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Douglas MacArthur : the Far Eastern general

Author: Michael Schaller
Publisher: New York : Oxford University Press, 1989.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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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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Schaller, Michael, 1947-
Douglas MacArthur.
New York : Oxford University Press, 1989
(OCoLC)581048945
Named Person: Douglas MacArthur; Douglas MacArthur; Douglas MacArthur; Douglas MacArthur; Douglas MacArthur; Douglas MacArthur; Douglas MacArthur
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Michael Schaller
ISBN: 019503886X 9780195038866 0195063325 9780195063325
OCLC Number: 18325485
Description: xi, 320 pages, [12] pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: The making of a general --
MacArthur and the New Deal, 1933-35 --
The field marshal of the Philippines --
The road to war, 1937-41 --
Retreat in the Pacific --
The Pacific War and American politics --
The Philippines and liberation politics --
Destination : Tokyo --
The supreme commander --
Occupied Japan and American politics, 1945-49 --
The boundaries of chaos : the Cold War in Asia --
The Korean War begins --
An entirely new war --
Fading away...
Responsibility: Michael Schaller.
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