Patton: The Man behind the Legend, 1885–1945

By Martin Blumenson
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8.45 Hours 01/01/1990 unabridged
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This magnificent biography by the world’s foremost expert on the life of George S. Patton portrays the many faces of the general with uncompromising insight: the gruff, demanding public front known—and feared—by millions; the sensitive, intellectual visage shown to intimates; and the self-conscious, emotional, religious man only a handful of people ever met. Martin Blumenson deftly explores the life of this American hero, a paradoxical man who inspired others to greatness but who sometimes questioned the greatness within himself. Patton: The Man behind the Legend, 1885–1945 is a dramatic and memorable portrait of a complex American hero, a man called the greatest combat general of modern times.

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Summary

Summary

This magnificent biography by the world’s foremost expert on the life of George S. Patton portrays the many faces of the general with uncompromising insight: the gruff, demanding public front known—and feared—by millions; the sensitive, intellectual visage shown to intimates; and the self-conscious, emotional, religious man only a handful of people ever met. Martin Blumenson deftly explores the life of this American hero, a paradoxical man who inspired others to greatness but who sometimes questioned the greatness within himself. Patton: The Man behind the Legend, 1885–1945 is a dramatic and memorable portrait of a complex American hero, a man called the greatest combat general of modern times.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Martin Blumenson has written an extraordinary book about my father.” Ruth Ellen Patton Totten
“A gem of a biography, full of insights on the highly complex character of George S. Patton. It is gracefully written and—as we expect from Blumenson—authoritative. No previous work on Patton can match it.” Stephen E. Ambrose, New York Times bestselling author
“Blumenson (author of The Patton Papers and a one-time member of the general’s staff) has written a detailed and persuasive study of Patton’s character, making liberal use of quotes by Patton and his family which afford insight into Patton’s view of himself.” Publishers Weekly
“The best explanation of the Patton mystique we have had—or are likely to have.” Robert Sherrod, World War II correspondent and historian
“Superb…Nobody knows Patton like Martin Blumenson, and nobody can tell his story with such verve and introspection.” Charles B. MacDonald, author of A Time for Trumpets

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Author

Author Bio: Martin Blumenson

Martin Blumenson (1918–2005), one of America’s leading military historians, served as staff historian of Patton’s Third Army. He authored many military histories, including The Patton Papers, which was hailed as “remarkable” by the New York Times.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, Library CD, MP3 CD
Category: Nonfiction/Biography & Autobiography
Runtime: 8.45
Audience: Adult
Language: English