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Patton

Written by: Alan Axelrod
Narrated by: Brian Emerson
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George S. Patton was a general who achieved greatness in his field by contradicting his own nature. A cavalryman steeped in romantic military tradition, he nevertheless pulled a reluctant American military into the most advanced realms of highly mobile armored warfare. An autocratic snob, Patton created unparalleled rapport and loyalty with the lowliest private in his command. An outspoken racist, he led the only racially integrated U.S. military unit in World War II. A profoundly insecure individual, he made his Third Army the most self-confident and consistently victorious fighting force in the European theater. An exuberantly profane man, he prayed daily and believed God had destined him for military greatness.

Alan Axelrod delivers a fascinating account of Patton's fascinating life and legacy.

This book is one of a series on great generals.

©2006 Alan Axelrod (P)2006 Blackstone Audiobooks

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"Axelrod has captured Patton's checkered legacy in a balanced biography." (Publishers Weekly)

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Warrior

If I were to asked to describe George S. Patton Jr. with one word, it would be "warrior". Historian/Author Alan Axelrod makes it quite clear that Patton was a man tailor-made for combat.. but that struggled with peacetime service - albeit unapolagetically.
This book documents the General's considerable talents while in action while demonstrating examples of innumerable personal failings (promiscuity, intolerance, elitist and racist attitudes, etc.), a combative personality, and unyielding ambition.

Reader Brian Emerson provides an above-average reading - matching exemplary diction, cadence, and timbre with a spot-on pedagogical tone (Emerson is clearly teaching).
He reads too slowly (setting playback speed at 1.20X yields the most "natural" delivery), but was a great choice of reader from Blackstone Audio (it's unfortunate that the technical support is somewhat lacking - allowing some repetition of recorded segments, for example).

Taking into account the excellent summary/interpretation chapter at the end of the book (to it's detriment, most of the book is strictly chronological), 'Patton' merits 7.5 stars out of 10.
As a more "casual" follower of Military History, I wouldn't have downloaded it if it weren't a 'Plus' selection.. but it would actually be worth a Credit to serious students of WWII personalities.

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