Yes, Douglas MacArthur comes from a time when Americans thought mush differently than we do today. We need more of it!
Made me wonder could Americans today overcome what we suffered through in the past? The MacArthur's of America's past were visionaries that also had the ability to carry out their visions. They thought differently than what we see today. We may need more of them now!
I belief that every American school needs to teach more about men such as Douglas MacArthur, they could learn much from his successes and failures. If nothing else, the way he handled Japan after WWII is a lesson we all should learn.
Heroic Epic Adventuresome
The Bright Side of an American Hero
I thought I knew about Douglass MacArthur . . . I didn't know Jack S**t.
I didn't think i would like this book, but was mistaken. Wm. Manchester can bring life to history. And MacArthur's life was fascinating great virtue...great folly
William Manchester's biography of Douglas MacArthur is engaging, well reported and insightful. It's also for the most part a balanced view, though readers/listeners familiar with Manchester know that he has an occasional propensity to offer up tasty, if almost certainly apocryphal, details and snarky editorializing.
While listening to the book, I asked a number of college-age people if they knew who MacArthur was, and not one did. I suppose that's inevitable. But it's still sad and remarkable that such a towering figure of American history could be forgotten so soon.
Tom Parker's narration is very good, though it takes awhile to get used to his somewhat tinny, "1940s radio" voice.
An excellent book, well worth the 40+ hours it takes to listen to it.
I've listened to many biographies, and this one is the best. I'd never thought much about MacArthur before I listened to this book. I'd just thought he was an egotistical old general. Now I know that he was one of the towering figures of the last century. If you are interested in WWII, the Korean War, or a history of Japan, you need to listen to this book.
As the best historian of my lifetime William Manchester again delivers a detailed yet focused account of a most complex man.
The stories regarding the Korean War. I never studied that conflict very deeply
I chose this book because I knew nothing about MacArthur (beyond the superficial) and I had a project which was going to be tedious and long. I wanted a long audio book. This book pleasantly surprised me, and I enjoyed it. Caveat: I enjoy military history and psychological breakdowns, and this book delves deep into these. It may not be for everyone. Good history, though.
50yrs old / audible member for 5 yrs library. 75% nonfiction, 15% classics and 10% fiction. History/Science/biography/Eng.18th cent fiction
Manchester didn't write a lot of books, but what he did write is stunning. This book was a revelation in the quality of the writing which made for a very enjoyable read!
If you ever wondered how japan recovered to take on the world after ww2 Like I did read this. Your preconceived notions of MacArthur will take a big hit and a facinating rarely visited story will fill in an overlooked hole in the usual telling of the ww2 story.
Beyond the WW2 aspect- this biography is a fascinating well told tale of a giant of the times. If you liked this- read the last lion trilogy, which is Manchesters masterpiece bio on Churchill.
When JFK died Jackie asked HIM to write the story of his last days!!( wish audible had that one). and his other book for that matter called- the arms of krupp . AUDIBLE please put out his missing 2 books thanks
Overall this was a very good book and I highly recommend it. The discussion of MacArthur's father provides the core of a side discussion on the generation of military leaders that preceded MacArthur, and I thought that this was especially valuable. I also thought this book did a good job of de-mythologizing MacArthur and showing how he was truly perceived in his own day, which was different than how we perceive him today. In addition, the book does a good job of explaining an important sub-theater of WW2 and the Korean War.