Academic journal article Military Review

MacArthur and the American Century: A Reader

Academic journal article Military Review

MacArthur and the American Century: A Reader

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MACARTHUR AND THE AMERICAN CENTURY: A Reader, William M. Leary, ed., University of Nebraska Press, Lincoln, 2001, 560 pages, $82.50.

In February 1945, when asked what General Douglas MacArthur was really like, General Thomas Blarney, commander of the Australian Army in the South Pacific theater, replied, "The best and the worst thing you hear about him are both true." MacArthur and the American Century is a compilation of first-class essays that document the truth of Blamey's observation. However, readers searching for the definitive, unequivocal MacArthur should look elsewhere.

Leaders willing to struggle with the many facets-good and bad-of a complex man will be grateful that editor William M. Leary bound these stellar articles into one convenient book. Most of the essays, including one by H. Pat Tomlinson, titled "Inchon: The General's Decision," which appeared in Military Review in 1967 (April 1967, pages 28-34), have been printed in academic or Army journals.

Edward Drea and Stephen Taaffe's essays, printed here for the first time, are shortened versions of previously published monographs on MacArthur's use of military intelligence and his conduct of operations in New Guinea in 1944. Readers can get the complete picture elsewhere if they have the time to devote to the topic. …

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