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MacArthur's war : Korea and the undoing of an American hero

Author: Stanley Weintraub
Publisher: New York : Free Press, ©2000.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Douglas MacArthur towers over twentieth-century American history. His fame is based chiefly on his World War II service in the Philippines. Yet Korea, America's forgotten war, was far more "MacArthur's war", and it remains one of our most brutal and frightening. In just three years thirty-five thousand Americans lost their lives -- more than three times the rate of losses in Vietnam. Korea, like Vietnam, was a
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Weintraub, Stanley, 1929-
MacArthur's war.
New York : Free Press, ©2000
(OCoLC)607422823
Online version:
Weintraub, Stanley, 1929-
MacArthur's war.
New York : Free Press, ©2000
(OCoLC)608232018
Named Person: Douglas MacArthur; Douglas MacArthur; Douglas MacArthur; Douglas MacArthur
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Stanley Weintraub
ISBN: 0684834197 9780684834191
OCLC Number: 41548333
Description: xi, 385 pages : illustrations, map ; 24 cm
Contents: The second coming --
Before the deluge --
Day one --
The telecon war --
Bataan II --
"Stand or die" --
Operation Chromite --
Inchon --
Crossing the parallel --
Mohammed and the mountain --
To the Yalu --
A turkey for Thanksgiving --
The nuclear option --
Korea for Christmas --
Ridgway's War --
Courting dismissal --
Going home.
Responsibility: Stanley Weintraub.
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Abstract:

Douglas MacArthur towers over twentieth-century American history. His fame is based chiefly on his World War II service in the Philippines. Yet Korea, America's forgotten war, was far more "MacArthur's war", and it remains one of our most brutal and frightening. In just three years thirty-five thousand Americans lost their lives -- more than three times the rate of losses in Vietnam. Korea, like Vietnam, was a breeding ground for the crimes of war. To this day, six thousand Americans remain MIA. It was Korea where American troops faced a Communist foe for the first time, as both China and the Soviet Union contributed troops to the North Korean cause. The war that nearly triggered the use of nuclear weapons reveals MacArthur at his most flamboyant, flawed, yet still, at times, brilliant. Acclaimed historian Stanley Weintraub offers a thrilling blow-by-blow account of the key actions of the Korean War during the months of MacArthur's command. Our lack of preparedness for the invasion, our disastrous retreat to a corner of Korea, the daring landing at Inchon, the miscalculations in pursuing the enemy north, the headlong retreats from the Yalu River and Chosin Reservoir, and the clawing back to the 38th parallel, all can be blamed or credited to MacArthur. He was imperious, vain, blind to criticism, and so insubordinate that Truman was forced to fire him. Yet years later, the war would end where MacArthur had left it, at the border that still stands as one of history's last frontiers between communism and freedom. MacArthur's War draws on extensive archival research, memoirs, and the latest findings from archives in the formerly communist world, to weave a rich tale in the voices of its participants. From MacArthur and his upper cadre, to feisty combat correspondent Maggie Higgins and her fellow journalists, to the grunts who bore the brunt of MacArthur's decisions, for good and ill, this is a harrowing account of modern warfare at its bloodiest. MacArthur's War is the gripping story of the Korean War and its soldiers, and of the one soldier who dominated the rest. - Jacket flap.

Offers a chronological account of the events that took place in the Korean War during the months Douglas MacArthur was in command.

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