The second volume of a two-volume set, this book continues the intimate first-hand look at a relationship that shaped the history of World War II, that of General Douglas MacArthur and his Chief of Staff Lieutenant General Richard Sutherland. Written by their chief clerk, this series focuses on the command structure that developed between MacArthur and Sutherland and how it changed as the war progressed. Told from the vantage point of one who was there, it presents new information about the operations of the General Headquarters for the Pacific during the war. This second volume begins with the battle at Buna, which was a turning point in the war both strategically and psychologically, and ends with the fall of Japan.
The book presents information that challenges, contradicts, and compliments the two major biographies of MacArthur and presents new documents never before seen. In this second volume, the author writes of the bitter years in the second half of the Pacific campaign where MacArthur and Sutherland could no longer maintain their almost alter-ego status. Rogers tells of his own tenuous position as MacArthur and Sutherland are alienated from each other in the accelerating scope and speed of operations. Bound to be one of the definitive works on World War II, The Bitter Years will prove unforgettable for anyone with an interest in U.S. history.