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Reminiscences Written In His Own Hand And Finished Only Weeks Before His Death, Gen Douglas MacArthur S Memoir Spans Than Half A Century Of Modern History His Vantage Point At Center Stage During Major Controversies Of The Twentieth Century Enabled Him To Present Unique Views Of The Conflicts In Which He Played A Vital Role No Soldier In Modern Time Has Been Admired Or Reviled Liberator Of The Philippines, Shogun Of Occupied Japan, Victor Of The Battle Of Inchon, The General Was A National Hero When Suddenly Relieved Of His Command By President Truman His Supporters Believe His Genius For Command And Ability To Implement That Command By Strategy Stand As Landmarks In Military History His Critics Are Not So Kind, Calling Him A Gigantic Ego Paying Homage To Himself In This Book Decade By Decade, Battlefield By Battlefield, This Self Portrait Is A Moving Final Testament To A Life Of Service That Began At West Point And Continued In Vera Cruz During The Mexican Uprisings And Throughout The World Wars Appointed Supreme Commander Of Allied Forces In The Pacific, MacArthur Was The Architect Of The Campaign To Drive The Japanese From Their Strongholds At Bataan, Corregidor, And New Guinea His Recounting Of World War II Is Dramatically Punctuated With Intimate Portraits Of Key Personalities And Insights Into His Stand On Controversial Issues Although The Autobiography Was Written Than Thirty Years Ago, It Continues To Be A Valuable Document Of The Period

  • Paperback
  • 472 pages
  • Reminiscences
  • Douglas MacArthur
  • English
  • 01 January 2018
  • 1557504830

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10 thoughts on “Reminiscences

  1. says:

    Some readers say he was arrogantI say he was accomplished He was the George Washington of our times Really a day to day memoir of a true patriot functioning under restraints of inept political leaders while bringing post war Japan from a feudal state to a functioning democracy by not being vengeful to a defeated nation Book is very well written by a man I can believe in Sadly, There are no equals on the scene today.

  2. says:

    Because I have a voracious appetite for history and the fascinating figures from the past, this was right up my alley.You may have heard a lot about this man, words like egotistical, bold, audacious, intelligentI couldn t speak intelligently about any of those but this book is great The man had an absolute mastery of the English language that few these days can even fathom much less put into practice I admire that immensely so just reading that style and quality is a treat.Let s face it the Because I have a voracious appetite for history and the fascinating figures from the past, this was right up my alley.You may have heard a lot about this man, words like egotistical, bold, audacious, intelligentI couldn t speak intelligently about any of those but this book is great The man had an absolute mastery of the English language that few these days can even fathom much less put into practice I admire that immensely so just reading that style and quality is a treat.Let s face it the man was a military and political genius and a proven war hero, over and over Reading of his exploits, life experiences and especially his thoughts and conversations with presidents, peers, service secretaries and chief s of staffgood stuff

  3. says:

    This book provides a glimpse into the mind of a remarkable man, probably the greatest military thinker in American history Classically educated, he was a philosopher of conflict, and managed to taketerritory with fewer casualties than any of his contemporaries His landing at Inchon was one of the most audacious gambits in military history.

  4. says:

    This is Douglas MacArthur s biography It covers his whole life and overall, I thought it was well written The author definitely has a pretty good opinion of himself If I had won as many medals and battles as he did, I m sure I would too He was 1 in his class at West Point and among other awards he won the Medal of Honor, Distinguished Service Cross, and the Purple Heart.

  5. says:

    I was reading this book when I visited the Vietnam War Memorial and the then new Korea War Memorial Reading MacArthur write about the frustrations of the Korean War and how, in his opinion, US Intelligence was being leaked to the North Koreans, made it a very emotional day The book is excellent and a must read for those who love military books.

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    I just finished the book this morning, and it was an account of America s military involvement to the extent that MacArthur was involved in it, and he was involved in a whole lot of it His grandfather served on the Supreme Court, appointed by President Grant It was this grandfather that taught MacArthur to play poker Douglas MacArthur s father, Arthur MacArthur, was a distinguished officer in the Civil war and the American West The book relates incidents of both of those conflicts, told with I just finished the book this morning, and it was an account of America s military involvement to the extent that MacArthur was involved in it, and he was involved in a whole lot of it His grandfather served on the Supreme Court, appointed by President Grant It was this grandfather that taught MacArthur to play poker Douglas MacArthur s father, Arthur MacArthur, was a distinguished officer in the Civil war and the American West The book relates incidents of both of those conflicts, told without vilification of either opponent Arthur MacArthur married a woman from a Southern military family He spoke of the nobility of the American Indian leaders, many of which he knew He raised his family in the American West, and in the Midwest, and occasionally in Washington D.C., never very far from a military base Arthur MacArthur achieved the rank of General while in the Philippines, where he served as military governor Much of the family s destiny was to be played out in those islands.We get a blow by blow of many of the military campaigns of the father as well as the son, as well as personal anecdotes of personalities that MacArthur encountered in his lifetime It seems at times that he never met an important person that he didn t like, and who didn t send him a letter of congratulations, and we get to read all of those letters, verbatim But this is not a superficial work, and even though his account of his own accomplishments is done with pride, he shares the credit everywhere And his accomplishments were astonishing in their scope and variety.He was a warrior, a proud descendant of a clan of Scottish warriors There are a two phrases that accompany MacArthur s legacy, one is I shall return, his promise to the Philippines, and the other is There is no alternative to victory, which sealed his fate and severed his relationship to Truman in Korea The book examines both phrases in minute detail Returning to the Philippines was no easy task, but he tells us how he did it, blow by blow He trained Australians and various other islanders, lobbied and dealt with FDR, gave support to the Navy and Air Force, and all the while utilized his tactics of surprise while cutting off the supply lines of the enemy This method allowed him to defeat an army which far outnumbered him, when the priorities of the War effort from Washington was to serve the needs of Europe There was a point where he was forced to argue for the return to the Philippines, a commitment that he never considered breaking.The book is also a defense of his honor and his commitment to his country One of the reasons for all the documentation, I came to realize, was to lay a trail of support for all of his military decisions, because one of the accusations of his opponents was that he had disobeyed orders by crossing the 38th parallel in Korea He states flatly that such a claim is pure fiction, and documents it heavily He also clarifies interpretations of his statements that would suggest that he was a warmonger, a charge that he refutes verbally, but also with his record among populations that he has conquered After World War I, and before the Versailles treaty, he considered the German people, whom he lived among for several months, to be his family He vilified the Versailles treaty as the principal reason for World War II.The Japanese Prime Minister Yoshida, after MacArthur had occupied his nation for five years as a conqueror, announced upon MacArthur s dismissal, The accomplishments of General MacArthur in the interest of our country are one of the marvels of history I have no words to convey the regret of our nation to see him leave His reconstruction of Japan brought them from feudal paradigms to democratic ones with all the protections that a free people aspire to This is the sort of victory that MacArthur had wished for in a unified Korea, and he was confused and embittered because it was denied him It has been a long time since I have read the book by Barbara Tuchman, Stilwell and the American Experience in China, and The Soong Dynasty, written by Sterling Seagrave, the son of the Burma Surgeon, but those works influenced me greatly as I read Reminiscences The books are written in different voices that is, MacArthur s book is first person, while Tuchman wrote as a war correspondent following Stillwell s camp, and Seagrave wrote as a historian raised in Asia with excellent personal resources as well as authoritative scholarly documentation of the history of the warring factions that ravaged China before and after Sun Yat Sen Nonetheless, Tuchman s first hand experiences in Stilwell s camp, and Seagrave s childhood association with his father s missionary hospital, and his father s service to Stilwell s troops, give all of these books a personal authority so that even though they are not apples to apples, they are of similar literary species.MacArthur criticizes few people, but he had little respect for Truman after his first year in office And who can blame him Truman didn t even tell him that he was being relieved of command, he announced it over the media, without even telling him that his job was in any sort of jeopardy MacArthur heard about it because one of his aides heard it on the radio, and informed MacArthur s wife, because the General was at lunch But he had in common with Truman the hatred and fear of communism that surfaced after World War II MacArthur knew that something changed with the death of FDR, and he couldn t put his finger on it He had had arguments with FDR, one of which almost resulted in MacArthur s resignation, but he respected FDR s fierce defense of America, and his ability to unite and inspire the country Although he was a Republican, he states often in the book that he had no interest in the factions of the political parties, and that his only real political allegiance was to Lincoln, his father s hero He grants no deference to Russia s contributions to WWII, although that country s sacrifices of the lives of millions of its troops and civilians blatantly belie that position MacArthur was not impressed, however, with Russia s entry into war with Japan after MacArthur had faced the full force of the Japanese army in the Pacific He would have liked them to divert Japanese efforts earlier MacArthur is confused by the rejection of Chaing Kai shek s offer of troops for Korea, and attributes the rise of China at the beginning of the 20th century to be the work of Chaing Kai Shek Perhaps he was taking Chaing s word for it Seagrave and Tuchman tell a different story.Seagrave gives Chaing Kai Shek all the glory due a dope dealer, and Stilwell considered him unreliable as an ally and self serving as a head of state If there was bias toward Mao at the immediate end of the Asian war, it was probably at least partially due to the influence of Stilwell, the American General responsible for China during that conflict, although I have no inside knowledge of the policy about Agrarian reformers that MacArthur alludes to Stilwell died shortly after his retirement and return to the U.S Stilwell attests to Mao s fierce fighting against Japan Chaing s wife, A Soong sister would ask the American Congress for money, and then use his resources to protect his own compound, and abandon Stilwell in planned joint ventures in the Asian theater Stilwell was constantly training Asian soldiers, who would learn to fight, and then often join Mao in the fight against Japan This was true in Vietnam as well as Burma and China Chaing evidently had planned to allow Mao and Stilwell to fight Japan, and then use American resources to fight Mao for the government of mainland China For whatever reason, he was denied that option.As I stated in my reviews of these other two books, Stilwell and MacArthur had much in common, including extensive youthful experience in Asia Stilwell touched on the Philippines, but had extensive experience in the diplomatic corps in China Both men had comprehensive influence in the training of American troops, and both men were forced to compete with Europe for funding during the initial phases of the war, relying on native armies for support Stilwell spoke fluent Chinese, and for decades personally witnessed the deterioration of Chinese culture under the influence of the British, and the debilitating presence of the opium trade I was fairly young when I read Tuchman s book on Stilwell, and she was the first to point out to me the very different experience of American versus British rule Later, when I encountered LaRouche, he also wrote about the tyranny of British policy after the war in India, easily matching Nazi or communist perfidy LaRouche served as a medic in Burma, and must have served at least in the general area of Stilwell, yet he too is silent on Stilwell s presence at least to my knowledge LaRouche is eloquent, however, about the British involvement in the Truman administration, and he openly discusses the many conflicts between Roosevelt and Churchill.Although MacArthur claims that he has no interest in politics, his understanding of Communism doesn t include the analysis of its British roots His understanding of capitalism, which he expounds upon in one passage, is that government involvement and taxation is detrimental to prosperity, which displays a basic fallacy involving the role of credit in a democratic or republican economy The proper role of government is essential, as MacArthur instinctively knew in his practice of governing Japan, and in his admiration for the programs which lifted the American people out of the depression, which includes the support for a strong military defense Roosevelt, after accepting responsibility for supporting the military, often provoked MacArthur s reaction regarding social programs, saying that MacArthur was the symbol of the conscience of the American people Much of his frustration with pacifism comes from the degree to which anti war sentiment was used to try to stop the build up of American military strength before World War II the reason for his near resignation, which FDR did not accept , and the degree to which his enemies used anti war sentiment to effect his removal from Korea before achieving a unified and democratic Korea He equates those forces with communistic sympathies, or at least to that vague malaise which he can t identify Support for his efforts to represent our interests in Asia was suddenly missing in Washington.He knew that there was enemy knowledge of his orders in Korea, and the men serving under him knew that, too What he didn t know was the alliance of forces which operated much of our diplomatic and intelligence endeavors after the war He didn t know of, or didn t acknowledge the importance of, the commitment of the British to re establish their various colonies, either directly or indirectly, in defiance of Roosevelt s stated goal of economically developing the natural resources of the poor nations of the world for the benefit of their populations Roosevelt died on April 12 of 1945, shortly after his fourth inaugural as President of the United States British and financier forces had lobbied for Truman, instead of Wallace, to be his vice president, knowing that FDR would die in office MacArthur advocated the use of nuclear weapons before he knew of Russia s development of that weapon, believing the US was the only power that had it as a possibility in Korea He wanted to act to win against communism before the weapon was proliferated, and knew that there was a small window for victory in Asia.He doubted the necessity to bomb Hiroshima, knowing that Japan was already defeated Japan was told to surrender on July 26th, but did not respond soon enough Hiroshima was bombed August 7th Japan, in its petition for peace to Switzerland on August 10th, stated that it had asked Russia to convey this intention weeks earlier.Even though he was summarily fired in Korea, MacArthur was received warmly in dozens of cities in the U.S He could probably have easily won the presidency, which nomination he was offered several times by the Republicans Considering the way he ran Japan, we probably would have benefitted greatly from it, if he had the correct economic advisors This is a really good book, and I recommend it highly to those who would want to hear the thoughts of an old and truly magnificent soldier

  7. says:

    A very enlightens and captivating account of the able leadership of General Douglas MacArthur A lot of learnings for oneself as the General mostly fought against the odds with valour and zeal The accounts are very captivating and help enlighten the world war events too.

  8. says:

    What a great book, I feel like I obtained a unique view into a critical time of our nation s history by a gifted leader and military man What really stood out was his great understanding of other countries in Army terms Civil Affairs and disconnects he had with the political movements within our country which lead to his removal in Korea The predictions at the end of this book have proved to be very prescient His concern that socialism, capture of industry for political gain, and imprudent What a great book, I feel like I obtained a unique view into a critical time of our nation s history by a gifted leader and military man What really stood out was his great understanding of other countries in Army terms Civil Affairs and disconnects he had with the political movements within our country which lead to his removal in Korea The predictions at the end of this book have proved to be very prescient His concern that socialism, capture of industry for political gain, and imprudent use of the tax code would end the country in bankruptcy and loss of freedom are just about here Never knew he brought 10 million Bibles into Japan after its defeat and that he implored for missionaries He was true to his belief that the horrible nature of war was theological in nature and only escape would be a spiritual recrudescence which I am not sure he was counting on as he also quoted Plato in that only the dead have seen the end of war He did however shade his writings some..never mentioned his first marriage, his Filipino girl friend, and of course never mentioned the secret cables he sent to other countries where he indicated he wanted to expand the war with China The release of that information did not come out until the 1980s basically, Truman was seeing his communications which were counter to US policy By the way, could it be that MacArthur instinctively knew that US policy was to really lose the Korean war as Owen Latti indicated July 17, 1949

  9. says:

    A view inside the thoughts of one of America s greatest leaders You also get to see a hint of the arrogance that the man possessed.

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