Winters exemplifies throughout his writings. Great read especially if you loved the series. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Wilson | 11/13/2011

    " I like some band of brothers. And I like Dick Winters. This book is basically a retelling of Band of Brothers with some new insights. Whatever. I was ready to read it again anyway. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Troy | 10/22/2011

    " If you have read Stephen Ambrose's Band of Brothers, then you absolutely have to read this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sam | 5/16/2011

    " Out of respect for the late Major Winters, I give this 4 stars, although I would recommend Ambrose's book "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sam | 5/4/2011

    " Great book by Major Winters. It covers a lot of what is in Band of Brothers, but adds more insight to it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Phil | 4/28/2011

    " Quite interesting, hard to read because Winters must not be a good writer. Clearly not ghost-written "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jenny | 3/21/2011

    " I finished this a few weeks after Dick Winters died. He was an amazing man and a great leader of men. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lucy | 3/16/2011

    " Good book but the end was a little bit boring. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jdenault | 2/26/2011

    " If you like the HBO series, you'll like the book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lance | 2/2/2011

    " The best written personal memoir of the war that I have read so far. Written by a very humble major with an unique perspective to the the excellent "Band of Brothers" written by a great historain. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mitchell | 1/10/2011

    " Major Winters carries on with his story. Great read.

    * RIP Maj Winters (10 Jan 2011) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chad | 12/20/2010

    " A must read for every CGO (Company Grade Officer) in the military. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chris | 12/10/2010

    " An interesting look behind the story of the Band of Brothers. Winters is not quite the writer that Ambrose is. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tuzoanime | 12/2/2010

    " Loved it. It change my mind on how war is. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stevtim | 10/6/2010

    " If you liked the HBO series Band of Brothers then you'll like this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karen | 9/28/2010

    " An excellent companion to the Band of Brothers book and series. I went through the book as I watched the series (for the 86th time, I'm sure). "

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About the Author
Author Dick Winters

Major Dick Winters was born in Pennsylvania in 1918 and graduated from Franklin & Marshall College in 1941. Released from military service in November 1945, he returned briefly to active duty during the Korean War, then spent his life on a small Pennsylvania farm and was a successful businessman. 

About the Narrator

Tom Weiner, a dialogue director and voice artist best known for his roles in video games and television shows such as Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Transformers, is an Earphones Award winner and Audie Award finalist. He is a former member of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival.