|A worthwhile addition to your library|
I was wrong. Happily wrong.
Jordan’s Brothers, Rivals, Victors offers a very different perspective than those that have gone before him. He masterfully weaves the story of Patton, Bradley and Eisenhower into a flowing narrative that is actually fun to read. I was stunned at the new material in this book, not just on Patton but on all three men.
Jordan does a fantastic job of keeping the flow of the story going, providing the right military and political context so that even if you don’t know anything about these remarkable men, you will be able to follow what is happening and why.
Not only has he broken new ground in terms of research – his writing is some of the best I have experienced in the military history genre. It is obvious that Jordan has a good sense of humor, some of his prose actually made me grin. When was the last time that happened when you read a military biography?
I will openly admit that I didn’t know much about Bradley so for me this was a treasure trove of learning. My only criticism of the book is that it seems to concentrate most heavily on Patton and Eisenhower…but in fairness that was to be expected (they had the longest friendship of the trio) and given my interest in Patton – I can’t complain.
I have always considered Montgomery in a bad-light. This book certainly reinforced this gut feeling on my part. How he interacted with the team in the book was horrible at best.
Go out and buy Brothers, Rivals, Victors: Eisenhower, Patton, Bradley and the Partnership that Drove the Allied Conquest in Europe. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and I’m even going over the highlighted parts on my Kindle to see if I can beef up my own writing skills to get closer to what Jonathan Jordan manages to accomplish in this book.