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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 victories—and 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 generals—but 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.)

About the Author

Jim DeFelice is the co-author of Chris Kyle s #1 New York Times bestseller American Sniper. He also is the author of Omar Bradley: General at War, the first in-depth critical biography of America s last five-star general, and the co-author of the New York Times bestseller Code Name: Johnny Walker: The Extraordinary Story of the Iraqi Who Risked Everything to Fight with the U.S. Navy SEALs. He writes acclaimed military thrillers, including the Rogue Warrior series from Richard Marcinko, founder of SEAL Team 6, and the novels in the Dreamland series with Dale Brown.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Regnery History; 1St Edition edition (September 12, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1596981393
  • ISBN-13: 978-1596981393
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 1.5 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (70 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,138,579 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By matt8386 VINE VOICE on February 1, 2013
Format: Hardcover
Jim DeFelice's bio on Omar Bradley fails on several levels. The first is his reliance on secondary sources. To me, I think he read a dozen or so other books, formulated an opinion and wrote this. He admits in the author's notes his almost complete reliance on Bradley's autobiography. He also used many internet sites, the bibliography is tellingly short. The maps are at the end of the book rather than the in the text, a minor annoyance.

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.
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Regnery Publishing's newest imprint, Regnery History has found something new to tell about one of the most written-about parts of one of the most written-about parts of World War II: D-Day. You may ask yourself, what else can be said about D-Day that hasn't been said? We have had powerful, visceral movies like Saving Private Ryan, The Longest Day and Patton and the famed HBO series Band of Brothers. Article after article and book after book have been written about D-Day, the Battle of the Bulge and the final days of Nazi Germany but somehow we have failed to have had a serious biography of one of the invasion's central planners and one of the men who engineered the entire campaign from the beaches of Normandy until the defeat of Germany: American 5 star general Omar Bradley.

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.
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DeFelice states this is the first complete biography of General Omar Bradley. He draws heavily from Bradley’s memoir “A Soldier’s Story”, published in 1951. The author states Bradley did not get the credit he was due because unlike other general officers he did not seek public attention and let his subordinates take credit for a battle he planned and executed.

DeFelice covers Bradley’s early life in the first part of the book. About 3/4s of the book is about his role in World War II. In Africa Bradley was under the command of General George Patton but during Operation Overload Patton was under General Bradley’s command. The author reveals Bradley to be a radical innovator in the use of combined air, armor and infantry power. According to DeFelice it was Bradley that planned Operation Overlord and was in charge of the overall landings in Normandy.

The book is well written and very easy to read for a non historian. The author did extensive research and he points out where he thinks other historians have provided incorrect information or interpretations of Bradley’s actions or plans. Instead of staying neutral it becomes obvious during the book that DeFelice is promoting Bradley. It was President Truman that awarded Bradley his fifth star and many have questions if he deserved it. The author covers in depth the disagreement between Field Marshal Bernard Montgomery and Bradley.

I learned l lot of interesting facts reading this book. It is the first book I have read in sometime that discusses Patton, Eisenhower, Montgomery and B. Smith from a different viewpoint. I read this as an e-book using my Kindle app on my iPad. The book is 466 pages long and was published in 2011.
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A good revelation of one of the key Generals of WWII, whom we know mainly via Carl Malden's portrayal in the movie Patton. He was a self-effacing guy who didn't work on his own PR, yet his reliability and general character made him a battlefield man that was always reliable, and never twitchy.
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