Panther Reads

“Killing Patton”


Jordan Owens

This segment of “Panther Reads” features Chad Phillips, head coach of Starr’s Mill’s football team. Phillips describes “Killing Patton” by Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard as a novel focusing on uncovering the conspiracies surrounding World War II General George S. Patton Jr.’s death.

The head coach of Starr’s Mill High School’s football team, Chad Phillips, talks about “Killing Patton” by Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard, a historical non-fiction novel following the mysterious death of General George S. Patton Jr. 

Phillips, when he is not busy coaching football, appreciates an honorable historical non-fiction novel, more specifically, Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard’s novels. Coach Phillips first heard of “Killing Patton” and other novels by O’Reilly and Dugard on Fox News one night.

“They’re historical, and they’re real-life,” Phillips said. “He does a great job researching–Martin Dugard and Bill O’Reilly.”

“Killing Patton” discusses various conspiracies surrounding the death of General George S. Patton Jr., who had died in 1945 due to congestive heart failure. In the novel, O’Reilly and Dugard argue that rather than General Patton’s natural cause of death, the dictator of the Soviet Union, Joseph Stalin, ordered the assassination. 

“They spend years researching all this stuff, and General Patton was killed on purpose, there’s no question,” said Phillips.

Coach Phillips would recommend this book to anyone that enjoys history. Phillips also recommends other novels by O’Reilly and Dugard– “Killing Lincoln” and “Killing Kennedy.”

“Killing Patton” is a novel fit for any reader that enjoys historical non-fiction, or even just a good conspiracy theory.