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Patton: Blood, Guts, and Prayer Hardcover – October 15, 2012
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No one in the history of warfare was less likely to follow that advice than George S. Patton Jr. His place was in front of his men, and he paid the price, when he lay bleeding to death in a bomb crater in France.
Patton’s survival that day at the end of World War I was nothing short of miraculous. It confirmed the powerful sense of destiny that guided him through three decades of war and made him a military legendOld Blood and Guts,” an impossible mixture of irascibility and courage, profanity and profound religious faith, tactical impulsiveness and strategic genius.
Blood and guts were indeed a large part of what made Patton Patton. Descended from an illustrious line of warriors, he was acutely conscious of the martial heritage in his blood. He met every challenge of his life with determination and guts. He demanded the same from his men, and he usually got it.
But as Michael Keane shows in this masterly portrait, the foundation of Patton’s character was his vivid awareness of the presence and providence of God. Patton’s Christian faith was idiosyncratic, even unorthodox, but his habit of prayer was as simple, trusting, and constant as a monk’s.
A singular combination of virtues and flaws, Patton has been venerated and despised but rarely understood. In Patton: Blood, Guts, and Prayer, Michael Keane penetrates the fog of legend and reveals as compelling a human character as any in American history.
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Michael Keane weaves together a tight, fluid narrative focusing on several of my grandfather’s most important influences. Though a complex man of many contradictions, faith and prayer were very much at the heart of who he was and why he was so successful.”
Benjamin Patton, author of Growing Up Patton: Reflections on Heroes, History, and Family Wisdom
Patton aficionados tired of waiting for a fresh look at their hero need wait no longer. Michael Keane has crafted an elegant profile of George S. Patton Jr. that discards the filler and weaves a tapestry of mesmerizing stories that captures the brilliance and complexity of America’s most unique and successful field commander. Patton: Blood, Guts, and Prayer reads like a novel, but is truly biography at its best.”
Richard D. Chegar, Major General, USA (ret); Past Chairman, the Patton Museum Foundation
Blood and guts’ are terms that fit George Patton like a proverbial glove, and author Michael Keane’s finely wrought, fast-flowing narrative captures Patton’s literal embodiment of those two words. Keane, however, also does something else. He compellingly crafts the religious core that infused virtually every aspect of the controversial, hard-driving general, who never asked his men to do anything he wouldn’t ask of himself and whose legendary fearlessness was that of a man with deep faith. Thanks to Keane’s scholarship and vivid writing, one comes away with a newfound and fuller perception of this complex commander.”
Peter F. Stevens, author of Fatal Dive: Solving the World War II Mystery of the USS Grunion
Top Customer Reviews
I've always enjoyed reading military biographies, and I've read everything on Patton.
The book is very well written. And the stories themselves are very interesting, This book illuminates so many different sides of Patton that I didn't know about, particularly how his faith informed his actions, including the notorious soldier slapping incident and the famous prayer for good weather during the Battle of the Bulge.
I highly recommend this book to anyone who is also a military buff, like me
Thank-god we had him when we did. I was surprised to learn the he an IKE were of like minds in the Army. I suspect Swartzkoff
(Storming Norman) had Patton as one of his heros. Good read and very interesting.
Patton: Blood, Guts and Prayer.
It is a very good book and revealing some new items about General Patton.
as an important figure in the defeat of the Germans in Europe in WWll. This book provides
significant detail in Patton's upbringing and preparation for his chosen path compared to
other books I have read. If one has questions as to how and why Patton was able to perform
to the high level he did, this book will answer many of those questions.
Michael Keane is an amazing writer with the ability to truly bring Patton's story to life. His emphasis on bringing a well rounded story of General Patton was done so through his life of prayer and family. Michael Keane was able to share a side of Patton that I don't believe many have experienced before.
If you haven't had the chance to read this book I strongly recommended going out and buying two copies and sharing one with the history lover in your family. It's a great read. Thank you Michael Keane.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great read!!! Compelling story-telling throughout about one of last century's most interesting characters and then leads you into what should be categorized as an unsolved mystery. Read morePublished 3 months ago by VA 6
I love General Patton and anything associated with him. His legacy will live forever.Published 4 months ago by Jimmy Miller
This book has good passages that I am sure adds more color to the General everyone wanted to fire but wouldn't because of his war fighting drive and love for his men.Published 5 months ago by Michael Howard
This look at General George Patton focuses on a great soldier’s faith, one who deeply respected the divine chain-of-command and who was resolutely convinced that reliance on God... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Robert G. Leroe
I love stories about Georgie, except when he beats a horse or has an affair with his niece.Published 5 months ago by Ralph Mitchell
Old Blood and Guts was more than the public image he portrayed. A lot of factors and moments in his life made him the man he became. Read morePublished 6 months ago by B.E. Bailey