- Publisher: Devin-Adair Pub (September 1973)
- ISBN-10: 0815970048
- ISBN-13: 978-0815970040
- Average Customer Review: 6 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #12,916,742 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Untold Story of Douglas MacArthur Hardcover – September, 1973
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"BURT, GENERAL MAC ARTHUR, AND GHQ" for some enjoyable reading----It's a story about my World War II Army Life and experiences.
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.
Fraser Hunt defends MacArthur even when other biographers find fault. To Hunt, the routing of the Bonus Army was an heroic frustration of a Communist Coup, not the embarrassing error in judgment found by other biographers as well as Mac's aide, Capt. Dwight D. Eisenhower. His inaction in the days immediately after Pearl Harbor while his air forces in the Philippines were being destroyed on the ground is depicted as unavoidable. In Korea, MacArthur is placed in the stereotypical position of having the enemy shooting him in the front while his own (Truman Administration) are shooting him in the back. His prediction that the Red Chinese would not intervene because it would cause the "greatest slaughter" is justified on the basis that it never occurred to MacArthur that American troops would be denied the full use of their resources to destroy the enemy. In the unfulfilled promise to bring the boys home by Christmas, "home" is defined as meaning rest areas around Pusan or in Japan, not America. His eventual dismissal is seen as the ultimate triumph of his longtime foes.
I do not recommend "The Untold Story Of Douglas MacArthur" as a biography. There are newer, more thorough and balanced ones, such as William Manchester's "American Caesar". Even the General's own "Reminiscences" is better (seem my Amazon.com reviews of each). I do recommend this for a sense of the passions aroused by this extraordinary American An historical biography can tell MacArthur's life story better than this book does. Only a contemporary work can give the reader a clear understanding of the polarizing roles played by MacArthur in the turbulent 40s and 50s.
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.
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.