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
There is a brutality to war explored in this book that perhaps is worthy of remembering. The history related is spot on, but only a very little of the content is actually devoted to the death of George Patton and that is in the last few minutes. Mostly in the epilogue. I already knew quite a lot of the history and wanted to know more about a possible conspiracy to murder Patton. I walked away feeling a little beat up and really still uninformed about the Killing of Patton. This was almost a waste of a credit to me. A few interesting anecdotes about William “Wild Bill” Donovan was about the only thing which kept me from requesting a refund.
Bill O'Reilly is entertaining on TV but no narrator - AND it sounded like he was unfamiliar with some of the content. Not good.
The story was very engaging. A lot of very interesting history tidbits. Where do they get this stuff? I loved it.
I was so disappointed in Bill O'Reilly's performance. At times I wondered if he had even READ the material before. His delivery was consistently poor throughout. At times he slurred. There were mispronunciations and numerous things that just should not have passed quality control. Is there no one that has the spine to say to Bill "Hey, can we back up and take that paragraph again?"
I would hire a professional reader!
I had never heard the allegations that Wild Bill Donovan played a significant role in the death.
There are dozens of great, good or even adequate narrators on Audible products who would do a better job.
Bill O'Reilly's performance showed a lack of preparation. It was NOT a workmanlike effort, and it sometimes seemed that this was the first time O'Reilly had read this material! He made me suspect that he didn't participate much in the writing of the book other than to lend his name. He mispronounced common English words, and he hadn't a clue how to pronounce the German words and names. I was embarrassed for him!
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.
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...
I have been on a WWII jag for some time now, so this book was "right down my ally," as they say. I learned so many things I did not know not only about Patton, but about the war in general. It is a fascinating subject, and I am happy that I know more about it now, and understand so much more about it than I did a year ago. But this book, much like O'Reilly's other books, leaves one with more questions than it answers. I guess I like that because I keep coming back for more. I feel that I really know Patton now and he is not just a name in history. I think he is a hero and in many ways I am sure he is, but still there are those annoying questions. Likewise with his death. There is no cut and dried answer as to whether it was an accident or someone set out to kill him. It is highly suspicious. O'Reilly is unable to answer that one, and at this late date, so much evidence has been destroyed that should have been preserved at the time of the "accident" that arriving at the truth may not be possible. Maybe, as with JFK, we will never know the real circumstances surrounding his death. Perhaps that is what makes it so intriguing.
Although I totally shy away from books read by the authors, there seems to be an exception for authors who make their living in some sort of show business--TV or radio personality, or entertainer of some kind. O'Reilly is an excellent narrator for this type of book. Not sure If I would want to hear him read a novel, but for this he was great.
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.
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.
I wouldn't recommend this book to a friend because presumably they would expect to learn a lot about Mr. Patton, instead they'll learn about everything but him. This docudrama type profile on the general had about 40% to do with him an 60% to do with dozens of other interesting marginally related issues. There is no discipline in this narrative, very disappointing. In addition, Mr. O'Reilly's wild claims about the death of Patton are unsubstantiated - mentioning this theory the way he did is void of intellectual rigor and borders on scandalous anti-American propaganda.
It was interesting but I was looking to learn much more about Mr. Patton, not a big picture look at the time period with glances at Mr. Patton's life.
I enjoyed the book. I would rate it in the top third
I enjoyed the book but the title is misleading
He does not sound like he is reading
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
"An interesting biography, but a weak conspiracy."
There have been many tellings of the Patton story over the years - not least the major motion picture carrying the man's name. This doesn't really stray too far from anything that I have already seen or read. It offers a dose of intrigue and gossip to hook the reader in - small side stories about Rommel, Eisenhower, FDR, Churchill, Stalin and so on. It does a good job of teasing out personality traits - both good and bad.
This being said the premise for the book is about a conspiracy to kill General Patton - this really doesn't develop until much later in the telling. I felt a bit conned by that. Really this is just a biography, plus the biographer has a personal theory about the circumstances of the death.
Without giving any spoilers at all I can tell you now that Gen Patton was a leading war figure - which gave many a reason to kill him. He was an inspirational figure, a charismatic leader and successful on the battlefield - why wouldn't his enemies want him dead? Add to this, he was outspoken, he caused political embarrassment to his nation through clumsiness, and he offended his allies. So they had reason to want him 'removed'. In addition he worked in one of the most dangerous places and times of the 20th Century - mainland Europe circa 1944 and 1945. Who, in such a place and time, did not have near misses - was not subject to friendly fire, and did not dodge death repeatedly? Particularly when, as was Patton's way, the individual was so keen to prove their bravery or put themselves in the way of visible harm?
The intrigue the authors offer could be explained by any number of interpretations that don't necessarily mean that Patton was assassinated.
Did many people want Patton to die? Oh - certainly - but that's not a new book.
So while I did enjoy the book - I felt it was slightly misleading, and the conspiracy was far from compelling. I would not have bought another biography about Patton and this didn't take me really anywhere that a previous Patton biography didn't.
Buy this if you don't have a Patton biography. Don't bother if you do, or unless you really must digest everything you can about the man.
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