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Patton (Ballantine's Illustrated History of World War II: War Leader book No. 1)

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Whiting's portrait of General George S Patton was first published as a Ballantine's Illustrated History of World War II. Its first printing sold over 200,000 copies worldwide.

"In a cloud of thick dust, the convoy came to a halt. The tall immaculate general waited till the driver opened the door then descended slowly, his highly polished riding boots sinking into the Tunis
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Paperback, 160 pages
Published October 1st 1970 by Ballantine Books (first published 1970)
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Michel
Jul 25, 2009 Michel rated it really liked it
Shelves: history, bio, war
The story of the delusional megalomaniac who shortened the war in Europe, despite Eisenhower's best efforts to keep him away from the thick of things.
This book is a punch in the gut, coldly dissecting the man, his genius, his pathological ego, and his eerie intuition; a lucid description of everything I loathe in men, and so desperately admire.
George C Scott does a good job portraying the ambiguity of the character in the eponymous movie, but nothing like this.
Calvin
Jul 16, 2013 Calvin rated it it was ok
Shelves: american-history
Truthfully, Im not really sure. Is this a thorough dissection of Patton that clearly shows how the man didnt even come close to living up to the legend or a hatchet job by someone who simply detested Patton's character.
I eventually had to go with hatchet job, as though Patton was a loose cannon and an egomaniac, Whiting has written some other obvious hatchet job (Hemingway goes to way his worst) and I found the way he used Bradley's Biography to back up some of his points and then accused Bra
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Oct 17, 2016 Don Williams rated it really liked it
Great read and a common idea or set of competencies emerges about what it takes to get the job done.
Patton was greater than people at the time realized. I read this book for a basketball coaching class I took from Charlie Harrison, Johnny Orr's asst coach. This book has a lot of application for the sports world. I would have to reread it again to determine if there is applicability to the world of business.
Gerald N. Eischen
Good primer

No new revelations but a well written brief history. A bit weak on the possible reasons for Pattons demise. A good primer for readers unfamiliar with the subject.
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Charles Whiting was a British writer and military historian and with some 350 books of fiction and non-fiction to his credit, under his own name and a variety of pseudonyms including Duncan Harding, K.N. Kostov, John Kerrigan, Klaus Konrad, and Leo Kessler.

Born in the Bootham area of York, England, he was a pupil at the prestigious Nunthorpe Grammar School, leaving at the age of 16 to join the Bri
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