- Hardcover: 384 pages
- Publisher: Smithsonian Institution Scholarly Press; 1St Edition edition (September 17, 2002)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1588340872
- ISBN-13: 978-1588340870
- Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1.1 x 9.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 3 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,993,144 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Patton's Air Force 1St Edition Edition
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About the Author
David N. Spires is the author of Image and Reality: The Making of the German Officer, 1921-1933 (1984) and Beyond Horizons: A Half Century of Air Force Space Leadership (1997). He is a senior instructor in the Department of History at the University of Colorado at Boulder.
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Contrast Patton's effectiveness (record) with the ever-popular Gen. Omar Bradley. Bradley's record is that of a very ordinary talent who achieved his fame through his friendships with the press corps (deflected there by Ike, who abhorred the distractions). Or, might we add, with Gen Montgomery, whose outsized ego and lack of brilliance was spotlighted by the contrast with Patton. Montgomery's jealousy of Patton began with the North African Campaign, followed by the invasion of Italy, then returned following D-Day. Recall that the disastrous "Market Garden" operation was all Montgomery's plan; his only real campaign lead.