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Growing Up Patton: Reflections on Heroes, History, and Family Wisdom

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This unique memoir by the grandson of General George S. Patton Jr. offers a rare and intimate look into the life of the legendary man and the legacy he passed down from one generation to the next. It includes never before published letters between General George S. Patton and his son during WWII, as well as never before published family photographs.

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Paperback, 368 pages
Published November 6th 2012 by Berkley (first published March 6th 2012)
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Renee
Nov 29, 2012 Renee rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: History lovers, genealogists, fans of memoirs
Recommended to Renee by: Army and Navy Club DC
I had the privilege of hearing the author speak at the Army and Navy Club in DC a few weeks ago (13 Nov 2012)and got a signed copy of the book for my son, Artemas--a Navy LT serving on the USS SAN DIEGO (LPD 22). I read “Growing Up Patton” on the plane flying out to visit him, his wife Delia and our new granddaughter. While our family military lineage is less conspicuous than that of the Patton family, it is nonetheless a strong military history. Artemas is the fourth generation of service on my ...more
Joy
Jun 09, 2012 Joy rated it really liked it
Very interesting and informative book written by the grandson of the WWII general. A highlight was the letters written by Patton, Jr. to his son, Patton IV between 1939 and 1945 while the son was at
West Point. I was not aware that the son was a major general in the Army and served with distinction in Korea and Vietnam. He spent a fair amount of time at Fort Hood in command of a large group of soldiers, mainly during the 1960s. There are also chapters on other 'heroes' of the writer: Creighton Ab
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Mtravis
Jan 07, 2014 Mtravis rated it liked it
Knowing next to nothing about Patton I really enjoyed this book. However my favorite parts were the letters between the Pattons and sometimes I found Benjamin's stories slowing the pace for what I was interested in. Although I enjoyed all the stories of Benjamin presented, I wonder if I would've simply enjoyed an edited compilation of the Pattons, Abrams, Watkins and Rommel's letters. Saying that, the context he provided probably made the letters more engaging so I'm not sure where the happy med ...more
Carolyn Russett
Jun 25, 2016 Carolyn Russett rated it liked it
if you like history info, you will like this. Written by the grandson of the WW II general George S. Patton. Benjamin is a documentary filmmaker, and explores his family legacy. You learn a bit more about the WW II general and how , even though absent, he was a parent to the authors father , who followed in the generals footsteps and became as respected and decorated as the general. some of it is dry, but interesting insight into both military figures and a time in history.
Alison
Apr 09, 2015 Alison rated it it was amazing
Beautifully written biography. Having been in the Army (National Guard), I can see how both Generals Patton's legacies influence current Army discipline and ethics.

Also, I don't fault the senior General Patton for his views on PTSD, although he was wrong. Many soldiers are still fighting that exact stigma.
Marc
Feb 25, 2016 Marc rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I did not know that George Patton, the famours WWII general, had a son who also became an accomplished general in his own right. The book is a testimonial to George Patton IV, and explores his personal relationship with his father and his son, who is the author.
Marie Highby
Mar 25, 2013 Marie Highby rated it really liked it
Fascinating inside view of the General Patton we all know--through the George C. Scott if nothing else--and his son and grandson
Bobbi
Nov 21, 2013 Bobbi rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book. I highly recommend it to anyone that likes history especially anything to do with the pattons.
Tom Scott
Feb 15, 2013 Tom Scott rated it really liked it
A pretty good book from the family viewpoint. I especially enjoyed reading about his service in Viet Nam.
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