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Omar Bradley: General at War
     

Omar Bradley: General at War

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by Jim DeFelice
 

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The First In-Depth Biography of America’s Last Five-Star General

He was known as “the G.I. General”— humble, self-effacing, hard-working, reflecting the small-town virtues of the America whose uniform he wore. But those very virtues have led historians to neglect General Omar Bradley—until now. Bestselling author Jim DeFelice,

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The First In-Depth Biography of America’s Last Five-Star General

He was known as “the G.I. General”— humble, self-effacing, hard-working, reflecting the small-town virtues of the America whose uniform he wore. But those very virtues have led historians to neglect General Omar Bradley—until now. Bestselling author Jim DeFelice, in this, the first-ever in-depth biography of America’s last five-star general, tells Bradley’s full story, and argues that the neglected G.I. General did more than any other to defeat Hitler in World War II.

While General George S. Patton has garnered much of the glory, General Dwight David Eisenhower has claimed much of the world’s respect, and British General Bernard Montgomery has kept the Union Jack flying, as DeFelice proves, it was the unassuming Bradley who actually developed the strategy and the tactics that won the war in Europe. Meticulously researched, using previously untapped documents and unpublished diaries and notes, Omar Bradley: General at War reveals:

  • Why Bradley, not Patton, deserves most of the credit for America’s victories in North Africa
  • How Bradley—first Patton’s subordinate, then his superior—was one of Patton’s great defenders, while also recognizing his weaknesses, and tried to cover up the infamous slapping incident
  • How Eisenhower panicked—when Bradley didn’t—during the early stages of the Battle of the Bulge, delaying an American counterattack that could have saved thousands of lives
  • Why Bradley was a radical innovator in the use of combined air, armor, and infantry power
  • How Bradley, contrary to those who like to portray him as a staid counterpart to Patton, was one of the most ardent practitioners of fast-moving offensives
  • Why Bradley expected the Germans might use radiological weapons at Normandy

Provocative, thorough, original, Jim DeFelice’s Omar Bradley: General at War deserves a place on the shelf of every reader of World War II history.

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“In Omar Bradley: General at War, Jim DeFelice brings a war hero to life. Through the pages of this fast-paced and thoroughly researched story, the crack shot from Middle America emerges as an intellectual force behind some of America’s greatest victories—and a man who held his own against titans like Eisenhower, Patton, and Montgomery. From the deserts of Tunisia to the blood-stained snows of Bastogne, DeFelice’s saga of war, heroism, and humility gives America’s last five-star general a literary monument he never had in life. Omar Bradley: General at War is a truly remarkable book you’ll enjoy for its skillful writing as well as its historical credibility. Highly recommended!”
—Jonathan W. Jordan, bestselling author of Brothers, Rivals, Victors: Eisenhower, Patton, Bradley and the Partnership that Drove the Allied Conquest in Europe

“Jim DeFelice has written an entertaining and readable account of a great leader’s life, showing what shaped his character and how he faced some of the greatest military challenges of the twentieth century. Military buffs will be pleased. Anyone who reads it will be enriched.”
—Larry Bond, author of New York Times bestseller, Cold Choices

“People are familiar with the Omar Bradley of film and history books that depict him as a sidekick to more celebrated American generals—but they do not know anything close to the truth about him. In this vital, triumphant work, Jim DeFelice at long last dispels all the misconceptions with the definitive story of this towering U.S. military figure. And he does it with the masterful style of a veteran writer.”
—Jerome Preisler, New York Times bestselling author of All Hands Down: The True Story of the Soviet Attack on the USS Scorpion and the forthcoming Codename Caesar, an exploration of German-Japanese cooperation during World War II

“General Bradley was a mid-American to the core with those values being illustrated throughout his life. This is an enjoyable read for followers of military history, students of leadership skills, and good old ‘human interest’ fans. . . . A quick read and a big help in understanding the major players and strategies of the European campaigns during WWII.”
—Richard Marcinko, ROGUE WARRIOR, aka Richard Marcinko CDR, USN (Ret.)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781596981393
Publisher:
Regnery Publishing
Publication date:
09/12/2011
Pages:
400
Sales rank:
627,440
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.90(d)

Meet the Author

Jim DeFelice is an award-winning writer, former political columnist, and prolific, bestselling author of more than three dozen military books and spy thrillers. His previous works explore the effects of war, politics, terrorism, and technology on soldiers and civilians. DeFelice lives with his family in Warwick, New York.

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Omar Bradley 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
k_train More than 1 year ago
At long last, a bright light is being shown on the life of General Omar Bradley! The protean Jim DeFelice-who writes thrilling commercial fiction (Leopards Kill) as well as superb military history (Rangers at Dieppe) -has written a meticulously researched work with both an attention to detail and military strategy that will thrill military buffs, and a narrative drive which lends it the immediacy of great fiction. Unlike his contemporary, the tireless self-promoter George Patton, Omar Bradley was content to go about his business, which just happened to be that of a brilliant military tactician. Using previously untapped source material, DeFelice reveals that Bradley, not Patton or British General Montgomery, was the most instrumental in devising the strategy that ultimately defeated Adolf Hitler. As with his previous fiction and nonfiction works, DeFelice lays out a fast-moving and entertaining narrative. Omar Bradley: General at War is not just great military history, it's a superior biographical work.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good read!!!!!
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