The General's General: The Life and Times of Arthur MacArthur

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General Arthur MacArthur's extraordinary life spans the history of the United States from the Civil War through the Spanish-American War and the heyday of American imperialism in the Philippines. And in a sense, as the father of Douglas MacArthur, his influence extends well into our own century. The General's General is the first biography of Arthur MacArthur, and it clearly establishes his importance in American history.
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Overview

General Arthur MacArthur's extraordinary life spans the history of the United States from the Civil War through the Spanish-American War and the heyday of American imperialism in the Philippines. And in a sense, as the father of Douglas MacArthur, his influence extends well into our own century. The General's General is the first biography of Arthur MacArthur, and it clearly establishes his importance in American history.
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Arthur MacArthur's career spanned the army's formative years from 1861 to 1910, and his influence on its development as a modern force is still felt today. A genuine hero of the Civil War, he remained in service through the Indian Wars and the Spanish-American War, where he commanded a division in the Philippines. His tactical innovations led to the success of the campaign on Luzon and his subsequent appointment as military governor. An excellent judge of character, he promoted officers such as Bell, March, and Pershing-all future generals. These men were later to aid his son Douglas in furthering his career. Arthur served as the model soldier for his son; the origin of Douglas's leadership traits is effectively illuminated by author Young (history, Western Connecticut Univ.). This first biography of MacArthur is destined to become the standard work. Strongly recommended for all collections.-David Lee Poremba, Detroit P.L.
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Arthur MacArthur's military career began as a scrawny 17 year-old lieutenant with a humiliatingly squeaky voice and clumsy, adolescent bearing, but he overcame this terrible start to become a bona fide Civil War hero. Born in 1845, MacArthur's life spans the history of the US from the Civil War through the Spanish-American War and the heyday of American imperialism in the Phillipines. This history focuses on the personal and military aspects of MacArthur's life, including his family, military career and exploits, and his blunt opposition to some of the US's brutal policies in the Phillipines. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Roland Green
The average American might know, if anything, one thing about Arthur MacArthur--that he was the father of Douglas. If Joe Average is a Civil War buff, he might also know that Arthur commanded a Union regiment before he was old enough to vote. Young fills in about as many of the events between and around those two accomplishments as we can reasonably expect, since the MacArthur family papers did not survive World War II. Arthur went from his early command of the 24th Wisconsin to marriage to a New Orleans belle and 20 years as a company commander in the Old West, field command in the Philippines during the Spanish-American War and the subsequent insurgency, and finally, a tour of duty as military governor of the Philippines. Personally formidable, militarily talented, and extremely well read, he emerges as a major army figure in the era between the Civil War and World War I and also as the dominant influence on his son.
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