Book Review: “Killing Patton” by Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard

“Few can deny that George Patton is entitled to his belief, nor that he is the consummate soldier. He is descended from a Civil War Confederate colonel, and has himself been in the military since graduating from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point in 1909. Soon after, he fought in Mexico against Pancho Villa. He then fought in the First World War at Saint-Mihiel, the legendary battlefield west of Metz where he walks now. Patton was the very first officer ever assigned to the U.S. Army tank corps, and is renowned for his tactical brilliance on the battlefield. He lives by the words of the great French general Napoleon, “L’audace, l’audace, toujours l’audace” – “Audacity, audacity always audacity” – a motto that works well on the field of battle, but not so well in diplomatic situations. Patton has damaged his career again and again by saying and doing the sort of impulsive things that would see a lesser man relieved of his command for good.”   Excerpt – Page 14-15


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Some things never change. Battles and wars are fought by America’s best and brightest led by Generals controlled by politicians. Set against the backdrop of World War II, the authors paint a vivid picture of the hell that is war and the personal battle of one of America’s greatest generals, George Patton, to defeat the enemy and to overcome political agendas and correctness to achieve a lasting peace.

In their fact based, fast-moving book the authors give us insight into the major historical figures and events of World War II. Focusing upon the trials and triumphs of George Patton, the heroic efforts and sacrifice of enlisted men and officers in key battles are detailed, as well as the deeply disturbing atrocities committed by German and Russian forces.

This book is a timely reminder of the evil that has existed in this world throughout history and that must be defeated by men in arms. The most recent example is Muslim extremists and whether labeled ISIS, Al Qaeda, home grown terrorist or the criminal who stalks America urban centers, schools, borders and neighborhoods. It is the 2nd amendment right to self-protection and the American servicemen who embody our ultimate protection. It also underscores the importance of decisive experienced leaders in securing victory over such malignant forces. Where are the George Patton’s of today?

For members of the “greatest generation”, baby boomers and perhaps most importantly the millennials, this book is a must read.


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