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Douglas MacArthur: Warrior as Wordsmith

Douglas MacArthur: Warrior as Wordsmith

by Bernard K. Duffy, Ronald H. Carpenter
     
 

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

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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 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780313291487
Publisher:
Greenwood Publishing Group, Incorporated
Publication date:
08/30/1997
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. His recent books include American Orators before 1900 (Greenwood, 1987) and American Orators of the Twentieth Century (Greenwood, 1987), and The Politics of Rhetoric: Richard M. Weaver and the Conservative Tradition (Greenwood, 1993).

RONALD H. CARPENTER is Professor of English at the University of Florida./e He is the author of The Eloquence of Frederick Jackson Turner (1983) and History as Rhetoric: Style, Narrative, and Persuasion (1995).

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