Killing Patton

Killing Patton

The Strange Death of World War II's Most Audacious General

Downloadable Audiobook - 2014
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Publisher: New York : Henry Holt and Company, 2014.
ISBN: 9781427259110
Branch Call Number: eAUDIO OVERDRI
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TheresaAJ
May 31, 2017

This is another entry in O'Reilly's exploration of famous murders. George S. Patton, the colorful and controversial World War II general, died as a result of an auto accident in 1945 Germany. Or so, the official story goes. Missing files, missing witnesses, and predictions from Patton that ultimately came true only deepen the mystery. O'Reilly explores the trajectory of Patton and other key figures from October 1944 until Patton's death in December 1945. The author entices the reader with personal anecdotes about the war's major figures and what ultimately happened to them. The audio version reminds of Paul Harvey's The Rest of the Story with its breathy ups and downs during the narration.

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bspringston
Mar 30, 2017

Well, it was a good general history of many of the leading figures in the WWII European Theatre. But as one commenter said, it's a "bait and switch". I didn't want or need a general history lesson, and there's far less about Patton in it than I expected. It's a pity Bill O'Reilly chose to read it himself rather than hiring a professional, because he is not a good performer. A good radio host doesn't necessarily make a good reader. My advice is to read the book rather than listen to it.

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Yavin
Oct 12, 2016

An excellent look at the final years of WWII in Europe. Although there are only a few chapters on Patton's actual death, the book paints an excellent picture of the last two years of the war. It talks about the political scene in Europe from the Battle of the Bulge to the end of the war and explains about the people around the general as well as about Patton himself. No matter what your thoughts about O'Reilly himself, this is still a good book for World War II buffs. Be aware that O'Reilly doesn't mince words and does describe in a little detail some the atrocities of the war.

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paisano
Mar 13, 2015

This book is more about the last 18 months of the war, as seen from the perspective of men such as FDR, Churchill, Stalin, and Truman, than it is about the alleged mysterious death of Patton. Still is was a very good documentation of WWII from January 1944 until May 1945.

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Spitlead
Feb 09, 2015

I had high hopes for this book but sadly, was disappointed. It was a bait and switch. The authors entice the reader with the title and jacket cover and during the introduction briefly brush on the subject of a conspiracy to kill Patton. Then, for the remaining 99% of the book just give a general history lesson of WWII! What did Eisenhower smoking four packs of cigarettes a day, Stalin's daughter Svetlana's joy for Christmas trees and Hitler's suicide during the last days have anything to do with killing Patton. I will tell you, absolutely nothing. My hope while listening to the audio book was that somehow pieces of this would fall into place. They do not. The authors literally in the last chapter lamely put up a few notes and comments about doctored reports and conflicting testimonials but it is too little too late. "Bout Books review is spot on. If you like a general history of a broad panorama of WWII and critical figures, then you might enjoy this book. One glaring error was they referred to the B-17 as a "German" bomber - it is an American bomber. But if you're like me and you chose the book to learn more of a conspiracy to kill General George S. Patton, it falls far short. One final note, I personally like Bill O'Reilly as a news commentator but his narration did not translate. One cannot read this sort of material as if they were reading news copy for television. At times, there were awkward pauses in the narration and mispronounced words, almost as if when they did the recording it was the first time Bill O'Reilly had read the copy.

Corey G Brooks Jan 29, 2015

I thought of using a 21st century of finishing a book, as a way to finish this one, so I used the Audiobok and book to finish it. I recognized that the audiobook had a conservatist manner. "I guess to much German and Russian is bad in speach."However it was enjoyable".

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jiminkc
Oct 10, 2014

Very Good Book. I thought I knew a lot about the World War II General. I did not feel that this was a conspiracy book, but many good points were presented. A good read fro any World War II buffs.

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Yavin
Oct 12, 2016

Sexual Content: The raping of women by both Russians and Germans.

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Yavin
Oct 12, 2016

Violence: War.

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Yavin
Oct 12, 2016

Coarse Language: Wartime Soldiers - what you'd expect.

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