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Patton: Ordeal and Triumph [Kindle Edition]

Ladislas Farago
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Book Description

"The best Patton biography."—Military Bookman

He is America's most famous general. He represents toughness, focus, determination, and the ideal of achievement in the face of overwhelming odds. He was the most feared and respected adversary to his enemies and an object of envy, admiration, and sometimes, scorn to his professional peers. An early proponent of tank warfare, George S. Patton moved from being a foresighted lieutenant in the First World War to commanding the Third Army in the next, leading armored divisions in the Allied offensive that broke the back of Nazi Germany. Patton was an enigmatic figure. His image among his troops and much of the press achieved legendary status through his bold and colorful comments and combat leadership, yet these same qualities nearly jeopardized his career and forced him out of the battle on several occasions. Victory was impossible without Patton, and returning to the field, his army was responsible for one of the most crushing advances in the history of warfare.

In Ladislas Farago's masterpiece, Patton: Ordeal and Triumph, the complete story of this fascinating personality is revealed. Born into an aristocratic California family, Patton rose in military rank quickly and was tapped to lead the Allied landings in North Africa in 1942. Under Patton's direction, American troops cut their teeth against Rommel's Afrikakorps, advanced further and more quickly than British General Montgomery's army in the conquest of Sicily, and ultimately continued their exploits by punching into Germany and checking the Russian westward advance at the end of World War II. A sweeping, absorbing biography and critically hailed, Patton: Ordeal and Triumph provides unique insights into Patton's life and leadership style and is military history at its finest.

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"The best Patton biography." -- Military Bookman

About the Author

Ladislas Farago (1906-1980) is author of many books, including The Game of the Foxes, The Broken SealStrictly from Hungary, and The Last Days of Patton, also available from Westholme

Product Details

  • File Size: 3274 KB
  • Print Length: 896 pages
  • Publisher: Westholme Publishing (May 3, 2005)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004H1U2V0
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39 of 42 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Patton: Ordeal and Triumph June 14, 2000
Amazon managed to obtain me an out of print copy, without which I would not be able to write this review. This book is an excellent exposition of George Patton the warrior and General. There is no doubt that had his and Bradley's roles been reversed that the war in Europe would have finished months earlier than it did. The failure to close the Falaise gap and the subsequent german escape is an example of indecision by both Eisenhower and Bradley. I have read three books on Patton and a Soldiers Story by Bradley - Patton was the warrior - Patton was the leader - Patton was the difference. Thanks Amazon for the effort to find me a copy. I appreciate it. Regards, Tom
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Must reading for anyone interested in WW II February 25, 2000
Who can forget George C. Scott's incredible Oscar winning performance as Patton? Yet few people remember that the movie came mostly from this book and Omar Bradley's input. Patton was one of the most eccentric, brilliant, egotistical generals ever. This fine book takes you through his upbringing to his last days after the war. Farago is outstanding in his research and presentation. This is truly one of the greatest biographies ever written.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
By Rob W.
I am currently rereading this book after receiving it as a gift in 1971.

General George S. Patton, Jr. has been one of my lifelong heros so it's no surprise that I'm taken to books on him. I'm also a realist concerning him and will be the first to concede that the man was far from perfect in his personal life as well as a military leader. Ladislas Farago's epic biography does the supreme job of telling the whole story, from both sides of the fence, including Patton's triumphs of military genius to his emotional breakdowns and insecurities which lead many times to him weeping openly in front of his staff.

But this is so much more than just a book on Patton. Ordeal and Triumph is an exciting, easy to understand walk through the African and European theaters of WWII and it's pivotal battles. Where Farago writes in great detail, he never gets overburdened with details. At just under 900 pages, you may wonder how that can be but he takes Patton from his ancestry up through his days in Europe after the war, and chronicles not only the battles, but all that went on before and after, including the baffoonery that happened on a daily basis within both the British and American military commands.

And that's one of the scary revelations that is brought out time and again in Ordeal And Triumph. Between Montgomery, Bradley and Eisenhower, it now looks like it was only by the grace of Providence that the Allies won the war at all. The combined military leadership was timid, reserve, old school, by the book that was decades and even centuries old, head strong, non-creative, and just plain stupid in just about everything they did, UNTIL Patton was released in France with the Third Army. And even then, he was hampered until finally Bradley let him loose.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Give me maps! July 14, 2004
By A Customer
Great history of the Third Army and Patton's life and command. I have the paperback copy and maps would have been extremely helpful and have added to my enjoyment. Every advance and movement is described in detail, both Allied and Axis, but trying to keep track in my mind drove me sometimes to distraction. With maps every chapter or so, this would definitely be a five star book. (I don't know if the original had them, but the pb doesn't)
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Full Life Biography Worthy of Its Subject November 11, 2007
"Patton: Ordeal and Triumph" is a full life biography of one of the most colorful and successful officers ever to wear the uniform of the United States. It claims to be the book on which the movie was based and many of the anecdotes so beloved in the movie are presented in the book, although, occasionally, with slightly different details.

Author Ladislas Farago informs the reader of Patton's ancestry, beginning with his immigrant ancestor who, presumably, left Scotland to avoid debtors, justice, or both. He continues with the Congressman and series of generals, including ones who died in the Revolution and Civil War, in Patton's line. He brings us to the subject who, he tells us, grew up on a ranch in California, where he made the acquaintance of Rudyard Kipling and John S. Mosby.

Patton's own tale is larger than life. His days at VMI and West Point are mentioned, but they are not the focus of the story. The focus is Patton's active duty career. He saw action with Pershing in Mexico and World War I, where he was introduced into the world of armored warfare.

This book enables the reader to understand the crucial role which Patton, in cooperation with Eisenhower and others, played in bringing tanks into the American arsenal. Having taken command of the tank corps in World War I, he tested its potentials. Between the wars he maintained his research into armor, preparing for the day when the U.S. Army would embrace the weapon.

Throughout this work, Patton is shown as a leader whose dash and unconventional behavior is the key to his notoriety and success. In his first tank action, at St. Mihiel, Patton incurred the wrath of his superiors by extending his attack far beyond its expectations in a spectacular, but undisciplined advance.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars I am thoroughly enjoying this book. It is well ...
I am thoroughly enjoying this book. It is well written and very readable. I have learned so much about WWII that I didn't know. Read more
Published 3 days ago by Carol Schreiber
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
interesting but very detailed and confusing about all the Army units.
Published 3 days ago by Rodger M. Buffington
5.0 out of 5 stars Unequalled. A must read.
Think what would have happened had Ike released the restrictions that was put on Patton. How much sooner would the war have ended? How many lives would have been saved?
Published 9 days ago by rick
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Very thorough
Published 13 days ago by David E
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Another winner
Published 14 days ago by Michael W. Smith
4.0 out of 5 stars did a good job of revealing the true character of George Patton
Until reading this book I had always had an appreciation and respect for General Patton's contribution to the defeat of the Germans in WWII. Read more
Published 28 days ago by Tom Jones
5.0 out of 5 stars It very nicely brings in Patton's literary interest
This biography of Patton is superbly written, is very balanced, giving the incredible talents and achievements of Patton their due, but giving his character deficiencies their due... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Robert L. Pirtle
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
very interesting and informative
Published 1 month ago by Harold R. Miller
5.0 out of 5 stars a must read
THE best on Gen Patton that I've read to date.
Published 1 month ago by Woody3
5.0 out of 5 stars ... book really delves into the psyche of probably the greatest...
This book really delves into the psyche of probably the greatest general after Douglas MacArthur to lead armed forces into battle. Read more
Published 2 months ago by James R Mires
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