A new, definitive lifetime of an American icon, the visionary normal who led American forces via 3 wars and foresaw his nation’s nice geopolitical shift towards the Pacific Rim—from the Pulitzer Prize finalist and bestselling writer of Gandhi & Churchill
Douglas MacArthur used to be arguably the final American public determine to be worshipped unreservedly as a countrywide hero, the final army determine to conjure up the romantic stirrings as soon as evoked through George Armstrong Custer and Robert E. Lee. yet he was once additionally one in every of America’s such a lot divisive figures, a guy whose complete profession used to be steeped in controversy. was once he an avatar or an anachronism, an excellent strategist or a vainglorious mountebank? Drawing on a wealth of latest resources, Arthur Herman provides a powerhouse biography that peels again the layers of myth—both reliable and bad—and exposes the marrow of the guy beneath.
MacArthur’s existence spans the emergence of the USA military as a world scuffling with strength. Its historical past is to a superb measure his tale. The son of a Civil warfare hero, he led American troops in 3 enormous conflicts—World conflict I, global conflict II, and the Korean warfare. Born 4 years after Little Bighorn, he died simply as American forces begun deploying in Vietnam. Herman’s magisterial ebook spans the whole arc of MacArthur’s trip, from his elevation to significant common at thirty-eight via his tenure as superintendent of West element, box marshal of the Philippines, preferrred ruler of postwar Japan, and past. greater than any past biographer, Herman exhibits how MacArthur’s strategic imaginative and prescient contributed to shaping a number of many years of U.S. international coverage. by myself between his friends, he foresaw the shift clear of Europe, changing into the prophet of America’s future within the Pacific Rim.
the following, too, is a bright portrait of a guy whose grandiose imaginative and prescient of his personal future received him enemies in addition to acolytes. MacArthur was once one of many first army heroes to domesticate his personal public persona—the swashbuckling commander built with Ray-Ban sun shades, using crop, and corncob pipe. time and again spared from being killed in battle—his infantrymen nicknamed him “Bullet Proof”—he had a powerful feel of divine challenge. “Mac” used to be a guy possessed, within the phrases of 1 of his contemporaries, of a “supreme and virtually mystical religion that he couldn't fail.” but while he did, it was once on an epic scale. His willingness to defy either civilian and army authority was once, Herman exhibits, a lifelong trait—and it's going to develop into his undoing. Tellingly, MacArthur as soon as saw, “Sometimes it's the order one disobeys that makes one famous.”
To catch the lifetime of such an outsize determine in a single quantity isn't any small fulfillment. With Douglas MacArthur, Arthur Herman has set a brand new regular for untangling the legacy of this American legend.
Praise for Douglas MacArthur
“This is revisionist historical past at its top and, with a bit of luck, will reopen a debate in regards to the judgment of heritage and MacArthur’s position in history.”—New York magazine of Books
“Unfailingly evocative . . . with regards to an epic . . . greater than a biography, it's a story of a time long ago virtually very unlikely to consider this day as having taken position, with MacArthur himself as a determine probably too distant to appreciate, yet the entire extra very important to encounter.”—The New Criterion
“With Douglas MacArthur: American Warrior, the prolific and proficient historian Arthur Herman has added an expertly rendered, compulsively readable account that does complete justice to MacArthur’s huge achievements with no slighting his both enormous flaws.”—Commentary
From the Hardcover edition.