For those interested in these three great American generals this is a both 3 biograhies and detailed history of their activities in Europe during World War II. Because the author uses their words (diaries, letters, etc.), as well as those of their staff, the men come across as complex and sometimes contradictory men. The focus is narrow with little in the narrators voice but great wealth in Ike's, Brad's and George's voices and thoughts.
The book is more insightful than the movie Patton. Although I think Patton was a superior general and was condemned for things that Bradley and eisenhaurer did on a much larger scale. Ie putting their troops at incredible risks
Made these supreme generals out to be real people not above anything in human nature
If you like non fiction you will thoroughly enjoy this book. Should be required listening by our military officer corp.
This book was excellent. If you're a WW2 buff, you will find this book very interesting. These men knew each other for years, and served with each other during the lean years between the wars. It details the rise to power, fall from grace, and resurrection of 3 men that were pivitol in our military history.
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Although no major learnings for me in regards of the war and the events in the african and european theatre, it is a highly recommendable book which defines the characters of the three generals very clearly and entertainingly as well. It is a matter of personal preference but my respect for Patton - being the most complex character of the three - rose the most. Besides of his extraordinary accomplishments in warfare and leadership it was always a great amusement to hear what he had to say in his very special way of expressing his thoughts - not at least when it came to Montgomery. Patton was likely more accepted and respected by his war enemies than by his brothers in arms. I also liked the narrating - very good voice, reading style and sound set up.
This is a terrific book. It does a superb job of tracking the efforts and relationships among Eisenhower, Patton and Bradley throughout WW II as well as covering the before and after. It also does a fine job of showing how their personalities, beliefs and positions affected their relationships. It is fair to all three of the major protagaonists. Even when they are at odds with one another, you understand where each of them is coming from. I knew virtually no military history before listening and found some of that a little hard to follow, but that did not impair my enjoyment or abilty to follow what the book is really telling us about these three intriguing military leaders. It is well written and well read.
It was great to hear about the European front of WW2 from the writing of some of our finest military leaders. You don't know how fragile the egos of these men really were until you hear it from their own writings. We tend to forget that as good a leaders they were, they were still human and human flaws and frailty.
The British finally being made to look like the disrespectful, glory hounds that they were. They always wanted to be in the position to receive the glory and tried to minimize the American involvement when if it wasn't for the Americans, Britain would have ceased to exist!
This just isn't a very good book. I've read lots of interesting books on WWII and lots of interesting biographies. This isn't one of them.