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Patton's Drive: The Making of America's Greatest General

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"Patton's Drive "tells the story of how a young man born to war--who believed himself the literal incarnation of all great warriors past--became a modern American general: in terms of enemy killed or captured, territory taken, and people liberated, the greatest field commander of World War II. ...more
ebook, 304 pages
Published October 5th 2010 by Lyons Press (first published January 1st 2009)
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Jim Mcclanahan
Jun 03, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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The appeal of this book for me was that it was recently written (2009), and seemed to be reasonalbly concise when compared to the many pages devoted to patton's life and exploits by other authors.

The first half of the book is taken up with the WW II years, which are familiar to most military history buffs and could be gotten almost exclusively from just a viewing of the 1970 film, Patton. The second half of the book is devoted to Patton's earlier years, including his service under Gen. Pershing
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Cliff Merrill
Nov 25, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a very interesting portrait of a courageous and brilliant general, who is also obsessively ambitious, vainglorious, self-destructive, and abusive toward so many, including his family. Yet, he also was essential to the Allied cause during World War II, which, on balance, saved many lives through his battle victories. The author raises a valid question, how do we contain these warriors during war, and how do such warriors exist during times of peace?
Matthew
Apr 15, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Dr. Axelrod is one of the definitive experts on Patton as the man and the leader. The first half of this work is dedicated to describing and highlighting the leadership excellence needed to facilitate the breakout from the French hedgerow country and the dramatic risks and victories of the Battle of the Bulge.

The second half of the book is dedicated to Patton's growth and development as an officer and a leader that led to his success on the field. The author even does a wonderful job of describ
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Alan Axelrod, Ph.D., is a prolific author of history, business and management books. As of October 2018, he had written more than 150 books, as noted in an online introduction by Lynn Ware Peek before an interview with Axelrod on the National Public Radio station KPCW. Axelrod resides in Atlanta, Georgia.

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