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Publisher's Summary

George S. Patton was a general who achieved greatness in his field by contradicting his own nature. A cavalryman steeped in romantic military tradition, he nevertheless pulled a reluctant American military into the most advanced realms of highly mobile armored warfare. An autocratic snob, Patton created unparalleled rapport and loyalty with the lowliest private in his command. An outspoken racist, he led the only racially integrated U.S. military unit in World War II. A profoundly insecure individual, he made his Third Army the most self-confident and consistently victorious fighting force in the European theater. An exuberantly profane man, he prayed daily and believed God had destined him for military greatness. Alan Axelrod delivers a fascinating account of Patton's fascinating life and legacy.
This book is one of a series on great generals.
©2006 Alan Axelrod (P)2006 Blackstone Audiobooks
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Critic Reviews

"Axelrod has captured Patton's checkered legacy in a balanced biography." (Publishers Weekly)
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4 out of 5 stars
By Chris Reich on 01-23-09

Odd Reading, Great Book

I've had this book for a long time but couldn't get the time to read to read it. I was pleased to find the audio version.

I really liked this book because it gives a lot of interesting detail but not too much. I read Truman and really don't like biographies that start out 4 generations before the main character is born. This book is very well balanced in detail and treatment of Patton.

The reader has a very odd, sometimes very annoying inflection. You have to really listen because sentences are oddly joined by the reader.

Highly recommend but I'll watch for this reader in the future.

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7 of 7 people found this review helpful

3 out of 5 stars
By Bret on 05-23-10

History and a Hit Piece

At times the book seemed to serve the purpose to tell the story of Patton, and at others it seemed to have more of a purpose to undermine Patton and his character and find fault his tactics and approach to situations. I did enjoy the historical aspects, but it seemed as though the author was out to subtly discredit the man.

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5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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