Patton: A Biography (Great Generals Series)

Patton: A Biography (Great Generals Series)

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781403971395
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication date: 02/07/2006
Series: Great Generals Series
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 224
Product dimensions: 5.71(w) x 8.46(h) x 0.91(d)

About the Author

Alan Axelrod is the author of the BusinessWeek bestseller Patton on Leadership and many books on American and military history, including Encyclopedia of Wars, America’s Wars, and The Macmillan Dictionary of Military Biography. He and his work have been featured in BusinessWeek, Fortune, Men’s Health, Cosmopolitan, and many newspapers, including the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and USA Today.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Command and Controversy

• To the Army Born

• Cadet, Soldier, Athlete, Swordsman

• In Pursuit of Pancho Villa

• The Great War and the New Weapon

• At War with Peace

• Restless Mentor

• From African Defeat to African Victory

• Conqueror of Sicily

• The Slap Heard ‘Round the World

• Operation Cobra

• Warrior

• 90 Degrees to the North

• The Final Advance and the Last Controversy

• Epilogue: Blood, Guts, and a Damn Good Plan

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Patton: A Biography (Great Generals Series) 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
RolfDobelli More than 1 year ago
General George Smith Patton Jr. was a bold, inspirational American World War II military leader. Known as "Old Blood and Guts" to his troops in Europe, Patton had no equal as a military tactician. As military historian Eric Larrabee put it, Patton had the unique ability to "think like an army" and possessed a nearly mystical, intuitive understanding of battlefield tactics. As commander of America's Third Army, Patton achieved notable successes on the European battlefield in the war against Hitler. The Germans established blitzkrieg (lightning) warfare when they conquered Poland in 1939. But Patton shoved this concept down their throats as his Third Army swept across Europe after the Normandy invasion. Alan Axelrod ably tells Patton's life story in this concise, masterful biography. getAbstract highly recommends this outstanding book about one of America's greatest, most colorful military heroes.
edlib on LibraryThing 17 days ago
This compact biography of an already over-documented life is interesting for its attempt to place General George S. Patton and his accomplishments in the context of his dramatic effect on the U.S. Army¿s doctrine, training, and operations long after World War II. No startling revelations about Patton the general or the man, although the author does bluntly describe attitudes and prejudices that at this remove are repugnant but which were entirely expectable for a man of Patton¿s social class and upbringing. Patton's famous for his self-publicized command of an Allied Army but biographers (including axelrod) rarely mention how he undermined Allied strategy in Europe. Axelrod, prolific professional author of well over 30 books, provides readable prose and workmanlike descriptive material. General Wesley Clark¿s forward adds nada. Extensive endnotes, mainly of primary sources. Although not a substitute for the Blumenson or D¿Este biographies, it is much more concise and accessible. First in Palgrave¿s Great Generals Series. Series editor is Clark. An excellent choice for most libraries and a good introduction to the subject.
ChrisWise on LibraryThing 17 days ago
Doesn't break any really new ground, but some analysis of Patton's influence and a tidbit about dyslexia
Sturgeon on LibraryThing 17 days ago
Well researched and contains new information about one of the greatest military commanders ever.
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MRansom More than 1 year ago
This was a good book. The author went into subjects about patton that was like writing stories. He didnt really go into great detail about the different chapters he wrote. i have read 4 books on pattons biography and none went into great details exceept for Patton: Ordeal and Triumph. if you just want to know gereral knowledge of patton's chaqracter, then this book is good.