George S. Patton Further Reading - Essay

Further Reading

(Twentieth-Century Literary Criticism)


Allen, Colonel Robert S. Lucky Forward: The History of Patton's Third U.S. Army. New York: Vanguard, 1947, 424 p.

A chronicle of Patton's historic offensive push from Normandy to the Rhine.

Blumenson, Martin. Patton: The Man Behind the Legend 1885-1945. New York: William Morrow, 1985, 320 p.

Blumenson, one of the foremost authorities on Patton, offers in this volume a psychological biography of the leader, with attention to his insecurities and motivations.

Farago, Ladislas. Patton: Ordeal and Triumph. New York: Ivan Obolensky, 1963, 885 p.

An account of Patton's war, from the 1942 landing in Morocco to the crossing of the Rhine two and a half years later.

The Last Days of Patton. New York: McGraw-Hill, 1981, 319 p.

Using materials such as Patton's 201 (personnel) file, Farago reconstructs the last days of the general's life, and relates a Nazi-inspired rumor that Patton was murdered. Farago himself died while writing the book.

Nye, Roger Hurless. The Patton Mind: The Professional Development of an Extraordinary Leader. Garden City, NY: Avery, 1993, 212 p.

Focuses on Patton's intellectual development, with particular attention to his reading of military history.

Province, Charles M. The Unknown Patton. New York: Hippocrene, 1983, 261 p.

Not a biography per se, but an exploration of several controversies surrounding Patton, including the face-slapping incident, along with "some interesting information about that unusual man that has not been previously brought to public attention."

Semmes, Harry H. Portrait of Patton. New York: Appleton-Century-Crofts, 1955, 308 p.

A highly personal account of Patton's life by a tank commander who served under him in two world wars, and was his friend during the years of peace.