- Hardcover: 538 pages
- Publisher: University of Nebraska Press; First Edition edition (February 1, 2001)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0803229305
- ISBN-13: 978-0803229303
- Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 1.8 x 9 inches
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MacArthur and the American Century: A Reader Hardcover – February 1, 2001
From Library Journal
Striding across the world like a colossus during the middle third of the 20th century, Gen. Douglas MacArthur (1870-1964) was one of America's most prominent and unforgettable military leaders. With an intellect of remarkable size and scope, and an ego to match, MacArthur put his stamp on the American military landscape with his conduct of Pacific operations in World War II, which equaled that of the more politically savvy Eisenhower in Europe. Drawing from numerous scholars familiar with MacArthur, Leary (history, Univ. of Georgia) gathers together an important collection of writings (most previously published) on MacArthur's life and career. Essays by outstanding military historians like Stanley Falk, Louis Morton, and Russell F. Weigley are sprinkled throughout this well-edited work. D. Clayton James, who has written the best biography of MacArthur to date (The Years of MacArthur), contributes two pieces that reflect interpretations of his larger work. Of special value is James's assessment of MacArthur's famous firing by Truman. This collection will help a new generation of readers understand why historians have for years debated whether Douglas MacArthur was the greatest egotist or the greatest general in American history or something in between. For academic and large public library collections. Ed Goedeken, Iowa State Univ. Lib., Ames
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The phases of MacArthur's life are nicely separated into the early years, the Second World War, Japan occupation, Korean War and general assessments. On average each chapter is about 14 pages long and a Gung Ho review is usually followed by a bomb. The numerous footnotes and bibliographic essay add to the authoritative arguments. Twenty-six photos highlight MacArthur's long career. This well-bound book is seamlessly edited by William M. Leary and showcases military controversy at its best. This is for serious students rather than popular reading. A sampling of the chapter titles are:
MacArthur as West Point superintendent
Douglas MacArthur & the fall of the Philippines
MacArthur's lapses from an envelopment strategy
Late General MacArthur, warts & all
Unique general: MacArthur of the Pacific
The best part of this book are the essays that are written by those who were with him during the war. George Kenney (MacArthur's air commander)offers an excellent expose on MacArthur. It was probably the best analysis I've seen written about not only MacArthur the General, but also the man himself. People can say what they will; love him or hate him, but all I know is I'm glad he was on our side!