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|Prologue: First Call||26|
|I.||Ruffles and Flourishes (1880-1917)||54|
|III.||Call to Quarters (1919-1935)||129|
|IV.||To the Colors (1935-1941)||176|
|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|
Posted November 1, 2001
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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Posted December 1, 2000
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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