To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
Omar Bradley: General at War Hardcover – September 12, 2011
Frequently Bought Together
Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought
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 victoriesand 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 generalsbut 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.
Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.Read more ›
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
When I read a biography I realize that it's probably going to be unduly kind to the person. This book goes beyond that and paints Bradley as hardly ever making a mistake. Read morePublished 7 days ago by Kindle Customer
This is not as personable a reading as I have come to expect from Jim DeFelice. Much of the time I felt as though I were reading a freshman's research paper, rather than a... Read morePublished 13 days ago by Amazon Customer
As a WW II buff, I have read many books about Eisenhower, FDR, Churchill, and Patton. I was enthralled about the details of Bradley's life, and career. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Robert Wetherille
Gave the book as a gift and my uncle enjoyed it! Fast, reliable shipping.Published 8 months ago by Aubrey H. Steiner
Author Jim Deflice's book is an attempt cast a spotlight on Bradley The problems are (1) the book is published 65 years after the end of WWI, (2) Bradley himself who while a very... Read morePublished 10 months ago by James E. Mckinney
Nine years ago, I happily checked out a first edition "A Soldier's Story" by General Omar Bradley from a military library in Arizona. Read morePublished 10 months ago by A Forest Fan