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Brothers, Rivals, Victors: Eisenhower, Patton, Bradley and the Partnership that Drove the Allied Conquest in Europe

4.17  ·  Rating Details  ·  342 Ratings  ·  48 Reviews
Supreme Commander Dwight D. Eisenhower, General George S. Patton, and General Omar N. Bradley engineered the Allied conquest that shattered Hitler's hold over Europe. But they also shared intricate connections going back decades, and in the Second World War, they found their prewar friendships complicated by shifting allegiances, jealousy, insecurity, patriotism, and ambit ...more
Paperback, 672 pages
Published April 3rd 2012 by NAL (first published January 4th 2011)
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'Aussie Rick'
Apr 06, 2012 'Aussie Rick' rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-military, ww2
I have just finished reading Brothers Rivals Victors and what a marvellous read it was. I finished the book having really enjoyed the travel through history with three of America’s greatest soldiers; Dwight D. Eisenhower, General George S. Patton, and General Omar N. Bradley.

The book does not provide an in-depth military account of the campaigns and battles that these three men fought during the Second World War. What the author does provide is an interesting, and at times funny account of the
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Barney
Dec 23, 2011 Barney rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Yes, 672 pages. I blew through this book in three sittings. Jordan has a lot of experience in writing about all three of the above men, and he brings his expertise to bear in this book. My only complaint about this text is the overuse of phrases like "cut to the bone" and "pot boiled over"; this is a minor quibble of style, The substance in the book is fascinating

Here are ten things I liked about the book.

1. The author's use of diaries and personal communication. Ike, Bradley and Patton all come
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Sam
Jan 12, 2014 Sam rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: world-war-ii
These three generals (two of them made 5 stars, and one 4 stars), knew each other for decades, all of them graduating from West Point, all of them serving during WWI, and, interestingly, all of them at one point or another, swapping seniority amongst themselves. The book goes into great detail regarding the lives of Eisenhower, Bradley, and Patton; where they came from, their modest (except for Patton...born with a silver spoon in his mouth) beginnings, through their many years of Army life, whe ...more
Nicki
Apr 30, 2012 Nicki rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book. Using journal entries, official military records, correspondence, and interviews with people close to the protagonists, the author really brought to life three of the greatest generals of the 20th century: Eisenhower, Patton, and Bradley. This book almost reads like a novel. It is long, but I couldn't put it down. It details the relationship between the three men from the very beginnings of their entry into military schools through the end of WWII. It really made the ...more
Randy
Feb 13, 2014 Randy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent insight to these three heroes of World War II --Eisenhower, Bradley and Patton. Explains the relationship and history of the three. Begins with a history and bio of each then follows a detailed cross section of each career and their relationship throughout WW II. The author has extensive account of notes, memos and letters surrounding the battles and incidents of the War. I gained an appreciation for some of their challenges and their interactions. At times they admired each other, at ...more
Natalie
Aug 03, 2011 Natalie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent book. Meticulously researched and well written.

The Best I have read on this matter so far.

I never thought the personal relationship of these 3 strong minded, testosterone driven alpha animals went so deep. Some decisions taken over a latent "mine is bigger than yours" atmosphere might be disputable, but they sure had a life changing impact on all of us in Western Europe.

Jonathan W. Jordan has done a 5*, class A job on this unparalleled book.
Brooke Stoddard
Aug 11, 2015 Brooke Stoddard rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: World War II afficianados
I did not have high hopes. I thought the title was a gimmick for a rehash of the war in Europe post-DDay, but it is more than that. Not really a military history, it follows the careers and friendships of these men as they approach their highest responsibilities and then how they clash and often disappoint one another as they struggle to carry out those responsibilities. During the Sicilian campaign you wonder who the enemy is -- the Germans and Italians are hardly mentioned as the paramount str ...more
Jordan Ashcraft
Jul 02, 2013 Jordan Ashcraft rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An excellent & well researched look into one of the most important friendships & working relationships of WWII. The audio book is excellent.
Sam Honeycutt
The Best one volume study of the Generals that won the war in Fortress Europe and points south.
Shmoo_usnyahoo.Com
Great insight into three of the most important US commanders of WWII. More than just a simple historical account, it extensively utilizes personal correspondence, diaries and accounts from close associates to paint a more complete/nuanced portrait of the "real" personalities behind the figures (to include interactions among themselves, as well as others). I was very impressed by Jordan's writing style, as he was able to make this work entertaining and educational (even for someone who knows a si ...more
Maurits van Rees
Jan 22, 2014 Maurits van Rees rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
A gripping biography (triography?). A well written and extensive characterization, with as main story line the most important military events in the West. The events influence the characters, but the characters influence the events more.

Patton: colorful, outspoken. Brilliant and fast in hunting the enemy and making the best of a tactical advantage. Known for his profanity ("'Nuts' was about the only swear word I did *not* use,") but really the most friendly of the three. More a loner, writing lo
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Dan Chance
Oct 09, 2012 Dan Chance rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
9/26/12 [update - continued] Brad knew that his profession asked him to put men in harms way but he never liked doing it. He was good in any job to which he was assigned, training, administration, whatever.
The first opportunity for all of them to work together was in the Tunisian operation in North Africa. Ike had difficulty in restraining conflicts between allied units. Patton had barely managed to restrain himself from taking the bit in his teeth and teaching the British what they aught to be
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KOMET
This book is a historical study of 3 men --- all friends and West Point graduates --- who rose to the highest ranks of the U.S. Army during the Second World War, and through their achievements, helped ensure victory in Europe for the Allies in May 1945.

Dwight Eisenhower ("Ike") and George S. Patton, Jr. first met at Camp Meade, Maryland in 1919. Both men were serving in the nascent U.S. Tank Corps. Patton, unlike Ike, had been blooded in combat, first in Mexico as a member of the Punitive Exped
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Scott Smith
Aug 15, 2012 Scott Smith rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Here is my latest review from the Kenosha News - Off the Shelf reviews page published on 8/5/12.

Award-winning author Jonathan Jordan has conducted meticulous research and goes into incredible detail to bring together the intertwining lives of three of World War II’s most interesting and storied commanders; Dwight Eisenhower, Omar Bradley and George Patton.
Using their personal correspondence and diaries as well as observations of those who worked with each of them, for the first time we see in vi
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Eric
May 14, 2013 Eric rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An excellent book, tying three of our most well-known World War II European theater commanders together and showing how they related to each other and worked together.
Dwight Eisenhower and Omar Bradley were West Point classmates in 1915 ("the class the stars fell on") and Eisenhower and Patton became close friends right after World War I, in 1919. Then, Patton outranked Eisenhower and was mentor to the younger officer. Twenty-four years later, Eisenhower was Patton's senior and pulled him out of
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Tom
Jul 13, 2011 Tom rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow! 5 stars just like Eisenhower. A few points 1] Ike might not have known it but he was emulating A. Lincoln when he created a team of quarreling allies as Lincoln did and Goodwin described in "Team of Rivals". Perhaps an aspect of leadership that is often absent these days is the ability to partner with/hire someone who is going to disagree with you, 2] Men viewed as heroes to these soldiers were Grant, Sherman, Longstreet, Stonewall Jackson, James Longstreet ("Hit hard when you start, but do ...more
Don (The Book Guy)
I first picked this book up in a Barnes & Noble a few years ago and started reading it in the store. I was fascinated by the idea of how these three men had known and worked together in various circumstances prior to their partnership in WWII. I received it as a Christmas gift last year and decided I needed to get it read. Thanks to many war movies over the years I had an idea about Eisenhower and Patton, but not much about Bradley. This book changes these mental images and make the three mo ...more
Russ Ewell
Apr 16, 2016 Russ Ewell rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Oh...my! You will thrill at the storytelling in this volume. You will stay awake at night feeling you were just in the room with these greats. You will understand why we won, and hope we will always have leaders like this. There is no sentence I could write to properly explain the incredible inspiring and moving nature of this book. Love it!
Bonnie_blu
Jun 07, 2012 Bonnie_blu rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history
Patton, Bradley, and Eisenhower are revealed in this book as exceptional men, but men who also had significant personality “issues.” The author makes extensive use of diaries, letters, and interviews to explore the relationships among the three men. The generals’ various backgrounds made it inevitable that they would have conflicting personalities and have differing ideas as to how the war in Europe should be fought. However, even with all that separated them, they pulled together at critical ti ...more
Steve
Jan 17, 2016 Steve rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A lot of information, but also another example of the complete lack of editing in most modern non-fiction. This book would have been much more effective if it had been 25% shorter and the endless repetition of whining quotes from the three featured generals' letters and diaries been seriously cut.
D. Reed Whittaker
Interesting insights. Came to dislike/despise Monty. Recommend, if you're a student of leadership/management.
Ian
May 27, 2015 Ian rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Amazing book about the three most important generals of World War II and their relationships with each other.
Steve
Mar 06, 2013 Steve rated it really liked it
A great and interesting book on the lives and differences of how each commanded Allied troops in Europe during World War II. Bradley and Eisenhower were quit, But Patton was flamboyant and his ego got in the way. They planned and led Allied troops in North Africa, Italy, and Sicily as well as the D day invasion of France during World War II. There were times that Patton got into serious trouble and almost lost his command. Its interesting to learn each of their tactics and plans for the invasion ...more
Tom Carter
May 12, 2014 Tom Carter rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great book. The author took the known history of WWII and added each man's journal writings to paint a full picture of their relationship during these events. The struggles, triumphs and the politics of being in a war against Germany and teaming with Britain to bring it down. I heard the audio book and the reader was also very good.
Lance Cangelosi
Jul 08, 2013 Lance Cangelosi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very good book, details much of WWII, through the eyes of key leaders. The book does a good job of explaining the men and their interactions with each other, but more importantly provides a historical, strategic, and operational context to the interactions. If I find any fault with the book it is that it skips the campaigns in Italy almost entirely and it covers Patton much more than Bradley and Eisenhower; I presume because of available source material.
Adam
Jun 28, 2014 Adam rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Learned a lot about the great leaders of WWII. It was a fascinating look at the behind the scenes leadership that lead us to victory.
John Sagherian
Great read if you're interested in WWII.
Mike
Mar 13, 2013 Mike rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I found this book highly interesting and illuminating...we tend to read books on each of these persons as individuals, or the war effort they were part of as a whole...but this book meshed all of that together with insight into the interpersonal relationships they shared, intimately and in context with their duties and performance as officers / leaders during the war. Enjoyed it...worthy of a future re-read I believe.
Hadrian
May 13, 2011 Hadrian rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Excellent new biography about the relationship between three friends as they influenced the course of history, and how war can threaten to break apart even the strongest of friendships. Focuses a lot on the main there, with the other figures of the war being mentioned mainly in a supporting way. The use of quotations and oral sources provides an excellent view into the psychology of these generals. A fine book.
Dj
Apr 16, 2013 Dj rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A very good look at the individuals involved. Some of the sources it relies on could be a tad suspect, but it is that way with any book of this type.
The author takes great pains to make it so that there is little use of other works other than the diaries and papers of people who were contemporary. With a great deal of success.
Good enough that I am going to look for other works by the author.
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A native of Savannah, Georgia, Jon grew up on Air Force bases, from which his father flew C-141 Starlifters for the Military Air Command during the Vietnam War. He lived in New Jersey, Ohio, and the Philippines until 1976, when his family moved to Selma, Alabama. Jon obtained an accounting degree from Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama and his law degree from Vanderbilt University. He pract ...more
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