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The Pattons is an exceptional portrait of the famous military family, eloquently written by the grandson of its most illustrious member, George S. Patton. Washington Post critic Jonathan Yardley called it “one of the best books of the year.”


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The Pattons is an exceptional portrait of the famous military family, eloquently written by the grandson of its most illustrious member, George S. Patton. Washington Post critic Jonathan Yardley called it “one of the best books of the year.”

30 review for The Pattons: A Personal History of an American Family

  1. 5 out of 5

    Susan Liston

    Having just read his daughter Ruth's memoir of her mother, "The Button Box" which tried to be upbeat for the most part, I feared that having been written by Patton's grandson this might be a bit revisionist, as well, but it isn't at all. He obviously spent a lot of time with Aunt Ruth and fills in the places where one could read between the lines about ambivalent feelings towards her father. (how about taking her up in a airplane, turning off the engine and telling her they were going to crash? Having just read his daughter Ruth's memoir of her mother, "The Button Box" which tried to be upbeat for the most part, I feared that having been written by Patton's grandson this might be a bit revisionist, as well, but it isn't at all. He obviously spent a lot of time with Aunt Ruth and fills in the places where one could read between the lines about ambivalent feelings towards her father. (how about taking her up in a airplane, turning off the engine and telling her they were going to crash? Apparently she was the only member of the family who routinely stood up to him and he wanted to prove he could cow her) His analysis of Georgie's personality seems pretty astute, and overall this is quite an interesting book. (I can't think of Patton as anything but Georgie now, I wonder if Roosevelt or Eisenhower called him that.) This book does not go into much detail his military exploits, by the way, it is, as it says, told from the perspective of the family.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Margot Sheehan

    Endlessly fascinating saga of the Patton family in America, as researched and written by a family member. What I knew of the Pattons was that they were a tribe of eccentrics (I once went up to visit the General's daughter near Ipswich, Mass., because she claimed to be a witch; the General of course believe in reincarnation) but more gifted than mad. I obtained this book merely for workaday research, but hope someday soon to reread it pleasurably, at leisure.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Mary

    For me this book was difficult to read. I found it to be more about war and interspersed with family history. With determination to finish it, I enjoyed the last few chapters because of the family stories (happy and sad).

  4. 4 out of 5

    Janice

    I began this book searching a connection between the Georgia Pattens and the general who was born in California. My grandmother had always said there was a distant kinship. I haven't found it but I did learn more about "Georgie" than I had from my relatives or even the movie. The book surprised me with the honesty and even criticism of the general by his grandson who wrote the book. You might say he was brutally honest. That is refreshing although there were times when I questioned if I even wan I began this book searching a connection between the Georgia Pattens and the general who was born in California. My grandmother had always said there was a distant kinship. I haven't found it but I did learn more about "Georgie" than I had from my relatives or even the movie. The book surprised me with the honesty and even criticism of the general by his grandson who wrote the book. You might say he was brutally honest. That is refreshing although there were times when I questioned if I even wanted to be related to Patton. Truly a narcissist, he was also such a great strategist and warrior that his military superiors tried to overlook his racist and cruel nature. If you are interested in military leaders without a lot of war scenes I would recommend this book to you. Either you will hate Patton or feel compassion, probably the former. Still a good read!

  5. 4 out of 5

    Fredrick Danysh

    From the creation of the Patton family name just prior to the American Revolution to current times, the history and background of the family is examined. Very few of the family set out for a military life but are represented in every war through modern times. World War II General George Patton is easily the most famous.

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    Greg Stillwagon

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    Elizabeth Houston Johnston

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    Jonathan Petersen

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    Janice Falvey

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    Martha Steward

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    Stefanie Hutson

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    Brittany Farrell

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    Denise "Renee" Justice

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    Jill Hennessy

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    Raymond

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    Stefanie Van Steelandt

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    Bill Soellner

  28. 4 out of 5

    Mary Brodd

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    Collette

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    Chip Rickard

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