21st Century Patton

Strategic Insights for the Modern Era
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Published:September 15, 2016
By J. Furman Daniel III (Editor)
While General George S. Patton Jr. remains an iconic figure seventy years after his death, few fully appreciate him as a strategic thinker. Indeed, his flamboyant personality often obscures the fact that he was a lifelong student of the military arts, a true strategic visionary, and a unique figure in American military history. This short volume introduces readers to a more complete and nuanced Patton. By tracing his intellectual development and connecting his views on strategic thought and history to the issues of the present day, this book offers a bold, fresh view on the famous general.

Linking Patton’s success as a warfighter to his efforts as a thinker, this book hopes to kindle debate on managing human capital within the military. Most surely the book will demonstrate that—like Patton— the seeds of military success can be planted throughout a lifetime of formal and self-directed study of the military arts.


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Product Details
  • Subject: Strategy, Tactics, Operations
  • Paperback : 176 pages
  • Publisher: Naval Institute Press (September 15, 2016)
  • ISBN-10: 1682470636
  • ISBN-13: 9781682470633
  • Product Dimensions: 6 X 9 in
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 oz
  • “Daniel does well to continuously link Patton’s writing to contemporary relevancy, particularly in how the US military continues to integrate increased technological sophistication into its force structures, and the modern struggle of ensuring that officers maintain a theoretical and critical understanding of strategic affairs. This was Patton’s strength, his ability to identify key strategic trends and then engage the subject with critical analysis. Patton’s writings demonstrate the importance of military history, technological knowledge, and leadership during war and peace. This volume and the writings of George S. Patton are worthy of study by anyone interested in strategic studies and the US military.” —Journal of Military and Strategic Studies
  • 21st Century Patton, a volume in the Naval Institute series 21st Century Foundations, is a valuable read for the insights it offers on the analytic processes employed by a creative military thinker, and ought to be required reading for policy makers and military commanders.” — The Strategy Page
  • “Patton is mostly remembered for his flamboyant behavior and outrageous statements. This book analyzes Patton as a nuanced and effective military leader.”— World War II History Magazine
  • “Prof. Daniel. who has written a number of papers on the problem of reconciling “traditional” ideas on strategy and war with the present apparently “non-traditional” threats, gives us a critical selection of writings by George S. Patton that offer insights into the general’s method of analysis.” – The NYMAS Review
  • “…the fifth of seven books in the ongoing and well regarded 21st Century Series; and notably, it is the first book in the series to profile an army officer. I have read five books in the series and can tell you that its success rests on a recipe of three things: fascinating and timeless historical essays from theorists and practitioners of war; passionate editors that plumb the details of each figure’s life and writing…”— The Strategy Bridge
  • “This tome deserves to be read by anyone interested in military leadership during Peace- and Wartime or directly affected by it, even further, it should downright be worked through by those; even if some of the Statements may not apply anymore to our current situation, they still show expedient approaches that constitute a successful Officer – no matter their executive level.” —Austrian Military Journal (ÖMZ)

J. Furman Daniel III is a visiting assistant professor at The George Washington University where he researches and teaches at the nexus of political science, political theory, and military history. He holds a BA (with honors) from the University of Chicago and a PhD from Georgetown University.

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