Summary of Patton

A Biography (Great Generals)

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Patton book summary
An insightful biography of General George S. Patton Jr., one of America’s most triumphant battlefield commanders.


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General George Smith Patton Jr. was a bold, inspirational American World War II military leader. Known as “Old Blood and Guts” to his troops in Europe, Patton had no equal as a military tactician. As military historian Eric Larrabee put it, Patton had the unique ability to “think like an army” and possessed a nearly mystical, intuitive understanding of battlefield tactics. As commander of America’s Third Army, Patton achieved notable successes on the European battlefield in the war against Hitler. The Germans established blitzkrieg (lightning) warfare when they conquered Poland in 1939. But Patton shoved this concept down their throats as his Third Army swept across Europe after the Normandy invasion. Alan Axelrod ably tells Patton’s life story in this concise, masterful biography. getAbstract highly recommends this outstanding book about one of America’s greatest, most colorful military heroes.

In this summary, you will learn

  • Who General George Patton Jr. was;
  • How he was bred to become a military leader; and
  • What he accomplished during his historic military career.


America’s Pre-eminent “Warrior Leader”
General George S. Patton Jr. was an impetuous, profane and audacious World War II battlefield commander. Under his leadership, the U.S. Third Army triumphantly rolled across Europe like a juggernaut, smashing the vaunted German forces, the previous...
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Alan Axelrod also is the author of The Macmillan Dictionary of Military Biography.

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