Patton and Rommel

Patton and Rommel

Men of War in the Twentieth Century

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Penguin Putnam
A dual biography of the two World War II generals who changed warfare--and history--forever.

General George S. Patton and General Erwin Rommel: They served their countries through two World Wars. Their temperaments, both on and off the battlefield, were overwhelmingly contrary-but their approach to modern warfare was remarkably similar.

Written by a prominent military historian, Patton and Rommel takes a provocative look at both figures, intertwining the stories of the paths they took and the decisions they made during the course of the Second World War-and compares the lives and careers of two men whose military tactics redirected the course of history.

Baker & Taylor
A thought-provoking dual biography looks at the lives and military careers of two renowned World War II generals from opposite sides of the conflict--Erwin Rommel and George S. Patton--analyzing the paths each man took, the decisions they made, and their seminal influence on military tactics and history.

Book News
Military historian Showalter (Colorado College; West Point) pairs unlikely companions in a dual biography that compares the lives and careers of two generals whose military tactics redirected the course of history. Focusing on the complex personalities of Patton and Rommel, the study also compares the US Army and the Wehrmacht as military instruments, and American and German ways of war. Despite the generals' very different backgrounds, temperaments, and combat experiences, Showalter finds the conclusions Patton and Rommel reached about waging modern warfare to be remarkably similar. Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

Blackwell North Amer
General George S. Patton. His tongue was as sharp as the cavalry saber he once wielded, and his fury as explosive as the shells he'd ordered launched from his tank divisions. Despite his profane, posturing manner, and the sheer enthusiasm for conflict that made both his peers and the public uncomfortable, Patton's very presence commanded respect. Had his superiors given him free reign, the U.S. Army would have claimed victory in Berlin as early as November of 1944.
General Erwin Rommel. His battlefield manner was authoritative, his courage proven in the trenches of World War I when he was awarded the Blue Max. He was a frontline soldier who led by example from the turrets of his panzers. Appointed to command Adolf Hitler's personal security detail, Rommel had nothing but contempt for the atrocities perpetrated by the Reich. His role in the Fuhrer's assassination attempt led to his downfall.
Except for a brief confrontation in North Africa, these two legendary titans never met in combat. Patton and Rommel is the first single-volume study to deal with the parallel lives of these two generals who earned not only the loyalty and admiration of their own men, but the respect of their enemies, and the enmity of the leaders they swore to obey. From the origins of their military prowess, forged on the battlefields of World War I, to their rise through the ranks, to their inevitable clashes with political authority, military historian Dennis Showalter presents a portrait of two men whose battle strategies changed the face of warfare and continue to be studied in military academies around the globe.

& Taylor

Examines the influence of Erwin Rommel and George S. Patton, renowned World War II generals from opposite sides of the conflict, by analyzing the paths taken, decisions made, and their influence on military tactics and history.

Publisher: New York : Berkley Books, 2005
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780425193464
Branch Call Number: 940.54 Sh82p
Characteristics: 441p. ; 24 cm


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