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The death of General George S. Patton is shrouded in mystery. While officially the result of an unfortunate car accident, the evidence points to a far more malevolent plot: murder. So says investigative and military journalist Robert K. Wilcox in his book Target: Patton: The Plot to Assassinate General George S. Patton.
Written like a WWII spy thriller and meticulously researched, Target: Patton leads you through that fateful December day in 1945, revealing a chilling plan to assassinate General Patton. Backing up this shocking story with facts, photos, and eyewitness statements, Wilcox reveals long-hidden documents and accounts that explain how secrets Patton knew - and his strong anti-Soviet views - may have cost him his life.
Not only does Wilcox reveal how, why, and when, he also names names, exposing little-known stories and secrets of such key players as General "Wild Bill" Donovan, the storied head of the OSS (the predecessor to the CIA); an OSS assassin; an Army intelligence agent; and even Josef Stalin himself.
Target: Patton challenges readers to look at the evidence and question the conventional wisdom. After reading it, few will think of General Patton or the circumstances surrounding his death in the same way again.
Any additional comments?
Patton was the greatest general America has ever produced. The Germans were mortified by him as were the Russians. A must read for all WW2 /Patton/Stalin history buffs!...Also the reader was excellent...five star *****-
4 of 5 people found this review helpful
The narration was poor. And the cadence of the narrator's voice didn't sound natural. I am not sure if it was totally the narrator's fault. Most of the sentences seemed incredibly long. I love history and especially world war two history but this was so difficult to listen to and required so much concentration I kept finding my mind wandering and would constantly have to re-listen to parts of the book. I finally gave up.
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Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?
I would recommend to a friend, and also a Congressional Committee.
What was one of the most memorable moments of Target: Patton?
The most touching moment was Pattons last leave in the United States, where he said his last goodbyes, as he knew he was going to be assassinated by his own government. I guess you could say Russia was after him to, but there were no Russians involved in his murder.
What does Lynn Benson bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?
I believe Lynn believed what she was reading.
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
No, that's plain silly for anyone to do that with any book.
Any additional comments?
When Germany surrendered, Patton wanted to push the Russians back to their border, with the Third Army, as they were there for the taking. They had no supplies, plus they are the worst soldiers in the world, and remain so. He told a Russian General just that, and he complained to the US, and they thought Patton was out of order . Churchill agreed with Pat tons mindset, but Eisenhower, the most overated soldier of WW11, knew Patton was resigning, and might have run for President, making Patton a target, and the rest is history. While in the military in 1969, there was still talking about Patton being taken down, and now these books are written about it, and that had everything to do with the Freedom of Information Act, but Eisenhower even ignored that Russia still held 15,000 of our POWs, when he agreed to Stalins demands in carving up Europe. Some of these POWs never were released.The Iron Wall was built by Eisenhower, and he was no soldier, along with Marshall who took great pleasure in humiliating Patton, for speaking the truth. Patton wanted 3 weeks to push the Mongoloids, as he called the Russians to push them back to their border, but they thought Patton was insane, thus we lived with the Iron Wall for 50 years, but make no mistake about it, General George S. Patton was most certainly assassinated. He knew to much, as he told many of his friends on his last stateside leave.What a travesty this was, but there will be no hearings on this. Powerful folks still run this country, and Obama is trying to get around them, but he will fail.
2 of 3 people found this review helpful
This could have been a great book... If only the author had organized and shortened it.
The premise is interesting and well researched, but the writing jumps around so much, and repeats itself so often with only the most tiny of addictions that it became exhausting to listen to. It mostly reads like this.
Assassination theory-> Poorly tied in potential witness backstory for 1 hour -> Barely Different Assassination Theory -> Same witness story, but with a different backstory -> Different poorly tied in potential witness backstory for another hour -> Story about how the OSS killed him -> Story about how the NKVD killed him -> Tangental story -> Sounds confusing? It is.
Rinse and repeat over and over.
Also the reader doesn't change his tone, and there are many spots where he coughs, or licks his lips, or you can hear him turn the page. After the first hour it becomes droning.
This could have been a great book if it was edited better, and had a reader who changed his tone once and a while.
odd phrasing and many mispronounced words, as if the book was not previously read or the performance practiced
What other book might you compare Target: Patton to and why?
About Face- David Hackworth both he and Patton were probally the greatest and most feared combat leaders from WW2 to present and both couldn't be silenced and stood their ground.<br/>About Face is a book without equal and its a shame we continue to allow politicians and PC<br/>career soldiers to discredit and destroy the people who speak the truth.
If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?
"Read the Book"<br/>good books turned into movies is never a good idea
What disappointed you about Target: Patton?
Very little new material. There are audio breaks that sound like editing cuts. There are rambling sections that leave you wondering what this has to do with the subject matter of the book.
What do you think your next listen will be?
Nothing from this author or narrator.
What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?
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What did you like best about Target: Patton? What did you like least?
I have had the book on my shelf for over a year. Audible gave me the opportunity to actually complete the book in two days, all while behind the wheel of my car! THANKS AUDIBLE. However, the book itself was weak. A conspiracy to kill a leading figure from World War II??? The Germans had ample opportunity to do that since 1942! Sorry, not buying it.
What three words best describe Lynn Benson’s voice?
Descriptive; pleasant; articulate.
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Is there anything you would change about this book?
For most of the recording I believe well into chapter 14, the narrator appears to suffer from a headcold and a blocked nose. It improves at a later point in the book. This does not make for pleasant listening
What did you like best about this story?
The actual subject matter. If not for my decades long interest in General Patton, and the fact that this is the first time I really opened my mind for a possible other explanation as to the cause(s) of his death, I may not have finished this book.
Would you be willing to try another one of Lynn Benson’s performances?
Very doubtful unless, it is about a topic that would to me be irrestible.
Was Target: Patton worth the listening time?
Despite the above and my comments below it still was fully worth my time.
Any additional comments?
The editing of this recording is below par. You can easily pick up throughout the recording, the instances were one recording stops and another begins, even in the middle of paragraphs. Oftentimes, through no fault of the narrator (unless he was the editor too), sentences are following each other up without much silence in between, which makes it sometimes very hard to follow. It's like periods and commas are ignored while narrating. At one point 9:36:10 into the story you hear the narrator turning a page and coughing ones before continuing his story.<br/>