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Douglas MacArthur: Warrior as Wordsmith

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From I Shall Return to Old Soldiers Never Die, General MacArthur's phraseology invariably captured an audience's attention. The MacArthur persona may be familiar to many Americans more because of his oratory than because of his military deeds. Covering both his martial and his political oratory, this book provides a balanced, full-length study of MacArthur's oratorical accomplishments and their impact. Part I is a critical analysis of MacArthur and his speeches, while Part II ...

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Overview

From I Shall Return to Old Soldiers Never Die, General MacArthur's phraseology invariably captured an audience's attention. The MacArthur persona may be familiar to many Americans more because of his oratory than because of his military deeds. Covering both his martial and his political oratory, this book provides a balanced, full-length study of MacArthur's oratorical accomplishments and their impact. Part I is a critical analysis of MacArthur and his speeches, while Part II contains the texts of the addresses discussed.

In their analysis, the authors avoid extremes of praise or blame. The highlight of the book is its account of MacArthur's rhetoric persuading Army and Navy chiefs to undertake the Inchon landing, arguably his finest hour. When MacArthur challenged Truman, taking policy differences to Congress, his rhetoric enabled more than one congressman to see deity in the general. Duffy and Carpenter analyze well the measured cadences of that speech as well as the platitudes of the keynote speech at the 1952 Republican National Convention. If 'Old Soldiers Never Die' polished his halo, the convention address tarnished it. This book captures both the brilliant flashes and the arrogant stupidities of the man. (Quoted from the foreword by Robert P. Newman)

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Part I is a critical analysis of MacArthur and his speeches, capturing both his brilliant flashes and arrogant stupidities and discussing the Truman-MacArthur controversy and his oratory on behalf of Inchon. Part II offers seven speeches made between 1935 and 1962, some edited. Includes a chronology of speeches. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780313291487
  • Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 8/30/1997
  • Series: Great American Orators Series , #24
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

BERNARD K. DUFFY is Professor of Speech at California Polytechnic State.

RONALD H. CARPENTER is Professor of English at the University of Florida.

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Table of Contents

Series Foreword
Foreword
Acknowledgments
I Critical Analysis
1 War Ending and Oratorical Beginning 3
2 The Truman-MacArthur Controversy and the 1951 Address to a Joint Meeting of Congress 29
3 MacArthur, Republican Politics, and the "Triumphal Tour" 55
4 MacArthur's Oratory on Behalf of Inchon: Discourse That Changed the Course of History 81
5 Martial Lexis from Aristotelian Attica: The Stylistic Persona of Douglas MacArthur 111
6 Retrospect and Prospect 137
II Collected Speeches
Veterans of the Rainbow (Forty-Second Infantry Division of World War I), Washington, DC, 14 July 1935 165
The Hope of All Mankind, USS Missouri, 2 September 1945 171
Signing of the Surrender Instrument by Japan, 2 September 1945 173
Speech on Behalf of Inchon, Dai Ichi Building, Tokyo, 23 August 1950 175
Joint Meeting of the Two Houses of the U.S. Congress, 19 April 1951 177
Republican National Convention, Chicago, IL, 7 July 1952 185
U.S. Military Academy, West Point, NY, 12 May 1962 197
Chronology of Major Speeches 201
Bibliography 205
Index 219
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