Books: The War Lover

PATTON: ORDEAL AND TRIUMPH by Ladislas Farago. 885 pages. Obolensky. $9.95.

The Brittany farmland had been bombed, strafed and shelled all day. Its rough-stone houses were now rubble, its fields aflame and littered with dead cattle. Looking down on this devastation, General George Smith Patton Jr. suddenly raised his arms to the sky. "Compared to war," he cried, "all other forms of human endeavor shrink to insignificance. God, how I love it!"

Such chilling scenes have built up a widespread misunderstanding of Patton that not even eight earlier and more friendly biographies could...

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