George S. Patton: The background, strategies, tactics and battlefield experiences of the greatest commanders of history

George S. Patton: The background, strategies, tactics and battlefield experiences of the greatest commanders of history

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by Steven J. Zaloga, Steve Noon
     
 

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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

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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 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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“Steven Zaloga's writing is a concise and an important look into the life of George S. Patton, Jr. from his early years to his life after the war ... [He] includes an analysis of Patton's mind and motivations, his strict training methods and controversies concerning his relationship with his soldiers and with Eisenhower.” —www.mataka.org (October 2010)

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ISBN-13:
9781846034596
Publisher:
Bloomsbury USA
Publication date:
06/22/2010
Series:
Command Series
Pages:
64
Sales rank:
882,993
Product dimensions:
7.30(w) x 9.80(h) x 0.30(d)

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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George S. Patton: The background, strategies, tactics and battlefield experiences of the greatest commanders of history 1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Nightfly More than 1 year ago
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.