Killing Patton: The Strange Death of World War II’s Most Audacious General by Bill O’Reilly

Patton

When I saw “Patton” at the theater in 1970, I never suspected anything malicious about the General’s death. I thought it was ironic that he had survived the front-line battlefields of two world wars unscathed, only to meet his fate in a freak accident. But over the years, having become better read regarding all the circumstances of the times and having learned more about the world in general, I’m now convinced that the death of Patton was no accident.

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Hiroshima – John Hersey

John Hersey

John Hersey

We were assigned John Hersey’s “The Child Buyer” in High School English, but being the juvenile delinquent that I was in those days, I probably shirked it off and scanned the Cliff’s notes instead. That would explain my lack of recollection of anything about the book or its author.

Now, years later, I am familiar with Hersey as being associated with a journalistic movement born from early 20th century realism writers such as Sinclair Lewis (Hersey’s onetime boss and a major influence), William Faulkner and Upton Sinclair (Lewis’s mentor), culminating to the later writers of the period such as Tom Wolfe, Guy Talese, Hunter Thompson, Norman Mailer and Truman Capote. The “New Journalism” style was a brutally honest approach of reporting which differed drastically from the previous, ultra-conservative schools of writing of the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

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Hugh Ambrose – The Pacific

As a fan of Stephen Ambrose, I felt confident his son would pick up superbly on this initial joint effort following Stephen’s death in the early stages of the creation of this work. The book provoked the HBO miniseries several years ago in which Steve Spielberg and Tom Hanks were involved following their work inspired by Ambrose senior’s “Band of Brothers”. This is my fourth book this year on the subject of war in the Pacific during WWII and was a great supplement to my learning experience.

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