American Caesar: Douglas MacArthur 1880-1964

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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 ...
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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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780440304241
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 2/28/1983
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: REISSUE
  • Pages: 960
  • Product dimensions: 4.16 (w) x 6.94 (h) x 1.67 (d)

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A former World War II Marine, William Manchester also served as a foreign correspondent and war correspondent with the French Foreign Legion in the 40's and 50's. He was appointed Writer in Residence at Wesleyan University in 1955, where he remained until his death in 2004.


He published 18 books, which have been translated into 20 languages, amongst them bestselling biographies of Winton Churchill, H.L. Mencken, and the assassination of John F. Kennedy.

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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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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 1, 2001

    American Caesar: Douglas MacArthur 1880-1964

    AMERICAN CAESAR is an excellent biography of a fascinating subject. Manchester has plenty of good material to examine from both the personal and professional aspects of MacArthur's life. MacArthur's genealogical background is also interesting since one of his ancestors is shared in common with both Franklin Delano Roosevelt and Winston Churchill. MacArthur is portrayed as a brilliant innovator as exemplified by his masterful manuever in jumping from Hollandia to Leyte in World War II and of course the Inchon landing during the Korean War. The author tells by necessity the story of the U.S. Army's role in the Pacific during World War II mostly from the army's point of view. In that respect AMERICAN CAESAR serves as a useful adjunct to Samuel Eliot Morison's HISTORY OF UNITED STATES NAVAL OPERATIONS IN WORLD WAR II.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 1, 2000

    American Caesar: Douglas MacArthur 1880-1964

    American Caesar is a definitive biography of Douglas MacArthur. It will satisfy any reader who wants to know more about the General's professional and private life. The coverage of MacArthur's role in World War II is excellent. The influence of several women, including his mother, two wives and Eurasian mistress, is woven throughout the narrative. Manchester dismisses many of the unflattering rumors which doggedly followed the General even in retirement.

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