• Supreme Commander: MacArthur's Triumph in Japan by Seymour Morris Jr.

REVIEW

An aboveboard admiring reappraisal of Douglas MacArthur (1880–1964) as absolute protector of a abundant collapsed nation at the abutting of World War II.

Publishing about the aforementioned time as Mark Perry’s The Most Dangerous Man in America (2014), the following of the abounding lives of the best accepted continues in this agog breakdown of MacArthur’s berserk acknowledged five-year activity of defeated Japan, a archetypal to be followed and studied. Author and administrator Morris (American History Revised: 200 Startling Facts that Never Made It into the Textbooks, 2010) believes the almanac apropos MacArthur’s authoritative accomplishment in allowance Japan balance needs elucidation, from his antecedent accommodation to access in Japan caught for the abandonment commemoration of Sept. 2, 1945, to his affirmation on sparing Emperor Hirohito to his abolitionist advance for emancipating Japanese women. Above all, MacArthur was a agog apprentice of history and modeled his affection against the baffled Japanese on Gen. Ulysses Grant’s atonement analysis of Gen. Robert E. Lee, amid added examples, acquisitive to accretion assurance in his new accuse rather than brainwash abhorrence and abet anxiety from reactionary elements. Hence his awful arguable accommodation to accumulate the emperor in power, although he was bare of his angelic status: MacArthur accustomed that the emperor could advice “bring about a airy transformation of the Japanese people.” Moving apace as absolute administrator on the orders of President Harry S. Truman yet with admiral so all-inclusive that he was able to accomplish over the active of the War Department, the accepted brought aliment to the craving people, abortive the Japanese military, repatriated millions of Japanese troops and civilians, instituted acreage reform, kept the Russians at bay and implemented the “Nuremberg of the East” trials. Most amazing was how MacArthur’s arch aggregation managed to carbon the Japanese Constitution—with allocation of added across-the-board rights for women than in any added country except Russia.

A gung-ho, agilely absorbing abstraction for lay readers.

EDITORIAL REVIEW

Seymour Morris Jr. combines political history, military biography, and business management to tell the story of General Douglas MacArthur's tremendous success in rebuilding Japan after World War II in Supreme Commander, a lively, in-depth work of biographical history complementary to The Generals, The Storm of War, and Truman.

He is the most decorated general in American history—and the only five five-star general to receive the Medal of Honor. Yet Douglas MacArthur's greatest victory was not in war but in peace.

As the uniquely titled Supreme Commander for the Allied Powers, he was charged with transforming a defeated, militarist empire into a beacon of peace and democracy—“the greatest gamble ever attempted,” he called it. A career military man, MacArthur had no experience in politics, diplomacy, or economics. A vain, reclusive, and self-centered man, his many enemies in Washington thought he was a flaming peacock, and few, including President Harry Truman's closest advisors, gave him a chance of succeeding. Yet MacArthur did so brilliantly, defying timetables and expectations.

Supreme Commander tells for the first time, the story of how MacArthur's leadership achieved a nation-building success that had never been attempted before—and never replicated since. Seymour Morris Jr. reveals this flawed man at his best who treated a defeated enemy with respect; who made informed and thoughtful decisions yet could be brash and stubborn when necessary, and who lead the Occupation with intelligence, class, and compassion.

Morris analyzes MacArthur's key tactical choices, explaining how each contributed to his accomplishment, and paints a detailed picture of a true patriot—a man of conviction who proved to be an outstanding and effective leader in the most extraordinary circumstances.

Supreme Commander: MacArthur's Triumph in Japan

  • BookSupreme Commander: MacArthur's Triumph in Japan
  • Author:Seymour Morris Jr.
  • ISBN:0062287931
  • ISBN-13:9780062287939
  • Binding:Paperback
  • Publishing Date:2014-04-15
  • Publisher:HarperCollins
  • Language:English
  • Number Of pages:364