Killing Patton

Killing Patton

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

Book - 2014 | First edition
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There have been conspiracy theories about Patton's death almost since the moment he died. O'Reilly and Dugard take readers inside the final year of the war and recounts the events surrounding Patton's tragic demise, naming names of the many powerful individuals who wanted him silenced.
Publisher: New York, New York : Henry Holt and Company, 2014
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780805096682
080509668X
9780805096699
Branch Call Number: 355.0092 OR337K 2014
Characteristics: 352 pages : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm
Additional Contributors: Dugard, Martin

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majchrismo
Jun 28, 2020

Disk 2 Track 2

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dwlueth
Jun 21, 2019

I really enjoy the O'Reilly "Killing" series. So my lower rating is probably due to me comparing with other books.

I enjoyed the high-level overview this book provides of the European theater at the end of WWII. On the flip side of that statement, I found myself losing focus on the book due to its fragmented nature.

I think Bill O'Reilly is a talented man, but didn't care for him as the narrator of the audio book. I think the narration is harder than people might thing.

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ladams1971
Apr 24, 2019

A good read of the final year of WWII in Europe from Patton's point of view and an insight into his personality. However, I think the title of the book is misleading in that the authors lean heavily of a theory of a conspiracy to kill Gen. Patton, which they don't fully develop or prove. But still a good read especially if you are a history buff. As a side note, it's a shame that the political leaders of the time didn't heed Patton's warnings about the Soviet Union - the world could have avoided the Cold War.

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Klangfels
Nov 05, 2018

This book was very good and I enjoyed reading it a lot. However, I think that the title is somewhat misleading because the author only talks about the killing of Patton in the last few pages of the book. In the rest of the novel, I think that the author was trying to give an in-depth backstory of who Patton was and why someone might want to kill him, but instead, he ended up giving a long synopsis of World War 2 (which didn't really have anything to do with Patton's death.) Also, I felt like throughout the story, the author was alluding to a darker and more conspiracy theory-like reason for Patton's death, but he never gave facts or reasoning to this kind of theory. Only that the car crash situation was suspicious and should be investigated again. If you are looking for a novel centered around General Patton, and his role (along with others) in World War 2, then this is the perfect book for you. The book goes into depth about not only Patton's life during the war but also about the lives of other generals and important figures. But if you are looking for a book that explains the "suspicious" death of Patton, then this isn't the book for you.

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bhailey1027
Nov 04, 2018

This book was very good and I enjoyed reading it a lot. However, I think that the title is somewhat misleading because the author only talks about the killing of Patton in the last few pages of the book. In the rest of the novel, I think that the author was trying to give an in-depth backstory of who Patton was and why someone might want to kill him, but instead, he ended up giving a long synopsis of World War 2 (which didn't really have anything to do with Patton's death.) Also, I felt like throughout the story, the author was alluding to a darker and more conspiracy theory-like reason for Patton's death, but he never gave facts or reasoning to this kind of theory. Only that the car crash situation was suspicious and should be investigated again. If you are looking for a novel centered around General Patton, and his role (along with others) in World War 2, then this is the perfect book for you. The book goes into depth about not only Patton's life during the war but also about the lives of other generals and important figures. But if you are looking for a book that explains the "suspicious" death of Patton, then this isn't the book for you.

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Mfieber1420
Jul 25, 2018

Poorly researched. mediocre writing. Horrible reading from the guy who supposedly wrote it. Don't waste you time on this. Much better books about Patton out there.

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cbowal
Oct 22, 2017

Fantastic read. Kept me gripped right to the end.

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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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GeneralAmerica
Feb 28, 2017

I think some of this book is not based on real facts.

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