The Pattons: A Personal History of an American Family

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The Pattons is an exceptional portrait of the famous military family, eloquently written by the grandson of its most illustrious member, George S. Patton. Washington Post critic Jonathan Yardley called it “one of the best books of the year.”

The first truly personal portrait of the great military family and, in particular, of its most illustrious member, Gen. George S. Patton, eloquently written by the general's grandson. The book is also the author's story--the ...

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Overview

The Pattons is an exceptional portrait of the famous military family, eloquently written by the grandson of its most illustrious member, George S. Patton. Washington Post critic Jonathan Yardley called it “one of the best books of the year.”

The first truly personal portrait of the great military family and, in particular, of its most illustrious member, Gen. George S. Patton, eloquently written by the general's grandson. The book is also the author's story--the first non-military Patton since the Revolutionary War. Photo insert.

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Editorial Reviews

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“A compelling narrative . . . a book full of delicious characters in a prose style that is equal to their vigor.”

“History in an intimate, personal vein . . . A descendant’s affectionate and affecting account of those who helped make Patton a celebrated family name in the often violent annals of the New World.”

“An artful, reflective, and highly readable family history.”

“A truly remarkable book.”

"A saga of a famous American family, told from the inside with rare objectivity."

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Written by the legendary general's grandson, this account of George Patton and his family makes use of previously unavailable material. (Sept.)
Library Journal
Gen. George B. Patton had his share of personality foibles, but the man himself will always remain obscure. Ostensibly a history of the entire warrior clan, this family reminiscence dwells almost exclusively upon its most famous member. It is embarrassingly personal in tone, heavily anecdotal but yielding nothing new about the general except family gossip. The author never knew his grandfather but insists upon calling him ``Georgie'' throughout as he attempts to reconcile the drama of this fey family with his own orderly existence. The bottom line is that the general had a delightfully inconsistent personality, but no one save his wife ever really knew him very well. Not a necessary choice for most libraries.-- Raymond L. Puffer, U.S. Air Force History Prog., Los Angeles
Booknews
Robert Patton, the first Patton male in five generations not to pursue a military career, uses letters, diaries and personal documents, some more than 200 years old, to tell the story of his uniquely American military family. Family members, including several women, fought in the Indian wars, the Revolutionary War, for the Confederacy in the Civil War, and in both world wars. Patton focuses on his most famous ancestor, Gen. George Patton, and reveals the inner man as well as his military accomplishments. Includes b&w photos. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR booknews.com
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781574886900
  • Publisher: Potomac Books Inc.
  • Publication date: 8/31/2004
  • Series: The Warriors
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 836,029
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 7.70 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Novelist Robert H. Patton lives in Darien, Connecticut.
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