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A stirring World War II combat story of how the legendary George Patton reinvigorated a defeated and demoralized army corps, and how his men claimed victory over Germany’s most-feared general, Erwin Rommel

“Moore brings you to the battlefield and into the mind of a fearless military genius.”—Brian Kilmeade, bestselling author of The President and the Freedom Fighter

• “Essential reading.”—Kevin Maurer, #1 NYT bestselling coauthor of No Easy Day

• “[Moore] has a smooth prose style and a firm grasp of detail.”—The Wall Street Journal 

In March 1943, in their first fight with the Germans, American soldiers in North Africa were pushed back 50 miles by Rommel’s Afrika Korps and nearly annihilated. Only the German decision not to pursue them allowed the Americans to maintain a foothold in the area. General Eisenhower, the supreme commander, knew he needed a new leader on the ground, one who could raise the severely damaged morale of his troops. He handed the job to a new man: Lieutenant General George Patton.

Charismatic, irreverent, impulsive, and inspiring, Patton possessed a massive ego and the ambition to match. But he could motivate men to fight. He had just 10 days to whip his dispirited troops into shape, then throw them into battle against the Wehrmacht’s terrifying Panzers, the speedy and powerful German tanks that US forces had never defeated. Patton, who believed he had fought as a Roman legionnaire in a previous life, relished the challenge to turn the tide of America’s fledgling war against Hitler—and the chance to earn a fourth star.

©2022 Stephen L. Moore (P)2022 Penguin Audio

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“Just when I thought I knew all about America's most famous general, George S. Patton, Stephen Moore emerges with this intimate portrait of the man and his incredible ability to motivate men in their darkest hour. Moore brings you to the battlefield and into the mind of a fearless military genius.”—Brian Kilmeade, New York Times bestselling author of The President and the Freedom Fighter and George Washington's Secret Six

“President Roosevelt called George Patton America’s ‘greatest fighting general,’ but in the hands of Stephen L. Moore he is more than that. Patton’s Payback offers an intimate portrait of the general at a time when the US Army was struggling to meet the Nazi threat. An origin story and battle narrative, Patton’s Payback is essential reading for anyone looking to understand the North Africa campaign and how it forged an American army capable of defeating Nazi Germany.”—Kevin Maurer, #1 New York Times bestselling coauthor of No Easy Day and author of Rock Force  

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Very detailed book, on topic throughout

The outstanding level of detail presented speaks of meticulous research and personal commitment by the author. Story lines from private soldiers up to the 3-star level are followed with clarity.

I appreciate the inclusion of so much of Patton in the book, unlike other authors who only use the general's name to lure the reader into a bait-and-switch for a book unrelated to its title. This one delivers.

Only Atkinson gives this much detail on the Tunisia campaign and its main players. Yet this book gives even more in its lane.

Well read, though the reader's gravely voice can sometimes be difficult to follow.

Recommended for anyone interested in the North Africa campaign or learning just a bit more about Patton.