American Caesar: Douglas MacArthur 1880 - 1964
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American Caesar: Douglas MacArthur 1880 - 1964

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by William Manchester
     
 

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Inspiring, outrageous... A thundering paradox of a man.Douglas MacArthur, one of only five men in history to have achieved the rank of General of the United States Army. He served in World Wars I, II, and the Korean War, and is famous for stating that "in war, there is no substitute for victory."AMERICAN CAESAR exaines the exemplary army career, the stunning

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Inspiring, outrageous... A thundering paradox of a man.Douglas MacArthur, one of only five men in history to have achieved the rank of General of the United States Army. He served in World Wars I, II, and the Korean War, and is famous for stating that "in war, there is no substitute for victory."AMERICAN CAESAR exaines the exemplary army career, the stunning successes (and lapses) on the battlefield, and the turbulent private life of the soldier-hero whose mystery and appeal created a uniquely American legend.

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ISBN-13:
9780316024747
Publisher:
Little, Brown and Company
Publication date:
05/12/2008
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
816
Sales rank:
83,808
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.80(d)

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William Manchester was a hugely successful popular historian and biographer whose books include The Last Lion, Volumes 1 and 2, Goodbye Darkness, A World Lit Only by Fire, The Glory and the Dream, The Arms of Krupp, American Caesar, The Death of the President, and assorted works of journalism.

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American Caesar, Douglas Macarthur, 1880-1964 4.5 out of 5 based on 1 ratings. 21 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great unbiased biography on an American legend. I thought I knew about MacArthur but I was wrong. His accomplishments and contributions to the United States are amazing.
John219 More than 1 year ago
I have read and was greatly impressed with William Manchester's biographies on Winston Churchill and I was not disappointed with this one. Other than the movie "MacArthur" I did not know much about the man. I was surprised to discover that his military achievements far out stripped Eisenhower's and Patton's but are not as well known because they were fought in a part of the world that most Americans are unfamiliar with. What is interesting is that his relationship with the Army started as a military brat on frontier outposts and ended in Asia 70 years later, thus spanning warfare from indians using bows and arrows to the atomic age. It is historically detailed thus providing a back drop for the reader. Within this backdrop are events and situations that, although they affected the man, have largely been forgotten by most. These details are by themselves interesting and gives the reader a very deep knowledge of the Pacific war. Overall, it is an interesting book that is hard to put down.
James1234 More than 1 year ago
William Manchester provides a detailed study of a remarkable military genius and statesman. Insight into strategy, campaigns, and political decision making also provide the reader with an abundance of historical information about WW1, WW2, and the Korean War. If you enjoy military history you will love this book!
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ERNESTLC More than 1 year ago
THE U S OF A OWES ITS GREAT LEADERS A DEBT OF GRATITUDE. DOUGY MAC WAS INDEED ONE OF THEM. THIS BOOK DETAILS SOME OF HIS PERHAPS MIRACULOUS EXPLOITS AS WELL AS POINTING OUT HIS FEET OF CLAY. IT IS MY CONSIDERED OPINION THAT HAD PROVIDENCE NOT PUT THE LIKES OF GENERAL MAC ON THE BATTLEFIELD ON BEHALF OF THE USA IN WWII NAZISM AND TOJO WOULD HAVE PREVAILED AND DOMINATED TO THIS DAY. MANCHESTER IS AN OUTSTANDING HISTORIAN.
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Trollogre More than 1 year ago
If only Truman Kennedy/Johnson had heeded MacArthur's advice. We can put the Bush's in with that too. We need to resurrect the "American Caesar," Patton, and Sherman and turn them loose in Iraq and Afghanistan. America would win. It would be over tomorrow, and we would have no trouble in the future, not from nations or from terrorists--"nuff"saud. Trollogre