“An enjoyable biography of an honorable man, this book gives us a look into the life of Major Winters, in particular his part in the war and then how "Band of Brothers" flung him into the spotlight late in his life.
I liked the extra information (I have yet to read "Band of Brothers" but saw the mini-series) this narrative gave, and the better understanding of what happened and Winters' thoughts of it all.
I was disappointed, however, at how it keeps the reader at arms length. You aren't invited to really feel what Winters felt, to know how the hell that is war truly affected him. In the introduction the reader finds out that Winters didn't want it written from the first person perspective, which I think would have made the book much better, much more intimate. Sometimes Winters comes across in the book as a little full of himself - which I choose to believe isn't the case, as he doesn't come across that way on camera - and I think this could have been avoided by opening up a bit more, letting us know more about his mistakes and fears and inner struggles. But I get the feeling that Winters was a private man, and didn't want to open himself up like that, which can I respect. I just think it would have made the book all the more compelling.”
Julia P wrote this review Sunday, April 17, 2011.