Brothers, Rivals, Victors: Eisenhower, Patton, Bradley and the Partnership that Drove the Allied Conquest in Europe

Brothers, Rivals, Victors: Eisenhower, Patton, Bradley and the Partnership that Drove the Allied Conquest in Europe

by Jonathan W. Jordan


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“One of the great stories of the American military.”—Thomas E. Ricks, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Generals

The intimate true story of three of the greatest American generals of World War II, and how their intense blend of comradery and competition spurred Allied forces to victory.

Dwight Eisenhower, George Patton and Omar Bradley shared bonds going back decades. All three were West Pointers who pursued their army careers with a remarkable zeal, even as their paths diverged. Bradley was a standout infantry instructor, while Eisenhower displayed an unusual ability for organization and diplomacy. Patton, who had chased Pancho Villa in Mexico and led troops in the First World War, seemed destined for high command and outranked his two friends for years. But with the arrival of World War II, it was Eisenhower who attained the role of Supreme Commander, with Patton and Bradley as his subordinates.
Jonathan W. Jordan’s New York Times bestselling Brothers Rivals Victors explores this friendship that waxed and waned over three decades and two world wars, a union complicated by rank, ambition, jealousy, backbiting and the enormous stresses of command. In a story that unfolds across the deserts of North Africa to the beaches of Sicily, from D-Day to the Battle of the Bulge and beyond, readers are offered revealing new portraits of these iconic generals.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780451235831
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 04/03/2012
Pages: 672
Sales rank: 434,047
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.60(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Jonathan W. Jordan is the author of American Warlords: How Roosevelt's High Command Led America to Victory in World War II and the award-winning Lone Star Navy: Texas, the Fight for the Gulf of Mexico, and the Shaping of the American West. He lives in Georgia.

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"A fascinating triple biography. Jordan elegantly describes the ever-changing relationship between America's three most important European ground commanders. His detailed account shows how the responsibilities, and politics, of high command can test even the best of friends."
-Jonathan Parshall, co-author Shattered Sword: The Untold Battle of Midway

"Finally, a major work that examines and highlights the most important American military triumvirate of World War II... General readers will appreciate the fast pace and descriptive prose, while historians and specialists will be impressed by the depth and breadth of research. Jordan's work will put the war into a new perspective for many readers... a must-read for anyone interested in World War II, or who wants to know something about how command decisions are actually made."
-Jim DeFelice, author of Rangers at Dieppe and Omar Bradley: General at War

"This is one of the great stories of the American military, of how Patton, Eisenhower and Bradley, three very different men, came together to change the world. It is told here by Jonathan Jordan with insight and compassion, relish and vigor. I read it in two sittings."
-Thomas E. Ricks, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Fiasco, Making the Corps and The Gamble

"An intimate, well-researched and gracefully-written portrait of three important generals-Jordan succeeds in bringing Patton, Brad and Ike to life once again. Brothers, Rivals, Victors is full of fresh insight and compelling drama. You will have trouble putting this book down."
-John C. McManus, author of Grunts and Alamo in the Ardennes

"Jonathan Jordan uses the intertwined lives of three great soldiers to tell the story of America's supreme military achievement: the campaign that destroyed Hitler's tyranny and freed a continent. The writing is vivid, the admiring portraits of these friends-and rivals-are carefully crafted, and Jordan has a fine eye for the telling detail. A fast-paced and thoroughly enjoyable read."
-William I. Hitchcock, author of The Bitter Road to Freedom: A New History of the Liberation of Europe

"The standard line among historians is that there's nothing new to be said about World War II... Jonathan Jordan shows us just how wrong that is... Fastidiously researched and deftly written, Jordan's work is compellingly authoritative and adds to our knowledge something that we have not had-a tale of the intertwined and sometimes discomforting relationships of three American heroes. There is no such thing as the last word on any part of our history, but Brothers, Rivals, Victors comes close."
-Mark Perry, author of Partners in Command: George Marshall and Dwight Eisenhower in War and Peace

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Brothers, Rivals, Victors 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 27 reviews.
TPHB More than 1 year ago
There are some great books about WWII. There are some great biographies of the men who fought WWII. Brothers, Rivals, Victors is a great book about relationship: the dynamic and sometime tangled relationship between three of the leading principals on the Allied side. It's history with color and depth, a history behind the scenes, told in the diaries and letters, conversations and actions. It's also history with a dashing pace, an approachable style, and a sense of balance. There are fresh nuggets for the most hard-core history buff but context for anyone who wants a great read. Highly recommended.
RandyM More than 1 year ago
This is an exceptionally well written books. So often an undertaking like this leads to a very dry book, but the Jordan's style of writing flows smoothly and keeps your interest focused on the stories. Combine this with his copious use of the letters and diary entries of not only the three main characters but also those who served with them and you have a book that reads as well as any page-turner you can find. What helps to is the balance of the narrative, these men were not perfect and Jordan does not try to hide or gloss over their egos or character flaws. Consequently we get to see not only the greatness, but also the petty concerns that made them human.
tonysacca More than 1 year ago
Do you want a page turner,then this is your book.Jonathan Jordan did a great job with all the information about these three great generals and made it a great story not just a biography. It was a fun book to read.
bwith1939 More than 1 year ago
A well written and beutifully researched book. Reads very well and gets a warts and all of these three giants of WWII.
DocAl More than 1 year ago
I have read biographies of all three men, but the integration of their biographies in this volume was truly enlightening.
HuntsDucks More than 1 year ago
Excellent and very revealing history of the relationship between America's three most important generals in WWII. The book really portrays them as men, not cardboard figures. Highly recommended for anyone interested in the war, and for insights on leadership in general.
In-Quest More than 1 year ago
Eisenhower, Bradley and Patton made many a headline in the war in Europe. They were three of the biggest players in the European theater. This book tries to show the underlying personal relations between these three men in an effort to help more fully explain the teamwork that went on at the command level. From the book you can see that Patton was the personality that had the most trouble playing well with others. Even with his friends at times. Ike and Bradley were more adept at team work and had their hands full trying to keep Patton out of trouble so he could be called upon for his unique "Hell on Wheels" offensive capabilities when most needed. These men were not perfect but none of us are. They did however keep it together well enough to help defeat the Nazis. That makes them three of the good guys!
seoulful on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Intertwines the histories of these three important figures of WWII in a straight-forward but sympathetic manner. The flaws of each are discussed, but are balanced by the great contributions each made to the success of the war. Interesting information on the close friendships between the three despite such different personalities and backgrounds. One of the more successful of the books written some 60 years after the fact and gleaned entirely from secondary sources.
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friendship between anyone from presidents to the a bomb group plus the fbi who did all background checks on arned forces officers abd gov employees and those in charge of fbi and cia. patton had great respect for rommel than anyone on his side. But hitler didnt it is said if he had let rommel head (no russia invasion) things would have gone longer. egos got in the way all the time as the old sayibg gies hokd your friends close but your ruvals foes closer
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As long as u luv me, we can homeless we can b broje. Ill b ur platium ill b ur silver i be ur gold!!! As long ad u luvluvluv me!! NEON GREEN!! Jo