George S. Patton [NOOK Book]

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George S. Patton Jr. was the iconic American field commander of World War II, and widely regarded as the US Army's finest practitioner of mechanized warfare. This title examines Patton's colorful life and leadership in three wars, with a concentration on his command in World War II. Despite his ability, Patton was thoroughly reviled by most GIs, partly due to his insistence on traditional military discipline in the ranks, but also because of his unwillingness to pander to the growing power of the press. This ...
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George S. Patton

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Overview

George S. Patton Jr. was the iconic American field commander of World War II, and widely regarded as the US Army's finest practitioner of mechanized warfare. This title examines Patton's colorful life and leadership in three wars, with a concentration on his command in World War II. Despite his ability, Patton was thoroughly reviled by most GIs, partly due to his insistence on traditional military discipline in the ranks, but also because of his unwillingness to pander to the growing power of the press. This combination of ability and controversy have combined to make him one of the most interesting figures in American military history.

Steven Zaloga's contribution to Osprey's newest series, Command, addresses this iconic figure from his early life to his life after war. Including an analysis of Patton's mind and motivations, strict training methods and the controversies surrounding Patton and his relationship with his soldiers and with Eisenhower, Zaloga's text is a concise but important look into the life of one of the most famous commanders of World War II.


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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781780961354
  • Publisher: Osprey Publishing, Limited
  • Publication date: 10/18/2011
  • Series: Command , #3
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 64
  • Sales rank: 168,416
  • File size: 23 MB
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Meet the Author

Steven J. Zaloga received his BA in history from Union College and his MA from Columbia University. He has worked as an analyst in the aerospace industry for over two decades, covering missile systems and the international arms trade, and has served with the Institute for Defense Analyses, a federal think-tank. He is the author of numerous books on military technology and military history, with an accent on the US Army in World War II as well as Russia and the former Soviet Union. The author lives in Laurel, MD.


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  • Posted December 28, 2012

    I bought this item expecting a "book-length" study of

    I bought this item expecting a "book-length" study of Patton. Very few of the good, published biographies are available on Nook at this point. After buying it  I discovered that it was only 64 pages long. This isn't a "book," it's more like a long chapter. I should have checked the details before ordering, of course, but I never imagined someone would try to sell a 64 page essay as a book in the first place, especially for almost nine dollars. B&N refused to refund my purchase, but I think they would be wise to establish some guidelines for the authors and publishers they work with (criteria for what constitutes a "book" for example). Maybe they could create a separate category for texts like this, which don't really qualify as books, so that buyers are forewarned. The text itself was fine, but it reads more like a general overview of Patton's life and, not surprisingly, offers no real detail regarding specific battles, conflicts, etc. Also, no evidence of new scholarship.   

    6 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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