Killing Patton: The Strange Death of World War II’s Most Audacious General by Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard is an interesting book. After leading U.S. forces to many victories, General Patton is put out to pasture before the war is over in Japan. Just prior to his trip back to the States, the car he is riding in is involved in traffic accident leading to injuries which lead to Patton’s eventual death.
O’Reilly’s investigation of events prior to and after Patton’s death raise the question of whether or not Patton’s death was an accident or a well-executed murder.
I have long been interested in General Patton and his contributions during the war. He was larger than life with a penchant for war. The movie about him is one of my favorites. He spoke his mind inspiring both love and hatred. He was a great leader who cared about his men.
Thanks to this book, I learned a great deal not only about Patton, but all of the key players in World War II. I found it fascinating!
This is a real-life mystery which in all likelihood may never be solved. I never knew the man, but this book helped me gain further knowledge of him. I am sorry his life ended in a way other than one he would have preferred.