Academic journal article Military Review

PATTON: The Pursuit of Destiny

Academic journal article Military Review

PATTON: The Pursuit of Destiny

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PATTON: The Pursuit of Destiny, Agostino Von Hassell and Ed Breslin, Thomas Nelson, Nashville, TN, 2010, 195 pages, $19.99.

Patton: The Pursuit of Destiny explores the achievements that propelled General George S. Patton into the history books as one of the most well known and popular American heroes of World War II. Agostino Von Hassell and Ed Breslin do not just rehash biographical dates, times, and events, they attempt to understand Patton's character and why he made certain decisions. Throughout Patton's life, he measured his success as a soldier against relatives for whom he held high esteem, such as his grandfather and great uncle during the Civil War. Disenchanted with the South's defeat, Patton's family decided to migrate west.

Patton's life reached a turning point when his mother was married to Benjamin Wilson, and the family moved to Los Angeles. Colonel John Singleton Mosby (CSA) also known as the "Grey Ghost" captivated Patton with stories of bravery and daring feats. The authors argue that a fear of disappointing or shaming the family history molded Patton's perception of life. …

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