Book Details

Book title: Patton : Legendary World War II Commander
Author(s): Martin Blumenson & Kevin M. Hymel
ISBN: 978-81-8274-428-8
Publication Year: 2009
Binding: HB
Pages: 132
Price: Rs. 495 Rs. 495
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Shortly after World War II, when the Allies interrogated Field Marshal Gerd von Rundstedt, the senior commander who opposed the Allied invasion of France, they asked him to rate the skills of his opponents. He reputedly said, “Patton, he was your best.”

Praise for his performance was precisely what George Smith Patton, Jr., had sought all his life. As a cadet at the Virginia Military Institute and West Point, he was already searching for what he called “the undefinable difference” that distinguished a great general from the good ones.

Brilliant yet flawed, Patton’s leadership style drove himself and his men to acts of bravery and victory. Half uncouth, provincial cowboy and half cultured sophisticate, the man behind the warrior mask was a complex and paradoxical person. He became an icon of the American Military leader and the uncompromising individual.

ABOUT Author


MARTIN BLUMENSON served in Europe with the Third Army Headquarters as well as in several historian positions. He was a visiting professor at a number of universities, including the U.S. Army, Naval, and National War Colleges and the Citadel. The author of eighteen books, he lived in Washington, D.C., until his death in 2005.

KEVIN M. HYMEL is the research director for WWII History and Military Heritage magazines and is the author of Patton’s Photographs: War as Saw It (Potomac Books, Inc., 2006). He is a battlefield tour guide for Stephen Ambrose Historical Tours and leads an annual tour of General Patton’s European battlefields. He lives in Arlington, Virginia.