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Patton: A Biography (Great Generals)

3.82 of 5 stars 3.82  ·  rating details  ·  141 ratings  ·  13 reviews
George S. Patton embodied contradiction: a cavalryman steeped in romantic military tradition, he nevertheless pulled a reluctant American military into the most advanced realms of highly mobile armored warfare. An autocratic snob, Patton created unparalleled rapport and loyalty with the lowliest private in his command; an outspoken racist, he led the only racially integrat
Paperback, 224 pages
Published January 6th 2009 by Palgrave Macmillan Trade (first published February 7th 2006)
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I have read a few of the Great General series books. This one on General George S. Patton, Jr. was superbly done by Alan Axelrod. Though brief it covered Patton's career and character in an easy flowing informative way. I was surprised how many of the incidents covered in the book were paralleled in Academy Award winning movie with George C. Scott as Hollywood can tweak things beyond recognition and truth in such productions. Despite all the controversy surrounding the general and his quirks and ...more
A concise yet insightful biography of the triumphant American WWII battlefield commander, General George S. Patton Jr.

General George Smith Patton Jr. was a bold, inspirational American World War II military leader. Known as “Old Blood and Guts” to his troops in Europe, Patton had no equal as a military tactician. As military historian Eric Larrabee put it, Patton had the unique ability to “think like an army” and possessed a nearly mystical, intuitive understanding of battlefield tactics. As com
I feel a bit funny giving a 3 star rating to a book about a 4 star General. Anyway, Patton by Alan Axelrod is a more interesting book than his book on General Omar Bradley. Perhaps the two men are so very different that Axelrod was forced to write a rather dull account of Bradley's life but a much more lively account of Patton's life.

This book was less of a biography and more of a series of diary and letter quotes with respect to the timeline of events in Patton's life. Since much of the book's
Barrett  Dylan Brown
General Patton was truely an amazing military personality; born to be a soldier like Arjuna in the Bahagavad Gita. He claimed to remember all of his past lives and in all of them he was a warrior. When he faught the Nazi's in Africa he remembered being a Spartan fighting the Greeks in the same place, a thousand years ago. He was also a prolific poet, with no apologies to anyone for either his past life memories or his poetry.
Patton is undoubtedly the most intriguing general of modern history, and rapidly becoming my favorite. An excellent mini biography that focused on the leadership philosophies and professional achievements of this great man.
If you want to learn about Patton I think this book could be the best. It examines his life from birth to death to fully characterize him and then explain his exploits. It is also a very good and interesting read.
brilliant analysis, among other interesting tid bits, of Patton's approach to problem solving "an imperfect plan today is better than an excellent one tomorrow"
Christopher Brehm
This was an excellent overview of Patton's life. You saw what made this man and drove him to greatness.
Brace yourself! Language gets out of control. The history is riveting.
Sep 06, 2007 Shane rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
I READ A BOOK!! It was very good. I may read another one...
Oct 23, 2008 Leo marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
I read the Chinese one but English
I am gonna buy one...
Interesting look into a successful general.
Mar 21, 2010 Kyle marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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