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A Soldier's Story

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D-Day, the Battle of the Bulge, the liberation of Paris, the relentless drive through Germany toward Allied victory--Omar Bradley, the "GI General," was there for every major engagement in the European theater. A Soldier's Story is the behind-the-scenes eyewitness account of the war that shaped our century: the tremendous manpower at work, the unprecedented stakes, the sna ...more
Paperback, 688 pages
Published May 4th 1999 by Modern Library (first published 1951)
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Jimmie Kepler
A Soldier's Story by General of the Army Omar Bradley is the story of World War II as General Omar Bradley saw it. It is also the primary source book for the movie Patton. Bradley's unassuming and straightforward style underscores how he is portrayed by contemporary accounts. General Bradley was known as the "G.I. General". In the book, he comes across as an island of equanimity in a sea of incredible egos like Patton, Montgomery et. al.

Remember, this book is Bradley's take on events. I am sure
Jim Gallen
Omar Bradley is one of those crucially important soldiers whose fame is limited by their non-self promoting nature and the fact that they never held the top command. Nonetheless they were eyewitnesses to history and their observations are fascinating. “A Soldier’s Story” is Bradley’s memoir of service from his arrival in North Africa in 1943 until V-E Day in May 1945. It takes the reader into the conferences of the highest echelon and the encounters with the lowliest private. It chronicles the a ...more
Darren Sapp
This is sort of "required" reading for WWII buffs because it walks you through the European theatre with the added bonus of all the high level discussions/decisions made by the brass. In addition, Bradley tells numerous stories about the politically incorrect George Patton. We were fortunate to have men like Bradley, Ike, Collins, and Hodges as well as the difficult ones like Patton and Montgomery. This is a lengthy book heavy on battle planning, strategy, etc. and little on "stories." You will ...more
Vikram Karve
Feb 20, 2012 Vikram Karve rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: All Students of Management and Military History

A Soldier’s Story by Omar N. Bradley
First Published in 1951

Book Review by VIKRAM KARVE

I love reading autobiographies, as there is nothing more inspiring and authentic than learning about the life, times, thoughts and views of a great person in his own words.

It’s a lazy hot afternoon. I browse through my bookshelves and pick out A Soldier’s Story by General Omar Nelson Bradley, one of my favourite autobiographies, and certainly my all
BATTLE OF THE BULGE: "Since success was predicated largely upon surprise, in massing his troops for the Ardennes offensive the enemy invoked his most rigid security precautions of the war. Pledges were required of all commanders briefed on the operation. Radio communications on the operation was forbidden; correspondence was ordered carried only by trusted couriers and anyone with a knowledge of the offensive was prohibited from flying west of the Rhine. Troops were to be staged in their final a ...more
Many memoirs contain a degree of self-promotion. General Bradley's is a refreshing change from that. Military history is a notoriously imprecise field, with arguments and opinions changing and still being debated over a long period of time. However, one fact which many still believe is that Bradley is the comparatively calm 'voice of reason' of the Allied senior commanders in the European theaters, playing off the more tempramental personalities of Patton and Montgomery.

Bradley's memoirs are a
Doug Dams
I read this book because it was the basis for the movie "Patton". I was surprised by this book because it was easy to read and explained much about the decisions made during WWII. The strategic decisions about D-day and the invasion of Europe are explained and are fascinating. Especially the decision to send the Big Red One in during the first wave. Omar Bradley considered the Big Red One, one of the best invasion units in the world and didn't want to waste it. It also offered a good and easy de ...more
Glenn Moody
This was a pretty good book. It had a lot of inside info about what was going on both personally and in the various campaigns of WWII. If you like war books, this is definitely one to read. Even if you don't, some of it would still be interesting... I learned how important supply lines are to the success of wartime operations!
Joe Machado
I'd reccommend this volume to anyone whose only knowledge of WWII in the European theater comes from the popular works of Stephen Ambrose, and the like. It will be familiar enough, and has greater depth.
Full review to come. Consistently clear and interesting; deals gently with controversial issues, like relationship with Montgomery and slowdowns imposed by SHAEF.
Certainly of inestimable value as a pure military history, Soldier's Story does a bare minimum in revealing the personalities that surround these watershed events.
On BookTV, this book, "A Soldier's Story," was recommended by Rick Atkinson. (The other book by Omar Bradley, "A General's Life," was published posthumously.)
Fredrick Danysh
General Omar Bradley has written his life's story. He commanded the American army in Europe during World War II under Eishenhower.
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Omar Nelson Bradley was a senior U.S. Army field commander in North Africa and Europe during World War II, and a General of the Army in the United States Army. He was the last surviving five-star commissioned officer of the United States and the first general to be selected Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

Omar N. Bradley served on active duty with the United States Army from 1915-1953.

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