Southwest Book Club Meets May 3
Join the Southwest Book Club to discuss this month's selection Killing Patton: The Strange Death of World War ll's Most Audacious General by Bill O'Reilly/Martin Dugard. 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 assassination. Killing 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.
Anyone age 18 or older is welcome to attend. The book club meets monthly at the Southwest Branch Library. No registration needed. For more information, please call 407.835.7323 or email email@example.com.
Southwest Branch Library
Tuesday, May 3
If you are unable to attend the meeting and you would like to join our discussion, you can share your thoughts or respond to the discussion questions below. Simply click "Comments" located at the bottom of this post. Join the discussion!
1. What evidence does O'Reilly present that suggests Patton's death was more sinister than accidental? Is the evidence cited credible? Why, after all these years, does Reilly believe the controversy has never been brought out into the open and resolved? Who would have benefited most from Patton's death?
2. What new understanding have you gained--about World War II and General Patton--from reading this book? What did you find most surprising?...or most disturbing?
3. O'Reilly has been accused of inaccuracies and of cherry picking his facts in Killing Patton. Do these charges have any basis in fact that you're aware of? Do the charges make any difference to your reading of this book...or affect its validity as a work of history?
4. This book, as well as the other three in The Killing series (Jesus, Kennedy, Lincoln), use a popular, hyped-up narrative style, creating what some reviewers refer to as "you-are-there thrillers." O'Reilly says that he believes that "people who do not necessarily like history will enjoy" his books. And with regards to the titles, O'Reilly refers to himself as "a snappy guy." "I do things," he says," in a flamboyant way. I want to get your attention." Does the O'Reilly style add to, or detract from, the underlying history of this work. Does it engage people who otherwise would not read about Patton and World War II? Or does it's easy-going style leave out, or gloss over, more complex historical facts that may not be as interesting or easy to follow? What do you think?
Discussion questions obtained at litlovers.com