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“There is no question of personal courage in this war,” Colonel Patton’s commanding officer told him on the eve of battle in 1918. “It is a business proposition where every man must be in his place and performing his part.”

No one in the history of warfare was less likely to follow that advice than George S. Patton Jr. His place was in front of his men, and he paid the price, when he lay bleeding to death in a bomb crater in France.

Patton’s survival that day at the end of World War I was nothing short of miraculous. It confirmed the powerful sense of destiny that guided him through three decades of war and made him a military legend—“Old Blood and Guts,” an impossible mixture of irascibility and courage, profanity and profound religious faith, tactical impulsiveness and strategic genius.

Blood and guts were indeed a large part of what made Patton Patton. Descended from an illustrious line of warriors, he was acutely conscious of the martial heritage in his blood. He met every challenge of his life with determination and guts. He demanded the same from his men, and he usually got it.

But as Michael Keane shows in this masterly portrait, the foundation of Patton’s character was his vivid awareness of the presence and providence of God. Patton’s Christian faith was idiosyncratic, even unorthodox, but his habit of prayer was as simple, trusting, and constant as a monk’s.

A singular combination of virtues and flaws, Patton has been venerated and despised but rarely understood. In Patton: Blood, Guts, and Prayer, Michael Keane penetrates the fog of legend and reveals as compelling a human character as any in American history.

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“Michael Keane weaves together a tight, fluid narrative focusing on several of my grandfather’s most important influences. Though a complex man of many contradictions, faith and prayer were very much at the heart of who he was and why he was so successful.”
Benjamin Patton, author of Growing Up Patton: Reflections on Heroes, History, and Family Wisdom

“Patton aficionados tired of waiting for a fresh look at their hero need wait no longer. Michael Keane has crafted an elegant profile of George S. Patton Jr. that discards the filler and weaves a tapestry of mesmerizing stories that captures the brilliance and complexity of America’s most unique and successful field commander. Patton: Blood, Guts, and Prayer reads like a novel, but is truly biography at its best.”
Richard D. Chegar, Major General, USA (ret); Past Chairman, the Patton Museum Foundation

“‘Blood and guts’ are terms that fit George Patton like a proverbial glove, and author Michael Keane’s finely wrought, fast-flowing narrative captures Patton’s literal embodiment of those two words. Keane, however, also does something else. He compellingly crafts the religious core that infused virtually every aspect of the controversial, hard-driving general, who never asked his men to do anything he wouldn’t ask of himself and whose legendary fearlessness was that of a man with deep faith. Thanks to Keane’s scholarship and vivid writing, one comes away with a newfound and fuller perception of this complex commander.”
—Peter F. Stevens, author of Fatal Dive: Solving the World War II Mystery of the USS Grunion
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 300 pages
  • Publisher: Regnery History; 1 edition (October 15, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1596983264
  • ISBN-13: 978-1596983267
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.2 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (86 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #313,276 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Just got my copy of this book last week and am half way through it.

I've always enjoyed reading military biographies, and I've read everything on Patton.

The book is very well written. And the stories themselves are very interesting, This book illuminates so many different sides of Patton that I didn't know about, particularly how his faith informed his actions, including the notorious soldier slapping incident and the famous prayer for good weather during the Battle of the Bulge.

I highly recommend this book to anyone who is also a military buff, like me
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I have read a number of detailed biographies about Patton, but this book really illuminated insights into the man's core character that I had never understood. An easy read, both well written and informative. I highly recommend it.
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Given the makeup of his ancestors, Patton had to fulfill his destiny. He looked death in the eye and said just try to get me.
Thank-god we had him when we did. I was surprised to learn the he an IKE were of like minds in the Army. I suspect Swartzkoff
(Storming Norman) had Patton as one of his heros. Good read and very interesting.

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This book provided important detail in how Patton prepared himself for his part
as an important figure in the defeat of the Germans in Europe in WWll. This book provides
significant detail in Patton's upbringing and preparation for his chosen path compared to
other books I have read. If one has questions as to how and why Patton was able to perform
to the high level he did, this book will answer many of those questions.
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Mr Keane looks at Patton with an objective view with all his postives and negatives and allows the reader to draw their own conclusion about the man. What is new with this book is the prayer part which was in fact a big part of Patton's life. He is very clear with all his prejudices but if the person can do the job needed, he did not care. Also, infact, his views were very much the views of the time period.
It is a very good book and revealing some new items about General Patton.
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for my father by request.. he loves it .. so far so good. and this says I have to keep typing, so I will.... nice book, and he likes it, ok lOVES it
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This book is a must read for anyone regardless of your feelings toward General Patton. I just finished reading it and it was a wonderful read.

Michael Keane is an amazing writer with the ability to truly bring Patton's story to life. His emphasis on bringing a well rounded story of General Patton was done so through his life of prayer and family. Michael Keane was able to share a side of Patton that I don't believe many have experienced before.

If you haven't had the chance to read this book I strongly recommended going out and buying two copies and sharing one with the history lover in your family. It's a great read. Thank you Michael Keane.
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OLD BLOOD & GUTS! (His nickname) General Patton was a fantastic and unbelievable soldier, and he was a professional. His men would follow him anywhere and he was up in the front along with his men! . He believed he was reincarnated and that he had fought in all the wars before since the beginning of time, practically. When he would arrive at a destination he would state that 'he had been there before' in another time, and he would know of the battle that had raged at that particular spot. The ONLY problem he had was his inability to be tactful, therefore his mouth got him into a LOT of trouble - he was TOO outspoken and it cost him. If you are a military enthusiast as I, then you will like and enjoy reading about and learning about one of the greatest soldiers of our or any time. I HIGHLY recommend the book!
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