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The death of General George S. Patton is shrouded in mystery. While officially the result of an unfortunate car accident, the evidence points to a far more malevolent plot: murder. So says investigative and military journalist Robert K. Wilcox in his book Target: Patton: The Plot to Assassinate General George S. Patton.

Written like a WWII spy thriller and meticulously researched, Target: Patton leads you through that fateful December day in 1945, revealing a chilling plan to assassinate General Patton. Backing up this shocking story with facts, photos, and eyewitness statements, Wilcox reveals long-hidden documents and accounts that explain how secrets Patton knew - and his strong anti-Soviet views - may have cost him his life.

Not only does Wilcox reveal how, why, and when, he also names names, exposing little-known stories and secrets of such key players as General "Wild Bill" Donovan, the storied head of the OSS (the predecessor to the CIA); an OSS assassin; an Army intelligence agent; and even Josef Stalin himself.

Target: Patton challenges readers to look at the evidence and question the conventional wisdom. After reading it, few will think of General Patton or the circumstances surrounding his death in the same way again.

©2008 Robert Wilcox (P)2012 Regnery Publishing

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  • Lloyd
  • 11/06/2015

Long sentences lead to difficult listening

The narration was poor. And the cadence of the narrator's voice didn't sound natural. I am not sure if it was totally the narrator's fault. Most of the sentences seemed incredibly long. I love history and especially world war two history but this was so difficult to listen to and required so much concentration I kept finding my mind wandering and would constantly have to re-listen to parts of the book. I finally gave up.

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  • M.
  • 02/05/2012

Fascinating History - also well read.

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Patton was the greatest general America has ever produced. The Germans were mortified by him as were the Russians. A must read for all WW2 /Patton/Stalin history buffs!...Also the reader was excellent...five star *****-

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  • Christopher Arthur
  • 14/02/2018

Wilcox makes a credible case

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Robert Wilcox does a solid job presenting his theory that Patton was murdered. He lays out the theory and backs it up with either personal testimony, evidence, or circumstantial evidence. It is well written and documented.

Wilcox concludes, there isn't enough evidence for a jury to say "guilty" but there is enough that a grand jury would have issued an indictment. I agree with that assessment.

There is a certain case for motive from the Soviet side. The NKVD needed little motive to murder anyone, so that is not hard to assume. If Stalin wanted to prep for a potential war, he wanted to kill the US's best general. Roosevelt & Truman were certainly very deferential to the Russians, but I am not sure they would join in a plot to kill him. Patton was already removed from a position of influence, which he dutifully followed. If he quit, went home, and "told stories" critical of Marshall or Ike, he would have a following, but it's not like everyone would believe him, since he already had a tenuous relationship with the press. Bottom line, is that I don't think anyone in the US really had a motive.

The weakest link is the Douglas Bazata story. It is the testimony of a credible operative who was in country during the period. That much is true, but how he did it seems too hair-brained to be true. If someone was going to commit and assassination, even to look like an accident, Bazata;s method, seems way too risky. First he follows the car, jams the window at a stop, then shoots him with a low velocity projectile right as the car crashed into the truck, through the open window, assuming Patton was in the right line of fire. It seems too complicated where too many things could go wrong. Why not dress up in German uniforms and pretend you are some lingering Nazi partisans? Why not ram the car, instead of pulling in front of it?

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  • John 182
  • 26/09/2017

Disorganized story makes an interesting book boring.

This could have been a great book... If only the author had organized and shortened it.


The premise is interesting and well researched, but the writing jumps around so much, and repeats itself so often with only the most tiny of addictions that it became exhausting to listen to. It mostly reads like this.

Assassination theory-> Poorly tied in potential witness backstory for 1 hour -> Barely Different Assassination Theory -> Same witness story, but with a different backstory -> Different poorly tied in potential witness backstory for another hour -> Story about how the OSS killed him -> Story about how the NKVD killed him -> Tangental story -> Sounds confusing? It is.

Rinse and repeat over and over.

Also the reader doesn't change his tone, and there are many spots where he coughs, or licks his lips, or you can hear him turn the page. After the first hour it becomes droning.

This could have been a great book if it was edited better, and had a reader who changed his tone once and a while.

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  • andrew
  • 13/04/2017

good book, fair performance

odd phrasing and many mispronounced words, as if the book was not previously read or the performance practiced

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  • Brian C. Blackwell
  • 01/12/2014

Poor quality and repeat material.

What disappointed you about Target: Patton?

Very little new material. There are audio breaks that sound like editing cuts. There are rambling sections that leave you wondering what this has to do with the subject matter of the book.

What do you think your next listen will be?

Nothing from this author or narrator.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Disappointment

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  • Force Projection
  • 15/11/2014

The Iron Wall Was Actually Built By Eisenhower

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I would recommend to a friend, and also a Congressional Committee.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Target: Patton?

The most touching moment was Pattons last leave in the United States, where he said his last goodbyes, as he knew he was going to be assassinated by his own government. I guess you could say Russia was after him to, but there were no Russians involved in his murder.

What does Lynn Benson bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

I believe Lynn believed what she was reading.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No, that's plain silly for anyone to do that with any book.

Any additional comments?

When Germany surrendered, Patton wanted to push the Russians back to their border, with the Third Army, as they were there for the taking. They had no supplies, plus they are the worst soldiers in the world, and remain so. He told a Russian General just that, and he complained to the US, and they thought Patton was out of order . Churchill agreed with Pat tons mindset, but Eisenhower, the most overated soldier of WW11, knew Patton was resigning, and might have run for President, making Patton a target, and the rest is history. While in the military in 1969, there was still talking about Patton being taken down, and now these books are written about it, and that had everything to do with the Freedom of Information Act, but Eisenhower even ignored that Russia still held 15,000 of our POWs, when he agreed to Stalins demands in carving up Europe. Some of these POWs never were released.The Iron Wall was built by Eisenhower, and he was no soldier, along with Marshall who took great pleasure in humiliating Patton, for speaking the truth. Patton wanted 3 weeks to push the Mongoloids, as he called the Russians to push them back to their border, but they thought Patton was insane, thus we lived with the Iron Wall for 50 years, but make no mistake about it, General George S. Patton was most certainly assassinated. He knew to much, as he told many of his friends on his last stateside leave.What a travesty this was, but there will be no hearings on this. Powerful folks still run this country, and Obama is trying to get around them, but he will fail.

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  • Darrell E. Fisher
  • 14/08/2012

Conspiracy to Kill Patton

What did you like best about Target: Patton? What did you like least?

I have had the book on my shelf for over a year. Audible gave me the opportunity to actually complete the book in two days, all while behind the wheel of my car! THANKS AUDIBLE. However, the book itself was weak. A conspiracy to kill a leading figure from World War II??? The Germans had ample opportunity to do that since 1942! Sorry, not buying it.

What three words best describe Lynn Benson’s voice?

Descriptive; pleasant; articulate.

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  • Ken
  • 12/12/2014

One of the greatest betrayed and killed

What other book might you compare Target: Patton to and why?

About Face- David Hackworth both he and Patton were probally the greatest and most feared combat leaders from WW2 to present and both couldn't be silenced and stood their ground.
About Face is a book without equal and its a shame we continue to allow politicians and PC
career soldiers to discredit and destroy the people who speak the truth.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

"Read the Book"
good books turned into movies is never a good idea

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