Biographies and Personal Narratives
The Philippines campaigns are unique among World War II theatres of operations for the abundance of biographical and memoir literature by individuals who participated in the fighting on all levels or were prisoners of war. The drama and controversy surrounding the decisions that General Douglas MacArthur and other individuals made have formed an irresistible attraction for many historians and popular biographers. Many of these figures left memoirs to explain and justify their actions. Many veterans who participated in the fighting or suffered as prisoners of war after the 1942 defeat have also left their impressions of the Philippine fighting or were memorialized by other authors. The resulting literature is a rich vein of information for students of the wartime Philippines.
026. Blair Clay. MacArthur. Garden City, NY: Doubleday, 1977. 346p.
Solid popular biography of MacArthur by a prolific military historian and writer. Blair discusses the General's less pleasant personal idiosyncracies but supports his overall strategy in the Pacific and his conduct in the Philippines. Based mostly on secondary sources.
027. James D. Clayton. The Years of MacArthur, Vol I: 1880- 1941. Boston: Houghton, Mifflin, 1970.