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General of the Army Douglas MacArthur was an American general and field marshal of the Philippine Army. He was a Chief of Staff of the United States Army during the 1930s and played a prominent role in the Pacific theater during World War II. He received the Medal of Honor for his service in the Philippines Campaign. He was one of only five men ever to rise to the rank of general of the army in the U.S. Army, and the only man ever to become a field marshal in the Philippine Army. Douglas MacArthur was born on January 26, 1880. He died on April 5, 1964, just days after this book was completed and before it was first published.
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  • Paperback: 486 pages
  • Publisher: Ishi Press (October 25, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 4871878821
  • ISBN-13: 978-4871878821
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,933,066 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Michael Green on October 11, 2002
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Better than even Eisenhower and certainly better than Patton, MacArthur tells us a little about himself, his family and his father's legacy before seeing his first (and later decorated) action in WWI. Taking over at West Point in 1919, his book begins to expose particular weaknesses in American idealogy when it comes to the "expense of defense." As MacArthur continued his tale, I could scarcely trust my eyes. In WWII, the Pacific theater had no unified command like Europe and other theaters. MacArthur controlled only part of his forces; those not under his command were oftentimes pulled away on other missions, sometimes at the last moment. For a time he enjoyed command over his own air power, but later he lost this luxury as other missions took precedence. MacArthur's tactics and strategy are always clearly defined and easily acceptable as intelligent courses. His hope and duty to protect his men appears on every page. His objections to frontal assaults on what he termed "militarily insignificant" objectives (both to the Allies and to Japan) on Okinawa and Iwo Jima made me groan anew for the men we lost there. "Only poor commanders turn in large casualties" he wrote. His masterly reconstruction of Japan (1945-50) shows his open and fair concepts of what we now call "nation building." He knew that the reconstruction and reforms would not succeed unless authorized by the people of Japan. Shouts of rage greeted him in 1945 when he entered Tokyo; tears of sorrow witnessed his departure. In Korea, my stomach turned on almost every page, as Mac describes the indecision or timidity that put men in harm's way without a clear objective, without support, and without even the formal declaration of war.Read more ›
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30 of 32 people found the following review helpful By James Gallen VINE VOICE on July 20, 2002
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"Reminiscences" is General Douglas MacArthur's brief in support of his life and career as they stand in judgment before the Bar of History. His statement of facts is magnificent. Beginning with his immigrant grandfather, Judge Arthur MacArthur, and continuing through the career of his father, Gen. Arthur MacArthur, (see my Amazon review of "The General's General"), Douglas sets the stage for his entry into the great play of life. Growing up in the frontier army, Douglas was admitted to West Point in 1899.
Not a typical cadet or young officer, Douglas made his first appearance before a Congressional committee investigating hazing at the Academy in 1900. Graduating in 1903, his first assignment was to the Philippines, the land in which his father had won fame and where he would spend so much of his military career. In 1906 he was appointed aide-de-camp to President Theodore Roosevelt.
With U. S. entry into World War I, MacArthur bucked the prevailing wisdom that National Guard units could not function effectively in combat. It was he who conceived, promoted and implemented the concept of the Rainbow Division, consisting of National Guard units from 26 states. During his command of the Rainbow he established the legend of his fearlessness in combat.
Returning to the peace time army, MacArthur rose to Chief of Staff, a position from which, he believed, his father had been barred by political enemies. During his tenure, Douglas presided over the dispersal of the Bonus Marchers, an action which he staunchly defends in this book, and the defense the Army from the Depression-era budget cutting knife.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Anthony To on December 28, 2001
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Autobiographies do not get better than this. Its packed with information about many of America's wars through the eyes of the greatest general in United States history. Like the previous reviewer stated, the last chapter itself its unbelievable. It contains content and predictions that could be lifted and applied to the modern present world. I could not believe that this book was written 40 years ago. MacArthur was truly ahead of his time in thinking. His recollection opf events is superb and very detailed for a man who has probably more memories that ordinary men have for a lifetime. I'd recommend this book to anyone, the last chapter is alone worth the price!
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Many great generals of the Second World War, such as Montgomery, Manstein and Eisenhower, wrote their memoirs to uphold their reputation. This is the prerogative of great generals and MacArthur had an additional reason, late in his life (in his eighties) to give his wife and son financial security ($900,000 from the publisher). MacArthur's critics might say that he uses his own memoranda, staff studies and historical records to pat himself on the back. For example, MacArthur's claim that the Australians were so defeatist they planned to give up all territory north and west of Brisbane to the Japanese was unfair to the Australian generals.

This is MacArthur's recollections, by no means complete, from his early years, 1880- 1912, through World War One to 1941, World War Two, the occupation of Japan, the Korean War and the last phase from 1951- 1964. The general's writing resembles his brilliant oratorial skills and draws the reader in. He marshals his arguments and clearly puts many controversial cases, such as the Bonus uprising, fall of the Philippines and Korean War strategy, in the best light. And he seems to delight in criticizing the backroom decisions that were made by generals, politicians and presidents. This is pure MacArthur, the magnetism of his words caught in a bottle for posterity. He was more than colourful, he was one for the ages.
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