Douglas MacArthur : the Far Eastern general / Michael Schaller.

By: Schaller, Michael, 1947-Material type: TextTextPublisher: New York : Oxford University Press, 1989Description: xi, 320 p., [12] p. of plates : ill. ; 25 cmISBN: 019503886X (alk. paper); 9780195038866 (alk. paper); 0195063325 (pbk); 9780195063325 (pbk)Subject(s): MacArthur, Douglas, 1880-1964 | World War, 1939-1945 -- Campaigns -- Pacific Ocean | United States -- Relations -- Asia | Asia -- Relations -- United States | Korean War, 1950-1953 -- United States | Armies History | East Asia | South-East AsiaAdditional physical formats: Online version:: Douglas MacArthur.DDC classification: 940.54/26 LOC classification: E745.M3 | S26 1989Other classification: 15.24 | 15.87 Summary: Offers a portrait of the American general, focusing on his two decades in the Far East, and an analysis of American foreign policy in Asia.
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Bibliography: p. 297-307.

Includes index.

Offers a portrait of the American general, focusing on his two decades in the Far East, and an analysis of American foreign policy in Asia.

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This title is more of a political profile than a full-scale biography. Schaller pays little attention to most of the major episodes of MacArthur's career and ignores his battlefield performances almost entirely. Instead, he presents a somewhat thin and sketchy overview of the nation's Far Eastern policies as they related to the charismatic general during his active years. MacArthur's personality takes a well-deserved drubbing, but there is little which is really new or satisfying. Most libraries are better served by D. Clayton James's exhaustive The Years of MacArthur, Vol. 3, 1945-1964 (LJ 4/1/85) or William Manchester's lively American Caesar (LJ 9/1/78).-- Raymond L. Puffer, U.S. Air Force History Prog., Los Angeles (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


A highly negative, unflattering one-volume biography of MacArthur. Schaller argues that MacArthur's legacy must be viewed as a failure. In his succession of commands in the Philippines, Australia, and Japan, MacArthur distorted information and manipulated events to serve selfish, often political, ends. The author asserts that MacArthur deserved only partial credit for the demilitarization and democratization of Japan, and that as UN commander he willfully risked war with China and the USSR to achieve personal vindications. America's "greatest expert on Oriental psychology," Schaller argues, knew little about Asian realities and not much about American politics. The book contains some photographs, cites excellent primary sources, and is fully documented and indexed, but there are numerous typographical errors. For a much better and more thorough biography, see D. Clayton James's The Years of MacArthur (3v, 1970-1985; v.1: CH, Jan '71). -R. E. Marcello, University of North Texas

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About the Author:
Michael Schaller is Professor of History at the University of Arizona. One of America's leading authorities on United States-East Asian relations, he is the author of the highly acclaimed volume The American Occupation of Japan (which The New York Times Book Review called "an impressive contribution to our understanding of the origins of the cold war in Asia") as well as The United States and China in the 20th Century.

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