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Killing Patton: The Strange Death of World War II's Most Audacious General | [Bill O'Reilly, Martin Dugard]

Killing Patton: The Strange Death of World War II's Most Audacious General

General George S. Patton, Jr., died under mysterious circumstances in the months following the end of World War II. For almost 70 years, there has been suspicion that his death was not an accident - and may very well have been an act of assassination. Killing Patton will take listeners inside the final year of the war and recount the events surrounding Patton's tragic demise, naming names of the many powerful individuals who wanted him silenced.
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Listeners around the world have thrilled to Killing Lincoln, Killing Kennedy, and Killing Jesus - riveting works of nonfiction that journey into the heart of the most famous murders in history. Now, from Bill O'Reilly, anchor of The O'Reilly Factor, comes the most epic book of all in this multimillion-selling series: Killing Patton.

General George S. Patton, Jr., died under mysterious circumstances in the months following the end of World War II. For almost 70 years, there has been suspicion that his death was not an accident - and may very well have been an act of assassination. Killing Patton will take listeners inside the final year of the war and recount the events surrounding Patton's tragic demise, naming names of the many powerful individuals who wanted him silenced.

©2014 Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard (P)2014 Macmillan Audio

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    Alan Sunrise, FL, United States 09-24-14
    Alan Sunrise, FL, United States 09-24-14 Member Since 2010
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    "A good book with alot of flaws"

    Killing Patton is Bill O's latest 'fast food style' book in the Killing series. Preceded by Killing Lincoln, Kennedy and Jesus, Patton has some tall expectations to live up to.

    Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard release a historical book every year and Patton is 2014's edition. All books are written in the same format so if you enjoyed the previous three installments, you will enjoy this book. It is an easy book to listen to. Add on top of that the fact that I'm a WW2 history buff made this book a must purchase for me.

    THIS BOOK IS NOT WITHOUT ITS FAULTS

    The first chapter of this book deals with Patton's automobile accident and subsequent death. You already know the ending before the second chapter begins. For me, it is anticlimactic

    The rest of the book ping pongs back and forth through the final year of WW2. This book is not a thesis on the late General as the title suggests but more a weak melodrama. There are MANY MANY MANY incidents included in this book that have nothing to do with Patton or his immediate world around him. Examples are the chapters included about Auchwitz concentration camp The General and 3rd army never entered Poland or Auchwitz and therefor its reasons for inclusion in this book questioned. Additionally, the story of Anne Frank and her subsequent death are chronicled. Again, Anne Frank and George Patton have nothing in common. Why it is included is again a question.

    All of the facts presented in this book are already widely known and readily available. One gets the impression that this book is meant for entertainment and quick sales and not as a historical thesis. Keeping that in mind, this book is recommended for its entertainment value.

    If you enjoyed Bill's other Killing books, you will enjoy this book May I suggest to Bill a title for next years book, Killing Hoffa. Id preorder that copy right now.





    19 of 21 people found this review helpful
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    Paul Sandy Ridge, NC, United States 09-30-14
    Paul Sandy Ridge, NC, United States 09-30-14 Member Since 2010
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    "Is this the book that could "Kill" a series?"

    There are two things about this book that are worth mentioning.

    Firstly... The pace is fast and engaging as with the other three "killing" books. A good formula to engage those without a penchant for history. And on that alone I would recommend this book.

    Secondly... For those who study history it offers very little in the way of new facts. There is also the problem that the story meanders around the title "Killing Patton" making one think it is full of filler material to bulk up the story. I trust this book is a one off and not a precursor of things to come. I say this because the other three books seem to stick with the premise "Killing..."
    As to making one think there is a conspiracy I think it fails to bring the reader to that...

    I enjoy the O'Reilly Factor on TV, but, Bill your narration style is not pleasant. Jerky, sloppy pronunciation can make it a chore for the listener. This in the past has been compensated/overlooked by the fast paced compelling stories, but not this time.

    Once again, yes I would highly recommend this book to someone not familiar with the subject matter but on a personal note I'm somewhat disappointed and I'm left asking what may have really died here...

    11 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    Jean Santa Cruz, CA, United States 09-27-14
    Jean Santa Cruz, CA, United States 09-27-14 Member Since 2010

    I am an avid eclectic reader.

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    "Enduring mystery of World War II"

    This is the first time I have read a book written by Bill O’Reilly. I almost did not buy it because of O’Reilly but the suggestions that he could prove that General Patton was assassinated intrigued me. I got the book to see if O’Reilly would reasonably prove his claim. The death of General Patton in December 1945 is one of the enduring mysteries of World War II. For seventy-four years, there have been suspicions and lots of conspiracy theories that his death was not an accident. O’Reilly and Dugard take readers inside the final years of the War, the majority of the book is taken up with an over view of 1944 and 1945. They also recount the events surrounding Patton’s tragic demise, naming names of the many powerful individuals who wanted him silenced in the last chapter of the book.

    The author’s claim newly unearthed diaries of Douglas Bazata have been found. Bazata worked for the OSS in Europe during the war. The OSS was headed by General “Wild Bill” Donovan. Bazata claims that Donovan ordered him to kill General Patton. The diaries state that Bazata staged the car accident then shot General Patton with a low velocity projectile which broke his neck. This is not new information; this was ignored by the press and historians at the time. There was a made for T.V. Movie made using this information called “The Last Days of Patton.” There is a new movie called “Silence Patton: First Victim of the Cold War.” The authors are emphasizing the second part of the Bazata’s claim. When Patton was getting better and about to be transferred to a hospital in the United States, U.S. officials turned a blind eye as an agent of the NKVD poisoned General Patton, therefore, the author’s claim that Stalin ordered the assassination of Patton.

    General Patton is one of the general that I read everything I can find about him. I have read about these claims for years. The authors did not convince me of the validity of these claims. I was looking for documentation that proved these old theories. I have only highlighted the theory, you will need to read the book yourself for the details and make up your own mind if they proved their theory. O’Reilly narrated the book himself.

    13 of 17 people found this review helpful
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    Grant 10-14-14
    Grant 10-14-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Sloppy Performance and Sensationalism"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Bill O'Reilly delivered a sub-par performance. He frequently mispronounced words. He pronounced a man's name two different ways within 60 seconds. (Boggess with a G sound twice and then with a J sound twice.) He pronounced the Third Reich with a 'ch' sound instead of a 'k'. He stumbled over the names of artists, cities, and soldiers. He shuffles papers and many times seems to finish a sentence only to plunge forward with one more phrase. It makes for very choppy listening.

    The story wasn't so much about the conspiracy of Patton's death rather than an attempt to cram every sensational account from the war into this book. O'Reilly relished sharing the graphic details of rape, burning to death, torture, and scandalous affairs. The details which so often make a story memorable seem to be jumbled together in order to maintain a high level of excitement. He crammed in the Anne Frank story, the massacre of US troops, Stalin's wife's suicide, Stalin's love affair with a ballerina, and even spent time on Hitler's medical condition of flatulence. I have two hours of listening left and the conspiracy of killing Patton has not even surfaced.

    This is a great book for someone who is bored by history, someone who only wants sensationalized stories. If you want a better book written by a better author and performed by a better reader then check out books by Rick Atkinson or Stephen Ambrose.

    Bill O'Reilly found a pattern for writing books and is milking it dry. (Example: The man who only had 14 days to die...) Killing Kennedy and Killing Lincoln were both better reads. Killing Patton is not about Patton. It's about the end of WWII in Europe with Patton as a side note.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Bill O'Reilly’s performances?

    Absolutely not. I wonder if the production even used an editor.


    Any additional comments?

    Patton's life and personality are dramatic enough for a Bill O'Reilly performance. Unfortunately, he did not put in the effort to produce a quality recording.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Jack HENDERSON, NV, United States 09-30-14
    Jack HENDERSON, NV, United States 09-30-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Not about Killing Patton"
    Where does Killing Patton rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I enjoyed the book. I would rate it in the top third


    If you’ve listened to books by Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard before, how does this one compare?

    I enjoyed the book but the title is misleading


    What about Bill O'Reilly’s performance did you like?

    He does not sound like he is reading


    Any additional comments?

    This is a good book, but it is not about "killing Patton". It does offer a unique take on the interactions of our leaders during WW2. It eludes to conspiracy theories at the end, but not much. The book is well worth listening to, but if you are expecting new revelations on the death of this hero, you won't find it here

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Thomas Tariffville, CT, United States 09-28-14
    Thomas Tariffville, CT, United States 09-28-14 Member Since 2005
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    "Better Than I Thought It Would Be...."

    I was a bit leary of pre-ordering this book. The book follows Patton and the major players for this part of his life. There is good background not assuming everyone has studied history that much. The conspiracy or gaps in documented history is addressed in the last ⅓. Again I thought it was well done. Myths and truths are highlighted and corrected if different.

    The story was thorough enough for me and I enjoyed the book. This is a recommend.

    Narration is one item that concerned me, but Mr. O'Reilly did a decent job.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Verde 09-26-14
    Verde 09-26-14
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    "Great listen, very interesting!"
    Where does Killing Patton rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Out of the series of Killing Lincoln, Kennedy, Jesus.. this may be my favorite.. Going to give it another listen to confirm.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The background story of the political motivations around moving generals and armies was very intriguing and brings a new light to the battles.


    What does Bill O'Reilly bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Narration is typical Bill.


    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Molly Goshen, IN, United States 09-24-14
    Molly Goshen, IN, United States 09-24-14 Member Since 2014

    Wazoo Books

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    "Mysterious DEMISE of "old blood and guts" Patton"

    PLOT: the circumstances surrounding the death of the General George Patton.

    General George Patton "old Blood and guts" ...the general who used every bit of his skills and pushed him men to the brink many times. His victories are legendary this larger than life general. He pushed his way into the Rhine and the heart of Germany and helped save BASTOGNE by pushing against very heavy odds to help win the Battle of the Bulge. His distrusted the Russians openly and often offended them in interviews and comments to the point where the KGB....(RUSSIAN secret police) had him on their HIT list. Patton often made many mistakes including "slapping' a soldier and wanting to push ahead of the Russians into Berlin. He suffered from "foot in his mouth".... He knew many secrets of Allies. He was a "loose cannon" in the eyes of many people including 2 American Presidents both FDR and Truman. Some near misses including an attack by a British Spitfire on Patton's plane add to the intrigue. Being sent home and given a "bogus" army to lead.....to save face....Patton is days away from returning to the USA when he is "accidentally" hit by stolen American military truck with 3 DRUNK American soldiers in the truck. Suffering a serious spinal injury but he is expected to live but suddenly dies. Leading yet more mystery surrounding his death. There are NO reports about a stolen truck or investigations of the soldiers involved in the accident. CREDIBLE witnesses including fellow passengers in the same car as Patton.....a General NO less.... and Patton's Driver.....who all said told the same story about the DRUNK soldiers. Did someone "silence" the outspoken Patton so he could not tell HIS story when returning to the US? O'Reilly and Dugard the authors both do admit they do not believe in any kind of "conspiracy" theories on this event. But give plenty information about Military files come up missing or were never investigated. This bio is very entertaining since they give us a close up look from both the American, German and Russian sides of the War and add some very clear pictures of history and of the fascinating and odd.. demise of Patton..... VERY good.....4 stars all the way.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    David 09-30-14
    David 09-30-14 Member Since 2008
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    "Disappointed on two fronts"

    Ok book, however, disappointing on two fronts .. sadly while a professional newscaster, Bill O'Reilly is not a good narrator. His stumbling through this book really detracted from the story, in fact the epilog, which is read by someone else was the easiest to listen to. The book is probably best read as a physical book. While the story was interesting, there was really nothing new historically.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    JMM Fl 09-30-14
    JMM Fl 09-30-14 Member Since 2010

    Mystery Lover

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    "Very Disappointing"
    What disappointed you about Killing Patton?

    Not enough about George Patton and what made him a great general. Too confusing and skipping around.


    What could Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Bill O'Reilly should not narrate his books.


    What didn’t you like about Bill O'Reilly’s performance?

    He doesn't pronounce his words and seems to rushed. I can actually hear his breathing which is a major distraction.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Not really.


    7 of 11 people found this review helpful
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