A colorful defense of a debatable character, the author draws on Patton's record, his diaries and letters, and his own knowledge of his commanding officer in two World Wars, to present a picture made up of many sidelights. Not too much on his childhood or West Point training emerges and the overload is on his career in the cavalry, his belief in tanks and his achievements in the development of armored penetration, proved for history in his passage through France and Germany. Here is the man who was ""always a General"", with all his garish exhibitionism, showy tricks and basic skills; here too is the husband, devoted and thoughtful; the hot head, so often in hot water; the fighting man who built a loyal fighting team in spite of fantastic and fanatic demands; the personality that was a ""disturbing element in time of peace... invaluable in war"". Easy on the minuses, heavy on the plus, this results in a picture of an original, a professional soldier, unique in reputation, fame and deeds. Striking.