Patton: Battling with History


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University of Missouri Press
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6.3 X 9.0 X 1.3 inches | 1.4 pounds

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About the Author

J. Furman Daniel III is an Assistant Professor in the College of Security and Intelligence at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. He is the editor of 21st Century Patton: Leadership Lessons for the Modern Era and a co-author of The First Space War: How Patterns of History and Principles of STEM Will Shape Its Form. He lives in Prescott, Arizona.


"Highlights the importance of historical method and critical thinking about what individuals say and why they say it." --John Nelson Rickard, Canadian Armoured Corps, author of Advance and Destroy: Patton as Commander in the Bulge

"Furman Daniel penetrates the myth of George Patton to provide an understanding not only of the man, but also the elements of his character that made him an extraordinary historical figure. In doing so he highlights the importance of intellectual curiosity and historical mindedness to effective leadership in the military and beyond. This book should be read not only by those interested in military history, but also those interested in leadership and character development."--H. R. McMaster, former National Security Advisor, author of Battlegrounds and Dereliction of Duty
"J. Furman Daniel III's Patton: Battling with History is an outstanding book and a great addition to the many books that have been written on General George S. Patton. Furman gives a great and readable account of Patton's life, especially his years as the most successful U.S. battlefield commander in the European theater. He also shows how Patton--a lifelong learner--was able to improve his strategic and operational acumen by a deep study of world history. No Patton worshipper, Furman points out Patton's faults, his outsize ego, battlefield errors, and even a few areas where this studious general committed historical malpractice. For the author, Patton was not a reincarnated natural warrior, but a dedicated student of history and the military art, something often lacking in today's generals and admirals. Well researched and clearly written, this book is a must-read for historians and military officers."--Joseph J. Collins, Security Studies Program, Georgetown University, University Professor, ret., National Defense University
"Patton: Battling with History provides fascinating new insights into General George S. Patton, Jr. as both a soldier and a scholar. In the process, it highlights the vital importance of the study of history to the military profession."--Thomas G. Mahnken, Johns Hopkins SAIS, editor of Competitive Strategies for the 21st Century: Theory, History, and Practice