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Patton: Ordeal and Triumph Paperback – May 3, 2005
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About the Author
Ladislas Farago (1906-1980) is author of many books, including The Game of the Foxes, The Broken Seal, Strictly from Hungary, and The Last Days of Patton, also available from Westholme
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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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Good book about Patton. I had seen the movie but wanted to learn more about him. This was an insightful book about him.Published 23 days ago by shiloh
I've read much about General Patton over the years, but somehow I had never gotten around to this masterful work. Read morePublished 1 month ago by A. T. Yoshida
Enjoying the book and matching up events with the movie from 1970, but as always the movie condenses details completely explained in the book. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Thomas Berger
A fine book!!This should be required reading for all military schools and ROTCPublished 1 month ago by David Castleman
Very well written, not dry history. Really brings all characters from that period to life. You really appreciate the complexity of PattonPublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
Fantastic Book. The book showed it's true colors with great documentation and description of each detail brought to life for the reader. A greater battlefield General never lived.Published 2 months ago by Steve Lonn