Patton

Version: Unabridged
Author: Alan Axelrod
Narrator: Brian Emerson
Genres: History, Biography & Memoir, Military
Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks
Published In: March 2006
# of Units: 6 CDs
Length: 7 hours, 30 minutes
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Overview

George S. Patton embodied contradiction: 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; an exuberantly profane man, he prayed daily and believed God had destined him for military greatness; a profoundly insecure individual, he made his Third Army the most self-confident and consistently victorious fighting force in the European theater. From Patton's boyhood battling dyslexia and becoming an avid reader, to his leadership strategies that modernized the U.S. army, Alan Axelrod delivers a fascinating account of Patton's fascinating life and legacy.

Reviews (6)

Patton

Written by jondeb on January 30th, 2012

  • Book Rating: 4/5

Overall a really good balanced account of the life of General Patton. The reader does an admirable job which always make the audiobooks better. Not much new here but Alan Axelrod covers his life and military career with exceptional clarity. Recommended...

patton, great generals.

Written by Anonymous on August 20th, 2011

  • Book Rating: 4/5

the movie, was close to the book account. some things i did not know. interesting .

average

Written by Anonymous on March 28th, 2010

  • Book Rating: 3/5

For sure an interesting listen, but the story lacked depth that I desired.

Patton

Written by Anonymous on April 1st, 2009

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Excellent bio. Well written and very informative. Presents a balanced view of the man and the soldier.

Patton the Original

Written by BJ Strickland on February 19th, 2008

  • Book Rating: 4/5

George C. Scott, it has been said, "out-Pattoned" Patton in the movie & there have been a number of biographies already published about this complex man. But for all that, Axelrod still brings out new information, new perspectives & an interesting read. Some of the incidents depicted in the movie did not happen entirely the way portrayed (surprise!)or in the order shown. Even being in the Army on active duty hasn't taught me everything - I have learned much I didn't know. Surprisingly, Axelrod doesn't include the story of Patton's rescue of the Lippizaner horses (covered nicely in several journals & magazines) but the rest of the book suits nicely & for those interested in military history or biographies of complex characters, this book will satisfy.

patton

Written by Michael Manning on May 19th, 2007

  • Book Rating: 3/5

a good general overview. Nothing new, but entertaining.

Author Details

Author Details

Axelrod, Alan

ALAN AXELROD created the Ian Samuel Group Inc. and now serves as its president. He is the author of numerous books, including the Dictionary of American Folklore, The Macmillan Dictionary of Military Biography, and Dictators and Tyrants.