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American Legends: The Life of General George Patton [Kindle Edition]

Charles River Editors
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*Includes Patton's most colorful and inspiring quotes, including his famous Speech to the Third Army.
*Includes pictures of Patton and other important people.
*Includes a Bibliography for further reading.
*Includes a Table of Contents.

“Americans love to fight, traditionally. All real Americans love the sting and clash of battle. You are here today for three reasons. First, because you are here to defend your homes and your loved ones. Second, you are here for your own self respect, because you would not want to be anywhere else. Third, you are here because you are real men and all real men like to fight.” – George Patton, Speech to the Third Army

A lot of ink has been spilled covering the lives of history’s most influential figures, but how much of the forest is lost for the trees? In Charles River Editors’ American Legends series, readers can get caught up to speed on the lives of America’s most important men and women in the time it takes to finish a commute, while learning interesting facts long forgotten or never known.

Rommel, Guderian, Liddell-Hart and JFC Fuller were all early exponents and practitioners of armored warfare, tactics that were to break the stalemate that had characterized World War I. Advocates of the tank and above all speed, it was their ideas which decimated Saddam Hussein’s forces in the 1990 Gulf War. But among the proponents and practitioners of armored warfare, the brash, bold, arrogant and eccentric George S. Patton remains the world’s greatest armored commander by the one yardstick that really counts: the battlefield. In 1944-45, Patton’s Third Army raced across northern Europe, covering more ground and destroying more enemy resources than any other equivalent force in history.

Patton is one of America’s most celebrated generals and one of the most famous generals of the 20th century, but his story has its origins in the form of a shy, dyslexic boy who could cry uncontrollably and who viewed his own emotional intelligence as unmanly. Patton was a fascinating, complicated and controversial man whose life story ranges between genius, folly and tragedy, with absolute determination the one constant theme.

He was also a man constantly on the move, whether it was as an Olympic athlete or as one of the first American soldiers to work with tanks in World War I, but his life’s work truly went toward revolutionizing warfare on and off the battlefield. Between the two World Wars, he wrote at length about mechanized warfare and tactics, and during the Second World War he worked his way up colorfully, controversially, and capably, all of which made him more conspicuous during the war. Patton’s shocking death just a few months after the war ended ensured that the general died at the height of his fame and would always be remembered for his legendary attitude and exploits.

American Legends: The Life of General George Patton profiles the amazing life and career of the American war hero, while also examining his personality and analyzing his lasting legacy. Along with pictures of important people, places, and events, you will learn about Patton like you never have before, in no time at all.

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  • Print Length: 74 pages
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  • Language: English
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5.0 out of 5 stars history 12 Nov. 2013
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a good account and eminently readable. Anyone who has an interest in WW2 should read this biography of an interesting man.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Written by a committee, but worth the read 2 Dec. 2012
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This bio was put together by a committee. Nevertheless, it contains all the essential details of this man's striking career. When WWII broke out, Patton was senior to most of the generals. He had a vision of mobile armed cavalry which revolutionized the concept of war. Defensive trenches were out. Offense was in. His personality was acidic, but his leadership was outstanding. What more can you ask of a military man? Better to follow a winner than schlep along after a loser. Today's leadership is bogged down in politics.

After all his exposure to enemy fire, he fell victim to a simple car accident. What a let down.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good read 15 Jan. 2013
By Mike Brown - Published on
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An easy read with a lot of good information about Patton. Very interesting general and one of America'as best, we need some like him today. Come to think of it we had general's like him they would be fired because they fought to win.
4.0 out of 5 stars good quick read 16 Oct. 2014
By sue dunlap sue dunlap - Published on
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Book was not at all an in depth biography of Patton. Just enough to give the reader a general idea of his military philosophy, personality and his life. There are other bios which are lengthy an informative. This one whets the appetite, however.

I did find one fact listed which is in error: he did not send troops to rescue his 'brother-law' in a pow camp.. It was his son-in-law
2.0 out of 5 stars could pass as a high school term paper. nothing ... 12 July 2014
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could pass as a high school term paper. nothing here you can't find on the internet. nothing about the person, relationships. This books jumps through time eliminating most of his career. Those areas that where discussed where not done in much detail
3.0 out of 5 stars Good overview of the General 21 May 2014
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Great for a high-school report on Patton. Lack of thorough research, however, into the personality and motivations of the General.
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