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Product Details

  • Audio CD: 7 pages
  • Publisher: Macmillan Audio; Unabridged edition (September 23, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1427244219
  • ISBN-13: 978-1427244215
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.9 x 6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3,355 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #459 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Senator John McCainIn Killing Patton: The Strange Death of World War II’s Most Audacious General, Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard have written a lively, provocative account of the death of General George S. Patton and the important events in the final year of the Allied victory in Europe, which Patton’s brilliant generalship of the American Third Army did so much to secure.

The fourth book in the bestselling Killing series is rich in fascinating details, and riveting battle scenes. The authors have written vivid descriptions of a compelling cast of characters, major historical figures such as Eisenhower, Churchill, Roosevelt, Stalin, Hitler, and others, as well as more obscure players in the great drama of the Second World War and the life and death of Patton.

O’Reilly and Dugard express doubts about the official explanation for Patton’s demise from injuries he suffered in an automobile accident. They surmise that the General’s outspokenness about his controversial views on postwar security, particularly his animosity toward the Soviets, our erstwhile allies, might have made him a target for assassination. They cast a suspicious eye toward various potential culprits from Josef Stalin to wartime espionage czar “Wild Bill” Donovan and a colorful OSS operative, Douglas Bazata, who claimed later in life to have murdered Patton.

Certainly, there are a number of curious circumstances that invite doubt and speculation, Bazata’s admission for one. Or that the drunken sergeant who drove a likely stolen truck into Patton’s car inexplicably was never prosecuted or even reprimanded. But whether you share their suspicions or not this is popular history at its most engrossing.

From accounts of the terribly costly battle for Fort Driant in the hills near Metz to the Third Army’s crowning achievement, its race to relieve the siege of Bastogne in the Battle of the Bulge, the reader experiences all the drama of the “great crusade” in its final, thrilling months.

The authors’ profiles of world leaders and Patton’s contemporaries are economic but manage to offer fresh insights into the personalities of well-known men. Just as compelling are the finely wrought sketches of people of less renown but who played important parts in the events.

There is PFC Robert Holmund, who fought and died heroically at Fort Driant having done all he could and then some to take his impossible objective. PFC Horace Woodring, Patton’s driver, who revered the general, went to his grave mystified by the cause and result of the accident that killed his boss. German Field Marshall Erwin Rommel’s young son, Manfred, exchanged a formal farewell handshake with him after learning his father would be dead in a quarter hour, having been made to commit suicide to prevent the death and dishonor of his family.

These and many other captivating accounts of the personal and profound make Killing Patton a pleasure to read. I enjoyed it immensely and highly recommend it to anyone with an interest in World War II history and the extraordinary man who claimed Napoleon’s motto, “audacity, audacity, always audacity,” as his own.

--This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

About the Author

Bill O'Reilly is the anchor of The O'Reilly Factor, the highest-rated cable news show in the country. He also writes a syndicated newspaper column and is the author of several number-one bestselling books.

Martin Dugard is the New York Times bestselling author of several books of history. His book Into Africa: The Epic Adventures of Stanley and Livingstone has been adapted into a History Channel special. He lives in Southern California with his wife and three sons.

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Customer Reviews

Excellently researched and very well written - could not put the book down.
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His books are so well researched and contains so many interesting details that you don't find in other historical books.
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I would love to learn what really did happen and think the American people have the right to know.
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260 of 298 people found the following review helpful By outwest TOP 1000 REVIEWER on September 23, 2014
Format: Hardcover
There are no less than a half-dozen theories about General Patton's death and countless books on the subject, so where does In Killing Patton: The Strange Death of World War II's Most Audacious General by Bill O'Reilly fit in? Much of the same ground that has already been crossed before: from Josef Stalin to "Wild Bill" Donovan and Douglas Bazata, an OSS operative whose story has been discredited and debunked, O'Reilly's book seems to follow many of the threads in Robert Wilcox's 2010 book Target: Patton -- The Plot to Assassinate General George S. Patton. But this book has plenty to offer.

O'Reilly and his editors do a decent job of tying in much of the history preceding Patton's death and attempts to find every angle on Patton's death. However, all it has ever been found to be was a tragic and unfortunate accident between a truck and Patton's limo. Nonetheless the mysterious death of one of our most high-profile generals is a hard thing to ignore.

If anything, the book, as many of O'Reilly's other ones in the Killing series, serves as a general historical overview piece, albeit one with mystery and intrigue laced into it in attempts to keep the reader engaged. Though it is styled to be a work of nonfiction, it sensationalizes a contoversial ending of a greater-than-life individual who was both idolized and rankled by the people, military, and government.

A good casual read if you have read and like O'Reilly's Killing series books. Note there are plenty other books too, for those who are into finding out more about Patton's history and the conspiracy theory books on his death will have to look somewhere else.
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144 of 173 people found the following review helpful By Arizona Charley on September 24, 2014
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I have read over 200 books about WW2 , the Nazis, the Russians and our wonderful American military. This is by far one of the most moving
and intriguing I've ever read...really makes one proud to be an American. Wish our present leaders had the b...s of a Patton.
Just a fine all around narrative . Wish it was even longer.
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180 of 218 people found the following review helpful By BookVodney on September 23, 2014
Format: Hardcover
General G.S. Patton's life and times were pretty well defined for many decades based on the book Courage & Valor, and the related Oscar winning award movie "Patton" starring G. C. Scott, and the lesser known movie "Patton's last days'. That is up until now with this new page flipping book.

In my opinion, there hasn't been much thought of Patton in the past decades. He was an early 20th century military hero whom fought in both the WW's in Europe and was instrumental for the success on the western allied front in WWII. General G.S. Patton was a controversial, aggressive leader who commanded forces to victories in North Africa, Sicily and the Western front post D-Day.

He gave America & Western forces hope by being among the 1st to face off with Nazi forces in North Africa and win, and he continued on up till the Elba River to be the most successful General for the western allied forces.

George Patton, a dynamic & controversial military leader who wore ivory-handled revolvers & flashy uniforms commanded the US 3rd Army, which cut a swathe through France after D-Day leading to the liberation of Paris. But his ambition to get to Berlin before Soviet forces was halted by Dwight D. Eisenhower (supreme allied commander & future President) who diverted Patton's petrol supplies to the more cautious British General Bernard Montgomery. Patton, believed Eisenhower wrongly prevented him from closing the so-called Falaise Gap in the autumn of 1944, allowing hundreds of thousands of German troops to escape to fight again. This led to the deaths of thousands of Americans during the Nazi winter counter-offensive that became known as the Battle of the Bulge.
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166 of 215 people found the following review helpful By Django on October 21, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
A few chapters into the book I asked myself what is this book is all about and why was it written at all. I couldn't find any facts in the book that hadn't been documented before in numerous books about Patton and WWII. It is certainly not a book about Patton, his life, his career or his death. Nor is it a book about WWII since it covers only the last six months of the war in the West European theatre. Only the last chapter of the book is related to Patton's death. However the book doesn't reveal anything new but is more of a rehash of some conspiracy theories that have been around since his death.

Unfortunately O'Reilly plays fast and loose with facts. Some parts seem to have been lifted from Wikipedia unchecked. The book has many inaccuracies or conjectures unsupported by facts. Many of them seem to be insignificant and don't detract from the overall story but nevertheless gives the informed reader the impression that the author is not in full control of the subject.

As an example, the author states that on April 20, 1945, in the garden behind the Reich Chancellery it was the last time Hitler saw the light of day when meeting with young soldiers. Fact is that on April 29 he made his last visit outside his bunker.

Another example, the book states that Skorzeny and Hitler know each other well and go a long way back since Skorzeny belonged to Hitler's personal bodyguard for a long time. First, Skorzeny was never a bodyguard to Hitler. Fact is that Skorzeny belonged to the 1st Panzer Division "Leibstandarte Adolf Hitler" between 1940 and 1941 as an engineer until he was wounded. The author makes the mistake to confuse the name of this division with the Fuhrer Begleitsbattailon, Hitler's real personal body guard.
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