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Draws on Bradley's diaries and papers to recount his experiences as American commander at Normandy, as ground-war strategist in Europe, and as first Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff....

Title : A General's Life: An Autobiography
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ISBN : 9780671410230
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 752 Pages
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A General's Life: An Autobiography Reviews

  • Mark Mortensen
    2019-04-12 19:31

    I am intrigued by the lot of American’s who were born in the 1890’s decade and lived life to it’s fullest in the 20th Century. Omar Bradley born in 1893 is yet another amazing individual. Of all the famous WWII Army generals I selected Bradley as my first choice to read about his life history. As a youth he was poor, but his parents provided him with basic values that enriched him. The West Point graduate class of 1915 was afforded a curriculum in math, science and engineering that seems so lacking in many other higher educational institutions today. He was not flamboyant or charismatic, often shunning the limelight, but to his credit the athletic individual parlayed his strong educational skills to become a solid tactician a leader and consummate career Army officer.Bradley’s military career spanned WWI, WWII and Korea and this autobiography (with assistance of his second wife) puts forth a detailed and very candid assessment particularly of WWII. His views on the Korean conflict shed much light on the rise of communist China. He aligned himself with General John J. Pershing and Sgt. Alvin York from WWI fame and during WWII he always looked up to his mentor General George C. Marshall. One will have to read the book to ascertain his opinions of other military leaders including, FDR, Truman, Eisenhower, MacArthur, Patton, Churchill, Montgomery and with many more.After reading this book I have an even greater appreciation of General Bradley as a man.

  • Mansoor Azam
    2019-03-25 02:13

    "I pray that history records his moral cowardice" (Patton). A lovely experience this book. loved the style of Clay Blair. it was more of a 3 D experience as the writer was not writing on hind sight or from one man's notes. he was looking at all corners. luvd it

  • Addison Gast
    2019-04-01 22:14

    This was close to my interest. I was surprised to see the General's photograph hanging in my audiologists office at the V.A. with the signature below. My audio was Bradley's audio for several years. I told him I had read the book and he commented that he had also and that it was a very good account of the Man. It was interesting to read his comments on Eisenhauer and Patton and added some mystique to futher reading on those individuals as military leaders. I want to get to that in the near future.

  • WRH
    2019-04-16 20:10

    I had just finished Patton's biography and thought reading Bradley's would be a good counterpoint to issues the two of them faced in WWII. I found this book to be straightforward and Bradley was very willing to tell it like he thought it was even if people commented on might be offended. I was surprised at the comments about WWII becuase there really was little in the way of battlefield analysis. It was more complaining about Montgomery and how Ike bent over backwards to benefit the British.

  • George
    2019-04-19 23:08

    BATTLE OF THE BULGE: "Every scrap of intelligence we had available, including a mountain of Ultra, indicated beyond doubt that owing to our rapid and effective countermeasures and the courage of the individual American soldier, Hitler's last great, ill-advised gamble had failed. His panzers had run out of gas and ammo. He had suffered enormous casualties. ... Now was the time to hit back. Not three months from now." (page 370)

  • Matt
    2019-04-03 01:31

    It was while reading this book that I realized for the first time that in order to be a leader at that level (whether in the military, business, politics), you have got to have an enormous ego. I mean enormous. Huge. Not sure how Brad, Patton, Ike, and Monty could all be in the same room together without the room exploding.

  • Joe Holman
    2019-03-24 19:22

    Excellent read. I met General of the Army Bradley when I was a ROTC cadet. It made reading this book extra special. It filled in a number of gaps in my knowledge of history; especially Bradley's impact on post-WWII events. It also shows the Mac Arthur was wrong - old soldiers don't slowly fade away; they write books.

  • Colby
    2019-04-16 02:22

    A good auto-biographical read for D-Day. I met the General years ago at Chasen's in LA and briefly discussed the campaign and his portrayal by Karl Malden in Patton.

  • Thomas
    2019-03-27 21:20

    A forgotten, but extremely important, figure from World War II. His insights into Montgomery, Patton, and Marshall make it worth reading.

  • Mof
    2019-03-28 20:06

    When Clausewitz says "war is politics" I am not sure that he meant this. Bradley's story is about how politics between the generals determined the strategy as much as the Germans.

  • Inknscroll
    2019-04-20 00:27

    This book by Bradley, "A General's Life," was published posthumously. (On BookTV, the other book by Omar Bradley, "A Soldier's Story," was recommended by Rick Atkinson.)

  • Mike Popek
    2019-04-05 21:33

    Bradley greatly put down Patton, Monty and even Ike while making himself look better. Interesting how he was the advisor on Patton the movie.

  • Greg
    2019-04-03 01:04

    This book is the autobiography of Omar N. Bradley. Very long and detailed. I appreciated the different perceptions he gave of Eisenhower, Patton and Montgomery.

  • Matthew Dambro
    2019-04-25 00:08

    Read this many years ago before some of the revisionist works came out on Patton and Eisenhower. Ghost written by Clay Blair and somewhat self serving.

  • Lyman Flenner
    2019-03-27 21:28

    A good inside look at the war, through the eyes of one of our generals.

  • Gopal Mogre
    2019-04-04 03:20


  • Rick
    2019-03-28 02:31

    Most of the WWII Generals were Bozos

  • David
    2019-04-10 20:13

    Probably the best overall General Officer the United States had in the field during WWII. He tells his story as only Omar Bradley could.

  • Richard Edwards
    2019-04-16 23:17

    The writing is definitely no more than a 3 star job. The view of the events from General Bradley are worth 4 stars and the effort to read.

  • John
    2019-04-13 19:20

    A very good read and an interesting approach to autobiography

  • Cws
    2019-04-05 22:33


  • Ange
    2019-04-05 01:14

    Bradley needed help, so Clay Blair collaborated on this autobiography. Found it interesting. Not so interesting that I skipped sections.

  • Chris Atkins
    2019-04-17 23:30

    This is an excellent memoir, especially the parts that cover his participation in WWII. As Bradley moved higher, his job became a lot more political, and those parts of the book drag on.