Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Patton: The Pursuit of Destiny by Agostino von Hassel

The Generals is a new book series being published by Thomas Nelson Publishers. Patton clears up a number of myths about the famous World War II general. Most of the misconceptions were generated by the popular 1970 movie where Patton was portrayed as a prima donna who was only interested in glory for himself and reckless disregard for the people in his command.

He was a child of privilege, descended from Virginia military men who gave him a lot to live up to. A military history and strategy scholar, he was truly a genius general. The writer points out, though, that he was also handicapped by his fear of death and his inability to keep his mouth shut. He risked his life many times so that he could "lead from the front." He was a man of spectacular success and abject failures. Raised in a Catholic home, Patton practiced his religion throughout his life. Some have pointed out the paradox between his love for war and his love of God.

Although I do not usually read military history, I wanted to learn about Patton because he was such a prominent figure in WWII. I have seen the movie many times, and I was not surprised to learn that some incidents in Patton's career were blown out of proportion in the movie because it made for better entertainment.

I recommend this book to all interested in WWII history and in Patton, the man. Buy it on Amazon: Patton: The Pursuit of Destiny (The Generals).

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their Booksneeze.com  book review blogger program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255  : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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