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Dubbed by the World War II press as "The G.I. General" because of his close identification with his men, Omar Bradley rose to command the largest exclusively American field command in U.S. history during the European Campaign. Alan Axelrod applies his signature insight and compelling prose to the life, strategy and legacy of the general who remains the model for all comma
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Paperback, 224 pages
Published June 9th 2009 by St. Martin's Griffin (first published 2007)
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Jim
For all of the WWII movies and books that I've read, there has been relatively little about General Omar Bradley. So, I thought this would be a good chance to learn his story and how he effected the outcome of WWII. My expectations were that this would be a deep biography of Bradley; I was disappointed in this it was a relatively high-level story of his major accomplishments. My lesson, if you want a biography, read a biography. Still I can tell you that I did learn about about Bradley that I di ...more
Frank Thun
Well, i am just a fan of George C. Marshall. Why? I admire his considerate, humble leadership style, his eye for persons, organizational abilities and job design.

I attributed the same strength to Bradley - and this book proved me right. Guess i Need to read a book about Dwight D. Eisenhower next...

What i really like about those american Generals - including Ulysses Grant - is that they rose by merit alone. There is always chance and opportunity involved, naturally, but the base is ability which
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Darrell
Omar Bradley was the GI general. He was known for his relationship with the enlisted men. He was also key to the planning and command of D-Day. Although, MacArthur, Patton, Eisenhower and British Field Marshal Montgomery were better known, Bradley was instrumental in North Africa and Europe for the Allied victory.

Axelrod gives a good view of the man behind the stars. He starts with his humble beginning, how Bradley almost didn't go to West Point and finally, his post WWII years. It is a good rea
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Jim
Perhaps one of the most overlooked military figures in US history, this short bio does justice to the man who was called "the GI General." Unpretentious and certainly not as colorful as George S. Patton, yet "Brad" represented the characteristics of American military leadership: selflessness, humility, and adaptability with integrity and respect that reflected the democracy he served.
Jeffrey D.
This book was well written and a very good summary of A General's Life, but that was all it accomplished. Now this in itself is a feat as Bradley's works (both of them including a Soldier's Story) are very lengthy and contain a lot of detail; however, the author only cites several sources. Furthermore, the author did very little extra-research and includes no rarer writings or library archives. Also, my own issue and critique of all previous Bradley biographies is that they end around 1951, but ...more
Scott Loughridge
Great read. Just very quick read, a more in-depth book would be nice.
Zac
Stereotypical military history too focused on what army went where and not on what Bradley was doing, thinking, and feeling. Could only loosely be described as biographical. Also not enough attention devoted to his role in the early Cold War.
Chris
Good short audiobook about Omar Bradley. A lot of this information shows up in other books about other leaders, but this focuses on Bradley.
Renee'
Incredible man! I hope somewhere there are still people out there with this much honor and character! We were lucky to have him lead us when he did!
David
Nice, short quick read on General Omar Bradley.
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