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This magnificent biography by the world's foremost expert on the life of George S. Patton portrays the many faces of the general with uncompromising insight: the gruff, demanding public front known (and feared) by millions; the sensitive, intellectual visage shown to intimates; and the self-conscious, emotional, religious man only a handful of people ever met. Martin Blumenson deftly explores the life of this American hero, a paradoxical man who inspired others to greatness but ...

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Overview

This magnificent biography by the world's foremost expert on the life of George S. Patton portrays the many faces of the general with uncompromising insight: the gruff, demanding public front known (and feared) by millions; the sensitive, intellectual visage shown to intimates; and the self-conscious, emotional, religious man only a handful of people ever met. Martin Blumenson deftly explores the life of this American hero, a paradoxical man who inspired others to greatness but who sometimes questioned the greatness within himself.

Illustrated with 64 photographs, many from the Patton family archives, Patton: The Man Behind the Legend, 1885-1945 is a dramatic and memorable portrait of a complex American hero, a man called "the greatest combat general of modern times."

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
George S. Patton Jr. is remembered as much for his tough, profane image as for his military skill. Few sense that this image represented an ideal and a command tool to Pattonand that developing and projecting it was one of many struggles for a man forever in doubt about his aptitude and performance. Blumenson author of The Patton Papers and a one-time member of the general's staff has written a detailed and persuasive study of Patton's character, making liberal use of quotes by Patton and his family which afford insight into Patton's view of himself. More afraid of cowardice and under-achievement than of injury or death, unable to live up to his own impossible standards or the example of his martial forebearsbut always tryingPatton was very conscious of his shortcomings and insecure in his accomplishments. From his early efforts to overcome dyslexia to forcing his courage on the battlefields of World War II, he remained ill at ease with the differences between himself and the ideal he desperately wished to embody. Photos not seen by PW. 35,000 first printing; $40,000 ad/promo. November 11
Library Journal
The complex personality of ``Old Blood and Guts'' George S. Patton, Jr. is always a fair target for psychologists and amateur psychohistorians. Now, Patton scholar and ex-aide Blumenson has capped his excellent presentation of The Patton Papers with a mildly interpretative account of the colorful general's life and foibles. Unfortunately, he uses a vast amount of source material but does not tell us anything particularly new. The book is gossipy and fast moving but disappointing to readers hoping for fresh insights into this major military figure. A glib and entertaining popular biography in no way superior to any of the existing works on the subject. Raymond L. Puffer, U.S. Air Force History Prog., Los Angeles
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780688137953
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 11/28/1994
  • Series: Quill
  • Edition description: Reissue
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 536,451
  • Product dimensions: 6.12 (w) x 9.25 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Martin Blumenson, one of America's leading military historians, served as staff historian of Patton's Third Army. He is the author of many military histories, including The Patton Papers, hailed as "remarkable" by The New York Times.

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