Patton And Rommel: Men of War in the Twentieth Century
General George S. Patton. His tongue was as sharp as the cavalry saber he once wielded, and his fury as explosive as the shells he’d ordered launched from his tank divisions. Despite his profane, posturing manner, and the sheer enthusiasm for conflict that made both his peers and the public uncomfortable, Patton’s very presence commanded respect. Had his superiors given hi...more
Paperback, 448 pages
Published January 3rd 2006 by Berkley Trade
(first published April 5th 2005)
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This book was a enjoyable read. The author has a very approachable writing style and he has a solid grasp on his subject matter. He says right off this was a book he wrote for a general audience so there is no dry academic writing to bog down a story about two of the most well known,colorful and romantisized figures in WWII. The format of a bio piece that covers two people side by side made for a nice twist on an old genre and the author makes both men very accessable to the reader. He also does...more
There are mixed reviews about this book and I can see why that may be. If you are looking for something new about Field Marshall Rommel or General Patton, you won't find it here. This is a fairly straightforward history of two men, who although they never faced each other in battle, became icons and the objects of hero worship by many of their countrymen. If you know your WWII battle history, there is nothing in this book which expands that knowledge. Instead, it looks at the personalities and p...more
George Patton and ErwinRommel had as different combat experiences as its' possible to have in the same war. Yet Rommel, the assault infrantryman, and Patton, the displaced cavalyram, arrived at essentially the same conclusions about mastering industrial war. Mass and machine triumphed only when men allowed them to - only when commanders reacted to numbers and technology, instead of using them as instruments of war .
I thought there was a little too much exposition, and not enough direct comparison of the careers of these Generals. The author chose to separate the stories of each man, instead of paralleling the stories simultaneously. This made the book seem very choppy, instead of directed.