Killing Patton

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Killing Patton
Killing Patton cover.jpg
Author Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard
Subject Death of General George Patton
Publisher Henry Holt and Co.
Publication date
September 23, 2014
Media type Hardcover
Pages 368
ISBN 978-0805096682

Killing Patton: The Strange Death of World War II's Most Audacious General is a book written by Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard about the final year of World War II and the death of General George Patton, specifically about whether or not it was an accident or an assassination. The book is the followup to Killing Kennedy, Killing Lincoln, and Killing Jesus and was published in September 2014 [1][2] through Henry Holt and Company.


Writing in The Washington Post, Richard Cohen criticized the book's "chaotic structure" and "considerable padding," calling the work a "clunky hagiography." Cohen was especially critical of O'Reilly's "repellent admiration" for Patton in light of his demonstrable anti-Semitism.[3][4] In The New Republic, James Wolcott dismissed the book as O'Reilly's "latest papier-mâché exercise in necrobiography."[5] Patton biographer and documentary filmmaker Robert Orlando described Killing Patton and O'Reilly's "Killing" series as "not about new or penetrating discovery, but the same ol' same ol' only through this greatly successful marketer and his hired writer—a scheduled feeding for an audience already 'on the farm.'"[6]

Wes Vernon of The Washington Times remarked that “Killing Patton is rich in blow-by-blow accounts of some of the most significant battles of World War II, as well as of many off-battlefield lives of its primary movers whose personalities virtually come to life in this well-crafted narrative."[7]

Writing for The Amazon Book Review, Senator John McCain opined that the book was "[...] rich in fascinating details, and riveting battle scenes."[8]

O'Reilly has responded, "Killing Patton is not a biography of the general, but a look at his performance during the end of World War II and his very strange death. The narrative was tight; we stayed in that area. He [Patton] was a crusty guy, although there is no excuse for his vitriol against innocent people. The far-left is desperate, desperate to disparage Killing Patton because they despise General Patton and they despise me. It pains them to see the overwhelming success of the book."[9][10]