Douglas MacArthur: America's General

Douglas MacArthur: America's General

by Brenda Haugen
     
 

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A biography profiling the life of Douglas MacArthur, who through his military leadership in World War II and Korea, many argue became one of the greatest military commanders and generals in American history. Includes source notes and timeline.

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A biography profiling the life of Douglas MacArthur, who through his military leadership in World War II and Korea, many argue became one of the greatest military commanders and generals in American history. Includes source notes and timeline.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
The son of a highly decorated soldier, there was never any doubt about Douglas MacArthur's path in life: he was a military man to the core. Trained at West Point, he distinguished himself in every major skirmish from World War I to Korea. Among his accomplishments: he helped established the Army's renowned 42nd Division in World War I, commanded the U.S. Army in the Far East during World War II, accepted the Japanese surrender aboard the USS Missouri to end the Second World War, and led the successful landing at Inchon, Korea. In keeping with its young audience, this is a wholly positive and therefore relatively sanitized look at MacArthur's life. Always one to do things his own way, little is made of some of the controversies MacArthur created in political and sometimes personal circles. Regardless, none can deny that this book does a wonderful job in describing the historic impact this complicated man made with his unique brand of military leadership. The book includes a timeline of MacArthur's life, a list of additional resources, a glossary, an index, and source notes. Part of the "Signature Lives" series. 2006, Capstone Press/Compass Point Books, Ages 10 to 13.
—Kris Sauer
School Library Journal
Gr 5-8-These biographies examine how their subjects influenced their respective fields and the nation. Each book opens with an account of the man's upbringing and childhood interests, then focuses on his career, with a limited amount of information about his personal life. Cunningham describes Hoover's manipulation of public opinion of his own exploits and the FBI's; his illegal use of investigative methods and confidential files; and his overzealous pursuit of communists, Civil Rights leaders, and war protesters. Although Cunningham mentions Hoover's lifelong male friendships, he draws no conclusions about his private life. Haugen is largely admiring of MacArthur, describing his strong leadership qualities, military acumen, and popularity with the American people. Although she mentions some of his conflicts with his peers and his Korean War dismissal by Truman, she does not dwell on them. Both books include a variety of black-and-white and color photos of the men, their families and peers, and the public figures who influenced their lives. These basic introductions do not offer the detail or analysis found in titles such as Ann Graham Gaines's Douglas MacArthur: Brilliant General, Controversial Leader (Enslow, 2001) and Barry Denenberg's The True Story of J. Edgar Hoover and the FBI (Scholastic, 1993).-Mary Mueller, Rolla Junior High School, MO Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780756509941
Publisher:
Capstone Press
Publication date:
09/01/2005
Series:
Signature Lives: Modern America Series
Pages:
112
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.70(d)
Lexile:
1020L (what's this?)
Age Range:
10 - 14 Years

Meet the Author

Brenda Haugen started in the newspaper business and had a career as an award-winning journalist before finding her niche as an author. Since then, she has written more than 50 books and edited hundreds more, most of them for children. A graduate of the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks, Brenda lives in North Dakota with her dog, Alice, who chose Brenda when she went to the Humane Society thinking she was there to adopt another dog.

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