We are currently making improvements to the Audible site. In an effort to enhance the accessibility experience for our customers, we have created a page to more easily navigate the new experience, available at the web address www.audible.com/access.
American Caesar: Douglas MacArthur 1880-1964 | [William Manchester]

American Caesar: Douglas MacArthur 1880-1964

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.
Regular Price:$34.96
  • Membership Details:
    • First book free with 30-day trial
    • $14.95/month thereafter for your choice of 1 new book each month
    • Cancel easily anytime
    • Exchange books you don't like
    • All selected books are yours to keep, even if you cancel
  • - or -

Your Likes make Audible better!

'Likes' are shared on Facebook and Audible.com. We use your 'likes' to improve Audible.com for all our listeners.

You can turn off Audible.com sharing from your Account Details page.

OK

Publisher's Summary

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.

©1978 William Manchester; (P)1991 Blackstone Audio Inc.

What the Critics Say

"Listening to Parker, one imagines a jovial uncle delivering a slap on the back and sitting down to describe war experiences in a rich voice filled with humor and pathos. The 'you-are-there' quality grabs and holds. This is a carefully done, seamless audio presentation." (AudioFile)

What Members Say

Average Customer Rating

4.5 (315 )
5 star
 (185)
4 star
 (102)
3 star
 (19)
2 star
 (7)
1 star
 (2)
Overall
4.6 (187 )
5 star
 (131)
4 star
 (41)
3 star
 (11)
2 star
 (2)
1 star
 (2)
Story
4.4 (187 )
5 star
 (107)
4 star
 (62)
3 star
 (14)
2 star
 (3)
1 star
 (1)
Performance
Sort by:
  •  
    Adam IRVING, TX, United States 03-07-12
    Adam IRVING, TX, United States 03-07-12 Member Since 2015

    Adam

    HELPFUL VOTES
    80
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    32
    31
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    8
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Good book"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    X Cincinnati, OH, United States 03-13-11
    X Cincinnati, OH, United States 03-13-11

    Male. Mammal. High school equivalency graduate. I like fruit and I just got a haircut. I would describe myself as somewhere between Christmas and being buried alive.

    HELPFUL VOTES
    33
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    36
    11
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    1
    0
    Overall
    "Hail Caesar and Hail Manchester!!!"

    The epic life story of one of the greatest generals in American history as told by a virtuoso biographer and storyteller. You tell me. Does it get any better than this? Well yes, it does. The narration of Tom Parker (also known as Grover Gardner) can best be described as an iron fist in a velvet glove. Parker complements the story with his gravitas and smooth diction. I have listened to about 50 audio books from many genres. I can tell you without reservation that this book is a must in your collection. Buy it. You won't be disappointed. One last thing. This not just a book for those interested in military history. The story covers every facet of MacArthur's life and it should be of interest to anyone. MacArthur was truly fascinating.




    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Neil Vernon, CT, USA 09-09-08
    Neil Vernon, CT, USA 09-09-08 Member Since 2006
    HELPFUL VOTES
    1
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    32
    1
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    "A must read"

    This masterpiece endures and allows a glimpse back in time at heroic and seriously flawed personalities. It is of special significance given the fighting of another war. Who to trust; the generals or the politicians. History teaches strange lessons.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  •  
    William SAN DIEGO, CA, United States 09-29-13
    William SAN DIEGO, CA, United States 09-29-13

    Say something about yourself!

    HELPFUL VOTES
    4
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    21
    18
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    6
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Collection of facts"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Yes and no. Yes, it's good to know the facts. No, the narrator's voice really gave me a headache.


    Would you recommend American Caesar to your friends? Why or why not?

    No. There must be a better biography of Douglas MacArthur.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    Not much. Much.


    Did American Caesar inspire you to do anything?

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    Look for an alternative biography of Douglas MacArthur.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  •  
    scott independence, KS, United States 09-14-10
    scott independence, KS, United States 09-14-10 Member Since 2014
    HELPFUL VOTES
    3
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    25
    4
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    "Fabulous read!"

    As a young man I had no knowledge of MacArthur what so ever. I read this because I'm interested in military history and my grandfather served under him in The Pacific. This was a fabulous read; entertaining all the way through. I found myself laughing aloud at his antics and bravado. If I ever had "The Dinner" where I could invite people dead or alive, Mac would be seated at my immediate left

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

Report Inappropriate Content

If you find this review inappropriate and think it should be removed from our site, let us know. This report will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.

Cancel

Thank You

Your report has been received. It will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.