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Generals at war

Insight into human side of war heroes

BY Chris Muldrow

The Free Lance-Star

DWIGHT Eisenhower, George Patton and Omar Bradley seem almost superhuman in their execution of the Allied battle for North Africa and Europe during World War II.

Jonathan Jordan’s “Brothers, Rivals, Victors” shows that the three generals were very much human. Jordan dug deeply into the men’s papers and through the memoirs of their subordinates to peel away the trappings of power.

As the war progresses, we see Eisenhower staggering under the strain of the immense job of leading the Allied forces in Europe.

Patton’s jealousy and pride grapple with his intense need to stay relevant to the war effort—he executes attacks brilliantly but can’t keep his mouth shut away from the battlefield.

Bradley, the “G.I.’s General,” works with quiet efficiency, but is increasingly troubled by Eisenhower’s deference to the British leadership in the Allied command structure.

Ultimately, though, the battles fought in the upper echelons didn’t stop the three generals from working together to defeat the Axis and win World War II.

Chris Muldrow  is chief digital officer of The Free Lance–Star Publishing Co.

ROTHERS, RIVALS, VICTORS

By Jonathan W. Jordan

(NAL, $17, 672 pp.)

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