Brothers, Rivals, Victors: Eisenhower, Patton, Bradley, and the Partnership That Drove the Allied Conquest in Europe

Version: Unabridged
Author: Jonathan W. Jordan
Narrator: William Hughes
Genres: History, Biography & Memoir, Military
Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks
Published In: April 2011
# of Units: 19 CDs
Length: 16 hours, 39 minutes
Ratings:
Tell Your Friends:

Overview

The true story of the friendship'and rivalry'among the greatest American generals of World War II

Supreme Allied Commander Dwight D. Eisenhower, General George S. Patton, and General Omar N. Bradley engineered the Allied conquest that shattered Hitler's hold over Europe. But they also shared an intricate web of relationships going back decades. In the cauldron of World War II, they found their prewar friendships complicated by shifting allegiances, jealousy, insecurity, patriotism, and ambition.

Meticulously researched and vividly written, Jonathan W. Jordan's book recounts the battle for Europe through the eyes of these three legendary generals. For the first time in such detail, the bonds between them are explored, and readers are treated to an insider's view of life at the summit of raw, violent power. Throughout three years of hard, bloody warfare, Eisenhower, the Alliance's great diplomat, sought victory in the fighting qualities and tactical genius of his most trusted subordinates, Bradley and Patton. They, in turn, owed their careers to Eisenhower. Yet their friendship would be put to the ultimate test as life-and-death decisions were thrust upon them, and honor and duty conflicted with personal loyalty.

Brothers, Rivals, Victors is drawn from the candid accounts of its main characters and strips away much of the public image of 'Ike' (Eisenhower), the 'GI's General' (Bradley), and 'Old Blood and Guts' (Patton) to reveal the men behind the legend. Adding richness to this story are the words and observations of a supporting cast of generals, staff officers, secretaries, aides, politicians, and wives, brought together to produce a uniquely intimate account of a relationship that influenced a war. The story of how these three great strategists pulled together to wage the deadliest conflict in history, despite their differences and rivalries, is marvelously told in this eye-opening narrative that is sure to become a classic of military history.

'A truly compelling narrative'A masterly, exciting study of character and tactics in World War II.''Kirkus Reviews

Reviews (1)

Written by Kevin P on April 20th, 2017

  • Book Rating: 4/5

Filled with details not learned in history books. I got to know these three men in greater depths... the qwirks I found fascinating.

Author Details

Author Details

Jordan, Jonathan W.

Jonathan W. Jordan is the author of the award-winning book Lone Star Navy: Texas, the Fight for the Gulf of Mexico, and the Shaping of the American West, a contributing author to the Armchair Reader's World War II and The Amazing Book of History, and the editor of the Library of Texas edition of To the People of Texas. His writing has appeared in World War II magazine, Armchair General, Military History, WWII History, and MHQ: The Quarterly Journal of Military History. A practicing attorney in Atlanta, he lives in Marietta, Georgia.