The life and thoughts of Major General Patton - an interesting figure in his own right - give us insights into his more famous father that can only come from a son forced to live and work in a great man's shadow.
"The Fighting Pattons is personal, poignant and undeniably powerful." (Michael Stephenson, Editor, The Military Book Club)
"[Morgan] narrates with a lively, spirited attitude, creating a fast-moving look into the Patton family history of military service from WWI to Vietnam." (AudioFile)
"Sobel presents a balanced portrayal of the men and their myths, revealing the father and son to be much alike: dedicated professional men of arms, unswerving in their duty and their devotion to their men. The strength of this book rests in Sobel's profile of the junior Patton, with his anecdotes and pointed thoughts on Vietnam, the media, the Gulf War, nuclear weapons, and today's army." (Library Journal)
I truly enjoyed this book, and was quite impressed with the detail of the lives of both Pattons.
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What would have made The Fighting Pattons better?
If it was more about history than father & son tales.
What could Brian M. Sobel have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?
Not try to spin the book in favor of Patton family agenda.
Which character – as performed by Adams Morgan – was your favorite?
You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?
Any additional comments?
The book was trying to make the son more than he was and down play the father. It seemed like the book was written to glorify the Patton name than to tell history. Too much trying to spin a favorable light.
This is an extremely interesting family history. My only critique is that the reader, Adams Morgan, is just awful. Emphasis is in all the wrong places. That might have something to do with what sounds like a Bostonian accent, but it's extremely distracting.