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

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9780815609278: The Seven Lives of Colonel Patterson: How an Irish Lion Hunter Led the Jewish Legion to Victory

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, Patterson's life is a fascinating story, and Brian's
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 Patterson's assignment in East
Africa,where lion attacks are terrorizing workers on a railroad project.
With a storyteller's breathtaking tone, he details accounts of
Patterson quelling the rebellion and killing the lions himself. The
colonel's indomitable energy and courage become a consistent
theme in the book as the author traces Patterson's 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, Brian's biography of this "Righteous Gentile" is an incisive
portrait of a key figure in both Israeli and colonial British history.

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About the Author:

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.

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John Henry Patterson (1867-1947) came from the Anglo-Irish military aristocracy and began his public career by bringing down the famous man-eating lions of Tsavo. He went on to distinguish himself in the Boer War, as a white hunter and bon vivant (possibly also a ladies' man), and as a friend and safari companion of Theodore Roosevelt. By the outbreak of World War I, he had become strongly Zionist, and in that war he led a Jewish supply unit at Gallipoli and a Jewish combat force in Palestine. He never thereafter gave up his Zionist activities, being one of the organizers of the Jewish Brigade in World War II and dying only a month before Israel became independent. Readers could appropriately celebrate the sixtieth anniversary of modern Israel with this book--either that or the new Indiana Jones movie, for Patterson and Jones would have got along famously. -- Booklist, August 2008

Despite the title, this book tells two stories. It begins with an account of Col. Patterson's adventures in Africa, but its major theme is really the development of Zionism, the creation of Israel, and the Colonel's part in the process. An Irish-born soldier of fortune, Patterson is introduced as a heroic, if at times imprudent and harsh commander. In Egypt he meets several hundred Russian Jewish refugees who are just as daring as he is. Together they form what eventually becomes the Jewish Legion, fighting in the British Army in World War I to free Palestine. Not easily cowed, Patterson defended his Jewish soldiers from blatant British anti-Semitism, to the detriment of his own career.

The book contains interesting behindthe-scenes views in its depiction of Patterson's efforts on behalf of the passage of the Balfour Declaration.

Offered as an armchair adventure tale, the work also serves as the author's tribute to his subject's dedication to Jewish causes. Afterword, appendices, biographical notes, illustrations, index, prefix. --Jewish Book World Spring 2009

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