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The Resource Douglas MacArthur : American warrior, Arthur Herman

Douglas MacArthur : American warrior, Arthur Herman

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Douglas MacArthur : American warrior
Title
Douglas MacArthur
Title remainder
American warrior
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Arthur Herman
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Author
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eng
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Review
  • Recognized as a brilliant staff officer and proud combat hero who possessed a strong sense of destiny and yet equally vilified for the Bonus Army March in 1932 and the Korean War controversy in the 1950s, Douglas MacArthur (1880–1964) continues to be a disputed figure. This admiring biography does not ignore MacArthur's faults; however, historian Herman (The Cave and the Light) selectively delves into the myths surrounding his subject's career to prove that MacArthur's critics are wrongheaded. Recounting MacArthur's life from childhood to postmilitary, the account touches upon his respect for his Civil War hero father, a childhood with an overprotective mother, and two marriages, creating a somewhat incohesive psychological and social narrative. Gen. MacArthur's strategic vision allowed him to forge a unified Pacific campaign during World War II, earning him the Medal of Honor; he later oversaw the Occupation of Japan and the Korean War. The author, a senior fellow at the conservative think tank Hudson Institute, writes with a right-wing perspective throughout. While there are many footnotes, the majority are from secondary sources. VERDICT Herman's revisionist narrative and occasional flowery prose make this a secondary purchase for many libraries, but it may be popular with history and biography audiences. --Edwin Burgess (Reviewed 05/01/2016) (Library Journal, vol 141, issue 8, p85)
  • /* Starred Review */ A freshly critical life of the great American general, whose "spectacular successes were always haunted by his equally spectacular failures." Like Napoleon, Douglas MacArthur (1880-1964) still inspires countless biographies, so it's hard to say why we need another after excellent works by William Manchester, Geoffrey Perret, and Mark Perry—except perhaps to set the record straight. Accomplished historian and Hudson Institute senior fellow Herman (The Cave and the Light: Plato Versus Aristotle, and the Struggle for the Soul of Western Civilization, 2013, etc.) sets out to do just that, arguing that MacArthur, like Napoleon, was an original, and though he was deemed arrogant, vain, and imperious, he had "an epic breadth" to his military career like no other. Moreover, though President Harry Truman dismissed him for insubordination over his criticism of policy in the Korean War, the general was carrying out that policy while publicly (and rightly) questioning the efficacy of America's strategy there. Herman asserts that in order to get past MacArthur the legend, readers must delve into three important aspects of his life: his relationship with his father, Arthur MacArthur, the Mexican War hero and military governor of the Philippines, whose standards of duty and excellence the son emulated his whole life; his tie to his strong-willed, adoring mother, who helped shape his early goals starting at West Point and informed his other relationships with women; and his skill as a military strategist, displayed first under Gen. John Pershing's command in France during World War I, then in the Philippines and Pacific theater in World War II, and finally at Inchon, South Korea. Herman underscores the general's key role in bolstering the interwar American military and later advocating relentlessly to build up the Philippines army, despite apathy from Washington. Fatal blunders at Bataan and the Yalu River, among others, should not overshadow the general's far-sightedness in envisioning the early rise of the Pacific Rim. Featuring the use of new archives, a highly regarded historian offers a significant reappraisal.(Kirkus Reviews, May 15, 2016)
Biography type
individual biography
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10513098
Cataloging source
DLC
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1956-
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Herman, Arthur
Dewey number
  • 355.0092
  • B
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
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bibliography
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True
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  • MacArthur, Douglas
  • MacArthur, Douglas
  • United States
  • United States
  • Generals
  • Generals
  • United States
  • United States
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American warrior
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Douglas MacArthur : American warrior, Arthur Herman
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
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volume
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  • nc
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rdacarrier
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text
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  • txt
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rdacontent
Contents
The son of the father -- Turning points -- Glory days -- Young man going east -- Countdown to war -- Into the fire -- Fight to the finish -- Back to West Point -- The tumultuous years -- Saving the army -- Saving FDR -- Mission to Manila -- Waiting for the enemy -- Rat in the house -- When men must die -- Back to the wall -- I shall return -- Taking supreme command -- Green hell -- Doing Cartwheel -- One: stepping stones to victory -- Two: liberation -- Three: on to Manila -- Four: battleground -- Five: downfall -- Six: brief encounters -- Seven: being Sir Boss -- Eight: head winds -- Nine: war again -- Inchon and beyond -- One: reversal of fortune -- Two: end game -- Three: fading away
Control code
1578848
Dimensions
25cm
Extent
xv, 937 pages
Isbn
9780812994889
Lccn
2015039817
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations, maps
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780812994889
  • (OCoLC)921863858
Label
Douglas MacArthur : American warrior, Arthur Herman
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
The son of the father -- Turning points -- Glory days -- Young man going east -- Countdown to war -- Into the fire -- Fight to the finish -- Back to West Point -- The tumultuous years -- Saving the army -- Saving FDR -- Mission to Manila -- Waiting for the enemy -- Rat in the house -- When men must die -- Back to the wall -- I shall return -- Taking supreme command -- Green hell -- Doing Cartwheel -- One: stepping stones to victory -- Two: liberation -- Three: on to Manila -- Four: battleground -- Five: downfall -- Six: brief encounters -- Seven: being Sir Boss -- Eight: head winds -- Nine: war again -- Inchon and beyond -- One: reversal of fortune -- Two: end game -- Three: fading away
Control code
1578848
Dimensions
25cm
Extent
xv, 937 pages
Isbn
9780812994889
Lccn
2015039817
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations, maps
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780812994889
  • (OCoLC)921863858

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