The Fighting Pattons

The Fighting Pattons

Brian M. Sobel
Foreword by Major General George S. Patton
With a new Foreword by Joanne Holbrook Patton
Distribution: World
Publication date: 3/19/2013
Format: paper 280 pages, 11 b&w illus.
6.125 x 9.25
ISBN: 978-0-253-00990-6
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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 A wealth of previously unpublished information, plus interviews with family, friends, and figures such as Richard Nixon and General William Westmoreland, make a fascinating history of an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 family.

Author Bio

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

Reviews

"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 General

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Table of Contents

Foreword by Major General George S. Patton
Preface
Acknowledgments
1. Born of Distinction
2. The Early Years
3. The Long Grey Line
4. The World Afire
5. Death of a Hero
6. A Soldier Carries On
7. Land of the Morning Calm
8. Peaceful Intermission
9. Une Guerre Très Difficile
10. A Return to War
11. Blackhorse
12. Laurels for the Soldier
13. A Soldier's General
14. Turbulent World
15. Hell on Wheels
16. Quiet Reflection
Selected Bibliography
Index
The Wall Street Journal
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