War As I Knew It

War As I Knew It


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The personal and candid account of General Patton's celebrated, relentless crusade across western Europe during World War II


First published in 1947, War as I Knew It is an absorbing narrative that draws from Patton's vivid memories of battle and his detailed diaries, covering the moment the Third Army exploded onto the Brittany Peninsula to the final Allied casualty report. The result is not only a grueling, human account of daily combat and heroic feats—including a riveting look at the Battle of the Bulge—but a valuable chronicle by one of the most brilliant military strategists in history. Patton's letters from earlier military campaigns in North Africa and Sicily, complemented by a powerful retrospective of his guiding philosophies, further reveal a man of uncompromising will and uncommon character, which made "Georgie" a household name in mid-century America.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780395735299
Publisher: HMH Books
Publication date: 05/08/1995
Edition description: Reissue
Pages: 448
Sales rank: 93,586
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.25(h) x 1.19(d)

About the Author

George Smith Patton, Jr., 1885-1945, served as Pershing's aide in Mexico in 1916, rose from captain to major general between the world wars, and headed the illustrious Third Army in World War II.

Rick Atkinson won a Pulitzer Prize in 1983 for a series of articles on West Point's Class of 1966, which later became the basis for his best-selling book The Long Gray Line. A veteran staff reporter for the Washington Post, he wrote the Post's lead stories during the Gulf War.

Customer Reviews

War As I Knew It 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
ChrisElyea on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is not a memoir; it is General Patton's World War II diary. The difference is that Patton wrote what he was thinking as events unfolded, whereas a memoir would have been penned after the fact. A diary is more raw and immediate, giving the reader a greater feel for the moment. In this way we are somewhat compensated for the fact that Patton unfortunately did not get the opportunity to write his memoir. It is essential reading for serious students of Patton and the Second World War.
meegeekai on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Patton was loon, but it is sure interesting to read this memoir compared to some of the others (Bradley, Montgomery, Rommel, Eisenhower). As this is truly a memoir that he just finished before his fatal accident in 1945 you do get a much more personal look into this great generals mind.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
EXCELLENT!!! General Patton's insights are invaluable for life. Especially helpful for new officers and NCO's is the last couple of chapters & appendices, however the entire book is filled with wise counsel. A MUST READ for those serving our country in the military. Patton's practicle insights could save the lives of many on the front lines.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I learned alot about the 2nd World war and one of it´s greatest leaders. One of the greatest leaders in all of military history.