The Seven Lives of Colonel Patterson: How an Irish Lion Hunter Led the Jewish Legion to Victory

Syracuse University Press, 26 2008 - 280
In this first-ever biography of Colonel John Patterson, Denis Brian reveals his subject to be a diverse composite of identities. An Irishborn soldier, lion hunter, bridge builder, East African game warden, author, and Zionist, Pattersons life is a fascinating story, and Brians well-researched account gives a revealing look into the ebb and flow of circumstances that produced such a colorful character. Brian begins the narrative with Pattersons assignment in East Africa,where lion attacks are terrorizing workers on a railroad project. With a storytellers breathtaking tone, he details accounts of Patterson quelling the rebellion and killing the lions himself. The colonels indomitable energy and courage become a consistent theme in the book as the author traces Pattersons life from his days as a British socialite to his recruitment of the Jewish Legion of volunteers who helped drive the Turks out of Palestine. Patterson spent most of his later years as an ardent Zionist,working for the creation of a Jewish homeland until his death in 1947, a year before the birth of the state of Israel. Drawing on an impressive range of sources, Brians biography of this Righteous Gentile is an incisive portrait of a key figure in both Israeli and colonial British history.

Boer War Bravado 19001907
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Theodore Roosevelts Friendship 1907
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Rumors of a Sinister Character 19081909
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Denis Brian is the author of The True Gen: An Intimate Portrait of Ernest Hemingway by Those Who Knew Him and Murderers and Other Friendly People: The Public and Private Worlds of Interviewers.