©1985 by Martin Blumenson; (P)1990 by Blackstone Audiobooks
"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)
I liked this book because it gives a picture of the whole personality of the man as well as his family history, etc. It's a fascinating book. It "listens well" and my husband and I could hardly wait to get to the next disk.
Good listen if you want to know more about Patton the man.
As others have noted, the audio quality is bad (it is old and my guess is that is comes from a cassete-tape).
Really enjoyed this. Good insight into the man, dispelled some myths and verified others. If you like WWII history, or the history of individuals who made a difference in his/her time, you'll like this
German by birth - cosmopolitan by conviction. A CFO enjoying dynamic and multicultural Asia. Classic car and history buff and scuba diver.
Having read many books about World War II and the highly recommendable book "Brothers, Rivals, Victors" about Patton, Bradley and Eisenhower, I knew quite a bit of Patton's war exploits but wanted to learn more about the evolution of this man. Here this book is truly outstanding and provides deep insight into how this splendid officer, gentleman and human being was shaped and what drove him. The World War II phase of his life, so full of triumphs and set backs, falls a little short of expectations but this time is extensively covered in other books. Patton was one of the few man I truly admire for all his facettes. He was a non-conformist who conformed because he had such an incredibly high standard of professionalism, duty and was a true patriot. I can recommend the book for anybody who wants to see the character behind the war hero and wants to understand how such an extraordinary personality is formed. Some historic flaws such as praising the 3rd U.S. army as the military force capturing the highest number of enemies ever (the war started before Germany declared war on the U.S.A. and bigger encirclements happend in the early months of the Russia campaign of the Wehrmacht) are not dimming the excellence of the content. Need a special teaser to listen ? Here is a Patton quote: "Troop leadership is like moving spaghetti - pushing from behind buckles the pasta - pulling from the front makes it moving". Just marvellous right ?
Excellent book about General Patton! The only downside was the audio quality was very poor, sounds like a recycled recording from an old book on tape and there are several breaks throughout the book with missing portions.
Concise and informative.
What's not to like about Patton's story. In this case, well told.
The WWII years.
The panoramic storytelling is breathtaking. This is a fascinating narrative about the life of a truly great man.
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It made me proud to be an American and also further appreciate our greatest generation.
Patton's biography is a great listen, however, the audio quality is disappointing. The narrator is decent, but again, the quality made this review less than what it should be.
It's great listening to the history of the end of WWII and the inner workings and political. intrique between him, Ike, and Bradley.
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.
Biomedical entrepreneur. Lifelong Libertarian. Yoga enthusiast.
A must-read for anyone who wants to know greatness, humility and genius all wrapped in one person.
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