So I am about 450 pages into Patton: A Genius for War and there is MUCH more to go.
My initial impression of the text is that it is most exhaustive, in terms of content included, but also of narrative pacing. I just finished up the section on the inter-war years, and now things are starting to pick up…finally. I’m not saying that I felt the same impatience that Patton endured for this next chance to prove himself after his experiences in WWI, but that did go on for a bit.
One passage that did pique my interest had to do with Patton’s wedding. In reading about him over the years, I’ve seen many of the “blood and guts” images (like his portait here from 2008 via the National Portrait Gallery) but never his wedding picture. Here, Patton is a young man, recently graduated from West Point, with a full life ahead. See copyrighted image here.
Oh, and he was really rich, and when he married, things got better in terms of the $$$. Further, he was impatient, brilliant, and destined for something great. At least this is my impression of the book so far.