©1978 William Manchester; (P)1991 Blackstone Audio Inc.
"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)
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.
54 yrs, ,memb 12yrs,library -75%nonfic 10% fiction,15% classics. History, all sciences, bio, classics,diverse other interests.
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.
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.
Say something about yourself!
Yes and no. Yes, it's good to know the facts. No, the narrator's voice really gave me a headache.
No. There must be a better biography of Douglas MacArthur.
Not much. Much.
Look for an alternative biography of Douglas MacArthur.
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
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.