Omar Bradley: General at War

Omar Bradley: General at War

by Jim DeFelice


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Omar Bradley: General at War by Jim DeFelice

The First In-Depth Biography of America’s Last Five-Star General

He was known as “the G.I. General”— humble, self-effacing, hard-working, reflecting the small-town virtues of the America whose uniform he wore. But those very virtues have led historians to neglect General Omar Bradley—until now. Bestselling author Jim DeFelice, in this, the first-ever in-depth biography of America’s last five-star general, tells Bradley’s full story, and argues that the neglected G.I. General did more than any other to defeat Hitler in World War II.

While General George S. Patton has garnered much of the glory, General Dwight David Eisenhower has claimed much of the world’s respect, and British General Bernard Montgomery has kept the Union Jack flying, as DeFelice proves, it was the unassuming Bradley who actually developed the strategy and the tactics that won the war in Europe. Meticulously researched, using previously untapped documents and unpublished diaries and notes, Omar Bradley: General at War reveals:

  • Why Bradley, not Patton, deserves most of the credit for America’s victories in North Africa
  • How Bradley—first Patton’s subordinate, then his superior—was one of Patton’s great defenders, while also recognizing his weaknesses, and tried to cover up the infamous slapping incident
  • How Eisenhower panicked—when Bradley didn’t—during the early stages of the Battle of the Bulge, delaying an American counterattack that could have saved thousands of lives
  • Why Bradley was a radical innovator in the use of combined air, armor, and infantry power
  • How Bradley, contrary to those who like to portray him as a staid counterpart to Patton, was one of the most ardent practitioners of fast-moving offensives
  • Why Bradley expected the Germans might use radiological weapons at Normandy

Provocative, thorough, original, Jim DeFelice’s Omar Bradley: General at War deserves a place on the shelf of every reader of World War II history.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781621572978
Publisher: Regnery History
Publication date: 09/09/2014
Series: Generals Series
Edition description: Reissue
Pages: 451
Sales rank: 556,572
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Jim DeFelice is the author of more than three dozen books, including the acclaimed Rangers at Dieppe , covering the first U.S. Army Ranger combat action of World War II, and many military thrillers co-authored with Larry Bond, Dale Brown, Stephen Coonts, and former U.S. Navy SEAL Richard Marcinko. He lives in New York.

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k_train More than 1 year ago
At long last, a bright light is being shown on the life of General Omar Bradley! The protean Jim DeFelice-who writes thrilling commercial fiction (Leopards Kill) as well as superb military history (Rangers at Dieppe) -has written a meticulously researched work with both an attention to detail and military strategy that will thrill military buffs, and a narrative drive which lends it the immediacy of great fiction. Unlike his contemporary, the tireless self-promoter George Patton, Omar Bradley was content to go about his business, which just happened to be that of a brilliant military tactician. Using previously untapped source material, DeFelice reveals that Bradley, not Patton or British General Montgomery, was the most instrumental in devising the strategy that ultimately defeated Adolf Hitler. As with his previous fiction and nonfiction works, DeFelice lays out a fast-moving and entertaining narrative. Omar Bradley: General at War is not just great military history, it's a superior biographical work.
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Good read!!!!!
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