Douglas MacArthur : The Far Eastern General
Douglas MacArthur, a key military figure in the American recovery of the Pacific during World War II, its occupation of Japan, and the subsequent, ill-starred incursion into North Korea, provoked widely varying opinions even at the height of his fame. George Stratemeyer, his top air officer in Japan, called him "the greatest man in history", yet Franklin Roosevelt considered his defence of Corregidor "criminal" and Harry Truman declared his return to the Philippines "a fiasco". This biography provides a critical study of the "American Caesar", whose delayed reaction to the attack on Pearl Harbour cost the USA nearly all of its Philippines-based B-17 bombers, whose interference in foreign policy was often destructive, and whose attempts to become President can best be described as futile. Professor Schaller's portrait of a man torn between talent and opportunism, duty and ego, also provides background to current American relations with the Far East.
- Paperback | 333 pages
- 149.86 x 228.6 x 20.32mm | 453.59g
- 28 Feb 1991
- Oxford University Press Inc
- New York, United States
- New edition
- New edition
- 12 pp halftones, 2 line drawings
About Michael Schaller
About the Author Michael Schaller, Professor of History at the University of Arizona, is the author of the highly acclaimed The American Occupation of Japan and The United States and China in the Twentieth Century, now available in a second edition.