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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

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  • Paperback: 896 pages
  • Publisher: Westholme Publishing (May 3, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1594160112
  • ISBN-13: 978-1594160110
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 2 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (116 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #586,191 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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Format: Paperback
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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"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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