Gr 6-8-These titles profile men whose successful military careers ended in scandal or political controversy. Gaines traces Arnold's childhood, lucrative career in trade, and rise in the Revolutionary Army. She explains why he felt his contributions to the colonial cause were unappreciated, and discusses the role that his second wife, Peggy Shippen, played in his decision to change allegiances and join the British army. His career with the British and his bitter legacy of having his name synonymous with traitor are also detailed. MacArthur's childhood, education, and long military career are addressed, emphasizing how the general's strong leadership abilities were coupled with a lifelong pattern of resisting orders and failing to take responsibility for his mistakes. Gaines discusses how this pattern led to his controversial confrontation with Truman, who ultimately relieved him of his Korean War command, and concludes with an examination of his place in American military history. The author is objective about her subjects, explaining their strengths and weaknesses so readers can better understand the motivations behind their actions. Both books have average-quality, black-and-white reproductions, maps, and photos. Although John Devaney's Douglas MacArthur (Putnam, 1979; o.p.) offers more detail about the general's life, Gaines's book is better documented and more readable, making it a good choice for libraries that need current report material.-Mary Mueller, Rolla Junior High School, MO Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.