Growing Up Patton: Reflections on Heroes, History, and Family Wisdom

Benjamin Patton, Author, Jennifer Scruby, With, Bob Woodruff, Foreword by
Benjamin Patton, with Jennifer Scruby. Berkley Caliber, $26.95 (368p) ISBN 978-0-425-24351-0
Reviewed on: 03/12/2012
Release date: 03/01/2012
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With a name like Patton, it's impossible to write a book about family and not devote a sizable portion to the legendary WWII General George S. Patton Jr. (technically G.S.P. III). But this volume—written by George's grandson and featuring plenty of anecdotes about his grandfather and father, George S. Patton IV—is primarily a meditation on the bonds of family, the influence of heritage, and the importance of sharing one's stories. Born from previously unpublished letters (reprinted in the book) between the author's grandfather and father, as well as the author's interviews with his old man following a house fire that destroyed the dozens of diaries he'd kept over the course of his own illustrious military career, this book is by turns sweet, funny, and poignant. Patton discusses the exploits of his grandfather and father, and includes profiles of a handful of people who played a significant role in his their lives, such as General Julius Becton—a professional rival and family friend—and Manfred Rommel, the son of the German general Field Marshal Erwin Rommel (aka Desert Fox). At once an intriguing portrait of two of the American military's best-known heroes, Patton's debut is a poignant tribute to a family's rich history. Photos. (Mar.)
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