American Caesar

by William Manchester
Category: "U.S. History - Military"
Year of Publication:1978
Notes:Subtitle: Douglas MacArthur 1880-1964. MacArthur was a colossus. He did not merely play an important role in the war in the Pacific, he dominated it and went on to play a crucial role in the West's early response to Communism in the Far East. Manchester's exhaustive biography paints a warts-and-all portrait of the General. He expresses rightful admiration for MacArthur's strategic brilliance and his amazing role in the recontstruction of post-war Japan. Yet, he does not shy away from criticism of MacArthur's extraordinary vanity which, in many cases, almost led (and during the Korean War did lead) to the General's downfall.
My Rating: 8

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