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.

Reception[edit]

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]

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."[7][8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Currdog (28 September 2014). "Killing Patton: The Strange Death of World War II's Most Audacious General". Barnes & Noble. Retrieved 19 October 2014. 
  2. ^ "Next from Fox News host Bill O’Reilly: ‘Killing Patton’". Washington Post. Retrieved 9 January 2015. 
  3. ^ "What Bill O’Reilly ignored about George Patton". Washington Post. Retrieved 9 January 2015. 
  4. ^ "JewishPost.com - The Power of Prejudice". Jewwishpost.com. Retrieved 9 January 2015. 
  5. ^ James Wolcott. "'Not That Kind of Girl' Review: Lena Dunham's Callow, Grating Memoir - The New Republic". The New Republic. 
  6. ^ "The Killing Factor: When Conspiracy Becomes the Mainstream". The Huffington Post. Retrieved 9 January 2015. 
  7. ^ "The O'Reilly Factor : FOXNEWSW : September 30, 2014 5:00pm-6:01pm PDT : Free Streaming : Internet Archive". Internet Archive. Retrieved 9 January 2015. 
  8. ^ "The O'Reilly Factor : FOXNEWSW : September 30, 2014 5:00pm-6:01pm PDT : Free Streaming : Internet Archive". Internet Archive. Retrieved 9 January 2015.