Patton, the Man Behind the Legend, 1885-1945

Martin Blumenson, Author William Morrow & Company $17.95 (320p) ISBN 978-0-688-06082-4
George S. Patton Jr. is remembered as much for his tough, profane image as for his military skill. Few sense that this image represented an ideal and a command tool to Pattonand that developing and projecting it was one of many struggles for a man forever in doubt about his aptitude and performance. Blumenson (author of The Patton Papers and a one-time member of the general's staff) has written a detailed and persuasive study of Patton's character, making liberal use of quotes by Patton and his family which afford insight into Patton's view of himself. More afraid of cowardice and under-achievement than of injury or death, unable to live up to his own impossible standards or the example of his martial forebearsbut always tryingPatton was very conscious of his shortcomings and insecure in his accomplishments. From his early efforts to overcome dyslexia to forcing his courage on the battlefields of World War II, he remained ill at ease with the differences between himself and the ideal he desperately wished to embody. Photos not seen by PW. 35,000 first printing; $40,000 ad/promo. November 11
Reviewed on: 11/01/1985
Release date: 11/01/1985
Genre: Nonfiction
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