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

by Cole C. Kingseed

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I have been a very enthusiastic fan of Major Dick Winters ever since the release of the HBO miniseries Band of Brothers. Always interest to learn more about the Greatest Generation, I wasn't aware of the book Conversations with Major Dick Winters: Life Lessons from the Commander of the Band of Brothers by Cole C. Kingseed, until by chance I notice it on a small table at my local bookstore. I have to admit what caught my eyes first was the photo of Major Winters; I unmistakably knew that high sharp jawline, piercing dark eyes and the slow smile that spread across his thin lips. His photo always showed the face of a real American hero, but Major Winters reluctant to call himself a hero, cared only about the men he commanded in Easy Company and the concern of getting them home safely. This book tells the story's of Dicks leadership through the war and how he continued to be a remarkable man until he said farewell to this world, only to be reunited with the men of Easy Company forever.
Colonel (Retired) Cole. C. Kingseed, USA uses the four seasons to tell the details that made up Major Winters life. Starting with spring, Kingseeed accounts D-Day, and the fights Easy Company took to gain victory in World War II. Richly describing the brotherhood that was formed by the men, as we also see Major Winters feeling about certain individuals as they handled themselves in war. Summer brings into depth the great leadership, friendship, character, and courage that created a man like Major Dick Winters, as Kingseed shares anecdotes and answers from the Major. As the leaves being to fall every year in Autumn, in the book we begin to see the strong, remarkable woman that Dick chose as his partner in life, Mrs. Winter. And the legacy and solace they created in the final years of their lives. Always protective of her husband, Ethel Winters didn't easily welcome people into their world. The few that were lucky enough to enter Winter's world expressed a woman, that loved and cared about her husband in all aspects of his life. Unfortunately, all years must come to an end, and as the book enters into winter, we as the readers see the final days of Major Winters life and last good-byes from friend and family, along with a grateful nation.
In the postscript of the book, Colonel Kingseed lets the read know that this book was always a dream of Dicks to complete. Like their first book Beyond Band of Brothers that explored Major Dicks memoir through his wartime diaries, Winters also wanted the world to know about his friends. As quoted in the book, "He (Winters) was not concerned if he would be forgotten; he didn't want his friends to be forgotten." After reading Conversations with Major Dick Winters, there is no way Major Winters or his friends will ever be forgotten. They will forever be a productive part of the history of this great country, just doing what any person did when their freedom becomes tested in extraordinary ways, fight and "Hang Tough". ( )
  JCGirl | Mar 6, 2016 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0425271536, 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 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.

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:20:02 -0400)

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.… (more)

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