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The Fighting Pattons | [Brian M. Sobel]

The Fighting Pattons

Brian Sobel's The Fighting Pattons is an extraordinary history of one American family's love of war. The primary focus is on the careers of the 20th-century Pattons: World War II legend General George S. Patton, Jr., and his lesser-known namesake and son, Major General George S. Patton, who fought in Korea and Vietnam.
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Publisher's Summary

Brian Sobel's The Fighting Pattons is an extraordinary history of one American family's love of war. It includes the exploits of Hugh Mercer, a famous Revolutionary War general who married in the Patton line, and Colonel Waller Tazewell Patton, who was mortally wounded at Gettysburg while taking part in Pickett's Charge. But the primary focus is on the careers of the 20th-century Pattons: World War II legend General George S. Patton, Jr., and his lesser-known namesake and son, Major General George S. Patton, who fought in Korea and Vietnam and now lives quietly on the family farm in Hamilton, Massachusetts.

The life and thoughts of Major General Patton - an interesting figure in his own right - give us insights into his more famous father that can only come from a son forced to live and work in a great man's shadow.

©1997 Brian M. Sobel; (P)2000 Blackstone Audio Inc.

What the Critics Say

"The Fighting Pattons is personal, poignant and undeniably powerful." (Michael Stephenson, Editor, The Military Book Club)
"[Morgan] narrates with a lively, spirited attitude, creating a fast-moving look into the Patton family history of military service from WWI to Vietnam." (AudioFile)
"Sobel presents a balanced portrayal of the men and their myths, revealing the father and son to be much alike: dedicated professional men of arms, unswerving in their duty and their devotion to their men. The strength of this book rests in Sobel's profile of the junior Patton, with his anecdotes and pointed thoughts on Vietnam, the media, the Gulf War, nuclear weapons, and today's army." (Library Journal)

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    "Great perspective"

    I truly enjoyed this book, and was quite impressed with the detail of the lives of both Pattons.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Jena Madera, CA, United States 02-19-13
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    What would have made The Fighting Pattons better?

    If it was more about history than father & son tales.


    What could Brian M. Sobel have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Not try to spin the book in favor of Patton family agenda.


    Which character ā€“ as performed by Adams Morgan ā€“ was your favorite?

    The father.


    You didnā€™t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    NO


    Any additional comments?

    The book was trying to make the son more than he was and down play the father. It seemed like the book was written to glorify the Patton name than to tell history. Too much trying to spin a favorable light.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Spencer 10-29-10
    Spencer 10-29-10
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    "A very interesting family history"

    This is an extremely interesting family history. My only critique is that the reader, Adams Morgan, is just awful. Emphasis is in all the wrong places. That might have something to do with what sounds like a Bostonian accent, but it's extremely distracting.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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