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Introduction Beginnings (MacArthur's Family Background and Career to 1930) Chief of Staff (MacArthur's tour as Chief of Staff, the Bonus March and the New Deal) From the Centre to the Fringe (MacArthur's Role in Developing Philippine Armed Forces and his Recall to Active Duty in July 1941) Catastrophe (MacArthur's Defeat in the First Philippine Campaign and his Escape to Australia) An Expensive Education (MacArthur's Appointment as One of Two Pacific Commanders and his Ill Managed First Campaign on New Guinea) Parameters (MacArthur's Challenges as a Theatre Commander, his Achievement in Logistics and Allied Relations, his Subordinate Commanders and Pacific strategy) Apprenticeship (MacArthur's Campaigns on New Guinea from February 1943 to January 1944 and his Gradual Mastery of Air Power, Amphibious Operations and the Bypass Strategy) Breakthrough (The Stroke of Luck that Permitted a Dramatic Advance in Code Breaking Leading to MacArthur's Most Impressive Campaign in World War II; Meanwhile his Misadventure in Presidential Politics) Return and Redemption (MacArthur's Campaigns in the Philippines from October 1944 to March 1945) Regression, Invasion and Surrender (MacArthur's Wholesale Abandonment of the Bypass Strategy, his Role in the Planned Invasion of Japan, his Brilliant Conduct of the Surrender Ceremony and an Examination of his Pacific Campaign Casualty Record) Shogun in Khakai (MacArthur as Ruler of Japan, his Key Contribution in Staving Off a Famine and Public Health Disaster; his Key Roles in Political Reform) Triumphs and Challenges (MacArthur's Role in Economic and Cultural Reform and a Review of the Less Successful Aspects of the Occupation) Korea Triumph (MacArthur's Ill Advised Appointment as UN Commander and his Brilliant Landing at Inchon) Korea Disaster (The shared Responsibility for the Disaster at the Beginning of Chinese Intervention and MacArthur's Well Deserved Dismissal by Truman) The Sum of the Man (The Lessons of MacArthur's Life as a Military Commander, Educator and Administrator; the Failure of his Superiors to Enforce Subordination)
RICHARD B. FRANK is the author of Guadalcanal and Downfall and winner of the General William Greene Award and the Harry S. Truman Book Award. He lives in Annandale, Virginia, USA.
This fifth installment in the "Great Generals" series takes on one of America's best-known yet misunderstood, controversial, and enigmatic military commanders. Frank (Guadalcanal) presents the reader with a fair assessment of both the man and the soldier, covering the failures and triumphs in an assured and dispassionate tone. Born a military brat, MacArthur graduated from West Point first in his class and as Cadet First Captain (a rare achievement) in 1903 and embarked on a career filled with remarkable lows and ultimate highs. One of the most decorated combat officers of World War I, he went on to become the youngest West Point superintendent ever and army chief of staff. Yet his greatest achievements were still to come: commanding the Allied Forces in the Pacific during World War II, then overseeing the intended invasion of Japan but instead serving as the Allied Commander overseeing U.S. control-and democratization-of postwar Japan. A man possessed of a remarkable constitution (he was in his late sixties by the end of World War II), MacArthur had the ability to adapt to a changing environment-which as Frank shows us was perhaps his greatest skill. A good starting point for generalists; highly recommended.-David Lee Poremba, Haines City P.L., FL Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.
'A vivid, compelling portrait of our most enigmatic battlefield commander. Richard B. Frank strips away both myth and malarkey to reveal both Douglas MacArthur the general and Douglas MacArthur the man.' - Rick Atkinson, Pulitzer prize-winning author of An Army at Dawn: The War In North Africa, 1942-1943 'Richard B. Frank's incisive biography of General Douglas MacArthur offers not only a great read, but a timely and useful study both of the dilemmas of civil-military relations and the challenges facing American military leaders thrust onto a global stage. The writing is always clear, the history always accurate, and the analysis consistently stimulating. For all his faults, MacArthur was indisputably a great man among great contemporaries, this book will make the reader ponder the disappearance of such greatness among our nation's leaders, military or civilian.' - Ralph Peters, author of New Glory and Never Quit The Fight 'Douglas MacArthur was either the greatest American military commander of the 20th century, or a dangerous meglomaniac. In this shrewd, fair, but unblinking biogaphy, MacArthur is both at once-brilliant and deeply flawed and, in Frank's skillful telling, an endlessly fascinating character. Rich Frank has long been a premier historian of the Pacific War. Now he has shown that he is first rank biographer as well.' - Evan Thomas, Newsweek editor-at-large and author of Sea of Thunder 'A classic example of good things in small packages, this addition to the Great Generals Series owes much to its author, an expert on the Pacific War and a particularly accomplished writer. Those attainments allow him to do a remarkable degree of justice to his subject, one of the most controversial leaders in American history. From early on, MacArthur, scion of a military family, exhibited great talents and a colossal ego that made it difficult for him to cooperate with either his fellow commanders or his civilian superiors, leading one of the latter, President Truman, to terminate his career during the Korean War. MacArthur's insensitivity to politics didn't, however, prevent him from practicing a high level of statesmanship as military governor of occupied Japan. Frank's portrait of him is that of a man clearly related to the little girl who had a little curl in the middle of her forehead. When he was good, he was indispensable; when he was bad, he made colleagues and superiors think of firing squads. A good addition for any and all twentieth-century American history collections.' - Booklist 'Frank (Guardalcanal) presents the reader with a fair assessment of both the man and the soldier, covering the failures and triumphs in an assured and dispassionate tone.' - David Lee Poremba, Haines City P.L., FL 'His own unique take on this historic figure.' - NewsMax 'No general in American uniform during World War II was more controversial or more idolized than Douglas MacArthur. It takes a rigidly objective historian and painstakingly careful research to produce a biography of him that is both balanced and accurate. Richard B. Frank has succeeded brilliantly.' - Brian John Murphy, America in WWII 'America is hard on its politicians and generals. Whereas writers and composers are remembered for their creative peaks, and their lesser works are forgiven, politicians are often remembered for their failures, generals for their blunders. Gen. Douglas MacArthur was long an exception to this rule, for he spent a lifetime burnishing his image and training a staff to do likewise. But history is catching up, and we now have a readable and objective biography by respected World War II historian Richard B. Frank, who is immune to the general's considerable charisma.' - John M. Taylor, The Washington Times 'A classic example of good things in small packages, this addition to the Great Generals Series owes much to its author, an expert on the Pacific War and a particularly accomplished writer. Those attainments allow him to do a remarkable degree of justice to his subject, one of the most controversial leaders in American history...A good addition for any and all twentieth-century American history collections.' - Booklist on MacArthur