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Patton Audiobook

Patton: The Man Behind the Legend, 1885-1945

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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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    Chris Love USA 11-25-16
    Chris Love USA 11-25-16 Member Since 2015

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    "Enjoyed learning about an American hero"

    I have long admired Patton but knew little about the mans life. This book provided great details about his leadership and desire to achieve. It also gives his moral flaws as well, reminding us Patton was a real person like any of us. We all have the ability to achieve great things.

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    F. Lombardo 08-07-16
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    "Great Story, less than stellar recording"

    The story is excellent but the recording frequently had skips in the narration. I found this rather irritating. It wasn't much of a loss, but it detracted from the flow of the story. Other than that, the actual story is excellent and an important biography on the history of this great but imperfect General.

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    Trevor M. 08-03-16
    Trevor M. 08-03-16 Member Since 2014
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    terrible quality recording. I did not like the style or voice of the narrator. loved the story but could have used a lot more detail.

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    Coramdeo540 04-29-16
    Coramdeo540 04-29-16
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    "A Wonderful Book worth listening to!"

    Patton really was our Greatest General his leadership should be emulated in Business as well

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    Mike 04-19-16
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    "poorly written"

    Book was poorly written, struggled to get through it, narrator was fine, but book dragged on and offered little insight into the man.

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    Kathleen 11-30-14
    Kathleen 11-30-14
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    "held my attention"
    If you could sum up Patton in three words, what would they be?

    I learned a lot about this person. It gave me insight to him as a person.


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    James 03-07-14
    James 03-07-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Interesting perspectives on a war legend"

    First of all - you can skip the first 4 chapters, which were rather long and boring and dealt with his family history, his time as a youth, etc. Chapter 5 is where it really all begins and discusses his WWI exploits and the post-war years leading up to WWII.

    This book really brought to bare some of the idiosyncrasies and events which defined Patton's character. Repeated head trauma from polo injuries, for example, may have been the cause for his often violent temper later in life. Also, despite what anyone might think, Patton was often plagued with self-doubt that he was never doing enough, or being all he could be. In his mid-50's before the start of WWII he had a major mid-life crisis where he thought the Army would feel he was too old, and miss the next war - thus denying him of what he believed was his destiny. Destiny, was something that Patton believed in - that he was born to lead men into combat. Even throughout WWII as various decisions were made by Eisenhower and other commanders, Patton often wondered if he would ever realize his true destiny, and would often become depressed - whenever he was not leading men, or in combat.

    Right after WWII there several very close calls Patton had - nearly freak accidents - which made him think that someone was trying to kill him. He even said to his children, upon returning home from the war briefly before going back to keep peace in Europe, that they would never see him alive again. He was right. Somehow, he knew he was going to die - but, as many friends and family believe - it was better than having him living the rest of his life in a world without a war. Patton said himself that, "Now that there is no war, I have lost all my value to this world". Nevertheless, it makes me wonder if there really was a plot to kill him from various political beliefs he held, including wanting to go to war with Russia, and showing public sympathy for some Nazi business leaders in Europe.

    Overall - an interesting book - but as I stated - the first four chapters were not really relevant.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    JURANDYR Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 01-01-14
    JURANDYR Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 01-01-14
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    "Dou you want to know Patton? This is the place."
    What made the experience of listening to Patton the most enjoyable?

    The story itself. This is a hero at the fullest extention of the word, loaded with great deeds as well as deep downfalls. One might even think this to be a carefully crafeted work of fiction. Because it did hapen, Patton's life soars above any myth. He was a living myth.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Patton?

    His notes and letters, where he expressed his focused drive to become famous, his view on military tactics, and the role and attributes of a true leader.


    What about William Lavelle’s performance did you like?

    Clear voice, as well adequate emmotional rendering where applicable.


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

    Definitely!e


    Any additional comments?

    Some small parts of the recording are damaged. It would be great having them fixed.

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    Charles E. Gannon 01-02-12
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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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    Danny Fisher Alcoa, TN USA 12-12-11
    Danny Fisher Alcoa, TN USA 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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