Patton: A Genius For War

September 27, 1996|
Patton: A Genius For War by Carlo D'este
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A comprehensive biography of General George Patton draws on hitherto unavailable letters, diaries, and memoirs, uncovering many new facts to create an insightful and definitive portrait of an American military hero.

"An instant classic." --Douglas Brinkley

Fifty years after his death, General George S. Patton Jr. remains one of the most colorful, charismatic, misunderstood, and controversial figures ever to set foot on the battlefields of World War II. And the image of the man has been not a little influenced by the 1970 film Patton, starring George C. Scott, in which he is portrayed as a swashbuckling, brash, profane, impetuous general who wore ivory-handled pistols into battle and slapped two hospitalized soldiers in Sicily. 

It is one of the achievements of this riveting biography that it reveals the complex and contradictory personality that lay behind the facade. With full access to Patton''s private and public papers, and the cooperation of the general''s family, D''Este shows us not only the extrovert Patton of public perception but also the intensely private Patton - the devoted student of history, the poet, the humble man very unsure of his own abilities - who could burst into tears, be charming or insulting quite unexpectedly, and the Patton who trained himself for greatness with a determination matched by no other general in the twentieth century.

Carlo D'Este, a retired U.S. Army lieutenant colonel and a distinguished military historian, is the author of the acclaimed biographies Patton: A Genius for War and Eisenhower: A Soldier's Life, among other books on World War II. He lives in Massachusetts.
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Title:Patton: A Genius For War
Format:Paperback
Product dimensions:1024 pages, 8 X 5.31 X 1.64 in
Shipping dimensions:1024 pages, 8 X 5.31 X 1.64 in
Published:September 27, 1996
Publisher:HarperCollins
Language:English
Appropriate for ages:All ages
ISBN - 13:9780060927622

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