MacArthur and the American Century: A Reader

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General Douglas MacArthur has been hailed as the greatest soldier in American history. While not everyone would agree with that assessment, there is no question that MacArthur played a prominent role in the emergence of the United States as a world power in the twentieth century. A distinguished combat soldier during World War I and an innovative educator at West Point in the 1920s, MacArthur became the army's chief of staff during the Great Depression. He went abroad in the 1930s to prepare the Philippines for ...
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General Douglas MacArthur has been hailed as the greatest soldier in American history. While not everyone would agree with that assessment, there is no question that MacArthur played a prominent role in the emergence of the United States as a world power in the twentieth century. A distinguished combat soldier during World War I and an innovative educator at West Point in the 1920s, MacArthur became the army's chief of staff during the Great Depression. He went abroad in the 1930s to prepare the Philippines for war. His stand against the Japanese following Pearl Harbor made him a national hero, and his subsequent campaign against Japanese forces in the Southwest Pacific only added to his reputation. The Korean War gave MacArthur a final opportunity to display his military skills. MacArthur and the American Century assembles for the first time a nuanced and full scrutiny of MacArthur's entire career. Essays by such experts as Stephen A. Ambrose, Stanley L. Falk, and D. Clayton James accompany materials by Dwight D. Eisenhower and MacArthur himself to analyze and evaluate the immense impact this dramatic figure had on war, peace, and the American imagination.
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Striding across the world like a colossus during the middle third of the 20th century, Gen. Douglas MacArthur (1870-1964) was one of America's most prominent and unforgettable military leaders. With an intellect of remarkable size and scope, and an ego to match, MacArthur put his stamp on the American military landscape with his conduct of Pacific operations in World War II, which equaled that of the more politically savvy Eisenhower in Europe. Drawing from numerous scholars familiar with MacArthur, Leary (history, Univ. of Georgia) gathers together an important collection of writings (most previously published) on MacArthur's life and career. Essays by outstanding military historians like Stanley Falk, Louis Morton, and Russell F. Weigley are sprinkled throughout this well-edited work. D. Clayton James, who has written the best biography of MacArthur to date (The Years of MacArthur), contributes two pieces that reflect interpretations of his larger work. Of special value is James's assessment of MacArthur's famous firing by Truman. This collection will help a new generation of readers understand why historians have for years debated whether Douglas MacArthur was the greatest egotist or the greatest general in American history or something in between. For academic and large public library collections. Ed Goedeken, Iowa State Univ. Lib., Ames Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Journal of Military History

“All MacArthur ‘buffs,’ scholars of twentieth-century history, military historians, and interested students will want to read this outstanding collection.”—Journal of Military History
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780803280205
  • Publisher: University of Nebraska Press
  • Publication date: 5/1/2003
  • Pages: 538
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 8.46 (h) x 1.59 (d)

Meet the Author


William M. Leary is E. Merton Coulter Professor of History at the University of Georgia. His books include We Shall Return! MacArthur’s Commanders and the Defeat of Japan, 1942–1945.
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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
List of Maps
Introduction
Chronology
Pt. I Growth to Maturity
Let us Remember 3
Macarthur as West Point Superintendent 10
Douglas Macarthur 30
The Army and the Bonus Incident 32
The Defense of the Philippines 43
Douglas MacArthur and Manuel Quezon: A Note on an Imperial Bond 52
An Exchange of Opinion 65
Pt. 2 World War II
The Lessons of History 79
Douglas MacArthur and the Fall of the Philippines, 1941-1942 83
MacArthur: An Australian Perspective 109
The Army in the Southwest Pacific 143
Douglas MacArthur and the 1944 New Guinea Offensive 153
MacArthur's Lapses from an Envelopment Strategy in 1945 173
Military Intelligence and MacArthur, 1941-1951: A Reappraisal 180
MacArthur as Maritime Strategist 210
A Commentary on Dr. Clark Reynolds's Paper "MacArthur as Maritime Strategist" 228
Pt. 3 Japan
The Administration of Japan 235
The Late General MacArthur, Warts and All 241
Success in Japan-Despite Some Human Foibles and Cultural Problems 257
MacArthur's Japan: The View from Washington 287
The Occupation of Japan, 1945-1952 315
Pt. 4 Korea
Old Soldiers Never Die 337
Inchon: The General's Decision 345
The Inchon Invasion 352
Truman and MacArthur: The Wake Island Meeting 357
The MacArthur Plan 376
Command Crisis: MacArthur and the Korean War 384
New Light on the Korean War 399
Pt. 5 Assessments
Duty, Honor, Country 415
The MacArthur I Know 420
No Substitute for Virility: Douglas MacArthur, Gender, and the Culture of Militarism 436
Douglas MacArthur 466
Unique General: MacArthur of the Pacific 471
A Successful Postrevisionist Synthesis? 477
Military Biography without Military History 482
Egotist in Uniform 489
Bibliographical Essay 497
Source Acknowledgments 505
Index 509
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