Conversations with Major Dick Winters: Life Lessons from the Commander of the Band of Brothers

Conversations with Major Dick Winters Life Lessons from the Commander of the Band of Brothers 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 o

  • Title: Conversations with Major Dick Winters: Life Lessons from the Commander of the Band of Brothers
  • Author: Cole C. Kingseed
  • ISBN: 9780425271537
  • Page: 496
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 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 oOn 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.

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    1. Find this and other reviews at: flashlightcommentary.I asked for and received Conversations with Major Dick Winters: Life Lessons from the Commander of the Band of Brothers by Cole C. Kingseed for Christmas 2014, but I didn’t find time to dive into it until recently. One of the downsides of being a reviewer is that you work on a schedule and don’t always have time for the pieces no one asks you to review. Finding a gap was difficult, but when I did Kingseed’s work was at the top of my list [...]

    2. The easy review of Conversations with Major Dick Winters is this: If you have read Ambrose's Band of Brothers and Kingseed's Beyond Band of Brothers, Conversations is a slam-dunk read that will inform the other 2, make you laugh and cry, and wholly remind you what a magical group of Americans did 70+ years ago alongside a singular example of American courage and determination that was Major Dick Winters. Read it.But absent those other reads? Standing alone as a "lesson in leadership"? I'm not su [...]

    3. Major Winters was a great man, a great leader, and a great American. What struck me so much was how humble he was. So grateful for our vets.

    4. “Conversations with Major Dick Winters” by Colonel (Ret.) Cole C. Kingseed provides insights into the commander of Easy Company of “Band of Brothers” fame. The conversations with Winters took place in his later years, a time when he could look back in the reflection and wisdom that living a full life offers. The book gives readers a feeling for Winters, what he stood for, and what was important to him as well as his thoughts on leadership. Kingseed writes clearly and does a good job of c [...]

    5. If anything, this was more about the author's friendship (read: obsession) with Major Dick Winters during his final years. Kingseed repeats himself again and again in his words to Major Winters reminding him how much he values his friendship with him. I think it's great that he got involved in the life of such a truly great man, but the near constant patronizing is sometimes hard to read. Case in point, Kingseed's wife tells him that he is her best friend. Kingseed, in his adoration of Major Win [...]

    6. I loved reading about the specific conversations with Dick Winters and the insights it gives you on what made him tick and his personality charcertistics. I loved the way the book was broken down into certain characteristics like leadership, character, etcd some of the stories regarding the relationship the author had with him and his wife, also insight into his wife’s strength, personality and her role in his celebrity. The only reason for my 3-star rating is I found myself rushing through wh [...]

    7. I haven't read Dick Winters' memoirs, so I'm just guessing here, but it seems like since the author drew from his interviews with Dick during the co-writing of the memoirs, that everything in this book was already covered elsewhere. Maybe this gives you a good overview of the Dick Winters' career if you know nothing of the story of Easy Company, but the promise of the life lessons wasn't really fulfilled. However, no matter how many times Cole promised Dick that they were best friends and that's [...]

    8. I really enjoyed looking further at Major Winters' expectations of leadership, but I really felt the ending dragged on. The book could have ended 50 pages before it did.

    9. A well laid out book on an incredible man. It was clear that the author truly had strong feelings and respect for Major Winters.

    10. I admit that before seeing the HBO series, Band of Brothers, I had never heard of Easy Company and Major Dick Winters. Since watching the DVD set (especially the documentary with the interviews of these men), I became intrigued on the exploits of the group of men and their leader. Having read numerous books since then, I have to say that this book brought the Major and the further history of Easy Company. It is, to me, truly a great tragedy that as time passes and these men take the last road on [...]

    11. Overall a nice book. I enjoyed reading about the relationship that the author and Major Winters developed during the last years of Major Winters life. That being said the book does cover some of Major Winters' thoughts on leadership and character. What I found distracting was the author's own feelings and emotions about his relationship with Dick Winters and his digression into other stories that I didn't find strongly related to the main focus of the book. Still - it's a good read and a definit [...]

    12. Echoing a lot of the criticisms of the book, two things: the anachronistic nature of the book lends itself to a lot of repetition. For more important lessons, it might have been useful. To repeat the Bob Hoffman/cardiologist story some three times, is two times too many.Colonel Kingseed spends a lot of time talking about how good of a friend he was to Major Dick Winters. Even pardoning for sentimentality, a good editor should have caught it.Flaws aside, Major Dick Winters provides many valuable [...]

    13. Conversations with Major Dick Winters was an uncomfortable read. What begins as a work that initially reflects the title, devolves into a tale of idolization on the part of the author, Colonel Cole C. Kingseed. An array of interesting war stories and insights into leadership and combat, transforms into a recounting of how the author was greeted by “Major Dick Winters” or where the author and “Major Dick Winters” ate dinner or who said what in a birthday card.Consider the following senten [...]

    14. We usually celebrate the July 4th holiday with my son (Barry Morgenstein) in the Poconos and watch "Yankee Doodle Dandy" after our BBQ. Barry always has an interesting book for me to read and this time it was "War Memoirs, a Conversation With Dick Winters" For those that don't know who Dick Winters is; he was the commander of E Company, 2nd Bat 506th parachute, infantry Reg101 St Airborne.Div. Maj. Winters is considered one of our best leaders. A person however that sadly, many would not appreci [...]

    15. The content of the book is hardly worth the price. Sure there are some good lessons in leadership shared by Major Winters, but they probably could have been summarized in a much smaller book (and perhaps have been). The author spends a great deal of time telling us how honored he is to be such good friends with Winters, assuring us that his motives in cultivating the friendship were pure yet his constant repetition of this information makes one wonder. He tells us that it is Winters' idea that h [...]

    16. If you think you know Major Dick Winters from "Band of Brothers," either the HBO mini-series or the book, think again.As the title says, Col. Kingseed shares "life lessons" from Winters. These "lessons" get to the core of who the real Major Dick Winters was. One such story explains why the flower edelweiss and not the guidon from his company, or any other military-related object, is his prized possession from his time in the service.A heartwarming story centers on the platonic pen pal he had thr [...]

    17. I'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 w [...]

    18. The book gives a very interesting look into Dick Winters as a man post war as well as his leadership philosophy and some personal feelings/thoughts through the war. It also explains his relationships with his family members and close friends. There are very many pieces of wisdom and insight for the reader. The reason why I rated it four stars though is due to the repetition of quite a bit of information. Some of this came from personal encounters or feelings from the author on their relationship [...]

    19. I enjoyed this book because of it's conversational nature (it's part of the title) and of course it's subject. Since watching Band of Brothers the first time, I have been somewhat enamored with Major Winters. Further, knowing he was a native Pennsylvanian made him that much more intriguing to me (even though I am, in fact, Oklahoman, I have lived in Pennsylvania for more than a decade and have come to call it home). While not intensely gripping, it does give you vignettes into the life of one of [...]

    20. I chose to read this book because I've admired Major Winters since first watching Band of Brothers and it was a logical book to purchase to fuel my addiction to WWII accounts. Some of the dialogue does flow a little roughly, but the profound statements Major Winters and Colonel Kingseed have regarding leadership, friendship, and so many other topics more than make up for it. I found myself marking passages and dog-earring pages to come back to in the future and I NEVER do that! If you're a WWII [...]

    21. Interesting Not a lot new here, but nice to get some I of the background to Major Winter's story. Easy read. Pretty well written.

    22. For a war memoir and recounting of a great American icon, it was good. My biggest issue was the repetition Colonel Kingseed uses throughout which makes this book overly sentimental. He constantly reminds the reader that he was Major Dick Winters' dear friend. And that Winters, in turn, was his dear friend. Once mentioned, it doesn't need to be constantly brought up. The stories that Major Winters relates are illuminating and a gold mine of knowledge for anybody interested in leadership. I recomm [...]

    23. I find it difficult to express how much this book has formed and reinforced the way I view leadership, character, and courage and it has exponentially increased my already high respect for Major Winters. This, along with C.S. Lewis' "The Abolition of Man," are books that every person should read at least once.

    24. A true American heroA truly great look into a hero's life. The best I have ever read. Makes you feel as if you know the Major personally. A great tribute to a true American hero.

    25. Highly recommend for the military history buff and as an extension of Band of Brothers. Plenty of lessons on leadership and grit. I enjoyed learning about the Dick Winters and the 501st PIR--what it took to join, excel at, and eventually lead during WWII.

    26. ExcellentIf you have read everything you can get your hands on about Major Dick Winters here is another outstanding addition to the library. More than any other book this explains Major Winters the man.

    27. This book is a nice supplement to the earlier memoir, Beyond Band of Brothers. It contains lots of discussion of Leadership and Character, but it is also very much a personal story about the relationship between the author and Major Winters in his later years.

    28. This is a great collection of meetings between great men. I wish I had read it in parts to allow each segment to stand alone, especially as there are many repetitive statements. One point to recognize also is that each repetition is followed by a new point to consider. Definitely worth the time.

    29. My take on the book was a shrug. The book was more focused on the authors relationship than really life lessons by Major Winters. So, you get some interesting nuggets and stories, but nothing that wows you about the book.

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