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 parts: his

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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:
9781596988002
Publisher:
Regnery Publishing
Publication date:
10/15/2012
Sold by:
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Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
300
Sales rank:
696,478
File size:
839 KB

Meet the Author

Michael Keane is a professor at the University of Southern California and a Fellow of National Security Affairs at the Pacific Council on International Policy. He has appeared on The History Channel several times and he has also been on NPR, CNN, FOX News, and CNBC. In addition to his media appearances, Keane also often writes op-eds on military and strategy for the Los Angeles Times. He lives in 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