Title: The Private Life of General Omar Bradley
Author: Jeffery D. Lavoie
My rating is 4 stars.
The Private Life of General Omar N. Bradley is a well-written narrative of the life of General Bradley and is a good biography of the life of one the great WWII generals. The book doesn’t try to pick apart every little aspect of General Bradley’s life, but it focuses on an overall picture his life. The book does this by focusing on the three periods of Bradley’s life: “Prewar”, “War”, and “Postwar”, respectively. Each section gives a good summary of the life of Omar Bradley; however, the book is not a primary source of material on the subject (nor does it claim to be), but it makes a good starting point for anyone looking to do research on one of America’s most treasured military commanders.
The book is short, a mere 213 pages, but what the reader will find in those pages is fascinating material. The “War” section of the book is an interesting read because it gives the reader a behind the scenes look at some of the campaigns that many of us remember from history class. The book also focuses on Bradley’s life after the war, his work with veterans, his worldwide tours, and also his personal romances. Various parts of the book should be treated as speculation instead of historical fact, but with some further research a student can discern the speculation from the documented facts of Omar Bradley’s life. The book is a good companion for any WWII history buff; it offers a quick, but informative study on the life of one of the brightest generals of WWII.
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