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Patton: Genius for War, A Paperback – September 27, 1996
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An expert tactician, strategist, and trainer, he was proud, profance, outspoken, a soldier's soldier, led from the front, shared his men's hardships, led was was undoubtedly the best American field army of the war, and was the only American general the Germans feared.
Carlo D'Este has written the definitive biography of this soldier and general, warts and all. He covers Patton's life from muzzle to buttplate, pulls no punches, and provides a human picture of a man that has definitely risen to legend.
The descendant and father of soldiers, Patton led his troops and units in the old army way. An experienced combat officer, he had more experience than either Eisenhower or Bradley, and was a better general than both as well as Montgomery.
This book has presented more information on Patton the man than any other. It is well-written, and riveting-you can't put it down. A moody, morose, devoted family man and dedicated soldier, Patton deserves more study, as do his campaigns. This book gets past the hype and delivers a solid punch as good, solid military history, and delivers the total picture of a man driven to be an aggressive, talented combat commander who knew his profession and contributed mightily to the final victory in World War II.
When most people think of Patton, they think of the 1970 film staring George C. Scott. D'Este knows this and begins his study with a chapter setting up this movie as a straw man. The film was extremely powerful, but it was ultimately a work of fiction and Omar Bradley, a general who despised Patton, played a large role in its production. D'Este also asks the simple but difficult questions of: who was the Patton. and why does he deserves another biography. The answer to these questions takes up 977 pages. We learn that the harsh, profane image he presented to his troops and the public was just that, an image. He was deeply religious, and was willing to take risks that only a man with the sincere believe that providence favored him would chance. He was extremely sensitive, loved poetry, understood what it took to send men into combat and was deeply troubled that soldiers under his command would die because of orders he gave. He was one of the best generals the allied coalition had and it was no accident. He had ability and worked hard at doing an extremely difficult job: killing.
The most significant factor in shaping Patton's life was his dyslexia.Read more ›
By C. L. Staten, EmergencyNet News Service
Shortly after my visit to the local hospital, and during a somewhat extended illness at home, I have had the good fortune to read a lengthy but very satisfying title by a retired U.S. Army Lt. Col. and military historian, Carlo D'Este. The subject of this biography is admittedly a personal hero and the subject of some deep reading on the part of this reviewer on several past occasions. In fact, at the onset of the manuscript, I wasn't sure what more there was to learn about George S. Patton, Jr.. Thankfully, D'Este's treatment of Patton is an amazingly well-balanced and unbiased analysis that will be regarded by some as a non-traditional treatment of the World war II hero.
This is a full-fledged portrait of Patton, from his childhood, through his military service, and up to and including his untimely death at the end of the war. It doesn't spare the reader the blemishes of Patton's life, nor an insightful analysis of his generally acknowledged military genius. Interestingly, this work actually explores the possibility that much of what Americans commonly know about George S. Patton Jr., including his infamous profanity, may have been a facade intended to fool others.
D'Este spends a great deal of time dwelling into the family and private life of Patton, as well as exploring some of the psychological implications of events that shaped his life. He correctly observes, that given Patton's parentage and upbringing that there are few other things that he could have been except a "warrior.Read more ›
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Finally! A book that's written which includes Patton's own words and not sanitized versions for the sensitive readers. Read morePublished 6 days ago by Frisbee
Really good book once you slog through his childhood stuff. I enjoy biographies and I understand to know the man you have to understand what shaped and molded him as a boy but... Read morePublished 1 month ago by John
Thorough and all encompassing. It starts before Patton's birth and discusses his family history (VERY important when it comes to understanding Georgie) and each phase of his life... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Screen Name
Loved it. Well written and very different from your normal book of this type. It moves along at a great pace in spite of it's length. Read morePublished 2 months ago by The Troll
So many people think of that character George C. Scott gave us in the 1971 movie "Patton". That character, while interesting, was not at all George Patton. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Smedley
Fantastic book. I read a ton of ww2 books. This is definitely one of the better ones.Published 3 months ago by jeff johnson