Target: Patton: The Plot to Assassinate General George S. Patton

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He was the most controversial American general in World War II--and also one of the most successful, courageous, and audacious. As a post-war administrator of defeated Germany, he sounded alarm bells about the dangers of Soviet encroachment into Europe. Politically, he was a lightning rod--an outspoken conservative who continually embarrassed his superiors with his uncensored, undiplomatic, and unrestrained comments to the press. He was General George S. Patton Jr., old Blood ...
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Overview


He was the most controversial American general in World War II--and also one of the most successful, courageous, and audacious. As a post-war administrator of defeated Germany, he sounded alarm bells about the dangers of Soviet encroachment into Europe. Politically, he was a lightning rod--an outspoken conservative who continually embarrassed his superiors with his uncensored, undiplomatic, and unrestrained comments to the press. He was General George S. Patton Jr., old Blood and Guts.
In 1945, shortly before he was to fly home to the states as a conquering hero, he was involved in a mysterious car crash that left him partially paralyzed.

Two weeks later, just as his doctors were about to send him home to finish his recovery, he was dead.
The army ruled the car crash an accident, his death natural. Yet witness testimony on the crash conflicted, key players in the incident disappeared, official reports vanished, soldiers were ordered to keep silent, and there was no autopsy performed on the body.

Investigative and military reporter Robert Wilcox, author of Black Aces High and Wings of Fury, has spent more than ten years investigating these mysteries, and in Target: Patton he has written an electrifying account of the shocking circumstances--long hidden from the public--surrounding the death of America's most famous general. In Target: Patton, you'll discover:
* The extraordinary war hero, artist, and mercenary who said he was ordered by U.S. intelligence to assassinate Patton
* The OSS agent who knew Patton was in danger and tried to save him
* New evidence from recently declassified documents revealing doubts about the official version of Patton's death
* The final stories of those involved in the accident, including those who were thought to have disappeared--until now

Provocative, shocking, and compelling, Target: Patton takes you through the maze of denials, contradictions, and treacheries behind one of the great unsolved mysteries of World War II.

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Doug McIntyre
"Robert Wilcox's Target: Patton has enough twists and turns to satisfy the most demanding murder-mystery fan with the added bonus of historical possibility. Populated with legendary real-life characters, Wilcox introduces the world to Douglas Bazata: a man of action as improbably true as Lawrence of Arabia. With a screenwriter's gift for picture images and a military historian's discipline for detail, Wilcox peels back the decades to the chaotic final chords of WW II and the opening act of the Cold War by asking the heretofore unanswered question: was General George S. Patton murdered?"--(Doug McIntyre, KABC Radio/Los Angeles Daily News)
Paul E. Vallely
"Target: Patton is a terrific book investigating the mysterious death of one of America's greatest military heroes: General George S. Patton, Jr. Reporter Robert Wilcox takes the reader into the mystery: from Patton's suspicious car crash in Occupied Germany in 1945 to his unexpected death two weeks later, bringing to light new evidence and raising serious questions, all of which makes for a fascinating read."--(Paul E. Vallely, Major General, U.S. Army (Ret.) Chairman, Stand Up America USA, Co-author of Endgame: The Blueprint for Victory in the War on Terror)
John Batchelor
"I am most surprised to learn in Robert Wilcox's highly readable book that there is a reasonable doubt and more that George Patton's death in Germany in December 1945 was not the result of a car crash but possibly foul play by hired assassins. Certainly there was motive and opportunity, but was there method? Over the years, I had heard a version of this tale based upon German villainy, but never with the detail and matter-of-fact persuasion in Target: Patton. I don't know if he was murdered, but I am no longer sure he wasn't. Exhume the corpse. End the debate."--(John Batchelor, host WABC, WMAL, KSFO, KFI)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781596985797
  • Publisher: Regnery Publishing, Inc., An Eagle Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 11/4/2008
  • Pages: 444
  • Sales rank: 516,418
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Robert K. Wilcox is an author, journalist, and screenwriter who has written extensively on military subjects. He is the author of, among other books, Scream of Eagles, Japan's Secret War, Wings of Fury, Black Aces High, and First Blue. He has appeared on the History Channel, Oliver North's War Stories, and many other television and radio shows. He lives in Los Angeles. Visit his website, robertkwilcox.com.
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  • Posted February 16, 2009

    Target: Patton

    The book is a curious mix between excellent investigative skills, and very good story telling. One thing's for certain, whether you believe Patton as assassinated or not: there are too many unanswered questions surrounding his death, and too many people simply vanished without a trace that were connected to his accident and then death in the hospital. If the evidence that is presented in the book was put before a judge today in a modern homicide investigation, the prosecuting attourney would have *more* than enough circumstantial evidence to go to trial. <BR/><BR/>So, the question is...why isn't the US Government interested in determining the truth all these years later? Because airing dirty laundry that might incriminate past political & military figures wouldn't be their first option. <BR/><BR/>Was Patton assassinated? Read the book, I'm sure you'll want the body exhumed and a present-day DNA driven investigation undertaken as well.

    13 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 15, 2009

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    Shocking evidence of assassination and set up for Cold War

    If you can read this and still believe the official story of Patton's death you are probably the sort of person that still thinks Vince Foster committed suicide.
    What I found most illuminating was not that Patton was assassinated but the staggering revelations that he was regularly prevented from finishing the war early and the amount of collusion between the West and Soviets that ensured the Russians would "own" eastern Europe and set up perfect conditions for the "Cold War" and therefore keep the Military Industrial Complex and it's New World Order owners very happy, dominant and of course rich. We know by reading Carroll Quigley's "Anglo-American Establishment" that the Global Elites have engineered all major conflict for at least the last 150 years and of course funded both sides, but to read such damning proof will definitely be an eye opener to many. The New World Order must be stopped. Learn more at www.somethingmustbreak.net

    11 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 11, 2012

    A Great American General

    Robert Wilcox’s book “Target: Patton” is a masterpiece. While not being able to determine conclusively that Patton was assassinated, it certainly leads one to believe that there is substantial reason to decide that he was.

    Patton is an American hero who fought for his country’s welfare come hell or high water. This book chronicles his efforts to beat back Washington’s efforts to be cozy with the Russians, as well as the efforts of others (Roosevelt, Marshall, Eisenhower, Montgomery, Administration leftists) to kowtow to the Russians so that they would join us in the concurrent battle with the Japanese.

    A startling and shocking revelation is the little known conscious abandonment by the Roosevelt Administration of U.S. and British POWs who were “freed” by the Russians and then disappeared into the Gulag (perhaps up to 25,000 each).

    This book joins the genre of recents books that have been revealing the embarrassing actions of our government in dealing with Hitler’s rise to power and the concentration camps (“In the Garden of Beasts”) and in assisting, and even hiring, former Nazis after the German surrender at the end of WWII (“Nazis On the Run”), all of which brings many of our Government’s actions into disrepute.

    9 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 17, 2008

    A Great Read!

    Thoroughly enjoyed this book! Well-researched and laid out like a great mystery novel. Patton was by far our greatest General. Unfortunately he was ahead of his time. He knew the Russians were not to be trusted. We were played by Stalin and the communists, who ended up with most of Eastern Europe after the War ¿ a pretty good head start. And we gave it to them. This book exposes the naiveté of the left-leaning Roosevelt administration who loved and respected Uncle Joe and who had disdain for the likes of George S. Patton ¿ a general too effective, too American and far too prescient for his time. Motive is clear. Patton was murdered. The real question is ¿by whom?¿!

    9 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 17, 2008

    Quite a tale

    I don't know what ¿Anonymous¿ read but Target Patton has 444 pages, not 250. Did he really read it? The book has excellent research and writing. As a vet, I knew Patton died in an accident and I'd heard the rumors. But never before have I seen such strong evidence that the rumors might be true. Patton was probably offed by elements high up in our government and the Soviet government. Both sides had reasons. Start with the secrets he knew and was about to tell and end with him wanting to start WWIII. Confessons by assasins, missing records, mysterious disappearances - even the accident Cadillac in the Patton museum is suspect. It¿s VIN has been scratched out. The author has pictures! This book has it all. And it's all real and supported by sources. It should be read by anyone seeking the truth about what really happened to Gen. Patton.

    9 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 16, 2009

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    Fascinating analysis of the mystery surrounding the greatest American general of World War II. The author examines possibilities that Patton was assiassinated, and uncovers compelling evidence.

    Extremely well researched analysis of the death of General George S. Patton, America's most brilliant, but often criticized general of the Second World War. The author unearths several sources who claim that Patton did not die accidentally, that the accident which led to his death was staged, and that he was slowly recovering from the injuries he incurred, then was executed in the hospital.<BR/><BR/>The head of the OSS, the forerunner of today's CIA, and the head of Russia's KGB, both had reason to want Patton silenced about American military mistakes, and our failure to recognize the looming threat of the USSR to the European continent and to the United States. Add in the absolute fear by Joseph Stalin that Patton would convince the Allies to turn their attention toward the Soviet menace, and you have motive for murder.<BR/><BR/>Wilcox points to the alarming string of "coincidences" that all documentation of Patton's accident, and the subsequent investigation by military intelligence have disappeared. He also documents numerous examples of KGB murders by staged "accidents," and the presence of senior KGB agents in the vicinity of Patton's headquarters the week of his fatal accident. <BR/><BR/>Finally the author discusses statements supported by personal diaries of a free-lance OSS and CIA spy who states he was asked to arrange for Patton's assassination. <BR/><BR/>The only negative to this book is that the author writes repetitively about some of his key evidence in what appears to be an attempt to fill pages. That said, if you have an interest in military history, or the beginning of the cold war, this is a good book. Having read several books about Patton including what is probably the definitive biography by Carlo D' Este, I found this book fascinating.

    8 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 5, 2010

    My hubby read this one! &lt;:-o !

    I gave this book a 5-star rating based on its remarkable achievement with my husband! Let me explain! I just can't believe it! I got this book for my husband but really held little hope of him reading it. I LOVE to read, so I was trying to "tempt" him with a book about one of his favorite military heroes - General Patton. Well - surprise surprise! - it WORKED! He not only read it (about 3 months and a few "subtle" questions after I gave it to him), but said he actually ENJOYED it! Now, this book MUST be GOOD for HIM to say that, so now I must also read it! Can't wait!

    7 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 9, 2009

    Great Book About the Plot to Assassinate General Patton!

    This book was very interesting to read. Although the book was speculation, it was backed up with some pretty good evidence that makes you wonder. Yeah, i dont know what that other Anonymous writer said about the book being 250 pages it's actually 406 pages of reading pages and then 39 pages of sources, notes and index. It was actually a very good book and i recommend the book to anyone who likes mysteries or world war ii stuff.

    6 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 30, 2009

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    Revealing

    I have read everything about George Patton I could get my hands on since I saw the movie in 1975. Patton's death left me with a lot of questions which Wilcox has now answered for me.

    4 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 28, 2010

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    I don't(want to)believe Patton was assassinated

    After reading this book, how can you not at least entertain the thought? There were so many motives and people involved, both domestic and foreign, that I was arguing with myself that this couldn't be possible. Or was it?

    3 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 12, 2009

    Fascinating read!

    My husband couldn't put it down until finished. Historical event with intriguing conclusion.

    3 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 24, 2012

    Highly Recommended

    I bought the book for my father and he LOVES it!

    1 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 23, 2009

    More questions raised than answered.

    Interesting, long winded, not concise, rambling.

    0 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 16, 2008

    250 pages of pure speculation and no supporting facts

    i was very interested in reading this book after reading a review for the book. unfortunately the review i read must have been by the author's brother or wife for it was nothing like the book i read. thsi book is 250 pages of pure speculation, what ifs, rumours without any sources and lack of existence of documents as proof something is being covered up by someone. I do not doubt that it is possible the soviets may have killed or tryed to kill Patton but this book does nothing to show or prove anything. Very disapointing

    0 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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