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’s 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’s 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’s 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 much of an impact Dick Winters 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.
Cole C. Kingseed
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
On page 36, Retired Colonel Cole Kingseed poses the argument, "Other divisions claim that they liberated Berchtesgaden and the Eagle's Nest." Major Dick Winters, responded, " I know several divisions make similar claims, but all I can tell you is that we picked up our share of loot. My account is substantiated by my memory, my personal map that I used at the time, one of my lieutenant's logbook that he kept at that time without my knowledge, and photographs..." That exchange alone make Colonel Kingseed's latest reflection on Dick Winters and Easy Company worth the price of admission.
For anyone who read Stephen Ambrose's original "Band of Brothers," or followed the HBO series, this is a nice companion volume. Dick Winters found his peaceful place after the war, and through Colonel Kingseed's conversations reviews the many lessons he learned through intense training and the crucible of combat. "Hang Tough" is Dick Winters ready prescription...
I really enjoyed this book as I have all the others on Major Winters and the other members of Easy Company. Col. Kingseed did a great job in putting to paper his conversations with Major Winters. Col. Kingseed had a close friendship with him and takes you through a lot of details of the last decade of his life all the way to his memorial service. You do get a few tidbits here and there that are never talked about in the other books. If you are a fan of the Band of Brothers you need to top off your reading with this book.
As an avid WW2 reader, I enjoyed "Conversation with Major Dick Winters", however there seemed to be a lot of repetitive material. There were several places in the book I found quite slow. Winter's own "Beyond the Band of Brothers" written with Cole Kingseed I found to be a much better read.
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