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  • American Caesar: Douglas MacArthur 1880-1964

    • UNABRIDGED (31 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By William Manchester
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    Overall
    (272)
    Performance
    (153)
    Story
    (154)

    Virtually all Americans above a certain age hold strong opinions about Douglas MacArthur. They either worship him or despise him. Now, in this superb book, one of our most outstanding writers, after a meticulous three-year examination of the record, presents his startling insights about the man. The narrative is gripping, because the general's life was fascinating. It is moving, because he was a man of vision. It ends, finally, in tragedy, because his character, though majestic, was tragically flawed.

    Wolfpacker says: "An Honest Portrayal of a Flawed Hero"
    "EXCELLENT"
    Overall

    This seems to be a well balanced picture of one of the greatest Americans. Manchester makes effort to point out the flaws in MacArthur's character as well as his genious as a military leader and statesmen.

    If one reads one book on the life of this extrodinary man, this should be it.

    Although, I did find I needed a dictionary at times to understand the author. And some may find some of the details a bit too much for thier liking.

    Parker does an excellent job as narrator.

    Despite the extranious details and PhD vocabulary, I found it gripping and truley enlighting to learn about one MacArthur's that spanned over 50 years as a military leader through both World Wars, Occupied Japan and the Korean War.

    Moreover, I am saddened to realize that so many people of today are literally clueless as to what this one man has done for the world in terms of winning the war in the Pacific (along with
    Fleet Admiral Nimitz), reconstruction of Japan, and shaping cold war policy in the wake of World
    War II and the Korean War

    Read or listen to the book to learn for yourself.

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