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Patton: The Man Behind the Legend, 1885-1945 | [Martin Blumenson]

Patton: The Man Behind the Legend, 1885-1945

This detailed and persuasive study by the author of The Patton Papers was described by Patton's daughter Ruth as "an extraordinary book". It is widely considered the best biography ever written of the General, an American hero as compelling as he was complex.
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Publisher's Summary

In paying final tribute to his Third Army commander, General Eisenhower said: "He was one of those men born to be a soldier...whose gallantry and dramatic personality inspired all he commanded to great deeds of valor." This detailed and persuasive study by the author of The Patton Papers was described by Patton's daughter Ruth as "an extraordinary book". It is widely considered the best biography ever written of the General, an American hero as compelling as he was complex.

©1985 by Martin Blumenson; (P)1990 by Blackstone Audiobooks

What the Critics Say

"A gem of a biography...No previous work on Patton can match it." (Stephen E. Ambrose)
"Blumenson makes [clear]... the contradictory elements in his character that caused him at times to be outrageously impossible but made him a winning commander." (Forrest Pogue)

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    "Single best biography of Patton"
    What did you love best about Patton?

    Concise and informative.


    What did you like best about this story?

    What's not to like about Patton's story. In this case, well told.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The WWII years.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes.


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    J.B. Louisville, TN, United States 12-12-11
    J.B. Louisville, TN, United States 12-12-11 Member Since 2003
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    "Magnificent!!!"
    Would you listen to Patton again? Why?

    The panoramic storytelling is breathtaking. This is a fascinating narrative about the life of a truly great man.


    What other book might you compare Patton to and why?

    Shelby Foote's Civil War A Narrative


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It made me proud to be an American and also further appreciate our greatest generation.


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    Alan Santa Clara, UT, USA 08-24-05
    Alan Santa Clara, UT, USA 08-24-05
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    "Very indepth and well written"

    Very complete book about Patton, painted with a very realistic picture of who he was, both good and bad. I found it inspiring, especially as a fan of the man.

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    Richard 07-01-04
    Richard 07-01-04

    Biomedical entrepreneur. Lifelong Libertarian. Yoga enthusiast.

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    "An excelletn book about a man larger than life"

    A must-read for anyone who wants to know greatness, humility and genius all wrapped in one person.

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