George S. Patton: World War II General and Military Innovator

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This title examines the remarkable life of George S. Patton. Readers will learn about Patton's family background, childhood, education, military career, and societal contributions. Covered in detail is Patton's role as a general during World War II, including his successful campaigns in North Africa and Europe. Color photos, detailed maps, and informative sidebars accompany engaging text. Features include a timeline, facts, additional resources, web sites, a glossary, a bibliography, and an index. Military Heroes...

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Overview

This title examines the remarkable life of George S. Patton. Readers will learn about Patton's family background, childhood, education, military career, and societal contributions. Covered in detail is Patton's role as a general during World War II, including his successful campaigns in North Africa and Europe. Color photos, detailed maps, and informative sidebars accompany engaging text. Features include a timeline, facts, additional resources, web sites, a glossary, a bibliography, and an index. Military Heroes is a series in Essential Library, an imprint of ABDO Publishing Company.

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Children's Literature - Della A. Yannuzzi
In this series entitled "Military Heroes," author Gitlin tells the story of George S. Patton, a General who fought in World War I and II. George Smith Patton III was born in San Gabriel, California, on November 11, 1885. At an early age, Patton became aware of his family's military background. He decided that he would follow in their footsteps. In addition to a prestigious military background, the Patton family was a wealthy one. His father George the III was a lawyer in a well known California law firm. Patton had many opportunities to succeed but he had difficulty in learning. It is possible that he was dyslexic and also suffered from attention deficit disorder, since he struggled in school. By the age of eleven, he still could not read or write. At the age of seventeen, Patton told his father he was ready to join the army. Instead, his father sent him to the U.S. Military Academy at West Point in New York so he could train to become an officer—but only after a year of study at the Virginia Military Institute in Lexington, VA. for one year. He had to prepare himself for the test to qualify for West Point. He did well at VMI and was able to pass the West Point test. Patton's destiny was to become a military leader. He won many battles, although he was not the most popular leader due to his bad temper and win-at-all-costs attitude. At the end of World War II, he was welcomed home as a hero. Patton died on December 21, 1945, after a car accident that paralyzed him. Illustrations are in black and white and some of the later ones appear in color. Sidebars are included throughout the book. Back material includes a time line, essential facts, bibliography, websites, places to visit, glossary, source notes, and an index. Reviewer: Della A. Yannuzzi
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781604539646
  • Publisher: ABDO Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 1/1/2010
  • Series: Military Heroes Series
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Pages: 112
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Broken Leg, Damaged Spirit 6

Chapter 2 A Young Soldier 14

Chapter 3 School and Love 24

Chapter 4 First Tastes of Battle 32

Chapter 5 Combat in World War I 42

Chapter 6 Tough Times Back Home 52

Chapter 7 Prelude to War 60

Chapter 8 "Old Blood and Guts" 68

Chapter 9 Fighting His Way to France 76

Chapter 10 Heroism and Tragedy 86

Timeline 96

Essential Facts 100

Additional Resources 102

Glossary 104

Source Notes 106

Index 109

About the Author 112

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