Brothers, Rivals, Victors: Eisenhower, Patton, Bradley and the Partnership that Drove the Allied Conquest in Europe

Front Cover
Penguin, Apr 5, 2011 - History - 672 pages
“One of the great stories of the American military.”—Thomas E. Ricks, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Generals

The intimate true story of three of the greatest American generals of World War II, and how their intense blend of comradery and competition spurred Allied forces to victory.

 
Dwight Eisenhower, George Patton and Omar Bradley shared bonds going back decades. All three were West Pointers who pursued their army careers with a remarkable zeal, even as their paths diverged. Bradley was a standout infantry instructor, while Eisenhower displayed an unusual ability for organization and diplomacy. Patton, who had chased Pancho Villa in Mexico and led troops in the First World War, seemed destined for high command and outranked his two friends for years. But with the arrival of World War II, it was Eisenhower who attained the role of Supreme Commander, with Patton and Bradley as his subordinates.
 
Jonathan W. Jordan’s New York Times bestselling Brothers Rivals Victors explores this friendship that waxed and waned over three decades and two world wars, a union complicated by rank, ambition, jealousy, backbiting and the enormous stresses of command. In a story that unfolds across the deserts of North Africa to the beaches of Sicily, from D-Day to the Battle of the Bulge and beyond, readers are offered revealing new portraits of these iconic generals.
 

What people are saying - Write a review

LibraryThing Review

User Review  - Philip100 - LibraryThing

I liked reading this book, it has caused me to rethink my ranking of these three in my thoughts of WWII. It is a well written and researched book. If you are interested in WWII you should take the time and read it. Read full review

LibraryThing Review

User Review  - HadriantheBlind - LibraryThing

Excellent new biography about the relationship between three friends as they influenced the course of history, and how war can threaten to break apart even the strongest of friendships. Focuses a lot ... Read full review

Contents

Title Page
TWO DIFFERENT PATHS
THREE MARSHALLS
FOUR STRIKING THE MATCH
FIVE TRACKS IN THE DESERT
SIX A LONGLOST BROTHER
SEVEN FORGING THE PARTNERSHIP
EIGHT MISSION ACCOMPLISHED
SEVENTEEN SLOW MARCH
EIGHTEEN OPEN FOR BUSINESS
NINETEEN WE MAY END THIS IN TEN DAYS
TWENTY P O L
TWENTYONE TO THE RHINE
TWENTYTWO A FOREST ACROSSROADS AND A RIVER
TWENTYTHREE TO THE RHINE AGAIN
TWENTYFOUR THE THOUSANDYEAR REICH

TEN UNDER FIRE
ELEVEN CRACKS IN THE WALL
TWELVE AVALANCHE
THIRTEEN KNIGHT BISHOP ROOK
FIFTEEN FIX BAYONETS
MICKEY MOUSE
TWENTYFIVE CLOSING THE SHOP
EPILOGUE
PHOTOGRAPHS
GLOSSARY OF SELECTED ALLIED CODE NAMES
PHOTO INSERT CREDITS

Other editions - View all

Common terms and phrases

About the author (2011)

Jonathan W. Jordan is the author of American Warlords: How Roosevelt's High Command Led America to Victory in World War II and the award-winning Lone Star Navy: Texas, the Fight for the Gulf of Mexico, and the Shaping of the American West. He lives in Georgia.

Bibliographic information