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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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Sep 29, 2013 Fergie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Adam Yoshida
Jul 26, 2016 Adam Yoshida rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

I've read much about General Patton over the years, but somehow I had never gotten around to this masterful work. While this book served as the basis for the film "Patton" (indeed, a fair amount of dialog in the film comes verbatim from the book), Fargo's work goes a long way in terms of telling the story of the General as a man.

In particular, he detailed re-telling of the campaigns of 1944-44 in the European theatre of operations does much to emphasize Patton's brilliance as a combat
Oct 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I watched the movie "Patton" on one of those slow days. He was such a nut I had to dig a little deeper. This is a great read and his life is an interesting story from birth to death. Patton likely was the best battle commander since Sherman. The Germans feared him and, if he was given the opportunity, could have concluded WWII much earlier. He also could have started WWIII immediately. His relationship with General Eisenhower and General Bradley is the main theme of most of his time in the war. ...more
Oct 07, 2007 Mike rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Dennis Osborne
Aug 12, 2015 Dennis Osborne rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent book on one of WW11's fascinating characters. The movie on his life is one of my all time favourites , and this book just adds to my interest in the man. I highly recommend this book
RK Byers
Dec 27, 2010 RK Byers rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
this book makes you walk with a swagger and curse.
Jim Gallen
Nov 25, 2013 Jim Gallen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"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,
Jul 24, 2011 Arieltsmith rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Wes Knapp
Feb 10, 2015 Wes Knapp rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this biography of General Patton. Those readers who loved the movie Patton with George C Scott will find familiar stories but more depth. Very hard to put down - I was not disappointed.
Jul 22, 2014 David rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Read a long time ago and "fell in love" with George Smith Patton, Jr. A true warrior who in fact would not have fit very well into the post WWII world, as the politicians reconstructed it.
Jim  Justice
Feb 03, 2016 Jim Justice rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Surrounded by ghosts he fights.
Jan 01, 2016 Vicki rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Excellent. Absorbing.
Feb 17, 2015 Althea rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I started to read this because after watching the movie "Patton" (which was based on this book) I decided that I needed to know more about the General. The book is over 800 pages long and after reading about half of it, I knew enough about General Patton to get an insight into his complicated persona. The details about World War II battles and the various commanders involved got to be too detailed and a bit confusing.
Mar 02, 2011 Wayne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Michael Dorosh
Jul 31, 2011 Michael Dorosh rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Dec 13, 2013 Sgtshaf rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Fredrick Danysh
Jul 25, 2014 Fredrick Danysh rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history
Many books have been written about General Gorge Patton. The author attempts to examine his privileged, yet pampered life, especially his career in the army.
John Massarini
Oct 01, 2010 John Massarini rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Apr 13, 2013 Jim Swike rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Robert D. White
Sep 14, 2014 Robert D. White rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history
Excellent historical book with lots of details for a WWII General little appreciated at the time
Apr 23, 2011 Ben rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Primary source for the screenplay of the 1970 movie starring George C Scott
Ruth Kalen
Jun 09, 2011 Ruth Kalen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Military history buffs
Very insightful.
Mike Salmans
Apr 29, 2013 Mike Salmans rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved it!
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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
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“With proper and prudent recognition of their limited war potential, the British hoped to avoid a frontal attack on the Continent. They preferred a roundabout way to victory, having convinced themselves that German power could be worn down by attrition to the point of collapse, whereupon “the Anglo-American forces in the United Kingdom could perform a triumphal march from the Channel to Berlin with no more than a few snipers’ bullets to annoy them.” 0 likes
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