Patton : A Genius for War
by Carlo D'Este
Patton: A Genius for War is a full-fledged portrait of an extraordinary American that reveals the complex and contradictory personality that lay behind the swashbuckling and brash facade. According to Publishers Weekly, the result is "a major biography of a major American military figure."
Fifty years after his death, General George C. Patton Jr. remains one of the most colorful, charismatic, misunderstood and controversial figures ever to set foot on the battlefields of World War II. And the image of the man has been not a little influenced by the 1970 film Patton, starring George C. Scott, in which he is portrayed as a swashbuckling, brash, profane, impetuous general who wore ivory-handled pistols into battle and slapped two hospitalized soldiers in Sicily.
It is one of the achievements of this riveting biography that it reveals the complex and contradictory personality that lay behind the facade. With full access to Patton's private and public papers, and the cooperation of the general's family, Carlo D'Este shows us not only the extrovert Patton of public perception, but also the intensely private Patton -- the devoted student of history, the poet, the humble man very unsure of his own abilities -- who could burst into tears, be charming or insulting quite unexpectedly, and the Patton who trained himself for greatness with a determination matched by no other general in the twentieth century. D'Este describes Patton's patrician background with its strong military heritage in the Civil War on the Confederate side; his struggle to overcome dyslexia to get through West Point; his lifelong doubts about his own courage that forced him to take reckless chances; and the enduring and sometimes troubled marriage to his childhood sweetheart, Beatrice Ayer, daughter of a wealthy Boston family, who proved to be a tower of strength and devotion to a soldier husband who was miserable in peacetime.
This book also covers Patton's military career from his dramatic role in the 1916 campaign against Pancho Villa in northern Mexico to his service in France in World War I, where he organized and led the first U.S. tank corps at Saint-Mihiel and in the Meuse-Argonne offensive (where he was seriously wounded), to his frequently brilliant and occasionally very controversial roles during World War II in the fighting in North Africa, Sicily, France and Germany, where he earned the reputation of being the allied general the Germans most feared and respected.
Patton: A Genius for War is a full-fledged portrait of an extraordinary American. The Publisher
Paperback - 1024 pages Reprint edition
Harperperennial Library; ISBN: 0060927623
The Patton Papers 1940-1945
by Martin Blumenson (Editor), George S. Patton
Da Capo Pr; ISBN: 0306807173
Patton : The Man Behind the Legend 1885-1945
by Martin Blumenson
Paperback Reissue edition (December )
Quill; ISBN: 0688137954
Patton's One-Minute Messages : Tactical Leadership Skills for Business Management
by Charles M. Province
Paperback - 96 pages
Presidio Pr; ISBN: 0891415467
Patton on Leadership : Strategic Lessons for Corporate Warfare
by Alan Axelrod
Although often deemed abrasive and arrogant, General George S. Patton was a remarkable leader who trained and motivated his men to achieve astounding results. With an emphasis on mission, he transformed an utterly demoralized American force in North Africa into an army capable of defeating the Nazis' brilliant General Rommel. Storming across France into Germany at a breakneck pace, his unit conquered more enemy troops and liberated more civilians than any other in World War II. Now Alan Axelrod, an accomplished writer in the areas of both military history and business management, applies Patton's proven leadership principles and competitive tactics to the corporate battlefield.
Executives and managers will learn straightforward, practical lessons in dynamic. results-oriented management. Illuminated by Patron's own words, chapters cover how to develop a leadership attitude and image, communicate effectively, establish clear priorities, inspire others, instill loyalty, build a team, coach and mentor, resolve conflict, and sustain optimum performance. And, as a man who regularly was required to overcome his failings or turin them to his advantage, Patton offers an example of excellence within reach of all of us.
Hardcover - 279 pages (November )
Prentice Hall Press; ISBN: 0735200912
The Pattons : A Personal History of an American Family
by Robert H. Patton
Paperback - 256 pages
Brasseys Inc; ISBN: 1574881272
War As I Knew It
George S., Jr. Patton
Paperback / Published 1995
General Patton's Principles : For Life and Leadership
General Patton: A Soldier's Life
by Stanley P. Hirshson
Hardcover: 826 pages ; Dimensions (in inches): 1.89 x 9.56 x 6.55
HarperCollins; ISBN: 0060009829; (August 6, )
Out of Print
by Porter B. Williamson
Paperback (June 1988)
Management & Systems Consultants; ISBN: 0918356067
Out of Print
General of the Army
by Ed Cray
A diligently researched, clearly written biography of Marshall.
Listed under US Army
The Patton Mind : The Professional Development of an Extraordinary Leader
by Roger H. Nye
Paperback - 212 pages (November 1992)
Avery Pub Group; ISBN: 0895294281
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