Brothers, Rivals, Victors: Eisenhower, Patton, Bradley and the Partnership that Drove the Allied Conquest in Europe

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The true story of the friendship-and rivalry-among the greatest American generals of World War II.

Supreme Allied Commander Dwight D. Eisenhower, General George S. Patton, and General Omar N. Bradley engineered the Allied conquest that shattered Hitler's hold over Europe. But they also shared an intricate web of relationships going back decades. In the cauldron of World War II, they found their prewar friendships complicated by shifting ...

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Overview

The true story of the friendship-and rivalry-among the greatest American generals of World War II.

Supreme Allied Commander Dwight D. Eisenhower, General George S. Patton, and General Omar N. Bradley engineered the Allied conquest that shattered Hitler's hold over Europe. But they also shared an intricate web of relationships going back decades. In the cauldron of World War II, they found their prewar friendships complicated by shifting allegiances, jealousy, insecurity, patriotism, and ambition.

Meticulously researched and vividly written, Jonathan W. Jordan's Brothers Rivals, Victors recounts the battle for Europe through the eyes of these three legendary generals who fought to liberate two continents. For the first time in such detail, the bonds between these battle captains are explored, and readers are treated to a rare insider's view of life at the summit of raw, violent power. Throughout three years of hard, bloody warfare, Eisenhower, the Alliance's great diplomat, sought victory in the fighting qualities and tactical genius of his most trusted subordinates, Bradley and Patton. Bradley and Patton, in turn, owed their careers to Eisenhower, who protected them from the slings and arrows of politicians, rival generals, their allies, and the U.S. Navy. The twin pillars of their working relationships were duty and trust. Yet their friendship, so genuine and unalloyed before the war, would be put to the ultimate test as life-and-death decisions were thrust upon them, and honor and duty conflicted with personal loyalty.

Brothers Rivals Victors is drawn from the candid accounts of its main characters, and strips away much of the public image of "Ike" (Eisenhower), the "G.I.'s General" (Bradley), and "Old Blood and Guts" (Patton) to reveal the men lurking beneath the legend. Adding richness to this insider's story are the words and observations of a supporting cast of generals, staff officers, secretaries, aides, politicians, and wives, whose close proximity to Eisenhower, Bradley and Patton in times of stress and tranquility are brought together to produce a uniquely intimate account of a relationship that influenced a war. The story of how these three great strategists pulled together to wage the deadliest conflict in history, despite their differences and rivalries, is marvelously told in this eye-opening narrative, sure to become a classic of military history.

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"A fascinating triple biography. Jordan elegantly describes the ever-changing relationship between America's three most important European ground commanders. His detailed account shows how the responsibilities, and politics, of high command can test even the best of friends."
-Jonathan Parshall, co-author Shattered Sword: The Untold Battle of Midway

"Finally, a major work that examines and highlights the most important American military triumvirate of World War II... General readers will appreciate the fast pace and descriptive prose, while historians and specialists will be impressed by the depth and breadth of research. Jordan's work will put the war into a new perspective for many readers... a must-read for anyone interested in World War II, or who wants to know something about how command decisions are actually made."
-Jim DeFelice, author of Rangers at Dieppe and Omar Bradley: General at War

"This is one of the great stories of the American military, of how Patton, Eisenhower and Bradley, three very different men, came together to change the world. It is told here by Jonathan Jordan with insight and compassion, relish and vigor. I read it in two sittings."
-Thomas E. Ricks, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Fiasco, Making the Corps and The Gamble

"An intimate, well-researched and gracefully-written portrait of three important generals-Jordan succeeds in bringing Patton, Brad and Ike to life once again. Brothers, Rivals, Victors is full of fresh insight and compelling drama. You will have trouble putting this book down."
-John C. McManus, author of Grunts and Alamo in the Ardennes

"Jonathan Jordan uses the intertwined lives of three great soldiers to tell the story of America's supreme military achievement: the campaign that destroyed Hitler's tyranny and freed a continent. The writing is vivid, the admiring portraits of these friends-and rivals-are carefully crafted, and Jordan has a fine eye for the telling detail. A fast-paced and thoroughly enjoyable read."
-William I. Hitchcock, author of The Bitter Road to Freedom: A New History of the Liberation of Europe

"The standard line among historians is that there's nothing new to be said about World War II... Jonathan Jordan shows us just how wrong that is... Fastidiously researched and deftly written, Jordan's work is compellingly authoritative and adds to our knowledge something that we have not had-a tale of the intertwined and sometimes discomforting relationships of three American heroes. There is no such thing as the last word on any part of our history, but Brothers, Rivals, Victors comes close."
-Mark Perry, author of Partners in Command: George Marshall and Dwight Eisenhower in War and Peace

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780451235831
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 4/3/2012
  • Pages: 672
  • Sales rank: 297,230
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Jonathan W. Jordan is the author of the award-winning book Lone Star Navy: Texas, the Fight for the Gulf of Mexico, and the Shaping of the American West. He lives in Georgia.

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  • Posted April 9, 2011

    History at its most personal and compelling

    There are some great books about WWII. There are some great biographies of the men who fought WWII. Brothers, Rivals, Victors is a great book about relationship: the dynamic and sometime tangled relationship between three of the leading principals on the Allied side. It's history with color and depth, a history behind the scenes, told in the diaries and letters, conversations and actions.

    It's also history with a dashing pace, an approachable style, and a sense of balance. There are fresh nuggets for the most hard-core history buff but context for anyone who wants a great read. Highly recommended.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 3, 2011

    Great Read

    This is an exceptionally well written books. So often an undertaking like this leads to a very dry book, but the Jordan's style of writing flows smoothly and keeps your interest focused on the stories. Combine this with his copious use of the letters and diary entries of not only the three main characters but also those who served with them and you have a book that reads as well as any page-turner you can find.
    What helps to is the balance of the narrative, these men were not perfect and Jordan does not try to hide or gloss over their egos or character flaws. Consequently we get to see not only the greatness, but also the petty concerns that made them human.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted August 28, 2012

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  • Posted February 18, 2012

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    Teamwork is not always easy

    Eisenhower, Bradley and Patton made many a headline in the war in Europe. They were three of the biggest players in the European theater. This book tries to show the underlying personal relations between these three men in an effort to help more fully explain the teamwork that went on at the command level.
    From the book you can see that Patton was the personality that had the most trouble playing well with others. Even with his friends at times. Ike and Bradley were more adept at team work and had their hands full trying to keep Patton out of trouble so he could be called upon for his unique "Hell on Wheels" offensive capabilities when most needed.
    These men were not perfect but none of us are. They did however keep it together well enough to help defeat the Nazis. That makes them three of the good guys!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 18, 2011

    An absolute must read

    Do you want a page turner,then this is your book.Jonathan Jordan did a great job with all the information about these three great generals and made it a great story not just a biography. It was a fun book to read.

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  • Posted August 11, 2011

    Highly recommended!

    A well written and beutifully researched book. Reads very well and gets a warts and all of these three giants of WWII.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 23, 2011

    Wonderful Read

    I have read biographies of all three men, but the integration of their biographies in this volume was truly enlightening.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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    As long as u luv me, we can homeless we can b broje. Ill b ur platium ill b ur silver i be ur gold!!! As long ad u luvluvluv me!! NEON GREEN!! Jo

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  • Posted March 3, 2012

    Excellent and very revealing history of the relationship between

    Excellent and very revealing history of the relationship between America's three most important generals in WWII. The book really portrays them as men, not cardboard figures. Highly recommended for anyone interested in the war, and for insights on leadership in general.

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