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on March 1, 2017
If you were hoping for sober reflections on man's place in the world and struggles against other men, well, forget it. The man breathed military doctrine and that's mostly what this is. One gets the impression that he was very sensitive to criticism and he knew how to hold a grudge.
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on June 15, 2016
Wow! What an amazing book. I was very skeptical at first for one main reason: Military leaders and professors have a hard time writing their thoughts and opinions of war down on paper. However, I personally find that "Old Blood and Guts" did a fantastic job of showing his personal account not only on the war, but on other cultures around North Africa and the European Theater. Highly recommended to anybody who is interested in history, WWII, or anyone wanting to learn about a man larger than life.
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on April 19, 2013
© 4-19-13 Robin Shelley
Patton fulfills all 18 of the known elements of a Scipio leader * based on the top leadership theory of Xenophon. Xenophon's theory was only used by Alexander and Caesar and written about by Machiavelli.
* A Scipio leader possesses eighteen (18) known elements:
(1) superior tactical skill, because they are students of history;
(2) coup d'oeil;
(3) cultural empire experience;
(4) is generally, with very rare exception, unsuccessful in civilian life as a Cicero leader**;
(5) have a decided preference to be alone during their learning phase;
(6) too nice;
(7) male;
(8) have a long term top political perspective;
(9) a great reluctance to compromise about top politics;
(10) with exceptions, most dislike long term, detail, busy work;
(11) preferring the big picture instead of the day to day of mundane home life;
(12) have yellowed teeth, because of lack of care;
(13) sleep on their backs;
(14) are usually too nice or easy going with girls;
(15) with exceptions, usually do not write books;
(16) acquisition of money alone, is never their goal,
(17) are not usually among the great intellectuals of their day and
(18) are founders of empires and states. © 4-19-13 Robin Shelley
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