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  • Published: 23 April 2014
  • ISBN: 9780425261217
  • Imprint: Berkley
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 256
  • RRP: $26.99
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Macarthur's War: The Flawed Genius Who Challenged The American Political System


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In MacArthur's War, Bevin Alexander details MacArthur's battles, from the alliances he made with Republican leaders to the threatening ultimatum he delivered to China against orders—the action that led directly to his downfall.

General Douglas MacArthur was highly skilled and world famous as a military commander. Under his leadership after World War II, Japan was rebuilt into a democratic ally. But during the Korean War, in defiance of President Harry S. Truman and the Joint Chiefs of Staff, he pushed for an aggressive confrontation with Communist China—a position intended to provoke a wider war, regardless of the consequences.
 
While MacArthur aspired to stamp out Communism across the globe, Truman was much more concerned with containing the Soviet Union. The infamous clash between them was not only an epic turning point in history, but the ultimate struggle between civil and military power in the United States. While other U.S. generals have challenged presidential authority, no other military leader has ever so brazenly attempted to dictate national policy.
 
In MacArthur's War, Bevin Alexander details MacArthur's battles, from the alliances he made with Republican leaders to the threatening ultimatum he delivered to China against orders—the action that led directly to his downfall.
 
Includes Photgraphs

'A superbly written, blow-by-blow account of the most controlversial civil-military clash in American history.' Colonel Jerry D. Morelock, PhD, U.S. Army (Ret.), and author in chief of Armchair General
'[A] hard-hitting narrative . . . MacArthur's War is a valuable account of a chapter in the Cold War that we must never forget.'  Harry J. Middleton, founding director of the Lyndon B. Johnson Presidential Library at the University of Texas, and author of LBJ: The White House Years

  • Pub date: 23 April 2014
  • ISBN: 9780425261217
  • Imprint: Berkley
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 256
  • RRP: $26.99
Categories:

About the Author

Bevin Alexander

Bevin Alexander is the author of eight books of military history, including How Wars Are WonHow Hitler Could Have Won World War II, and Lost Victories, which was named by the Civil War Book Review as one of the seventeen books that have most transformed Civil War scholarship. He was an adviser to the Rand Corporation for a recent study on future warfare and a participant in a recent war game simulation run by the Training and Doctrine Command of the U.S. Army. His battle studies of the Korean War, written during his decorated service as a combat historian, are stored in the National Archives in Washington, D.C. He lives in Bremo Bluff, Virginia.

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