Killing Patton

KillingPattonSuggested by RayKilling Patton takes 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.
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8 Responses to Killing Patton

  1. Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

    Thanks, Ray, for another recommendation. I have no experience with any of O’Reilly’s books. This one sounds like a lame conspiracy book from the description. But you mentioned that you learned a lot about WWII that you didn’t know before and that this book read very well. I’ll download the Kindle sample and give it a go.

    • Timothy Lane says:

      A lot of people really didn’t like Patton. In late 1944, his plane was attacked by a Spitfire with Polish markings, though no such unit was in the area. But Stalin had received some Spitfires through Lend-Lease, and could easily have put those on. There were also some very suspicious aspects about his death. And, of course, the book is about more than the title subject; it’s basically about Patton in Europe during World War II.

      • Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

        I’m glad my friend recommended this book. Well, he’s not so much a friend as a co-Little League camp follower. His son plays on the same team as my nephew. We talk about books between innings sometimes. He’s a great guy and very well read. He said he learned a lot about WWII that he didn’t know. I like those kinds of books (assuming the info is legit).

        I, for one, like Patton. My friend mentioned that he was a bit disappointed that all these generals cheated on their wives. He said it just seemed the normal thing to do. I didn’t know that included Patton but certainly was aware of Eisenhower. Oh well.

        I wonder if O’Reilly actually writes these or if they are ghost written.

        • Kung Fu Zu Kung Fu Zu says:

          I wonder if O’Reilly actually writes these or if they are ghost written.

          As I recall, he has a “co-author” on all his “Killing” books.

          This type of thing goes on in many different spheres. I recall meeting a guy many years ago, whose brother was the drummer for Neil Diamond. He told me that Diamond’s deal was any band member who wrote a song which he (Diamond) sang, would have to let Diamond take credit for composing it, but the actual writer could have all the profits.

          • Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

            Not that it’s not a good book if ghost-written. But I’ve been burned too many times by famous people (and famous writers…such as Arthur C. Clarke) passing off someone else’s lesser works as their own (even if credit, often in small print, is given on the cover to the other writer). I didn’t get a chance to start this last night. I first wanted to finish a dreadfully unworthy book, Science and Human Origins. This is a not very well thought out book on a subject that would otherwise be of interest. This book had to have been schlepped out with very little thought behind it. There’s barely even an attempt at fleshing out a coherent argument. They either needed to do more or less, but they did neither. They thus neither give the summation of well-written short essays or the in-depth arguments (presented with the details of evidence) of longer treatments. And the worse part is, I’ll never get this eight dollars back. What a muddle.

  2. Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

    I read the Kindle sample of this a couple nights ago. It’s well written and is somewhat of a page-turner, at least in the early going. But I’m not sure I can justify fifteen bucks for a Kindle book. Bill, aren’t you making enough money already? Sheesh.

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