War as I Knew It

Narrated by: Ray Atherton
Length: 12 hrs and 2 mins
4.6 out of 5 stars (145 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

A military classic by a legendary American general.

War as I Knew It is the personal and candid account of General George S. Patton, Jr.'s celebrated, relentless crusade across Europe during World War II.

First published in 1947, this absorbing narrative draws on Patton's vivid memories of battle and his detailed diaries, from the moment the Third Army exploded onto the Brittany Peninsula to the final Allied casualty report. The result is not only a grueling, human account of daily combat but also a valuable chronicle of the strategies and fiery personality of a brilliant warrior.

©1947 Beatrice Patton Waters, Ruth Patton Totten, George Smith Patton (P)1989 Recorded Books, LLC

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Patton in his own words

All students of mi!itary history, especially the twentieth century should read all the memoirs of major and minor participant's, which they can. General Patton sadly died before he ds diary and the work he was doing with the 15th Army after losing the 3rd Army marks a candid ,compelling and truthfully.. I recommend not only lisiintercluding in your personal library..

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Pure Enjoyment

Patton's memoirs allowed me a different perspective on this mythical hero. The performance itself made me feel like Patton was telling me his story, as I listened awestruck.

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A must read for anyone in a leadership position.

The narrator did a splendid job illustrating the words of the late great General. The only person who could one up this performance would be George C. Scott.

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Best Patton read

story's great. feels like Patton himself is taking you the story the nartor just has that feel.

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An Interesting Narrative

To hear the history of the US 3rd Army of WWII from its commander is fascinating. I enjoyed all the stats and many novellas of exploits... but I want to clarify, I believe that General Patton believes all he states. The last 2 hours are a wonderful review of management practices, obviously many are not applicable to civilian life but they are useful.... this is worth the time to listen to...

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Great book terrible narrator!

The book/ memoir written by General Patton himself is a great read as it is told by he the man himself. But the narrator they chose is terrible! He sounds so dull and bored. You can tell he's only doing it for a paycheck. He lacks charisma and fails to draw you into the story at all. The story itself is great, but told by this boring narrator, finishing the title seemed like a chore. It's a shame really

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Disappointed in this book

The vast majority of this book seemed to be written like a bland "after action" debrief, which makes sense coming from a general. A debrief while informative with historical facts is not very exciting. Also the reader of the book is one note away from being considered monotone. The only way I was able to get through the book was to speed it up to 1.30 Section 3 was the most interesting in regards to combat leadership principles.

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General Patton

My Hero... A man, an historian, a teacher and a leader. Thank you for your service!