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Michael Keane did a great deal of research and the book is well written. I have read many books on and by Patton but Keane presents a different view of Patton. There is very little about the battles he fought, the book is more about Patton the man. The first part of the book is about the history of the Patton family and their roles in the revolutionary war, French Indian War, Civil war and California independence from Mexico. It also covers Patton's WWI experience and wounding. The book spends a lot time on Patton as a student, a young man, his pursuit of Beatrice and their marriage. It also cover a great deal on his family life with wife and children. The last half of the book covers Patton religious life. Keane briefly reviews a few key issues during WWII such as his slapping a shell shock soldier and battles with Bradley and Eisenhower over Patton's mistakes with the press. Keane also includes some of Patton's poems. Patton wrote two books of poems beside the book "A soldier's Life". Patton was an extraordinary man, very complex and flamboyant but one of this country's greatest generals, Keane's book helps one understand a bit more about the man.
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