I very much enjoyed the book Band of Brothers by Stephen Ambrose, so when this was presented to me as a gift I was eager to get into it.
Though I found it as exciting as a good novel I realise it is a book that takes a great deal of thought because it is concerned with real people and real events. Though some of it could well bring a touch of excitement to the pages of a novel, it must always be remembered when reading a historical account of warfare that when a close friend is wounded in combat, it is not easy to leave him where he's fallen, and carry on the fight in order that others might be protected from wounds or even death.
Although this is a book primarily about Dick Winters, and the author wanted to write it as if Winters was telling the story, he changed his mind when Winters objected, though it is written as seen through Winters' eyes.
Winters was undoubtedly a great soldier. He was a bit of a loner because he didn't drink or frequent the sort of places that are popular with most soldiers. He was friendly with everyone, got on well with everyone, yet sought to preserve a distance due to his rank that resulted in discipline and immediate response to orders on the battlefield. He was trusted by his men, and they didn't question his orders. He was fearless in battle yet not careless. He knew the lives of his men depended on him making the right call at the right time. He was often called upon by his superiors to lead his Band of Brothers into difficult and dangerous situations: they knew that if anyone could achieve what they wanted it was this group of men.
Larry Alexander shows that not only was Major Dick Winters a great soldier he was also a very great man. The testimonies of his comrades in arms speak volumes of his integrity, honesty, bravery, and lasting friendship. It's not overstating the truth to say they 'worshipped' him! A satisfying and heart-warming read!...Continua