Killing Patton: The Strange Death of World War II's Most Audacious General

Version: Unabridged
Author: Bill O'Reilly , Martin Dugard
Narrator: Bill O'Reilly
Genres: History, Biography & Memoir, Military
Publisher: Macmillan Audio
Published In: May 2015
# of Units: 7 CDs
Length: 9 hours
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Overview

Listeners around the world have been enthralled by Killing Lincoln, Killing Kennedy, and Killing Jesus—riveting works of nonfiction that journey into the heart of the most famous murders in history. Now from Bill O'Reilly, iconic anchor of The O'Reilly Factor, comes the most epic audiobook of all in this multimillion-selling series: Killing Patton.

General George S. Patton, Jr. died under mysterious circumstances in the months following the end of World War II. For almost seventy years, there has been suspicion that his death was not an accident—and may very well have been an act of assassination. Killing Patton takes readers inside the final year of the war and recounts the events surrounding Patton's tragic demise, naming names of the many powerful individuals who wanted him silenced.

Reviews (13)

Great

Written by Elliotte F on April 7th, 2017

  • Book Rating: 4/5

Great book!

Written by Ron Parker on September 15th, 2016

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Excellent!! Like Killing Lincoln, one of the best non-fiction, or any type of book, I've read or listened to. Brings up some points that really make you think. Also gives you insight into why certain decisions were made, even though they appear to be the wrong ones. I never realized before just how much we gave into the Russians and how we didn't support Britain's post-war plans. It illustrates just how much the military is a "What have you done for me lately" organization. I spent over 12 years in the military and it hasn't changed a bit. The way Patton was treated is deplorable. This is a book that everyone should read.

Written by Brian McColgan on February 23rd, 2016

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Enjoyed the factual nature of this book. It was a very enjoyable listen w/Mr. O'Reilly. Very sad to learn that such a great man, succumbed to a freak accident (or possibly another strange event). I really enjoy historical stories (particularly WWII). It was very interesting to listen/read about the battle in Belgium and how Patton tried so desperately to get his tanks up to Bastogne (sp?) to rescue the 101st.

Written by Daniel Renz on January 4th, 2016

  • Book Rating: 3/5

I actually really liked the narration. Finished it on a long ride from Florida to Ohio and he kept me engaged on a historical individual I did not have a strong base of knowledge on. Admittedly, as with most of the 'killing' books, they are more period based than just the title person, with interesting vignettes built in along the way. A little confusing with all the general names, it would probably make a better book read than an audio listen. Mic drop. Out.

Written by Ben Walden on March 15th, 2015

  • Book Rating: 4/5

Topic is interesting, but narration is horrific. This seems to be read without any practice or editing at all. Intonation and cadence is completely off and it is very hard to follow. I found it hard to get through and in retrospect would have much rather just read the text.

Written by Robert Mason on February 20th, 2015

  • Book Rating: 3/5

The book is factual not big on imaginary. It was interesting not sure I would read another book by him. His voice made it almost impossible to follow closely until you got use to it which i really never did.

Written by Vincent Chavoya on February 14th, 2015

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Great book. Really enjoy. The narration was excellent and story well told.

Written by joe doro on January 26th, 2015

  • Book Rating: 3/5

Never let this guy read a book again. His voice, intonation, etc. are plain awful. As a result this book sounds more like propaganda than history. After listening to this, I wonder how much is true and how much is hyperbole. For example, the German and Russian soldiers were all just rapists and pillagers while American soldiers were the reincarnation of Christ. When 26 Brits die during a German bombing of London, they are innocent civilian victims, yet when tens of thousands German civilians die during the firebombing of Dresden and other cities, they are just Germans. When Stalin sends the lover of his daughter to a Siberian camp, the disgust in his voice is clear, but when Patton sends a rival lover of the woman he was having an affair with to the front lines, it's just glossed over. As for the Patton story itself, it is interesting, considering the guy was a wack job. Fantastic soldier but clearly pyschiatrically challenged.

Written by aaron massuda on January 15th, 2015

  • Book Rating: 4/5

Being read by Bill O'Reilly is miserable. Its not that I dont like the guy for his view or what not but his voice, speed, and intonation is terrible.

Killing Patton

Written by Russell Davis on January 5th, 2015

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Absolutely incredible - it's a part of history that will never be taught. The man just knew too much and Truman did not like him and Eisenhower was scared of him. AMERICA breeds incredible fighting men and then after the call of duty, AMERICA cannot figure out how to "UNPLUG" them

Author Details

Author Details

O'Reilly, Bill

"Born in Manhattan and raised in the suburb of Levittown, N.Y., Bill O'Reilly had a blue-collar, ethnic upbringing common in the Northeast. He attended Chaminade High School, and spent most of his childhood playing sports and annoying teachers.

O'Reilly went on to attend Marist College in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., where he wrote a column for the school newspaper and played football. In his junior year, O'Reilly was accepted into an overseas program, and studied at the University of London. He received a B.A. in history from Marist.

Upon graduation, O'Reilly began teaching at Monsignor Pace High School in a suburb of Miami. After two years, he returned to college and earned an M.A. in broadcast journalism from Boston University.

Then O'Reilly's television career began. His first stop was WNEP-TV in Scranton-Wilkes Barre, Pa. He then landed at WFAA-TV in Dallas, where he won a Dallas Press Club Award for excellence in investigative reporting. From Dallas, it was on to KMGH-TV in Denver, where O'Reilly won an Emmy for his coverage of a skyjacking. After two years in the Rocky Mountains, O'Reilly returned to the East Coast and joined WCBS-TV in New York City, where he won his second Emmy for an investigation of corrupt city marshals. O'Reilly was then promoted to the CBS network, where he reported on the wars in El Salvador and the Falkland Islands from his base in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

O'Reilly's career as an anchor began at the CBS and ABC affiliates in Boston, and continued at KATU-TV in Portland, Ore., before he joined ABC News as a correspondent in 1986. While at ABC, O'Reilly appeared on The World News broadcast nearly 100 times, and received a National Headliner Award for excellence in investigative reporting for a series of expos‚s on the Bradley fighting vehicle.

In February 1989, O'Reilly took over for David Frost as the anchor of the nationally syndicated program ""Inside Edition."" Under the O'Reilly reign, the program reached its ratings zenith, and was rarely out of the top 10 in syndicated rankings. While at ""Inside,"" O'Reilly was the first national anchor to broadcast live from the scene of the riots in Los Angeles, and was named reporter of the year by the New York Crime Victims organization.

During his 20-year career, O'Reilly has reported from all over the world, including Vietnam, Kuwait, Berlin, Brazil, Australia, Japan, France, Romania and England. In addition, O'Reilly penned an opinion column in The Boston Herald for seven years, and his articles have appeared in publications such as Newsweek magazine, The New York Times and Parade magazine.

O'Reilly was accepted into the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University in early 1995. He subsequently resigned from his job at ""Inside Edition,"" and prepared to go back to school by writing his first book, ""Those Who Trespass: A Novel of Murder and Television,"" which is now in its second printing.

In the spring of 1996, O'Reilly received an M.A. in public policy from Harvard, and immediately took a job as the executive producer and anchor of ""The O'Reilly Factor"" on the then-new Fox News Channel. O'Reilly lives on Long Island, and still plays touch football with childhood friends. His other hobbies include collecting American historical documents, diving, and sleeping as much as possible. "

Dugard, Martin

Martin Dugard has carved a career as one of the foremost adventure writers today. The author of "Knockdown: The Harrowing True Account of a Yacht Race Turned Deadly" and co-author of the "New York Times" bestseller "Survivor: The Ultimate Game, " his work appears regularly in "GQ, Sports Illustrated, " and "Esquire." An avid adventurer, Dugard has completed the Raid Gauloises race three times, and is co-holder of the Around the World Speed Record. He lives with his wife and three children in Orange County, California.