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Omar Bradley: General at War Hardcover – September 12, 2011
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In Omar Bradley: General at War, Jim DeFelice brings a war hero to life. Through the pages of this fast-paced and thoroughly researched story, the crack shot from Middle America emerges as an intellectual force behind some of America’s greatest victoriesand a man who held his own against titans like Eisenhower, Patton, and Montgomery. From the deserts of Tunisia to the blood-stained snows of Bastogne, DeFelice’s saga of war, heroism, and humility gives America’s last five-star general a literary monument he never had in life. Omar Bradley: General at War is a truly remarkable book you’ll enjoy for its skillful writing as well as its historical credibility. Highly recommended!”
Jonathan W. Jordan, bestselling author of Brothers, Rivals, Victors: Eisenhower, Patton, Bradley and the Partnership that Drove the Allied Conquest in Europe
Jim DeFelice has written an entertaining and readable account of a great leader’s life, showing what shaped his character and how he faced some of the greatest military challenges of the twentieth century. Military buffs will be pleased. Anyone who reads it will be enriched.”
Larry Bond, author of New York Times bestseller, Cold Choices
People are familiar with the Omar Bradley of film and history books that depict him as a sidekick to more celebrated American generalsbut they do not know anything close to the truth about him. In this vital, triumphant work, Jim DeFelice at long last dispels all the misconceptions with the definitive story of this towering U.S. military figure. And he does it with the masterful style of a veteran writer.”
Jerome Preisler, New York Times bestselling author of All Hands Down: The True Story of the Soviet Attack on the USS Scorpion and the forthcoming Codename Caesar, an exploration of German-Japanese cooperation during World War II
General Bradley was a mid-American to the core with those values being illustrated throughout his life. This is an enjoyable read for followers of military history, students of leadership skills, and good old human interest’ fans. . . . A quick read and a big help in understanding the major players and strategies of the European campaigns during WWII.”
Richard Marcinko, ROGUE WARRIOR, aka Richard Marcinko CDR, USN (Ret.)
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Another failure on his part is that rather than state what was said or felt, based on accurate records, he supposes - example Bradley probably felt, or could have said or may have thought. DeFelice criticizes author John Toland for lack of reference notes, but has no problem creating dialogue that General Bradley may have said? I guess that's ok because that text is italicized for the reader?
In the end, Defelice tries to show that there was more to Bradley than history gives him credit. According the author, Bradley saved the US soldiers in North Africa, Sicily, perfected the invasion of Normandy, and created the concept of ground air support and many other ideas that either were directed to him or already existed. Despite DeFelice attempts to show Bradley as more than a quiet, humble, competent general and leave it at that, he fails; leaving the reader to conclude that other historians got it right. Omar Bradley was a quiet, competent general. Not the best, but not the worst. I finished the book only so I could write this review and say I read the whole book. Otherwise, I would have stopped ½ way through.
The problem with Omar Bradley and historians is that he is not Patton. Patton is brash, daring and iconic. Bradley did not chase headlines and did not wear fancy pistols. He was daring, but not as daring as Patton. He knew that he should keep his mouth under control and he was too humble for his own historical reputation. But, one could seriously doubt if Patton could have been the remarkable general he was without the support of Omar Bradley - a man who kept Patton supplied (no small task) and innately understood and supported the battlefield tactics and strategy that Patton espoused so loudly.Read more ›
However, I was disappointed at shallow development leading to his senior Army years, and especially his life after WWII, which was summarized in three or four pages. Not even Truman's firing of MacArthur while Bradley was Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff was covered. Interestingly, I felt the narrative followed in consistent manner with the 1970 movie "Patton," which would make sense given that Bradley was the primary technical advisor in its filming.
On a different perspective, being a retired Air Force officer, I tended to get lost in the detailed Army tactical information, but then Army folks tend to roll their eyes at their brothers in blue. Some photos in the e-book version would have been a nice complement to the maps...that were difficult to read. Thank you Mr Google for serving in backup capacity.
One other observation, the author draws a lot of material, with appropriate attribution, from the two books that Bradley wrote or co-authored. At times you get a feeling he is simply re-telling Bradley's own story. But I do appreciate he used that material to reinforce his thesis that Bradley was the real mastermind of the ground war in the WWII African and European Theaters of Operations.
Eisenhower's lieutenants, I have to strongly disagree that any serious
evaluation of Bradley would produce any rating beyond "adequate" or
more specifically "unimaginative" but steady. That's not to say there
were any other commanders in the ETO of his rank that shone far brighter
than he. One of Bradley's biggest deficiencies was his meekness and inability
to think in any imaginative manner about the business of war. The very fine
analysis contained in "Flawed Victory" provides a very detailed look at Bradley
in action, as (supposed) commander of First Army during Overlord. The picture
one gets is not a pleasant one. Once could argue that every single decision
Bradley made was wrong, and that only Gee Gerow saved the operation from being
a total disaster, rather than the major disaster that it turned out to be.
After the Germans attacked in Dec 44 in the Ardennes, Eisenhower lost practically
all confidence in Bradley after learning that he had failed to protect the
Allied dumps as ordered months before. He then basically demoted Bradley and
called in Montgomery to take over half of Bradley's forces. After the Bulge was
closed, Bradley allowed his thin skinned ego to get the better of him, ordering
his exhausted forces forward against an immovable German defense, taking casualties
for no purpose. The claim of Bradley as "the GI's general" should have died right
then and there. But the media needed its self-effacing hero, and Bradley was who
they picked. Patton wrote in his diary that Bradley was the "biggest nothing in the
ETO.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Gave the book as a gift and my uncle enjoyed it! Fast, reliable shipping.Published 5 months ago by Aubrey H. Steiner
Author Jim Deflice's book is an attempt cast a spotlight on Bradley The problems are (1) the book is published 65 years after the end of WWI, (2) Bradley himself who while a very... Read morePublished 7 months ago by James E. Mckinney
Nine years ago, I happily checked out a first edition "A Soldier's Story" by General Omar Bradley from a military library in Arizona. Read morePublished 7 months ago by A Forest Fan
A must read for any history buff. Very interesting, gives an insight as to to how other generals, especially Gen.Patton and Gen. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Donald Beasley
Excellent book. The fascinating story of the GI's General. His men loved him and would follow him to the gates of Hell. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Amazon Customer
This is a good book. It gives an inside to the type of person Bradley was and how commanded troops.Published 9 months ago by Frederick C. Weis
DeFelice Does a very ice job of comparing and contrasting "A Soldier's Story"' and "A General's Life" as part of this book. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Stephen Hall