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General Douglas MacArthur has been hailed as the greatest soldier in American history. While not everyone would agree with that assessment, there is no question that MacArthur played a prominent role in the emergence of the United States as a world power in the twentieth century. A distinguished combat soldier during World War I and an innovative educator at West Point in the 1920s, MacArthur became the army’s chief of staff during the Great Depression. He went abroad in the 1930s to prepare the Philippines for war. His stand against the Japanese following Pearl Harbor made him a national hero, and his subsequent campaign against Japanese forces in the Southwest Pacific only added to his reputation. The Korean War gave MacArthur a final opportunity to display his military skills.



MacArthur and the American Century assembles for the first time a nuanced and full scrutiny of MacArthur’s entire career. Essays by such experts as Stanley L. Falk and D. Clayton James accompany materials by Dwight D. Eisenhower and MacArthur himself, providing analysis and evaluation of the immense impact this dramatic figure had on war, peace, and the American imagination.




Library of Congress subject headings for this publication:
MacArthur, Douglas, -- 1880-1964.
MacArthur, Douglas, -- 1880-1964 -- Influence.
Generals -- United States -- Biography.
United States. -- Army -- Biography.
United States -- History, Military -- 20th century.