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Ladislas Farago
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Patton: Ordeal and Triumph

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Part Two Of Two Parts

In the vast panorama of WW II, George Patton had few peers as a tactical commander. But the record is less clear about his value as a strategist.

Ladislas Farago sets out Patton's contributions to Western strategy. He follows Patton from the early days in North Africa to the final battle in Europe. He concludes the world would have been more secure, and

Hardcover, 885 pages
Published October 28th 1964 by Astor-Honor Inc (first published January 1963)
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I've wanted to read this book for some time, but was intimidated by its size (830+ pages). The deciding factor for making the commitment to read it was the fact that the movie Patton (one of my all-time favorite films) was based, in large part, on this book. For me, the greatest aspect of this work, is it often reads like a novel. The amount of research that went into the making of the book is more than evident (and not simply by the amount of its pages). General Patton nearly jumps off the page...more
Jim Gallen
"Patton: Ordeal and Triumph" is a full life biography of one of the most colorful and successful officers ever to wear the uniform of the United States. It claims to be the book on which the movie was based and many of the anecdotes so beloved in the movie are presented in the book, although, occasionally, with slightly different details.

Author Ladislas Farago informs the reader of Patton's ancestry, beginning with his immigrant ancestor who, presumably, left Scotland to avoid debtors, justice,...more
Handling the biography of an individual as complex and controversial as George Smith Patton cannot be an easy undertaking. Farago celebrates Patton's genius as a tactician and strategist, as an inspirer of men, and as a romantic yet broadminded soldier. And though it is apparent that Farago has a deep affection for Patton as a man, he also fully explores Patton's weaknesses, such as his disastrous inability to understand public relations and political diplomacy. Perhaps it is no wonder that this...more
Interesting bography of Patton. I learned much about his personality and the problems it caused during the war. Because he was disliked by many and his actions caused embarrassment, the war probably went on longer than would otherwise have been the case because he was not given more responsibilty and freedom of action.
I'm on my third read of this in the last 25? years.A true genius ,badass motherfucker .Einstein with tank divisions.He had a deep understanding of the history of warfare back to the Romans.He was also deeply concerned with the American soldier.He wanted to kill as many Germans as he could without using infantry.
Michael Dorosh
Farago is a rivet man who dwells on a lot of details; the book is not as good or as engaging as some other Patton biographies, but is nonetheless entertaining and useful and far more detailed than any other biography to date that I am aware of.
I really enjoyed this book. Makes me want to watch the movie right now. Has a lot more details than the movie could possibly fit in. If you're a fan of military history or just enjoy the movie Patton I would recommend this book
John Massarini
Farago's last book. A better story about the General than expected. Made him human. Did he really get cheated out of his Olympic Gold Medal?
Jim Swike
This is many ways better than the movie, you did not always understand the battles in the movie, the book makes his story come to life.
Primary source for the screenplay of the 1970 movie starring George C Scott
RK Byers
this book makes you walk with a swagger and curse.
Ruth Kalen
Jun 09, 2011 Ruth Kalen rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition Recommends it for: Military history buffs
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Ladislas Farago was a military historian and journalist who published a number of best-selling books on history and espionage, especially concerning the World War II era.

He was the author of Patton: Ordeal and Triumph, the biography of General George Patton that formed the basis for the film "Patton" and wrote The Broken Seal, one of the books that formed the basis for the movie ''Tora! Tora! Tora...more
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