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The Resource Patton : a biography, Alan Axelrod

Patton : a biography, Alan Axelrod

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Patton : a biography
Title
Patton
Title remainder
a biography
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Alan Axelrod
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eng
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  • Gen. George Patton, "a great and flawed figure" who still elicits strong feelings, makes an excellent choice for the initial volume in Palgrave's Great Generals series. Axelrod, a prolific business writer and historian (Patton on Leadership ; Elizabeth I, CEO ), delivers a solid if brief introduction to Patton's life and career. Seeking a "balanced appreciation" of Patton, Axelrod focuses on the contradictions that make the general such a controversial figure. A tactical genius who was instrumental in pioneering the concepts of modern maneuver and combined arms warfare, Patton often struggled to control his own personal demons and emotions. Thus, the man who conquered Sicily and turned "a stunning catastrophe" into an equally stunning victory at the Battle of the Bulge once set off a media storm—and was sidelined by General Eisenhower for 11 months—after he assaulted two soldiers suffering from battle fatigue. Restless in peace, the man who Eisenhower observed was "born to be a soldier," was killed in an automobile accident in occupied Germany in 1946. Axelrod has captured Patton's checkered legacy in a balanced biography suitable for anyone looking for a concise introduction to the commander German Field Marshal Gerd von Rundstedt pronounced the Allies' best. (Feb.) --Staff (Reviewed November 28, 2005) (Publishers Weekly, vol 252, issue 47, p33)
  • George Patton revolutionizes warfare while struggling with his inner demons during times of peace.Axelrod (Patton on Leadership, 2001, etc.) kicks off editor General Wesley Clark's "Great Generals Series" with a compact but insightful volume on one of the most controversial military leaders in American history, a man who, in his own mind, was born and bred to be a warrior. Descended from a long line of military men on his father's side, Patton decided at a young age to make war his business. Accolades and controversy followed him in equal measure from the moment he arrived at West Point in 1904. For every brilliant tactical maneuver he conceived and executed, he managed to alienate those around him, whether by cheating on his wife, offending his fellow officers or being too hard on his men. It was Patton's shocking abuse of a shell-shocked private—and proclivity for putting his foot in his mouth—that sidelined him for nearly a year during World War II, a period of time during which Patton's lightning strikes might have inflicted heavy damage and, perhaps, shortened the war. Patton was a walking contradiction: a pious man who cursed like a sailor, a man who knew peace through war and warred with himself in times of peace and a man who projected confidence while enduring excruciating bouts of self-doubt. For the most part, Axelrod holds nothing back in painting the portrait of a man who was something of anathema to a democratic society leery of having a large standing army: a professional warrior whose sole goal in life was to be in the thick of battle and emerge covered in glory. At times, Axelrod stretches in trying to justify some of Patton's more glaring faults, but this can perhaps be attributed to the nature of the series. Still, this is a concise yet in-depth look at a fascinating man whose myth, in many ways, outshines the facts.Like Patton at his best: polished, precise and persuasive. (Kirkus Reviews, December 15, 2005)
Biography type
individual biography
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163758
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DLC
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1952-
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Axelrod, Alan
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  • portraits
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  • photographs
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
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bibliography
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True
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The great generals series
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  • Patton, George S.
  • United States
  • Generals
  • United States
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Patton : a biography, Alan Axelrod
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Includes bibliographical references (pages [185]-194) and index
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  • txt
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rdacontent
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596211
Dimensions
22 cm.
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x, 205 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates
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9781403971395
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2005051452
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unmediated
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rdamedia
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photographs, portraits
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(Sirsi) i9781403971395
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Patton : a biography, Alan Axelrod
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages [185]-194) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
596211
Dimensions
22 cm.
Extent
x, 205 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9781403971395
Lccn
2005051452
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
photographs, portraits
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(Sirsi) i9781403971395

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