General George S. Patton: The Man and the Legend
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In retrospect, George S. Patton is remembered as the most dynamic and inspirational commander of the Allied forces in World War II. Despite his 3rd Army's heroic exploits, which were the most impressive in modern warfare, Patton's career was clouded by serious misfortunes, most of which stemmed from his own personality. What was the truth about this man? Was he the "hero of Metz", the liberator of Central Europe, or really "the man 50,000 GIs wanted to shoot"? Was he the warrior-god or the personal devil of every enlisted man in the US Army? By considering the reflections of his peers, his own thoughts, and the reports of the wartime press in America, a realistic picture can be painted of a man whose actions made him famous to every American but whose actions were never fully understood.