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MacArthur (Great Generals)

3.13  ·  Rating Details ·  45 Ratings  ·  7 Reviews
Douglas MacArthur is best remembered for his ability to adapt, a quality that catalyzed his greatest accomplishments. Adaptability has become an indispensable trait for military leadership in an era of technological leaps that guarantee the nature of war will radically change during the span of an ordinary career. One of the first proponents of a new dimension in ...more
Hardcover, 198 pages
Published July 10th 2007 by Palgrave MacMillan (first published January 1st 2007)
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Mike Kershaw
Oct 25, 2015 Mike Kershaw rated it really liked it
Excellent survey of an extremely controversial character in American Miliary History. Richard B. Frank, author of "Guadalcanal" and "Downfall", two excellent histories concerning the Pacific War, offers us an attempt to objectively consider MacArthur's Generalship. At less than 200 pages, it's a quick read and although he references much of which has been written about the General, this work stands on it's own. Frank places MacArthur within the American political setting, which gets much ...more
Rather well written when you consider how short a work this is (200 pages) versus the epic that is American Ceaser.

However, in this short biography, the author does provide an excellent overview of MacArthur's career and personality. He provides some especially interesting insight into the following topics:

--The Bonus Marchers incident
--The Chinese decision to enter the Korean War
--The development of MacArthur's Island hopping strategy in WWII
--MacArthur's time as post-War leader of Japan.

Jan 14, 2010 Ray rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Seemed to be a fair and balanced look at MacArthur's life, a complex individual for certain. Much less critical of the view of the General one gets from Davis Halbertam's "The Coldest Winter", which discusses MacArthur during the Korean War. You get a sense from reading Richard Frank's book that like most of us, there are the good sides and the bad, and with someone in a leadership position such as General MacArthur's, it's inevitable that he'll have his serious detractors as well as his staunch ...more
Nov 01, 2015 George rated it liked it
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Good biography about an iconic leader in American history. This book was a good survey of his military and civilian life; though not too much on the latter. I was looking for an insightful discussion of MacArthur's life. There were several battle scenes, which are distracting but, I suppose, necessary to outline that. The author does a good job of discussing McArthur's character and his outstanding intellect. These all played a role in his enigmatic life
Jan 14, 2010 Robert rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I should have known not to expect too much from this book when I saw the foreword was by Gen. W. Clark. While Frank pays tribute to some of MacArthur's gifts, it is mainly a rehash of well-known criticisms and makes no attempt to examine the motives and methods of his detractors. It is woefully lacking in original insight into the motivation of a man much more complex than he is conventionally portrayed.
Dec 18, 2009 Bart rated it really liked it
I didn't know many details of General MacArthur's military career before reading this book. The author does a nice job of giving the reader a good understanding of the battles he led in WWI, WWII, the Phillipines, and Korea without getting into too much detail. My guess is that Frank leans left politically with some of his treatment and comments about MacArthur. Overall, I thought it was a mostly fair review of this great man.
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