the wisdom of a military genius,
Rezension bezieht sich auf: Patton on Leadership (Taschenbuch)Military collected more genuine intellects and risk thinkers than most if not all other professions ... and Patton was definitely one of them.
Based on books and the brilliant movie PATTON, he was a truly charismatic personality. Tough, arrogant, bold and direct. And this book displays his characteristics beautifully.
The uniqueness of 'Patton on Leadership' lies in the layout. After a short quote or an inscription in Patton's field notebook follows a more detailed description of the meaning/depth by the author. Still kept very short. The book is nicely structured by topics, numerous pictures of Patton which gives the book a nice, almost personal touch of Patton, as well as full page pictures of Patton incl. a typical Patton quote like on page 22 'When in doubt attack'. Typical Patton briliance; on the surface simple but profound in depth (our competitor/enemy might be in doubt too where boldness might strategically be the most effecitve solution).
Patton shows deep understanding of strategy vs. tactics; 'be a steamroller in the overall strategy, but flexible in tactics'. The advantage of aggresiveness and boldness in execution and creating favourable circumstances. Readers interested in strategy will easily recognise that Patton was well read in history, in particular he must have read Clausewit's book ON WAR, Book III, the Chapter on 'Boldness', several times :-)
It's rare to find a book of a military genius explaining strategy and tactis well. I've failed so far to be really inspired by the writings on masters like Alexander, Napoleon, Clausewitz and the like. Not with this book. Pattons wisdom is applicable and therefore useful. Great read and re-read.