The General Vs. the President

The General Vs. the President

MacArthur and Truman at the Brink of Nuclear War

Book - 2016
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"From master storyteller and historian H.W. Brands, twice a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, comes the riveting story of how President Harry Truman and General Douglas MacArthur squared off to decide America's future in the aftermath of World War II."--
Publisher: New York :, Doubleday,, [2016]
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9780385540575
Branch Call Number: 973.918092 BR
Characteristics: 437 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm
Alternative Title: General versus the president


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Jan 22, 2020

" ' He held forth at length at Senate hearings, at which he was treated with pomp and deference. He never understood how the hearings proved his undoing.' " " ' On his return to America, with wife Jean and son Arthur, MacArthur was hailed as a hero. He concluded he might become president.' " Good on Acheson; not sure about much else.

Oct 21, 2016

I haven't read this book and doubt if I will but a line from the description claims:
// General MacArthur, by contrast, was incredibly popular, as untouchable as any officer has ever been in America . . .\\
If one goes back and reads various soldiers correspondence you will find this an untrue statement, just as there were those who remembered that MacArthur was involved in the slaughter of over 100 men, women and children at the Bonus Marchers Village in Anacostia [but probably escaped any serious punishment as his uncle was then one of the richest men in America, a partner of JP Morgan]. MacArthur refused to believe the Japanese were massing to attack in the Philippines, just as he refused to believe the Chinese were massing to attack in Korea, an abysmal record, from beginning to end.


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