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HERMAN BELIEVE THE SITUATION WAS MUCH believe the situation was much The topic has been explored in HW Brands new book THE GENERAL VS THE PRESIDENT MACARTHUR AND TRUMAN AT THE BRINK OF NUCLEAR WAR Brands position is very clear that Truman s iring of MacArthur was a bold stroke that may have headed off a much wider war with the ChineseBrands juxtaposes two personalities with totally different backgrounds and agendas Truman reelected president in his own right in 1948 stood up to Stalin after World War II implementing the Truman Doctrine the Marshall Plan and stood
fast over berlin as he pursued the policy over Berlin as he pursued the policy containment of the Soviet Union With the North Korean attack he was able to blunt their progress until the Chinese crossed the Yalu River in Living with a Dead Language: My Romance with Latin force but he wasaced with a commander who wanted to employ nuclear weapons to send a message to the communist world On the other hand MacArthur the all knowing general who held politicians in contempt especially a novice president like Truman MacArthur saw himself as having saved the Pacific in World War II rebuilt postwar Japan and now believed he had the communists right where he wanted them but a Speak Now Against the Day: The Generation Before the Civil Rights Movement in the South feckless president stood in his way Brands does his best to explain the issues between the two men in the context of the Cold War in which they lived Brands has written a general history of their relationship and its ultimate outcome but does not really add anything new that has not been uncovered by previous works on the topicBrands smooth narrative style refined through the many books he has written is present throughout Brands is a master story teller who is able to present his narrative and analysis in a conciseashion that the general reader should enjoy which at times will also satisfy an academic audience A case in point is how MacArthur gained the support of the Japanese people as he totally reoriented their society away Bongology: n. The Art of Creating 35 of the World's Most Bongtastic Marijuana Ingestion Devices from the militaristic emperor worship to a nation based on liberal democracy In the constitution he prepared he did away with all pre war institutions except the emperor that had dominated Japan and resulted in World War II Further evidence of this approach can be seen as Brands reviews Truman s career that spans his election to the Senate in 1940 his assumption of the presidency in 1945 and Cold War events to the onset of the Korean War Brands effectively relies on Truman s correspondence with his daughter Margaret who served as a remarkable conduit into his thoughts and concerns A major strength of the book are the character studies that are presented Discussions of people like Secretary of State Dean Acheson a rather arrogant individual General Omar T Bradley whose insights into Truman and MacArthur s personalities areascinating General Matthew Ridgeway a hero at the Battle of the Bulge during World War II whose leadership helped turn around the military balance in Korea and Marguerite Higgins a wartime correspondent add to the narrative Other strengths of the book include Brands description of the plight and Design the Life You Love: A Guide to Thinking About Your Life Playfully and with Optimism final breakout of US Marines at the Chosin Reservoir and their two week trek battling the elements which were dangerous than the Chinese communists to reach Hamhung Brands coverage of Truman and MacArthur rationalizations when confronted by Congress and the press is eye opening in trying to gain insights into their dysfunctional relationship after the Chinese communists crossed the Yalu into North Korea MacArthur s statements at this time concerning administration restraints in dealing with bombing Chinese airfields in Manchuria and other issues is very similar to his rhetoric leaked to the American press after Matthew Ridgeway sorces saved MacArthur s reputation in April 1951 Brands coverage of Truman and the Joint Chiefs of Staff Shortcut: How Analogies Reveal Connections, Spark Innovation, and Sell Our Greatest Ideas finally reaching the conclusion to relieve MacArthur of his command points to theinal realization that MacArthur s insubordination and egocentrism could no longer be tolerated Especially enlightening was the inclusion of a great deal of the testimony of MacArthur and Secretary of Defense George C Marshall before Congress After You Drop Them Off: A Parent's Guide to Student Ministry following MacArthur s dismissal However the report of the hearings would have been enhanced if excerpts of Secretary of State Dean Acheson s testimony had also been included This along with the geopolitical analysis of the region and domestic politics in the United States that included the role of Chiang Kai Shek Republicans in Congress and the coming 1952 presidential election are all important pieces in understanding the war and its domestic implicationsDespite the strengths of the book there are a number of areas that could be improved The bibliography is rather sparse and the endnotes could be enhanced In the area of analysis Brands chooses to deal with a number of major issues in a rather superficial. He willfulearless and highly decorated commander of the American and UN Share, Retweet, Repeat: Get Your Message Read and Spread forces had hisinger on the nuclear trigger A correction uickly ollowed but the damage was done; two visions or America's path orward were clearly in opposition and one man would have to make wayTruman was one of the most unpopular presidents in American history Heir to a struggling economy a ruined Europe and increasing tension with the Soviet Union on no issue was the path ahead clear and easy General MacArthur by contrast was incredibly popular as untouchable as any officer has ever been in America The lessons he drew rom World War II were absol. ,
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Is Master Storyteller Ia master storyteller I enjoyed this bookAfter World War II MacArthur was extremely popular The lessons he learned rom WWII were absolute appeasement leads to disaster and a showdown with the communists was inevitable and as ar as Douglas MacArthur was concerned the sooner the better At the time Truman was an unpopular president Truman She Weeps Each Time You're Born faced a struggling economy a ruined Europe and increasing hostilities with the Soviet Union Senator Joseph McCarthy was inull swing and he had a hostile divided Congress Also Truman had to deal with Stalin s blockade of West Berlin with the airlift of ood Then the Korean War BEGANBRANDS REVEALS THE CONTEST OF WILLS reveals the contest of wills these two strong characters against the backdrop of the Korean peacekeeping action the drama with Stalin and the entrance of China into the Korean conflict triggered by MacArthur The critical conflict between the two was the civilian rule over the military which MacArthur defiedThis is a well written and meticulously researched comparison study of two of American leaders during the Korean War Truman thought MacArthur was egotistical reckless lacked oresight and was willing to use nuclear weapons MacArthur thought Truman was like all politicians spineless afraid and corrupt Brands reveals both the strong and weak points of each man MacArthur did wonders in Japan but was extremely na ve about global geopolitics and Truman did wonders in Europe but was in over his head and made some mistakes The book has some Seven Days, Seven Dinners flaws I noted some inaccurate statementsor example Brands states that Truman and Treasury Secretary John Snyder whom he consulted on MacArthur s A Northern Light firing had served together in WWI They actually met at Fort Riley Kansas in 1928 I enjoyed the Senate hearings of the Army particularly that of General Marshall The book reads like a novel is easy to read but has lots of critical detailScott Brick does an excellent job narrating the book Brick is an actor writer and award winning audiobook narrator A detailed readable and engaging history of Truman and MacArthur s relationship Brands treats Trumanavorably but his treatment of both men is If You're Missing Baby Jesus: A True Story that Embraces the Spirit of Christmas fair and evenhanded Brands describes the course of the war and MacArthur s attitude toward the possibility of Chinese intervention as well as the schism between MacArthur on one side and the administration and the Joint Chiefs on the other along with the Joint Chief s apparent lack of concernor the possibility of MacArthur advancing northward Truman also comes off as in over his head at times MacArthur s naivety is often breathtaking Although Truman was vilified at the time of MacArthur s iring Brands argues convincingly that he has been vindicated and he describes how the limitations on US orces were reasonable and actually Anne Perrys Christmas Crimes (Christmas Stories, favored the American sideStill there isn t much new informationand some maps would have helped There is little coverage of Truman s political motives like the police action declaration or Republican criticism of him being soft on communism or on his background before the war Brands also suggests that MacArthur s decisions led to American deaths but doesn t really explain why Oddly many events are described without a specific date And at one point Brands writes that Truman and Clement Attlee had never met before their 1950 meeting reallyA strong well written and compelling work overall If you don t know much about the relationship between Truman and MacArthur then this is a good overview I only had a cursory knowledge so I learned a lotrom Brands His writing is good his pace is uick However if you have strong knowledge of the subject then this book might not be or you In another of his wonderful pieces HW Brands takes the reader into the world of the Korean War alongside a battle that superseded that country s geographic and ideological ate The true clash arose between the military and On June 25 1950 North Korea unleashed an attack against its southern neighbor that set off a war that resulted in 36914 American casualties Many Americans are aware of the role of General Douglas MacArthur in the conflict in particular his brilliant but risky landing at Inchon that beat back the North Korean attack and later in the war pursuing a strategy that led to Chinese intervention MacArthur s actions were very controversial and once the Chinese crossed the Yalu River with over 100000 troops and the military situation deteriorated America s allies grew concerned when MacArthur suggested the use of atomic weapons against the Chinese President Harry S Truman did his best to reign in his commander to no avail and most historians believe that MacArthur overstepped his authority and allowed his strong belief system guide his actions Others like the British historian Robert Har. From master storyteller and historian H W Brands twice a White Water finalistor the Pulitzer Prize comes the riveting story of how President Harry Truman and General Douglas MacArthur suared off to decide America's The Slave Dancer future in the aftermath of World War II At the height of the Korean War President Harry S Truman committed a gaffe that sent shock waves around the world When asked by a reporter about the possible use of atomic weapons in response to China's entry into the war Truman replied testily The military commander in theield will have charge of the use of the weapons as he always has This suggested that General Douglas MacArthur ,
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The North Korean Attack Is WeakNorth Korean attack weak His that the Russians were protesting the seating of Formosa over mainland China in the UN Security Council as the reason Special Agent for their absence to block an AmericanUNorce to stop the North Korean advance does not go Sleep with the Fishes far enough Is it possible that Moscow tried to draw the United States into the conflict in the hope it would cause difficulties with the Chinese at a time when the Sino Soviet split was emerging is a main motivation Brands covers all the major topics that come under the umbrella of his overall subject but he needs to dig downurther or just state up ront that he is preparing a general history of the topic then the reader will not expect For example the Wake Island meeting between Truman and MacArthur covers the basics Further he does not drill between Truman and MacArthur covers the basics Further he does not drill ar enough when discussing events that led up to the Chinese overrunning UN orces in November 1950 To his credit he does list the signs of possible Chinese actions that MacArthur missed but he needs to explore the reaction of America s allies urther as well as the interaction between MacArthur and the Joint Chiefs of StaffOverall Brands has written a very readable account of the Truman MacArthur relationship in the context of the Cold War I would agree with Francis P Sempa s view published in the New York Journal of Books that Brands does not present a very clear legacy of the Korean War in terms of A World on Fire future Americanoreign policy Truman wanted to have a police action or limited war in Korea MacArthur sought total victory something the United States has achieved only once since World War II in the Setting Them Straight: You CAN Do Something About Bigotry and Homophobia in Your Life first Gulf War in 1990 91 butailed to accomplish in Vietnam and currently in Ira and Afghanistan There are a number of lessons that could have been discussed that relate to uture American oreign policy an important area which Brands chooses to ignore This is the best way to learn historyread The General vs The President HW Brands MustRead 5 parts 68 chapters 416 pages MustListen audio book is alsoexcellent 15 hrs 22 min Review We know what we are in 100 ways to Fight the Flab - and still have wine and chocolate for The Americans can bomb us they can destroy our industries but they cannot defeat us on landThey may even drop atom bombs on us What then They may kill aew million people Without sacrifice a nation s independence cannot be upheld General Nieh Yen jung Chief of Staff of China s People s Liberation Army to Indian Ambassador KM Panikkar September 1950 Interesting and informative look at the controversial decision to relieve Douglas MacArthur of command during the Korean War Perhaps too much time was spent on the introductory phase but once the war began the story picked up MacArthur s ego certainly played a great part in what happened In some ways the situation reminded of that experienced between McClellan and Lincoln during the Civil War MacArthur seemed to have the same contempt The Oxford New Greek Dictionary for the civilians who ran the government Perhaps theact that he was thousands of miles The Cello Suites : J.S. Bach, Pablo Casals, and the search for a Baroque masterpiece from Washington gave MacArthur aeeling of being the one in control the one who SHOULD be making the decisionsThe author does a good job explaining the politics of the time and the investigation The New Job Security following theiring All in all I learned a great deal The Day Fidel Died: Cuba in the Age of Raúl, Obama, and the Rolling Stones (A Vintage Short) from this book Fast paced never dull this is aascinating and intriguing story of the rivalry and tension between President Truman and General MacArthur America s commanding general in Asia and the UN s commanding general in the Korean War The author is not perceptibly biased toward either man and I The New Odyssey: The Story of Europe's Refugee Crisis found myself switching sides several times In the end itinally became clear to me that though he was in many ways a military genius and hero MacArthur was nuts Seriously he ended up advocating nuking China and sowing lines of radioactive waste materials across North Korea as a sort of atomic mine The Jumbee field to disrupt North Korean and Chinese supply lines He apparently never considered how Koreans were supposed to live in a radioactive wasteland after the war Though ending MacArthur s career effectively ended Truman s own career by tanking his approval ratings and dooming any chance of his re election history has proven that Truman s policy of limited war and containment towards communism was the right choiceor America and the world s democracies All in all a wiser and astute leader with an approach in the middle of these two would have been the best ideal To Helvetica and Back for America Fortunately such a leader immediatelyollowed this episode and cleaned it up That was Eisenhower but that is another bookAnyhow read this excellent offering by the talented and gifted historian author HW Brands It s a hell of a page turner In his book The General Vs The President MacArthur and Truman at the Brink of Nuclear War renowned historian HW Brands takes an in depth look at th. Ute appeasement leads to disaster and a showdown with the communists was inevitable the sooner the better In the nuclear era when the Soviets too had the bomb the specter of a catastrophic third World War lurked menacingly close on the horizonThe contest of wills between these two titanic characters unfolds against the turbulent backdrop of a Simple Art of Greatness faraway war and terrors conjured at home by Joseph McCarthy From the drama of Stalin's blockade of West Berlin to the daring landing of MacArthur'sorces at Inchon to the shocking entrance of China into the war The General and the President vividly evokes the making of a new American er.