Patton: Blood, Guts, and Prayer

Patton: Blood, Guts, and Prayer

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Patton: Blood, Guts, and Prayer

“There is no question of personal courage in this war,” Colonel Patton’s commanding officer told him on the eve of battle in 1918. “It is a business proposition where every man must be in his place and performing his part.”

No one in the history of warfare was less likely to follow that advice than George S. Patton Jr. His place was in front of his men, and he paid the price, when he lay bleeding to death in a bomb crater in France.

Patton’s survival that day at the end of World War I was nothing short of miraculous. It confirmed the powerful sense of destiny that guided him through three decades of war and made him a military legend—“Old Blood and Guts,” an impossible mixture of irascibility and courage, profanity and profound religious faith, tactical impulsiveness and strategic genius.

Blood and guts were indeed a large part of what made Patton Patton. Descended from an illustrious line of warriors, he was acutely conscious of the martial heritage in his blood. He met every challenge of his life with determination and guts. He demanded the same from his men, and he usually got it.

But as Michael Keane shows in this masterly portrait, the foundation of Patton’s character was his vivid awareness of the presence and providence of God. Patton’s Christian faith was idiosyncratic, even unorthodox, but his habit of prayer was as simple, trusting, and constant as a monk’s.

A singular combination of virtues and flaws, Patton has been venerated and despised but rarely understood. In Patton: Blood, Guts, and Prayer, Michael Keane penetrates the fog of legend and reveals as compelling a human character as any in American history.



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ISBN-13: 9781480513266
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
Publication date: 06/03/2014
Edition description: Unabridged
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 5.50(h) x 0.75(d)

About the Author

Michael Keane is a Fellow of National Security at the Pacific Council on International Policy. He was embedded in Iraq with the US Army's 101st Airborne Division, under the command of Gen. David Petraeus, and in Kabul, Afghanistan at the headquarters of the ISAF Commander, Gen. Stanley McChrystal. Keane is a former Fellow of the US Department of Defense's National Security Education Project. He has apeared on CNN, CNBC, FoxNews and the History Channel and has been profiled in BusinessWeek magazine. Keane is also the author of The Night Santa Got Lost: How Norad Saved Christmas and the Dictionary of Modern Strategy and Tactics. He earned his JD from the University of Texas School of law, and MBA from the University of Chicago and a BA from the University of Southern California. He lives in Santa Monica, California.

Table of Contents

Timeline ix

Prologue 1

Part I Blood

Chapter 1 Ghosts of the Confederacy 7

Chapter 2 Benjamin Davis Wilson 19

Chapter 3 Papa 25

Chapter 4 Dearest Bea 41

Part II Guts

Chapter 5 Pancho Villa 67

Chapter 6 World War I 81

Chapter 7 Tanks 87

Chapter 8 Teaching Courage 103

Chapter 9 Task Force Baum 119

Chapter 10 Saving the Lipizzaners 133

Part III Prayer

Chapter 11 Growing Up 149

Chapter 12 God of Battles 155

Chapter 13 Saving a Soul 179

Chapter 14 Patton's Prayer 203

Chapter 15 The Last Enemy 221

Appendices

Appendix 1 Patton's Obituary 229

Appendix 2 Patton's Prayer for Courage 231

Appendix 3 Patton's Letter to Headquarters, Third United States Army 233

Acknowledgments 235

Notes 237

Index 251

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