PATTON: A BIOGRAPHY
Author: Alan Axelrod
Publisher: VHPS (HOLT & ST MARTINS), Feb 2006
Patton embodied contradiction: a cavalryman steeped in romantic military tradition, he nevertheless pulled a reluctant American military into the most advanced realms of highly mobile armored warfare. General Wesley K. Clark's groundbreaking GREAT GENERALS series launches with a biography of Patton, the iconic, controversial commander who invented modern warfare. 6x9 inches, 224 pgs.
Palgrave is delighted to launch this new series with a terrific title from the bestselling author of Patton on Leadership.
George S. Patton embodied contradiction: a cavalryman steeped in romantic military tradition, he nevertheless pulled a reluctant American military into the most advanced realms of highly mobile armored warfare. An autocratic snob, Patton created unparalleled rapport and loyalty with the lowliest private in his command; an outspoken racist, he led the only racially integrated U.S. military unit in World War II; an exuberantly profane man, he prayed daily and believed God had destined him for military greatness; a profoundly insecure individual, he made his Third Army the most self-confident and consistently victorious fighting force in the European theater. From Patton's boyhood battling dyslexia and becoming an avid reader, to his leadership strategies that modernized the U.S. army, Alan Axelrod delivers a fascinating account of Patton's life and legacy.
WHAT THE EXPERTS ARE SAYING:
"An engaging minibiography...Patton's race across France has become legendary, but Mr. Axelrod reminds readers that it was the result of careful planning."--The Washington Times
"Palgrave's Great Generals Series is an important and inspiring contribution to our understanding of modern-day warfare. Every book in the series will provide invaluable insight into the legacies of eminent military leaders and take the reader on a gripping tour of the most spectacular maneuvers, missions, and battles in world history."--Gen. Wesley K. Clark
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Alan Axelrod is the author of the BusinessWeek bestseller Patton on Leadership and many books on American and military history, including Encyclopedia of Wars, America?s Wars, and The Macmillan Dictionary of Military Biography. He and his work have been featured in BusinessWeek, Fortune, Men?s Health, Cosmopolitan, and many newspapers, including the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and USA Today.