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Brothers, Rivals, Victors Audiobook

Brothers, Rivals, Victors: Eisenhower, Patton, Bradley, and the Partnership That Drove the Allied Conquest in Europe

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Publisher's Summary

The true story of the friendship—and rivalry—among the greatest American generals of World War II

Supreme Allied Commander Dwight D. Eisenhower, General George S. Patton, and General Omar N. Bradley engineered the Allied conquest that shattered Hitler’s hold over Europe. But they also shared an intricate web of relationships going back decades. In the cauldron of World War II, they found their prewar friendships complicated by shifting allegiances, jealousy, insecurity, patriotism, and ambition.

Meticulously researched and vividly written, Jonathan W. Jordan’s book recounts the battle for Europe through the eyes of these three legendary generals. For the first time in such detail, the bonds between them are explored, and readers are treated to an insider’s view of life at the summit of raw, violent power. Throughout three years of hard, bloody warfare, Eisenhower, the Alliance’s great diplomat, sought victory in the fighting qualities and tactical genius of his most trusted subordinates, Bradley and Patton. They, in turn, owed their careers to Eisenhower. Yet their friendship would be put to the ultimate test as life-and-death decisions were thrust upon them, and honor and duty conflicted with personal loyalty.

Brothers, Rivals, Victors is drawn from the candid accounts of its main characters and strips away much of the public image of “Ike” (Eisenhower), the “GI’s General” (Bradley), and “Old Blood and Guts” (Patton) to reveal the men behind the legend. Adding richness to this story are the words and observations of a supporting cast of generals, staff officers, secretaries, aides, politicians, and wives, brought together to produce a uniquely intimate account of a relationship that influenced a war. The story of how these three great strategists pulled together to wage the deadliest conflict in history, despite their differences and rivalries, is marvelously told in this eye-opening narrative that is sure to become a classic of military history.

©2011 Jonathan W. Jordan (P)2011 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

What the Critics Say

“A truly compelling narrative…A masterly, exciting study of character and tactics in World War II.” (Kirkus Reviews)

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    Eileen West Sacramento, CA, United States 03-31-13
    Eileen West Sacramento, CA, United States 03-31-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Through each other's eyes"

    For those interested in these three great American generals this is a both 3 biograhies and detailed history of their activities in Europe during World War II. Because the author uses their words (diaries, letters, etc.), as well as those of their staff, the men come across as complex and sometimes contradictory men. The focus is narrow with little in the narrators voice but great wealth in Ike's, Brad's and George's voices and thoughts.

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    Mark Huntington, NY, United States 03-04-13
    Mark Huntington, NY, United States 03-04-13 Member Since 2017
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    "Insightful to the pettiness of great generals"
    What other book might you compare Brothers, Rivals, Victors to and why?

    The book is more insightful than the movie Patton. Although I think Patton was a superior general and was condemned for things that Bradley and eisenhaurer did on a much larger scale. Ie putting their troops at incredible risks


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

    Made these supreme generals out to be real people not above anything in human nature


    Any additional comments?

    If you like non fiction you will thoroughly enjoy this book. Should be required listening by our military officer corp.

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    Drew 12-02-12
    Drew 12-02-12
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    "New Insights on the Generals"

    This book was excellent. If you're a WW2 buff, you will find this book very interesting. These men knew each other for years, and served with each other during the lean years between the wars. It details the rise to power, fall from grace, and resurrection of 3 men that were pivitol in our military history.

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    Olaf Jakarta, Indonesia 10-20-11
    Olaf Jakarta, Indonesia 10-20-11

    German by birth - cosmopolitan by conviction. A CFO enjoying dynamic and multicultural Asia. Classic car and history buff and scuba diver.

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    "Great study of characters and deeds"

    Although no major learnings for me in regards of the war and the events in the african and european theatre, it is a highly recommendable book which defines the characters of the three generals very clearly and entertainingly as well. It is a matter of personal preference but my respect for Patton - being the most complex character of the three - rose the most. Besides of his extraordinary accomplishments in warfare and leadership it was always a great amusement to hear what he had to say in his very special way of expressing his thoughts - not at least when it came to Montgomery. Patton was likely more accepted and respected by his war enemies than by his brothers in arms. I also liked the narrating - very good voice, reading style and sound set up.

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    Davis San Pedro, CA, United States 09-04-11
    Davis San Pedro, CA, United States 09-04-11 Member Since 2011
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    "Insightful and Enlightening"

    This is a terrific book. It does a superb job of tracking the efforts and relationships among Eisenhower, Patton and Bradley throughout WW II as well as covering the before and after. It also does a fine job of showing how their personalities, beliefs and positions affected their relationships. It is fair to all three of the major protagaonists. Even when they are at odds with one another, you understand where each of them is coming from. I knew virtually no military history before listening and found some of that a little hard to follow, but that did not impair my enjoyment or abilty to follow what the book is really telling us about these three intriguing military leaders. It is well written and well read.

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    J 06-01-13
    J 06-01-13
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    "A great history lesson! I learned a lot."
    What made the experience of listening to Brothers, Rivals, Victors the most enjoyable?

    It was great to hear about the European front of WW2 from the writing of some of our finest military leaders. You don't know how fragile the egos of these men really were until you hear it from their own writings. We tend to forget that as good a leaders they were, they were still human and human flaws and frailty.


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    The British finally being made to look like the disrespectful, glory hounds that they were. They always wanted to be in the position to receive the glory and tried to minimize the American involvement when if it wasn't for the Americans, Britain would have ceased to exist!


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    Bebe El Dorado, AR, United States 02-08-13
    Bebe El Dorado, AR, United States 02-08-13 Member Since 2014
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    This just isn't a very good book. I've read lots of interesting books on WWII and lots of interesting biographies. This isn't one of them.

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