The Fighting Pattons

The Fighting Pattons

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The father was a legendary hero whose fame had a profound influence over his son, who was determined to make a mark on his own terms. The Fighting Pattons is their story. The elder Patton gained renown during World War II as a fearless commander devoted to his men. A complex figure driven by his knowledge of history and warfare, he was a professional soldier who loved the art of war and hated war itself. The younger Patton also lived an eventful life; he participated in the Berlin Airlift, served in Korea, and proved his valor during three tours of duty in Vietnam. A wealth of previously unpublished information, plus interviews with family, friends, and figures such as Richard Nixon and General William Westmoreland, make a fascinating history of an American military more

Product details

  • Paperback | 280 pages
  • 154.94 x 233.68 x 22.86mm | 430.91g
  • Indiana University Press
  • Bloomington, IN, United States
  • English
  • 11 b&w illus.
  • 0253009901
  • 9780253009906

Review quote

"A balanced portrayal of the men and their myths, revealing the father and son to be much alike: dedicated professional men of arms, unswerving in their duty and their devotion to their men." -Library Journal "An extraordinary history of one American family's love of war." -The Wall Street Journal "Strong, stirring, and inspiring... What a story it is!... A stunning account." -Army "Highly recommended and engrossing reading as well as giving us a view of the Pattons that has never before been seen. A wonderful and moving portrait of the Patton family." -Military "Sobel's volume is a significant addition to our understanding of a man often overlooked and compared unfairly to his father." -Armchair Generalshow more

About Brian M. Sobel

Brian M. Sobel is a media consultant in Petaluma, California, and a frequent contributor to magazines and more

Table of contents

Foreword by Major General George S. PattonPrefaceAcknowledgments1. Born of Distinction2. The Early Years3. The Long Grey Line4. The World Afire5. Death of a Hero6. A Soldier Carries On7. Land of the Morning Calm8. Peaceful Intermission9. Une Guerre Tres Difficile10. A Return to War11. Blackhorse12. Laurels for the Soldier13. A Soldier's General14. Turbulent World15. Hell on Wheels16. Quiet ReflectionSelected BibliographyIndexThe Wall Street Journalshow more

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