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“It would be as hard to give up all thought [of being a soldier] as it would be to stop breathing,” wrote George S. Patton in October 1945; “The great tragedy of my life was that I survived the last battle.” But Patton would not see the year out: in December he would die as a result of injuries sustained in an automobile accident in Germany. His unexpected death sent shock waves through the American and Russian commands. It seemed plausible that America’s greatest general may have been a victim of foul play. In the seven months following the

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The Last Days of Patton

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Overview

“It would be as hard to give up all thought [of being a soldier] as it would be to stop breathing,” wrote George S. Patton in October 1945; “The great tragedy of my life was that I survived the last battle.” But Patton would not see the year out: in December he would die as a result of injuries sustained in an automobile accident in Germany. His unexpected death sent shock waves through the American and Russian commands. It seemed plausible that America’s greatest general may have been a victim of foul play. In the seven months following the German surrender, Patton had openly and provocatively criticized the Soviet Union and appeared to have transformed from a staunch anti-Nazi to a Nazi sympathizer. The Last Days of Patton by Ladislas Farago, a follow-up to his bestselling Patton: Ordeal and Triumph, attempts to reconstruct the last months of Patton’s life in order to determine if the general did indeed try to provoke a war with the Soviet Union and whether he failed to sufficiently de-Nazify the area of Germany under his jurisdiction. Farago also investigates the possibility of a conspiracy to murder Patton and reveals the role other prominent men, including Eisenhower, Montgomery, Marshall, and MacArthur, had in censuring and ultimately removing Patton from active service. The Last Days of Patton, originally published in 1981, is the story of the general’s final battle—a professional soldier caught up in the changing politics of the emerging Cold War and new reality of the atomic age.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781594165313
  • Publisher: Westholme Publishing
  • Publication date: 6/10/2011
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 359,884
  • File size: 549 KB

Meet the Author

Ladislas Farago (1906–1980) wrote many popular and acclaimed histories, including Burn After Reading, The Game of Foxes, and Patton: Ordeal and Triumph, also available from Westholme Publishing.

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Table of Contents

Introduction: Years of the Jackals: The Mysteries of General Patton's Death 1

Book 1 A War Too Late, A Peace Too Soon

Prologue: Encounter in the Haymarket 17

1 "What a War!" 21

2 Leaps over the Hedges 35

3 Sloughs of Despond 51

4 From "Overlord" to "Eclipse" 61

5 Keegan's Heroes 73

6 Conquering Hero with Foot in Mouth 81

7 Tempest in a Clouded Crystal Ball 95

Book 2 The Lord of St. Querin

8 Return of the Proconsul 105

9 More Gold, More Mysteries 115

10 The Specter of Streicher 129

11 The Month of the Stag 139

12 The Crisis at Camp Number 8 149

13 The Shadow of Ike 161

14 Snares and Pitfalls 175

15 Down to the Wire 189

16 The Professor versus the General 209

17 Out of the Fog 219

Book 3 Whiplash

18 Into the Valley of the Bug 237

19 Ward A-l, Room 101 249

20 "Hooray for Colonel Spurling" 259

21 The Countdown 269

22 Zero Hour Zero 283

23 So May He Rest 295

Epilogue: The Limited Assembly 309

Index 311

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