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Patton's Drive: The Making of America's Greatest General [NOOK Book]

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AN UNPRECEDENTED EXPLORATION OF THE FORMATIVE YEARS OF A LEGENDARYAMERICAN WARRIORMilitary Book Club® Main Selection History Book Club® Featured Alternate In nine months and eight days of campaigning during World War II, the Third United States Army of George S. Patton Jr. moved faster and farther, killed or captured more of the enemy, and liberated more cities, towns, and villages than any other army in World War II, and quite possibly, in the history of warfare. In Patton's Drive, acclaimed historian Alan ...

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AN UNPRECEDENTED EXPLORATION OF THE FORMATIVE YEARS OF A LEGENDARYAMERICAN WARRIORMilitary Book Club® Main Selection History Book Club® Featured Alternate In nine months and eight days of campaigning during World War II, the Third United States Army of George S. Patton Jr. moved faster and farther, killed or captured more of the enemy, and liberated more cities, towns, and villages than any other army in World War II, and quite possibly, in the history of warfare. In Patton's Drive, acclaimed historian Alan Axelrod tells the story of how a young man who, in the words of Dwight D. Eisenhower, was "born to be a soldier," became a modern American general and one of the greatest field commanders of the twentieth century. Beginning with a dramatic account of Patton's magnificent drive across Europe during World War II, Axelrod looks back to the decades before the war and traces the trajectory that revealed the commander's fighting destiny. In a refreshingly clear, colloquial voice, Axelrod leads us through the determining episodes of Patton's life and the results they produced. In doing so he weaves a story rich with new insights—a story as absorbing as a great novel, but one in which history truly comes alive.

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Praise for Alan Axelrod's Patton on Leadership: "The most powerful truth I learned from combat in WWII and Korea is that you simply cannot be a successful leader - and thus will not prevail - without 'integrity, integrity, integrity.' Leaders in Business, as well as the military, will find Patton on Leadership exceptionally helpful."—C. R. "Jack" Kopp, Chairman and CEO (Ret.), Leo Burnett Co. Inc. "I have no doubt but that the leadership skills and personal attitude practiced by General Patton can be used effectively in both corporate and government managerial positions. Current and future leaders would do well to master those skills and to practice the vital requisites of honesty and integrity for which General Patton was noted and without which, leadership is highly suspect."—William A. Burke, Major General (Ret.) U.S. Army "Never thought you could compare General Patton with corporate management. But this book does it and does it well."—Karl Malden, Actor, renowned for his portrayal of General Omar Bradley in the movie Patton Praise for Alan Axelrod's Patton: A Biography: "Axelrod has cut through the politics and chaff to get to the man."—Robert K. Wilcox, best-selling author of First Blue and Wings of Fury "Axelrod has written an excellent and compelling biography of an American aristocrat of violence . . .”—Col. Ernest Fisher (USA, ret.), former senior historian, U.S. Army Praise for Alan Axelrod's Miracle at Belleau Wood: "Axelrod is one America’s great military historians. He’s done it this time with riveting non-stop action that reads like the best of Hemingway’s frontline reports plus the Marine Corps novels of W.E.B. Griffin. Axelrod pushes you right into the action, onto the battlefield, and never lets up. You become a firsthand witness to one of the world’s great battles, proud and heart-pounding as the elite force, the Devil Dogs, are born in a small forest outside Paris. This is one book I wish I’d written!"—Paul B. Farrell, J.D., Ph.D., syndicated columnist for Dow Jones’ MarketWatch. He is the author of The Lazy Person’s Guide to Investing, a former investment banker with Morgan Stanley, and a former Staff Sergeant in the US Marine Corps. “Alan Axelrod has perfectly captured the embodiment of U.S. Marines and their unparalleled Esprit de Corps in his new book, 'Miracle at Belleau Wood.' As a former Marine, I find Axelrod's descriptions of the combat in that bloody battle for which the Corps became legendary — and which is the foundation of its mythic lore — compelling and gut-wrenching. Axelrod's re-telling of the tales — some from the letters, diaries and personal accounting of those who fought there — more than does justice to Marines at Bois de la Brigade de Marine, as Belleau Wood became known to honor the Devil Dogs who fought and died there. More heroes and legends grew from Belleau Wood than from any other battle in the Corps's history. The names ring out in Axelrod's book — Daly, Blanchfield, Lee. Legends one and all. Axelrod brings it all to life for the reader. Though a historical accounting of the battle, 'Miracle at Belleau Wood' puts the reader in the front row — 'inches of real estate were purchased with gallons of blood' — as you witness the heroism and ups and downs endured by the Marines as they defeated the Germans at overwhelming odds. As Axelrod writes, '...created...in 1775, the United States Marine Corps was born in that French forest...in 1918.' A must read!”—Jay Kopelman, author of the best-selling From Baghdad with Love, and a former Lt. Colonel in the U.S. Marine Corps "Axelrod brings us back vividly to the shocking casualties of 'the war to end all wars,' opening up fresh insights into the nature of the fighting and the decisions that shaped a generation."—Bing West is a correspondent for The Atlantic and the award-winning author of two books on the Iraq war. He is a former Marine in Vietnam and assistant secretary of defense.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781599215761
  • Publisher: Globe Pequot Press
  • Publication date: 9/1/2009
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 317,297
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

After receiving his Ph.D. (with emphasis on American literature and culture) from the University of Iowa in 1979, and serving in the core curriculum of that Big 10 school as a graduate teaching assistant, Alan Axelrod taught at Lake Forest College (Lake Forest, Illinois) during 1979-80 and at Furman University (Greenville, South Carolina) from 1980 to 1982. He entered publishing in 1982 as associate editor with the Henry Francis du Pont Winterthur Museum (Winterthur, Delaware). After a brief stint as associate editor at Van Nostrand Reinhold (New York) in 1984, he became senior editor at Abbeville Press (New York) during 1984-91 and then vice president of Zenda, Inc., a consulting firm to museums and cultural institutions. In 1994, he left Zenda to become director of development (chief acquisitions editor) for Turner Publishing, Inc. (Atlanta), a subsidiary of Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. In 1997, he founded The Ian Samuel Group, Inc., a creative services and book-packaging firm, and is its president. Axelrod has served as consultant to numerous museums and cultural institutions, including the Margaret Woodbury Strong Museum (Rochester, New York), the Airman Memorial Museum (Suitland, Maryland), and the Henry Francis du Pont Winterthur Museum (Winterthur, Delaware). He has been a creative consultant for (and on-camera personality in) The Wild West television documentary series (Warner Bros., 1993) and Civil War Journal (A&E Network, 1994), and he served as historical consultant for The Discovery Channel. PUBLISHED WORKS Miracle at Belleau Wood: The Birth of the Modern U.S. Marine Corps (Lyons Press, 2007) (A Main Selection of the Military Book Club)Horrid Pit: The Battle of the Crater, the Civil War’s Cruelest Mission (Carroll & Graf, 2007) Blooding at Great Meadows: Young George Washington and the Battle that Shaped the Man (Running Press, 2006) Profiles in Audacity: Great Decisions and How They Were Made (Sterling, 2006)Patton: A Biography (Palgrave Macmillan’s Great Generals Series, 2006), series editor General Wesley K. ClarkThomas Jefferson (Alpha “Critical Lives” series biography, 2001)Benito Mussolini (Alpha “Critical Lives” series biography, 2001)Astronomy (Oryx Frontiers of Science Series) (with Christopher De Pree) (Oryx, 2000)Complete Idiot’s Guide to Criminology (Macmillan/Alpha, 2002)Complete Idiot’s Guide to World War I (Macmillan/Alpha, 2000)Complete Idiot’s Guide to the 20th Century (Macmillan/Alpha, 1999)Complete Idiot’s Guide to the American Revolution (Macmillan/Alpha, 1999)Complete Idiot’s Guide to Jazz (Macmillan/Alpha, 1999)Complete Idiot’s Guide to Astronomy (with Christopher De Pree) (Macmillan/Alpha, 1999; Second Edition, 2001)Complete Idiot’s Guide to the Civil War (Macmillan/Alpha, 1998)Complete Idiot’s Guide to Mixing Drinks (Macmillan/Alpha, 1998)Complete Idiot’s Guide to American History (Macmillan/Alpha, 1996; Second Edition, 2000)My Brother's Face: Portraits of the Civil War (with Charles Phillips; Chronicle Books, 1993)What Everyone Should Know About the 20th Century: 200 Events That Shaped Our Time (with Charles Phillips; Adams, 1993)Songs of the Wild West (Simon and Schuster/Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1992)The War between the Spies: A History of Espionage During the American Civil War (Atlantic Monthly Press, 1992)A Chronicle of the Indian Wars: From Colonial Times to Wounded Knee (Prentice-Hall Press, 1992)What Every American Should Know About American History: 200 Events That Shaped the Nation (with Charles Phillips; Adams, 1992)Art of the Golden West (Abbeville Press, 1991)

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Table of Contents

Table of Contents Introduction Noli Me Tangere ix Chapter 1“I Am Destined to Achieve Some Great Thing” 1 Chapter 2“A Very Timid Operation” 24 Chapter 3Giving Cobra its Venom 39 Chapter 4From Breakout to Breakthrough 65 Chapter 5“I Wish I Were Supreme Commander” 89 Chapter 6“Don’t Be Fatuous, George!” 112 Chapter 7“I Belong to a Different Class” 139 Chapter 8Sierra Blanca 160 Chapter 9The Punitive Expedition 184 Chapter 10The Dogs of War 207 EpiloguePatton in Hell 250A Note on Sources 272Bibliography 273Index 277About the Author 288

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Military Book Club® Main Selection
History Book Club® Featured Alternate
 
In nine months and eight days of campaigning during World War II, the Third United States Army of George S. Patton Jr. moved faster and farther, killed or captured more of the enemy, and liberated more cities, towns, and villages than any other army in World War II and, quite possibly, in the history of warfare. In Patton’s Drive, acclaimed historian Alan Axelrod tells the story of how a young man who, in the words of Dwight D. Eisenhower, was “born to be a soldier”—who believed himself to be the incarnation and summation of great warriors past—became a modern American general and one of the greatest field commanders of the twentieth century.
 
Beginning with a dramatic account of Patton’s magnificent drive across Europe during World War II, Alan Axelrod looks back to the decades before the war and traces the trajectory that revealed the commander’s fighting destiny. There was the youthful lieutenant who pursued the guerrillas of Pancho Villa deep into Mexico, and the colonel who, only a year later, led America’s first tank corps against the Germans in World War I. Axelrod also details how the two decades of peace between the world wars were, for Patton, a purgatory of physical and emotional torment, relieved only by what was for him the life-giving violence of desperate global combat.
 
For all that has been written about George S. Patton Jr., his formative years, though narrated by others, have escaped close analysis. In a refreshingly clear, colloquial voice, Axelrod leads us through the determiningepisodes of Patton’s life and the results they produced. In doing so he weaves a story rich with new insights—a story as absorbing as a great novel, but one in which history truly comes alive.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 5, 2011

    GOOD

    A quick overview of how he became the man he is with out going very indepth on military Strategy, if you want a quick read on the man this is a good one but there our better longer ones out there

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  • Posted February 7, 2010

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    Patton's Drive-A very good military look at General Patton.

    This was a very accurate look into the military life of our nation's best military commander to ever serve in the U.S.Military! Yes, he was hard nosed and strict with his men. Yes he got into hot water with Ike for slapping around a couple of men, but in my opinion, he was just trying to get their attention and wake them up as to the fact that they are in a war zone. Patton was a fighting general. He didn't know what to do with himself when they put him on the sideline. He needed to be where the action was. He wasn't affraid to speak his mind and tell it like it was. It's too bad Ike had to cuddle to the British and Montgomery or Patton would have won the war almost all by himself as a leader. It's too bad they didn't listen to him and let him go on after the Soviets also. Then we wouldn't have gone through the cold war like we did. Ike was more interested in his political carrer, like Patton said in the movie "Patton". The man was an honest to goodness All American Hero!

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