American Caesar, Douglas Macarthur, 1880-1964

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MacArthur, the public figure, the private man, the soldier-hero whose mystery and appeal created a uniquely American legend, portrayed in a brilliant biography that will challenge the cherished myths of admirers and critics alike.

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Overview

MacArthur, the public figure, the private man, the soldier-hero whose mystery and appeal created a uniquely American legend, portrayed in a brilliant biography that will challenge the cherished myths of admirers and critics alike.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780316544986
  • Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
  • Publication date: 8/1/1978
  • Pages: 793
  • Sales rank: 160,247
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.40 (h) x 1.90 (d)

Meet the Author

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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Table of Contents

Preamble: Reveille 15
Prologue: First Call 26
I. Ruffles and Flourishes (1880-1917) 54
II. Charge (1917-1918) 92
III. Call to Quarters (1919-1935) 129
IV. To the Colors (1935-1941) 176
V. Retreat (1941-1942) 229
VI. The Green War (1942-1944) 318
VII. At High Port (1944-1945) 433
VIII. Last Post (1945-1950) 536
IX. Sunset Gun (1950-1951) 646
X. Recall (1951) 751
XI. Taps (1951-1964) 810
Acknowledgments 845
Notes 847
Bibliography 890
Copyright Acknowledgments 915
Index 917
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  • Posted June 29, 2009

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    A detailed look at the life of a fascinating American Hero

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 30, 2012

    Must Read!

    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.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 28, 2010

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    Wm Manchester knows how to write.

    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

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  • Posted March 22, 2009

    A great read.

    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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  • Posted January 7, 2009

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    DOUGY MAC WAS TRULY A GREAT GENERAL AND HERO DESPITE HIS DETRACTORS

    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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