The Education of a General

From the book Twelve Desperate Miles: The Epic World War II Voyage of the SS Contessa by Tim Brady.

“Patton’s father believed the learning process should consist almost entirely of a child ‘soaking in’ the classics by having them read aloud. From his toddlerhood all the way to adolescence, young Georgie’s ears and mind were given a steady diet of legends and epics, poetry and Scripture. It was said that he could recite whole passages of The Iliad as a seven-year-old boy and liked to play with his sister as Hector and Achilles outside the gates of Troy on the grounds of the Patton estate in the San Gabriel Valley, east of Los Angeles.”

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