Patton: Blood, Guts, and Prayer

Patton: Blood, Guts, and Prayer

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by Michael Keane
     
 

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Known for his rousing speeches and military triumphs, General George S. Patton, Jr. is one of the most famous military figures in U.S. history. Yet, he is better known for his profanity than his prayers. Until now. In his new book Patton: Blood, Guts, and Prayer, author Michael Keane takes readers on a journey through Patton’s career in three

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Known for his rousing speeches and military triumphs, General George S. Patton, Jr. is one of the most famous military figures in U.S. history. Yet, he is better known for his profanity than his prayers. Until now. In his new book Patton: Blood, Guts, and Prayer, author Michael Keane takes readers on a journey through Patton’s career in three parts: his military prowess, his inspirational bravery, and his faith. Using Patton’s own diaries, speeches, and personal papers, Keane examines the general’s actions and personality to shed light on his unique and paradoxical persona. From his miraculous near-death experience to his famous prayer for fair weather, Patton: Blood, Guts, and Prayer recounts the seminal events that contributed to Patton’s personal and religious beliefs. Comprehensive and inspiring, Patton: Blood, Guts, and Prayer is an extraordinary look at the public and private life of one of World War II's most storied generals.

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Library Journal
Kean (national security fellow, Pacific Council on International Policy) reveals the World War II general as a man of faith who believed he was favored by God for an important destiny, a soldier deeply familiar with the Bible who considered fear of death an enemy to be conquered to achieve eternal salvation. After surviving close calls in combat in both world wars as well as negative publicity as a result of having slapped a shell-shocked soldier in 1943, Patton grew increasingly confident in his sense of himself. He believed that "wars are fought with weapons but won by men" and that only through prayer would men find the courage and the strength to win on the battlefield. Keane includes passages from Patton's papers, including deeply religious poetry that he wrote. He read widely in religion, across faiths, and believed in reincarnation. VERDICT An accessible read for armchair readers of military biography, especially for those of faith.—PM

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781596983267
Publisher:
Regnery Publishing
Publication date:
10/15/2012
Pages:
300
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.20(d)

Meet the Author

Michael Keane is a Fellow of National Security at the Pacific Council on International Policy. He was embedded in Iraq with the US Army's 101st Airborne Division, under the command of Gen. David Petraeus, and in Kabul, Afghanistan at the headquarters of the ISAF Commander, Gen. Stanley McChrystal. Keane is a former Fellow of the US Department of Defense's National Security Education Project. He has apeared on CNN, CNBC, FoxNews and the History Channel and has been profiled in BusinessWeek magazine. Keane is also the author of The Night Santa Got Lost: How Norad Saved Christmas and the Dictionary of Modern Strategy and Tactics. He earned his JD from the University of Texas School of law, and MBA from the University of Chicago and a BA from the University of Southern California. He lives in Santa Monica, California.

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Patton: Blood, Guts, and Prayer 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
*tries not to puke* "Its great! But to be honest with you, it was a bit to gory for me. And maybe a tad too vivid?"
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
At 'willed control' res two
rapidsrider More than 1 year ago
This book adds relatively little to the story of George Patton. Many of the events described have been done by other biographers -- e.g., Ladislas Farago, Carlo D'Este -- and then are quoted by Keane. He does attempt to create new categories of information as indicated by the subtitle (Blood, Guts and Prayer), but those divisions result in a somewhat disorganized presentation and some "stretches" to illustrate the themes. I would recommend other books on Patton.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago