General Patton

General Patton

A Soldier's Life

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Baker & Taylor
A portrait of the complex Third Army general draws on previously untapped archival materials as well as government and family records to discuss such topics as his military maneuvers, belief in a soldier's Valhalla, connection to a labor strike, relief from command, and controversial decisions.

HARPERCOLL

"War is my work and I know I sound sometimes as though I liked it; perhaps I do -- how can I tell? -- but this war hurts everybody."

-- Patton to Henry J. Taylor, 1945

General George S. Patton, Jr., an inspirational leader and outstanding tactician, has intrigued and confounded his biographers. Now, utilizing untapped archival materials in both the United States and England, government documents, family papers, and oral histories, Stanley P. Hirshson creates the most balanced portrait of Patton ever written. It reveals Patton as a complex soldier capable of brilliant military maneuvers but also of inspiring his troops with fiery speeches that resulted in horrendous acts, such as the massacres of Italian civilians, It explains Patton's belief in a soldier's Valhalla, connects the family's wealth to one of America's bitterest labor strikes, and disputes the usual interpretation of Patton's relief from command of the Third Army.

In investigating this complex man, Hirshson has uncovered surprising material about a series of civilian massacres in Sicily, about the two slapping incidents, about attempts to exploit Patton's diary after his death, and about Patton's relations with top Allied generals. Patton emerges as a soldier of great imagination and courage, and his military campaigns make for edge-of-the-seat reading. All the drama of Patton's life comes alive in this meticulously documented volume.



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Drawing on previously untapped archival materials in the US and England, government documents, family papers, and oral histories, this biography reveals General George S. Patton as a soldier capable of military brilliance who may have inspired troops to horrendous acts. The biography uncovers new information on civilian massacres in Italy and Patton's relations with top Allied generals, and disputes the usual interpretation of Patton's relief from command of the Third Army. B&w historical photos are included. Hirshson is professor of history at Queens College. Annotation (c) Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Blackwell North Amer
General George S. Patton, Jr., and inspirational leader and outstanding tactician, has intrigued and confounded his biographers. Now, utilizing untapped archival materials in both the United States and England, government documents, family papers, and oral histories, Stanley P. Hirshson creates the most balanced portrait of Patton ever written. It reveals Patton as a complex soldier capable of brilliant military maneuvers but also of inspiring his troops with fiery speeches that resulted in horrendous acts, such as the massacres of Italian civilians. It explains Patton's belief in a soldier's Valhalla, connects the family's wealth to one of America's bitterest labor strikes, and disputes the usual interpretation of Patton's relief from command of the Third Army.
In investigating this complex man, Hirshson has uncovered surprising material about a series of civilian massacres in Sicily, about the two slapping incidents, about attempts to exploit Patton's diary after his death, and about Patton's relations with top Allied generals. Patton emerges as a soldier of great imagination and courage, and his military campaigns make for edge-of-the-seat reading. All the drama of Patton's life comes alive in this meticuously documented volume.

Baker
& Taylor

A portrait of the complex Third Army general draws on untapped archival materials, as well as government and family records, to discuss such topics as his military maneuvers, relief from command, and controversial decisions.

Publisher: New York : HarperCollins, [2002]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2002
ISBN: 9780060009823
0060009829
Branch Call Number: BIO Patton, G 2002
Characteristics: xxii, 826 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, maps, portraits ; 25 cm

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