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The commanders : the leadership journeys of George Patton, Bernard Montgomery and Erwin Rommel / Lloyd Clark.

Clark, Lloyd, 1967- (author.).

"From an acclaimed military historian, the interlocking lives of three of the most important and consequential generals in World War II. Born in the two decades prior to World War I, George Patton, Bernard Montgomery, and Erwin Rommel became among the most recognized and successful military leaders of the twentieth century. However, as acclaimed military historian Lloyd Clark reveals in his penetrating and insightful braided chronicle of their lives, they each charted very different, often interrupted, paths to leadership positions commanding hundreds of thousands of American, British, and German troops during World War II. Patton was born into a military family and from an early age felt he was destined for glory; following a disjointed childhood, Montgomery found purpose and direction in a military academy; Rommel's father was a former officer, so his pursuit of a military career was logical. Having ascended to the middle ranks, each faced battle for the first time in World War I, a searing experience that greatly influenced their future approach to war and leadership. When war broke out again in 1939, Montgomery and Rommel were immediately engaged, while Patton chafed until the US joined the Allies in 1942 and the three men, by then generals, collided in North Africa in 1943, and then again, climactically, in France after D-Day in 1944. Weaving letters, diary extracts, official reports, and other documents into his original narrative, recounting dramatic battles as they developed on the ground and at headquarters, Clark also explores the controversies that swirled around Patton, Montgomery, and Rommel throughout their careers, sometimes threatening to derail them. Ultimately, however, their unique abilities to bridge the space between leader and led cemented their legendary reputations"-- Provided by publisher.

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  • ISBN: 9780802160225
  • ISBN: 0802160220
  • Physical Description: xvii, 413 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, maps, portraits ; 24 cm
  • Edition: First Grove Atlantic hardcover edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Atlantic Monthly Press, [2022]

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Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Formatted Contents Note:
Early years and junior leaders, 1880s-1914 -- First combat, 1914-16 -- Hard-won experience, 1917-18 -- New challenges -- leading in peace, 1919-1931 -- Taking command, 1932-1939 -- A new war, 1940-1941 -- Three in North Africa, 1942-1943 -- Three in north-west Europe, 1944-1945 -- George S. Patton, Bernard Montgomery and the post-war world.
Subject: World War, 1939-1945 > Biography.
Generals > Biography.
Patton, George S. (George Smith), 1885-1945 > Military leadership.
Montgomery of Alamein, Bernard Law Montgomery, Viscount, 1887-1976 > Military leadership.
Rommel, Erwin, 1891-1944 > Military leadership.
World War, 1939-1945 > Campaigns.
Genre: Biographies.

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