First of all, Bill O'Reilly writes in a style that is close, no identical, to the way he speaks So saying someone else is writing the whole book for him (stated by other posters) is just wrong As are some of the evaluations of his placements within the present politico too Obviously, some have made judgments of extreme bias without once having listened to the man at all He is not a strong Conservative In fact, so moderate that he has to be rude to get a word in during his own show, at times Clearly there are many who just listen to their choirs and nothing else Many small government Conservatives, libertarian slant, socially traditional, and almost all Christian Conservative see O'Reilly as nearly in the other camp He is a Moderate and on several key issues, like immigration, has Independent stance/status Second, some of the critique opinions of this book on the downside do have several strong points Especially upon stronger evidence in/forproof in the pattern of accident before and on the incident which resulted in Patton's death But to post the summation of this lack that because having never heard of this murder charge accusation before this book, so therefore it can't be true? ROFL With the way history is taught in colleges today, that is absolutely a laughable premise Believe me, when I went to school in the 1950's1970's the first time, I was taught that Patton's death was highly suspicious and buried within the birth of the CIA for disagreement with official military compliance This was by Sisters of Mercy, Jesuits, Christian Bros of de la Salle, in case you'd like to know O'Reilly went to the same kinds of schools in NY, but take my word for it the schools at all levels and public or private of all types did not teach history then as they do today It wasn't taught in an ideologue pattern to omission of the facts that don't fit proper P.C dialog or mantra They actually made you see physical facts and debate historical choices I can remember having to draw the Battle of the Bulge on the blackboard, for instance It was a terrible botch up and lost a huge number of Allies lives, mostly American.Regardless, that detailing of the end of the war was 5 star It was nearly exactly what my Dad told me when I was a girl and didn't even want to hear about it He was in that exact crux aftermath, heading a prisoner of war camp in Trieste from 19451947 as he was German born and spoken, but American citizen In fact, he arrived and tried to get to Patton's funeral and missed it by 3 days Christmas intervened My Dad opined about few politico things to us but never failed to mention how FDR first and primarily, but especially Eisenhower, botched the end of the war in the European Theatre He liked Truman's reactions but said most of the damage was done already by Yalta, Potsdam (FDR) by the time Truman could get the legs of the situation under himself Truman was kept completely in the dark until after FDR's death My father always thought that Eastern Europe unto Lithuania, Estonia, Latvia were set back to the dark ages with complete abandon and utmost stupidity He saw Hungarians, Polish, Czechs with no home or no life to return to except one of slave labor or Siberia He could never understand way Patton and the Blue Devils who came up the boot of Italy (his division) didn't keep going to save the millions of kids and women being raped, tortured and killed by the Russian mobs He said they (Russian gangs) were not an army, but a mob at that point He said the American infantry was not depleted as the other nations' armies were, and that Churchill knew they had to keep going but was completely negated in any outcome Except for the summit photos, his power was virtually invisible at the summits when they split it up Stalin killed 60 million people eventually, and not just Russians, but speakers of dozens of other languages and cultures That's about 7 times as many as Hitler murdered What was so highly superlative about this book (5 star for me) was the lengthy first 3/4ths that details the years 19441946 on the scenes of the European Theatre And to say the entire book's course was not valid because this war scenario had nothing to do with Patton's death? Ridiculous Everything that was going on was pivotal to Patton's situation Especially because of his style of arrogant swagger and complete inability to market himself as other than what he was And he WAS an individual who does not fit(and never would have fit) into the quickly overwhelming humanistic relativism philosophy that begins to dominate during this era and eventually triumphs in a way that enables closed world eyes to horrific genocides in Africa or SW Asia or Russia that follow in the decades after WWII Genocides that kill 7 or 8 times the numbers of humans killed by deplorable and deadly Fascism, but that are mostly conveniently ignored to this day And neverignored than in literature, at that Read Patton's speech of June 5, 1944, printed at the end of this O'Reilly book, and then reread it again It is nearly the antithesis of what core beliefs are presently It fits in with Caesar or Napoleon, farthan intelligentsia views from the 20th Century Patton was a problem because he refused to ignore an enemy And his recognition skills for an enemy could not be submerged in any kind of diplomatic vagueness Churchill too was not an ignorer, but he was gotten rid of mucheasily as his power base was nearly obliterated after 5 years of horrific attrition And so his politico system bounced him out too, and choose to ignore when it no longer wanted to view A reality of vile and despicable behaviors beyond a supposedly common sense of humanity veneer that left 60 million dead in 20 years.My poor Dad saw them running westwards with the bite marks and missing flesh and he couldn't be an ignorer either Now I wish I would have listenedto his stories, and wastolerate to his politico judgments I wasn't This was the best O'Reilly book to read, and yet the book with the least criminal proof accuracy for the death cause But that was such a dire time in history with millions having no home or country for return that paperwork, not even for a general, became any kind of consideration And yet, it seems so off that accident and aftermath That the outcome was so muchdire for Patton than it was for the others in the car? Coupled with the vanishing of witnesses? Beyond suspicious and so highly convenient for blooming Federal secrecy organization (USA).The form of putting so much material into the footnotes on each page too, is quite different in this particular Killing series book I liked it It's a throwback and iselemental quite another style from most present hazy to context and nebulous erudite writing of duplicity Items or names put into the paragraph length sentences with assumed hubris of understanding likeminded context being endemic for about a decade now Current style redefines entire words or concepts without a footnote Consistently 300 words on theory for every 50 of fact or definition Hopefully that style of footnote detailing will return to give the young some facts from the era about physical or celeb or public knowledge background for the times portrayed within the main copy Because the college crowd certainly fails to have context to that degree of historical record right now They tend to read theory and program advancement of a philosophy of actions farnow than they read about any specifics of battle or stats or logistics of supply Like a kind of Wikipedia Cliff Notes for everything For instance, I had a group of 1825 year olds, about 30 individuals, reading American History once, and only one student knew what a K ration was at the course's end That's abominable When we had to draw that line through the forest on the board (Bulge tactics), I never got completely what that teacher tried to portray about overrunning your supply line (Germans during Bulge)or stopping at the wrong times in horrendous error (Allies) I do now. I've probably read 3040 books on WWII, and I still learned a lot from this one One of the main differences between this one and the rest of the O'Reilly Killing books is that he doesn't really answer the question (nor is it his intent) The book does a great job of capturing a lot of the macro issues in play at the time during the way, and assessing the consequences of decisions made over the last 70 years Say what you want about Patton, but his main interest was to preserve and protect the freedom of Americans first (and freedom in general), and he didn't give a whit about what looked politically correct or palatable to the rest of the world He was a great leader, and we'd do well to have someone like him today fighting evil on our behalf. General George S Patton, Jr November 11, 1885 December 21, 1945As usual, O'Reilly draws the reader in with his first sentence The man with fortyfive minutes left to live cannot defend himself He then goes on to describe the somewhat suspicious and ultimately deadly accident that took the life of General Patton..including his last words to Eleanor.In KILLING PATTON, we get bits and pieces of WWII and a peak at the personal lives and bizarre deaths of Hitler and Stalin Eisenhower, FDR, Truman and they all died is depict here too, and we get a brief look at all their mistressesPatton's included (Truman was faithful)Highlights also include The Battle of the Bulge, Malmedy Massacre, the horrors of Auschwitz, and there's even a bit about the birth of the CIA.And although the book has much less about PATTON than I expected, it does give the reader a feel for his HUGE ego, unpredictability of word and actions, supreme love of battle, and willingness to endure the same hardships as his men (For me, PATTON'S two priceless conversations with GOD alone were worth the price of the book.)Anyway, I have now read all six of the KILLING history novels, and while this one is my least favorite, O'Reilly's simplistic style of writing with insertion of maps and old photos (the one of Patton along side the Rhine cracked me up) made for a fast and informative read once again.The final word is a good one: General Patton no doubt died a hero, and history certainly honors that to this day But the tough old general did not go out on his own terms, and there are many unanswered questions surrounding his death Those questions deserve to be addressed. This is the first time I have read a book written by Bill O’Reilly I almost did not buy it because of O’Reilly but the suggestions that he could prove that General Patton was assassinated intrigued me I got the book to see if O’Reilly would reasonably prove his claim The death of General Patton in December 1945 is one of the enduring mysteries of World War II For seventyfour years, there have been suspicions and lots of conspiracy theories that his death was not an accident O’Reilly and Dugard take readers inside the final years of the War, the majority of the book is taken up with an over view of 1944 and 1945 They also recount the events surrounding Patton’s tragic demise, naming names of the many powerful individuals who wanted him silenced in the last chapter of the book.The author’s claim newly unearthed diaries of Douglas Bazata have been found Bazata worked for the OSS in Europe during the war The OSS was headed by General “Wild Bill” Donovan Bazata claims that Donovan ordered him to kill General Patton The diaries state that Bazata staged the car accident then shot General Patton with a low velocity projectile which broke his neck This is not new information; this was ignored by the press and historians at the time There was a made for T.V Movie made using this information called “The Last Days of Patton.” There is a new movie called “Silence Patton: First Victim of the Cold War.” The authors are emphasizing the second part of the Bazata’s claim When Patton was getting better and about to be transferred to a hospital in the United States, U.S officials turned a blind eye as an agent of the NKVD poisoned General Patton, therefore, the author’s claim that Stalin ordered the assassination of Patton.General Patton is one of the general that I read everything I can find about him I have read about these claims for years The authors did not convince me of the validity of these claims I was looking for documentation that proved these old theories I have only highlighted the theory, you will need to read the book yourself for the details and make up your own mind if they proved their theory I read this as an audio book downloaded from Audible O’Reilly narrated the book himself. I am not a fan of Bill O'Reilly's TV show But I'll grant that he has a knack for writing popular books about interesting events in history Numerous acquaintances of mine have recommend The Killing Series of history books to me This is the first of that series that I've read, and I'll have to admit that it's as enjoyable (dare I say entertaining?) presentation of history as can be made.This book is actually a history of the western European front of World War II with a focus on General Patton's statements and actions The book's narrative jumps numerous times from Patton to other places and individuals Included are vignettes of FDR, Stalin, Churchill, and Hitler (and probably others I can't remember) O'Reilly keeps the book narrative flowing by skipping over burdensome details and ambiguities in the historical record that frequently bogs down academic writing of history.I've been puzzled about the details of Patton's death by car accident for some time, and I hoped that this book would clear things up for me Well, the details are here, but whether it was an accident or not is not a settled question Readers who gravitate toward conspiracy theories will probably be convinced from this book that the KGB orchestrated his death I think it was an accident. With a BA in History (admittedly earnedthan a few years ago), I thought I had the complete story of George Patton's brilliant military career, especially his decisively bold and effective leadership of the US Third Army, post D Day Bill O'Reilly, in his outstanding history of not only the very strange death of Patton in an automobile accident but the various parties both foreign and domestic with the means, motive and opportunity to contract out his assassination His audacious accomplishments, especially the 3rd Army's heroic relief of the trapped 101 Airborne Division at Bastogne in 1944 to halt the German advance in the Battle of the Bulge and his outspoken criticism and prescient views of Stalin's true objectives for the Russian army's conquered territories in Eastern Europe in the post war period upset the contemporary wisdom of the day which resulted in ceding Eastern Europe to the Soviet Union for the next 50 years Eisenhower, the Supreme Commander, had a problem with Patton's views of our Russian allies as did Wild Bill Donovan, head of the OSS with valuable contacts in the Soviet Union and of course, Joseph Stalin, the Soviet Union's dictator for life All had the means, motive and opportunity to assassinate Patton but an OSS operative confessed in 1979 that he was part of a team that staged the auto accident that paralyzed Patton who died suddenly in a German hospital which too quickly lost all medical and accident records of the event The is the first O'Reilly book I've read and it won't be the last You might not like his political views but his historical research is impeccable as well as framing his research into this complex warrior's last year in combat in a fascinatingly compelling nonfiction, page turning thriller I highly recommend it.Ed Read this book if you like WWII narratives , but if you are looking for an explanation of who if anybody killed General Patron you won't find it here Otherwise this book was a great study into the last months of the war and a glimpse into the lives of great men who shaped those days , with an emphasis on General Patton! This is the fourth in a series of books written by Bill O'Reilly and it is by far his best My guess is that most people under the age of 50 have no idea who General Patton is or what he accomplished This book isabout the history of WWII than the actual killing of Patton If you like history this book is for you If you think you know what happened to Patton this book is for you I would strongly encourage you to give this book to children over the age of 13 to read because it is about history I seriously doubt is ever taught in schools. I debated a bit whether to go 4 or 5 stars here I finally went with 5 as the book is readable, interesting and well researched It may not be exceptional but it does what it set out to do I liked it.I noted that the book seems to get mostly midrange to higher ratingsthough not universally, LOL One person who gave a lower rating said that they'd never read anything about this in history and anyway, nothing was said about it in the George C Scott movie.sigh.This isn't the first book I've read on this subject and the details of what happened are essentially known However Mr O'Reilly and Mr Dugard have uncovered a few things that have at least been overlooked since the events of the book.The book picks up with and covers the last year of General Patton's life right up to his death I won't go into/over the events, the evidence etc The book leaves us somewhat in the place we started, in that there is no proof/empirical evidence one way or another However there is evidence and it exceeds most conspiracy theory type arguments The book ends with a call for adetailed investigation using modern forensics even in spite of the time that has passed It actually makes sense There is (and I thought this somewhat before I read this book based on what I'd read before)than enough evidence to inspire an investigation Recommended. Readers around the world have thrilled to Killing Lincoln, Killing Kennedy, and Killing Jesus—riveting works of nonfiction that journey into the heart of the most famous murders in history Now from Bill O’Reilly, anchor of The O’Reilly Factor, comes the most epic book of all in this multimillionselling series: Killing Patton General George S Patton, Jr died under mysterious circumstances in the months following the end of World War II For almost seventy years, there has been suspicion that his death was not an accident—and may very well have been an act of assassinationKilling Patton takes readers inside the final year of the war and recounts the events surrounding Patton’s tragic demise, naming names of the many powerful individuals who wanted him silenced