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Brothers, Rivals, Victors
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A NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER The true story of the friendship--and rivalry--among the greatest American generals of World War II. Supreme Allied Commander Dwight D. Eisenhower, General George S. Patton, and General Omar N. Bradley engineered the Allied conquest that shattered Hitler's hold over Europe. But they also shared an intricate web of relationships going back decades. In the cauldron of World War II, they found their prewar friendships complicated by shifting allegiances, jealousy, insecurity, patriotism, and ambition. Meticulously researched and vividly written, Jonathan W. Jordan's Brothers Rivals Victors recounts the battle for Europe through the eyes of these three legendary generals who fought to liberate two continents. For the first time in such detail, the bonds between these battle captains are explored, and readers are treated to a rare insider's view of life at the summit of raw, violent power. Throughout three years of hard, bloody warfare, Eisenhower, the Alliance's great diplomat, sought victory in the fighting qualities and tactical genius of his most trusted subordinates, Bradley and Patton. Bradley and Patton, in turn, owed their careers to Eisenhower, who protected them from the slings and arrows of politicians, rival generals, their allies, and the U.S. Navy. The twin pillars of their working relationships were duty and trust. Yet their friendship, so genuine and unalloyed before the war, would be put to the ultimate test as life-and-death decisions were thrust upon them, and honor and duty conflicted with personal loyalty. Brothers Rivals Victors is drawn from the candid accounts of its main characters, and strips away much of the public image of "Ike" (Eisenhower), the "G.I.'s General" (Bradley), and "Old Blood and Guts" (Patton) to reveal the men lurking beneath the legend. Adding richness to this insider's story are the words and observations of a supporting cast of generals, staff officers, secretaries, aides, politicians, and wives, whose close proximity to Eisenhower, Bradley and Patton in times of stress and tranquility are brought together to produce a uniquely intimate account of a relationship that influenced a war. The story of how these three great strategists pulled together to wage the deadliest conflict in history, despite their differences and rivalries, is marvelously told in this eye-opening narrative, sure to become a classic of military history.
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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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"Bradley, Eisenhower, and Patton had one thing, above all else, in common: their willingness to give every last measure in the service of their country. Jordan's book, while a rollicking good read, succeeds brilliantly in reminding us of this dedication, and of how fortunate the Allies were to have such exceptional soldiers leading the long, bloody march to victory."--Alex Kershaw, World War II magazine "Anybody who believes that generals are just, rational men, imbued with a soldierly feeling of comradeship toward one another and an ingrained respect for their political superiors, will be shocked by this book."--Michael Korda, The New York Times Book Review "A masterly, exciting study of character and tactics in World War II."--Kirkus, starred review "This is an exceptional book.... Jordan has produced what is in many ways a paragon of modern biographies.... A must-have for any shelf of serious leadership texts."--Naval War College Review "Jonathan W. Jordan's Brothers, Rivals, Victors is a landmark publication in the history of the Second World War."--Douglas Brinkley, New York Times bestselling author of The Boys of Pointe du Hoc "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 The Generals "Jonathan W. Jordan has pulled off a mission impossible: He has produced a groundbreaking study that transforms our understanding of all three men...This book should be required reading at West Point and all other military academies. It is beautifully written and a classic work of popular biography and military history for the general reader. It is a pleasure to recommend it."--The Washington Times "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 The Dead and Those About to Die "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 Omar Bradley: General at War From the Hardcover edition.

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