A Soldier's Story

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D-Day, the Battle of the Bulge, the liberation of Paris, the relentless drive through Germany toward Allied victory - Omar Bradley, the "GI General," was there for every major engagement in the European theater. A Soldier's Story is the behind-the-scenes eyewitness account of the war that shaped our century: the tremendous manpower at work, the unprecedented stakes, the snafus that almost led to defeat, the larger-than-life personalities and brilliant generals (Patton, Eisenhower, Montgomery) who masterminded it ...
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D-Day, the Battle of the Bulge, the liberation of Paris, the relentless drive through Germany toward Allied victory - Omar Bradley, the "GI General," was there for every major engagement in the European theater. A Soldier's Story is the behind-the-scenes eyewitness account of the war that shaped our century: the tremendous manpower at work, the unprecedented stakes, the snafus that almost led to defeat, the larger-than-life personalities and brilliant generals (Patton, Eisenhower, Montgomery) who masterminded it all. One of the two books on which the movie Patton was based, A Soldier's Story is a compelling and vivid memoir from the greatest military tactician of our time.
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Library Journal
This 1951 volume by the so-called "GI General" is quite an appropriate title to help launch Modern Library's new "War" line of paperback reprints. Bradley here offers a firsthand account of World War II. This is the only paperback available of this title. Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
NY Times Book Review
The highest service [of this memoir] is to provide a gallery of military portaits, a background of personalities, against which the war...was fought.
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"Superb history and literature...surpassed only by the magnificent volumes of  Winston Churchill."  — The Saturday Review

"A Soldier's Story tells, better than any other book of its kind to date, how the war in the European theater was fought and why it was fought that way."
—A. J. Liebling, The New Yorker

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780528810527
  • Publisher: Rand McNally
  • Publication date: 4/28/1978

Meet the Author

Omar N. Bradley was born in Clark, Missouri, on February 12, 1893. He was the first chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and only the fourth American to rise to the rank of five-star general. He died on April 8, 1981, and was buried with full military honors in Arlington National Cemetery.

Caleb Carr is the bestselling author of the novels The Alienist and The Angel of Darkness, as well as a critically acclaimed biography of an American mercenary, The Devil Soldier. He writes frequently on military history for The New York Times and MHQ: The Quarterly Journal of Military History, where he is a contributing editor.

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Table of Contents

Introduction to the Modern Library War Series
Introduction
Acknowledgments
Preface
List of Maps
Ch. 1 Summons to the Normandy Invasion 1
Ch. 2 Overseas 12
Ch. 3 Tunisia 28
Ch. 4 With Patton to El Guettar 43
Ch. 5 Commanding General, II Corps 56
Ch. 6 Objective: Bizerte 71
Ch. 7 End of the Afrika Korps 83
Ch. 8 Priming for the Sicilian Invasion 102
Ch. 9 Invasion of Sicily 122
Ch. 10 Coast Road to Messina 144
Ch. 11 Arrival in England 165
Ch. 12 Evolution of OVERLORD 182
Ch. 13 Problems of Command 197
Ch. 14 Planning the Assault 212
Ch. 15 D Day, Normandy 251
Ch. 16 Cherbourg Falls 286
Ch. 17 Breakout 315
Ch. 18 Encirclement of a German Army 350
Ch. 19 Liberation of Paris 384
Ch. 20 Famine in Supply 407
Ch. 21 Counteroffensive 451
Ch. 22 Breaching the Rhine 490
Ch. 23 To the Elbe 523
App Order of Battle, 12th Army Group 557
App Organizational Charts
Field Army, 1944 562
Infantry Division, 1944 564
Armored Division, 1944 565
App Principal Persons 567
Glossary 575
Index 581
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