George S. Patton: Leadership, Strategy, Conflict

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Osprey Publishing, 2010 - Biography & Autobiography - 64 pages
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George S. Patton Jr. was the iconic American field commander of World War II, and widely regarded as the US Army's finest practitioner of mechanized warfare. This title examines Patton's colorful life and leadership in three wars, with a concentration on his command in World War II. Despite his ability, Patton was thoroughly reviled by most GIs, partly due to his insistence on traditional military discipline in the ranks, but also because of his unwillingness to pander to the growing power of the press. This combination of ability and controversy have combined to make him one of the most interesting figures in American military history.

Steven Zaloga's contribution to Osprey's newest series, Command, addresses this iconic figure from his early life to his life after war. Including an analysis of Patton's mind and motivations, strict training methods and the controversies surrounding Patton and his relationship with his soldiers and with Eisenhower, Zaloga's text is a concise but important look into the life of one of the most famous commanders of World War II.
  

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User Review  - jcbrunner - LibraryThing

This is an acceptable sketch of an American icon. I don't think that Patton fits into a series of "the greatest commanders of history". After all, Patton's most distinguishing characteristic was his ... Read full review

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Contents

INTRODUCTION
4
THE EARLY YEARS
6
THE MILITARY LIFE
8
THE HOUR OF DESTINY
15
OPPOSING COMMANDERS
51
INSIDE THE MIND
56
A LIFE IN WORDS
60
FURTHER READING
62
GLOSSARY
63
INDEX
64
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Steven J. Zaloga received his BA in history from Union College and his MA from Columbia University. He has worked as an analyst in the aerospace industry for over two decades, covering missile systems and the international arms trade, and has served with the Institute for Defense Analyses, a federal think-tank. He is the author of numerous books on military technology and military history, with an accent on the US Army in World War II as well as Russia and the former Soviet Union. The author lives in Laurel, MD.

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