Patton: Genius for War, A

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Harper Collins, Sep 27, 1996 - Biography & Autobiography - 1024 pages
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Patton: A Genius for War is a full-fledged portrait of an extraordinary American that reveals the complex and contradictory personality that lay behind the swashbuckling and brash facade. According to Publishers Weekly, the result is "a major biography of a major American military figure."

"This massive work is biography at its very best. Literate and meaty, incisive and balanced, detailed without being pedantic. Mr. D'Este's Patton takes its rightful place as the definitive biography of this American warrior." --Calvin L. Christman, Dallas Morning News

"D'Este tells this story well, and gives us a new understanding of this great and troubled man."-The Wall Street Journal

"An instant classic." --Douglas Brinkley, director, Eisenhower Center

  

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User Review  - Andrew - Goodreads

Certainly a character, one that is quite different 'sounding' than the George C. Scott character in the movie Patton. The real Patton had a high pitched squeaky voice that he hated. This 800 page ... Read full review

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Really felt like I got to know Patton. Fascinating individual. Read full review

Contents

Casablanca to Messina
429
The Torch Landings
431
A Summons to Battle
456
Allies
471
The Tunisian Campaign
473
A Dogs Breakfast
491
Seventh Army Commander
504
The Sicily Campaign
512

And Baby Makes Three
119
A Young Man on the Make
128
MAPS
142
A Home Where the Buffalo Roam
143
Pershing and the Punitive Expedition
156
Pershings Punitive Expedition
167
The Bandit Killer
170
World War I 19171918
184
Tank Officer
199
Great Oaks from Little Acorns Grow
210
The SaintMihiel Offensive
226
The MeuseArgonne
248
The MeuseArgonne Offensive
251
Bitter Aftermath
267
The Interwar Years n 9191939
283
If You Want to Have a Good Time Jine the Cavalry
304
Past and Future Warrior Reincarnate
320
Student Days Boston Baked Beans and Hawaiian Leis
329
The Washington Years 19281934
343
War Clouds 19351939
357
Prelude to War n 9391942
373
The 1941 Tennessee Louisiana and Carolina Maneuvers
392
Countdown to War
408
The Slapping Incidents
521
Exile
547
England
565
In the DoghouseAgain
583
The Speech
601
Normandy to the Rhine d 9441945
607
The Normandy Campaign
624
A Damned Fine War
626
For Gods Sake Give Us Gas
645
A Sea of Mud and Blood
659
PATTON OF COURSE
674
Eisenhowers Broad Front
677
Pissing in the Rhine
703
Armageddon
709
Military Governor of Bavaria
733
All Good Things Must Come to an End
760
A Helluva Way to Die
783
Epilogue
805
Patton Family Genealogy
823
Sources and Select Bibliography
935
Acknowledgments
951
Index
957
Copyright

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Carlo D'Este, a retired U.S. Army lieutenant colonel and a distinguished military historian, is the author of the acclaimed biographies Patton: A Genius for War and Eisenhower: A Soldier's Life, among other books on World War II. He lives in Massachusetts.

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