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The Single Best Way To Develop Leadership Skills

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Just how heavy a rucksack is carrying the name Patton around on your back? Benjamin Patton, grandson of World War II’s legendary General George Patton, has sat himself down and written a book on the very topic.

Growing Up Patton: Reflections on Heroes, History, and Family Wisdom distills Ben Patton’s views on the general, much of it gleaned from the correspondence between the general and Ben’s father while a cadet at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. Battleland conducted an email chat with Patton last week:

How often are you asked if you are related to the general?

I’m asked this question all the time.  It happens less often as the WWII generation fades away, though the figure of General Patton has remained in the public consciousness even though the feature film Patton was made over 40 years ago.

How do you respond?

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