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Posted October 30, 2000
Fact or fantasy?
This is a very easy book to read. It flows along rather well. D'Este attempts to present all sides of a complex person, but I really question if this book is attempting to present fact or fiction. For example, D'Este gives the reader conversations between Patton and his Aunt as if you are right there. A very captivating tool, but where did this come from? Is there some record, oral or written, that D'Este had access too? There is a chapter dedicated to Patton's alleged belief in reincarnation. Grossly misquoting Billy Graham, of all people, to lend support to this allegeation. Only detractors of Patton such as Fargo and Bradley have fostered this allegation. For example, Bradley's book 'A soldier's story' has the exact word for word sentence in it that D'Este uses to refer to Patton's belief in reincarnation. You will also recognize it from the movie 'Patton': Gen Alexander states,'George you would make a great marshall for Napolean'. Patton replies, 'I did....' I enjoyed 'A Bitter Victory' by D'Este, but I would leave this one on the shelf. There are other more factual books on Patton well worth reading.
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