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General MacArthur and President Truman: The Struggle for Control of American Foreign Policy

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Large Print Edition This book was first published in 1951 as The General and the President after President Harry S. Truman relieved General Douglas MacArthur in the midst of the Korean War―a memorably explosive incident in American political history. But its significance extends far beyond a dramatic episode in the nation’s past. This literate and ironic work continues to be an invaluable guide to the conflict between civilian and military authority, and it illuminates later―and current―controversies over ...

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Overview

Large Print Edition This book was first published in 1951 as The General and the President after President Harry S. Truman relieved General Douglas MacArthur in the midst of the Korean War―a memorably explosive incident in American political history. But its significance extends far beyond a dramatic episode in the nation’s past. This literate and ironic work continues to be an invaluable guide to the conflict between civilian and military authority, and it illuminates later―and current―controversies over the role the United States should play in Asian affairs.

This new edition is graced by a remarkable introductory essay by Arthur Schlesinger, Jr. The text is reprinted from the 1965 republication under the title The MacArthur Controversy, that is, the book as originally written with a few tenses altered and a few topical allusions deleted.

General MacArthur and President Truman will be of special interest to students of American diplomacy, politics, and culture and to all concerned with the relationship between the armed forces and larger society.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781560005421
  • Publisher: Transaction Large Print
  • Publication date: 1/1/1997
  • Edition description: LARGEPRINT
  • Pages: 344

Meet the Author

Richard H. Rovere was well-known for his “Letter from Washinton” in The New Yorker and for such witty and perceptive books as Senator Joe McCarthy, The American Establishment, and Final Reports.

Arthur Schlesinger, Jr. (1917-2007) was Albert Schweitzer Professor of the Humanities at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York and winner of two Pulitzer Prizes. His work explored the liberalism of political leaders, including Franklin D. Roosevelt, John F. Kennedy, and Robert F. Kennedy and popularized the term imperial presidency. He is the author of numerous books, including War and the American Presidency, The Vital Center, The Age of Jackson, andA Thousand Days. Arthur Schlesinger, Jr. (1917-2007) was Albert Schweitzer Professor of the Humanities at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York and winner of two Pulitzer Prizes. His work explored the liberalism of political leaders, including Franklin D. Roosevelt, John F. Kennedy, and Robert F. Kennedy and popularized the term imperial presidency. He is the author of numerous books, including War and the American Presidency, The Vital Center, The Age of Jackson, andA Thousand Days.

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Table of Contents

Introduction to the Transaction Edition
I The Second Coming of Douglas MacArthur 3
II A General and His Legend 19
The American Years 19
The Road to Bataan 41
The Road to Tokyo 63
The Proconsul 81
III Korea: The Political War 97
Mars' Last Gift 97
From Inchon to the Yalu 120
From Dai-Ichi to the Waldorf 147
IV In the Senate Office Building 177
Room 318 177
The Chinese Puzzle 192
The New Isolationism 220
The Future of American Foreign Policy 235
Document Material 253
Text of Wake Island Conference 253
Address by President Truman 264
Address by General MacArthur 270
Address by President Truman 278
Statement by General Bradley 284
Testimony of Secretary Acheson 290
Address by General MacArthur 314
Statement by W. Averell Harriman 323
Acknowledgment 337
Index 341
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