Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Patton: A Biography” as Want to Read:
Patton: A Biography
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating

Patton: A Biography (Great Generals)

by
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
...more
Paperback, 224 pages
Published January 6th 2009 by Palgrave Macmillan Trade (first published February 7th 2006)
more details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about Patton, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about Patton

This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Add this book to your favorite list »

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30 of 248)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  rating details
Hal
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
getAbstract
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
...more
Jim
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
...more
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.
Matthew
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.
John
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.
Sorin
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.
Bob
Brace yourself! Language gets out of control. The history is riveting.
Shane
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...
Leo
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...
Mark
Interesting look into a successful general.
Kyle
Mar 21, 2010 Kyle marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Brian
Stewart Lockwood
Stewart Lockwood marked it as to-read
Dec 24, 2014
manoohj
manoohj marked it as to-read
Dec 01, 2014
Paul Bowles
Paul Bowles marked it as to-read
Nov 27, 2014
Shawn
Shawn marked it as to-read
Nov 15, 2014
Wayne Moore
Wayne Moore marked it as to-read
Nov 12, 2014
Inakshi
Inakshi marked it as to-read
Nov 03, 2014
Donald Forster
Donald Forster marked it as to-read
Oct 31, 2014
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »
  • Making Malcolm: The Myth And Meaning Of Malcolm X
  • Overworld
  • Southern Lady, Yankee Spy: The True Story of Elizabeth Van Lew, a Union Agent in the Heart of the Confederacy
  • The Weight of a Mustard Seed: An Iraqi General's Moral Journey During the Time of Saddam
  • Drugs, Oil & War: The United States in Afghanistan, Colombia & Indochina
  • Hitler's War
  • Gandhi: A Very Short Introduction
  • Day Of Deceit: The Truth About FDR and Pearl Harbor
  • General Patton: A Soldier's Life
  • 9/11 Synthetic Terror: Made in USA
  • The Essential Rosa Luxemburg: Reform or Revolution/The Mass Strike
  • Powerdown: Options and Actions for a Post-Carbon World
  • Asphalt Nation: How the Automobile Took Over America and How We Can Take It Back
  • The Bloody White Baron
  • Walking in the Shade: Volume Two of My Autobiography--1949-1962
  • A Century of War: Anglo-American Oil Politics and the New World Order
  • The Last Undercover: The True Story of an FBI Agent's Dangerous Dance with Evil
  • Dirty Little Secrets of World War II: Military Information No One Told You about the Greatest, Most Terrible War in History
Elizabeth I CEO: Strategic Lessons from the Leader Who Built an Empire Patton on Leadership The Real History of the American Revolution: A New Look at the Past Miracle at Belleau Wood: The Birth of the Modern U.S. Marine Corps Profiles in Audacity: Great Decisions and How They Were Made

Share This Book