General Patton: A Soldier's Life

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Harper Collins, Aug 5, 2003 - Biography & Autobiography - 864 pages
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General George S. Patton Jr, an inspirational leader and outstanding tactician, has intrigued and confounded his biographers. Utilising untapped archival materials in both the USA and UK, government documents, family papers, and oral histories, Hirshson creates the most balanced portrait of Patton ever written. It reveals Patton as a complex soldier capable of brilliant military manoeuvres but also of inspiring his troops with fiery speeches that resulted in horrendous acts, such as the massacres of Italian civilians. It explains Patton's belief in a soldier's Valhalla, connects the family's wealth to one of America's bitterest labour strikes, and disputes the usual interpretation of Patton's relief from command of the Third Army. In investigating this complex man, Hirshson has uncovered surprising material about a series of civilian massacres in Sicily, about the two slapping incidents, about attempts to exploit Patton's diary after his death, and about Patton's relations with top Allied generals. Patton emerges as a soldier of great imagination and courage, and his military campaigns make for edge–of–the–seat reading. All the drama of Patton's life comes alive in this meticulously documented volume.

  

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Review: General Patton: A Soldier's Life

User Review  - Grant Marsh - Goodreads

If you like books about military heroes, this is the book for you. Stanley Hirshon not only gives you a vivid chronological account, but also goes into depth about the strengths and weaknesses of the General they called the Green Hornet. Read full review

Review: General Patton: A Soldier's Life

User Review  - Lyn - Goodreads

Everything about the man was intimidating at first until you really pause to consider all that was happening and how important rituals were not to just his existence but everyone around him. He made ... Read full review

Contents

Sicily July 12 1943 to July 14 1943
1
Glassells and Herefords Wilsons and Pattons with Some Account of the Dyslexia Myth
5
A Day as a Lion
49
The Suicide Club
90
Pershing in Mexico 75
112
SaintMihiel Salient September 1918
121
MeuseArgonne September 1918
128
Leaven worth and All That
133
Sicily July 1943
367
Lower Than Whale Tracks
407
Whither Destiny?
435
Invasion Blues
466
Patton and the Normandy Breakout
498
Hurry Up and Wait
502
Stumbling into the Bulge
536
The Falaise Pocket August 1944
541

The Warrior Soul
174
1918 Minds All
213
Field of Honor
256
Operation Torch November 1942
284
Not Much of a War
296
Sicily on My Mind
340
The Mediterranean Spring 1943
350
Atrocities Amid the Triumphs
363
Hits and Errors
573
The Bulge December 1944
576
Nearing the End March 1945
614
Havent You Learned Not to Take
617
Headlong Toward Disaster
651
A Diary and a Movie
681
A Brief Assessment
700
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Stanley P. Hirshson is professor of history at Queens College and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. The author of biographies of Brigham Young and General William T. Sherman, he worked on General Patton for eleven years.

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