This book was written by Maj Dick Winters who commanded Easy Company. It was written as an addition to the book by Stephan Ambrose, "Band of Brothers." This book give much more insight into the mind of a commander, the thoughts that he has before making important decisions, and all that he has to think about. While it does go over some of the same things that "Band of Brothers" does, it also gives much more detail about Winters' in general. Winters also explains his leadership recommendations and rules over the course of this book. There is also a chapter about the veterans lives after the war, Ambrose's book, and HBO's mini series. Basically this is what Dick Winters did with all of the information he told Ambrose, but did not make it into "Band of Brothers."

Character Descriptions
This book contains the same characters that are in the "Band of Brothers" series and book. Although a few more are mentioned, no more are worth describing. The book focuses on Easy Company of the 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment of the 101st Airborne Division of the United States Military.

Dick Winters - Educated man who decided to join army before being drafted. When first assigned to Easy Company he was 2nd Battalion's commander as a 2nd Lieutenant. He worked hard and was a strong leader and eventually became the XO (executive officer) of 2nd Battalion. Doing so at a rank lower than normal.

I found this book very interesting as someone who had known a lot about the "Band of Brothers" series before. I liked the new perspective and all the new information. One thing that I did find somewhat annoying, however, is the repetition. If you had read the book "Band of Brothers," by Stephan Ambrose, or seen the mini series, than many of the events described in this book seem at least familiar. Non the less I still consider this a good read for anyone interested in the story of these great men.

What can we learn from reading this book?
This book can teach anyone good traits a leader should have. Dick Winters was a fine leader and it seemed very apparent that in this book his goal was, not only to tell his story, but also to try to instil these good values, that all leaders should have, into the minds of the next generation of leaders.