- Paperback: 1024 pages
- Publisher: Harper Perennial; Reprint edition (September 27, 1996)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0060927623
- ISBN-13: 978-0060927622
- Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 1.6 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 187 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #219,361 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Patton: Genius for War, A Paperback – September 27, 1996
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This is revisionism at its very best . . . -- The New York Times Book Review, Alistair Horne
About the Author
Carlo D'Este, a retired U.S. Army lieutenant colonel and a distinguished military historian, is the author of the acclaimed biographies Patton: A Genius for War and Eisenhower: A Soldier's Life, among other books on World War II. He lives in Massachusetts.
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And as expected, this Patton biography choice is the best ever written and a must read for the history deep diver seeking to engage the Patton legend in exquisite, fact finding detail.
I better understand Patton after this deep dive. Enough to know that his incredible results were required to overcome his personality. And in fact, he was terrific and got the job done.. A sure evidence of Patton's ability is easily evidenced by Patton's replacement Clark who would burn through considerably more tens of thousands US lives and years of campaign for no strategic result.
Patton's post mortem critics spoke so poorly of the man that it's a wonder that Patton remains in the common tongue. The author discusses the Eisenhower, Bradley , Montgomery autobiographical opinions for the readers own judgement.
I frankly have no idea how one can find a more complete and researched biography. You will most certainly gain a changed opinion, one way or another about the General at many levels.
The greatest strength of the book is the author's encyclopedic knowledge of Patton and his thoughtful analysis. He doesn't take the public image of Patton as gospel but has interviewed many people who knew him and read Patton's diary and other papers. The author does a great job communicating his main theme, the complexity of the kind and compassionate private Patton contrasted with the public Patton who was profane and brash, yet one of the greatest generals of all history.
Yet the book has one major weakness. Although it is subtitled "Genius for War," the author fails to explain his genius. He does a great job of communicating Patton's marvelous leadership skills, his sense of destiny, and his ability to motivate men to kill and to die; yet he fails to describe Patton's operational genius. What made Patton one of the greatest armor commanders ever? Sure Patton paid great attention to detail and drove his troops harder than almost anyone else, but he knew how to use armor and infantry better than almost anyone else. But D'Este misses his opportunity to tell us how Patton fought his battles.
Nonetheless, the book is an excellent and informative read, whether you are just looking for a good book or want to learn more about Patton or the European Theater in World War II.