27 July, 2010
Patton (The Generals), by Agostino von Hassell
This book is a biography about George Smith Patton, Jr., a man who served in both WWI and WWII, who was renowned for both his courageous leadership and ability on the field as well as for the impetuous temperament for which he was often criticized. He was a very determined man with a unique wisdom and foresight when it came to contemplating an enemy’s move or advance and was an expert in combat strategy. He also had a reputation for impeccable adherence to military protocol, demanding nothing less than 110% from himself and those who served under him, although this also led to severe critiques of those in higher command and to several instances where he chose to not follow particular orders but to instead follow his own instincts.
Although the book mainly concentrates on his military service, particularly on the field and trenches of Europe, it also reveals the formative years that shaped General Patton's passion for a military career of excellence as well as interesting endeavors he pursued. It also tells of his impressive work in popularizing the use of tanks for combat by the U.S. military. I found this book to be an excellent narrative of his life and career of military service. Although the author does not deny nor hide General Patton’s harsh character flaws, it still paints an honest and honorable depiction of one of the greatest Generals to ever serve the United States of America.
*This book was gratefully received from Thomas Nelson at no cost in exchange for my agreement to post this review.