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Patton, George S. (1885–1945)

  • By: George S. Patton & David A. Smith
  • In: Encyclopedia of Leadership
  • Edited by: George R. Goethals, Georgia J. Sorenson & James MacGregor Burns
  • Subject:Leadership

United States general

The German military theorist Carl von Clausewitz (1780–1831) wrote that “a distinguished commander without boldness is unthinkable” (Clausewitz [1832] 1976, 198). In World War II, George Smith Patton, Jr., was the epitome of a bold commander in campaigns in ...

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