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The Untold Story of Douglas MacArthur Hardcover – September, 1973


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  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Devin-Adair Pub (September 1973)
  • ISBN-10: 0815970048
  • ISBN-13: 978-0815970040
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,835,052 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jerry Wilt on February 2, 2006
Format: Hardcover
I picked up a copy of this book at a local bookstore for $1. I had never read any books on MacArthur and thought this book would be a good book as it was first written in the mid-'50s. Needless to say, I was suitably impressed with Frazier's story on one of the greatest generals of the 20th century. Yes, the book was pro-MacArthur but it was written very well and in a very entertaining style. Frazier had great access to the General and was able to tell stories first hand of his triumphs and tragic fights with FDR and Harry Truman, and not to mention General Marshall.

I learned that Mac fought the Pacific battle with only 5% of the troops that were in Europe. I learned also that Mac was never asked his opinion by FDR or Truman with respect to their decisions made on how to fight the war in the Pacific. He was always told afterwards of their decisions. Utterly astonshing.

Another stunning fact mentioned in the book was how much Moscow influenced events in the US and eventually, China, with their American-planted communists with respect to events in the Pacific, China, and later Korea.

Mac was the general that politicians loved to hate and the people loved.

My only complaint about the book was that only 60 pages or so were devoted to the Korean War. Never having read anything about the Korean conflict, I was anxious to learn more. I learned just enough to consider buying a book on the Korean War.

Nevertheless, the book is well written and highly readable. Definitely worth it.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By James Gallen VINE VOICE on March 12, 2006
Format: Hardcover
"The Untold Story Of Douglas MacArthur" tells a story often told by the general's admirers and just as often attacked by his detractors. Published in 1954, the theme of this book is MacArthur as the heroic defender of America and Christianity against their enemies both at home and abroad. The main enemies identified are those who see America's overseas interests as primarily in Europe, rather than in the Pacific, and Communists and their sympathizers and dupes in the Roosevelt and Truman administrations.

Roosevelt and Churchill are portrayed as a fiendish duo who conspired to sell out America's interests and abdicate its responsibilities in Asia to the advantage of Europe. Although descending to a status as a secondary demon after World War II, the Europe Firsters emerge again to deny MacArthur the support needed to win in Korea, for fear of jeopardizing the western position in Europe.

The Europe Firsters constituted MacArthur's principal opposition before and during World War II, but pale in comparison to the Communists abroad and their sympathizers in the Roosevelt and Truman administrations. Dean Atchison figures prominently in this cabal, followed closely by George Marshall.

Author Fraser Hunt rightfully focuses on MacArthur's crucial action in pressuring the administration to support the liberation of the Philippines and his indispensable role in the modernization of Japan.

The later part of the book is largely a defense of MacArthur's position in Korea. The reader is reminded of all the issues argued with such passion so long ago: the shock when Washington granted quarter to the enemy in Manchuria, the inordinate fear of the USSR and the lost opportunity to regain China.
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3 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Terry S. Jones on September 25, 2002
Format: Paperback
I was shocked to find out just how much the Communists were involved with WWII in the US, and even more so in the Korean War. The loss of China to the Communists after WWII was also documented.
The McCarthy hearings came much too late!!
This book made me re-think some strong opinons on FDR and others that I had previously held.
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