KILLING PATTON

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KILLING PATTON

Postby LilliesCarol » Thu Oct 02, 2014 8:24 am

Two weeks ago I saw an interview with Bill O'Reilly. I was so interesting that I bought his book KILLING PATTON. I lived through WWII and remember well the stories of Generals Marshall, Ike and Patton. As a matter of fact, my husband Matt was an officer's cook during WWII and made a steak for General Patton. Afterward he came back to the kitchen and slapped my husband on the back and said, "That was the best GD steak I ever ate." My husbands retort was, "I'll bet you say that to all the cooks." Patton laughed and walked out. So you can see why his story is even of greater interest to me. If you like history stories, then this is a must read. Patton was a very complicated man and yet very far-sighted. If the powers that be would have listened to his wanting to attack the Russians for all their war crimes I wonder what our world would be like now. However, it is amazing how many wanted Patton to shut his mouth and thus his demise under strange circumstances

This is a very well documented book, much of which I remember. I highly recommend it to anyone interested in WWII and what our American soldiers went through to attain a peace. Be glad and proud you're an American.
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Re: KILLING PATTON

Postby Grumpy Whiny Old Man » Sun Oct 05, 2014 8:53 pm

WWII was before my time, but not my Dad's. He was an armorer in Patton's Third Army, and until the day he died he would not permit SPAM in the house - said he ate it for three meals a day for over a year.

Is this book fiction or documentary? Does it favor the Allied or Soviet conspiracy theory, or does it support the simple accident theory for his death? Does it deal with his early years in the Army?
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Re: KILLING PATTON

Postby LilliesCarol » Mon Oct 06, 2014 9:57 am

In answer to your questions: There are scatterings of his early days, but does not address this issue. It is strictly documentary. All references are listed in back of book and it is longgggg.It speaks to both allied/Soviet conspiracy, i.e. each wanted various countries to be divided etc. I lived through all of this and I never could understand why Roosevelt went in with Stallin instead of with the other Allies, as Roosevelt can trace his ancestry to the British. Like i said, I wonder what the world would be like now had Roosevelt not been so lenient to Stallin. I believe Patton was right to want to put down the Russians for their cruelty (which was worse than the Germans) However, the powers that be looked toward Russia, which is something I never understood. Patton was a fighter/warrior and excellent strategist,but also had his esoteric side making him a very complex man. It's too bad he shot his mouth off so often, which got him in trouble, but that was the warrior in him. Perhaps someone will document why Roosevelt went along with Russia, but I wonder if the truth of that entire situation will ever come out. I'm glad Harry Truman came in as the hand picked VP by FDR, his THE BUCK STOPS HERE was one of the greatest things that happened to the USA to stop the war in Japan. We had suffered so much, along with the Ausies. Years ago, while living in Kansas City, I went to visit Harry's library. A very interesting place to visit and actually see the sign THE BUCK STOPS HERE on his desk in the replica oval office. Harry was quite the old reprobate, it might be nice to see someone like that in our political arena now.
Long, long afterward in an oak I found the arrow still unbroke
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Re: KILLING PATTON

Postby margielynn » Sun Nov 02, 2014 1:52 pm

Thanks for your review - I'm looking forward to reading this.


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