MacArthur's War: Korea and the Undoing of an American Hero




      MacArthur's War: Korea and the Undoing of an American Hero
In a dramatic chronicle of an almost forgotten war, Stanley Weintraub reveals why the most famous American general of the twentieth century failed to grasp the realities of the Korean conflict and its political repercussions Focusing on MacArthur s leadership of the U.N forces during the bloody summer of 1950 and beyond, Weintraub portrays an arrogant and failing autocrat concerned with his own image than with military strategies.Weintraub s descriptions of fellow officers, ordinary soldiers, and civilian reporters at the mercy of MacArthur s rule add a moving dimension to a seminal study of a highly flawed American legend His original research makes it clear that MacArthur s gross insubordination and persistent attempts to extend the conflict into mainland China, not his call for the use of nuclear weapons, made his downfall inevitable. Free Download Books MacArthur's War: Korea and the Undoing of an American Hero author Stanley Weintraub – heartforum.co.uk

Weintraub was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on April 17, 1929 He was the eldest child of Benjamin and Ray Segal Weintraub He attended South Philadelphia High School, and then he attended West Chester State Teachers College now West Chester University of Pennsylvania where he received his B.S in education in 1949 He continued his education at Temple University where he received his master s degree in English in absentia, as he was called to duty in the Korean War.He received a commission as Army Second Lieutenant, and served with the Eighth Army in Korea receiving a Bronze Star.After the War, he enrolled at Pennsylvania State University in September 1953 his doctoral dissertation Bernard Shaw, Novelist was accepted on May 6, 1956.Except for visiting appointments, he remained at Penn State for all of his career, finally attaining the rank of Evan Pugh Professor of Arts and Humanities, with emeritus status on retirement in 2000 From 1970 to 1990 he was also Director of Penn State s Institute for the Arts and Humanistic Studies

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  • Paperback
  • 400 pages
  • MacArthur's War: Korea and the Undoing of an American Hero
  • Stanley Weintraub
  • English
  • 17 July 2019
  • 0743205030

10 thoughts on “ MacArthur's War: Korea and the Undoing of an American Hero

  1. Jamie says:

    Some of MacArthur s worst traits remind me of Donald Trump Although he was not a blithering idiot like the President, and many competent people thought highly of him, he had curious failings that would seem almost comical in different circumstances To call him egotistical would be an understatement he was megalomaniacal, recognizing no peers and certainly no superiors, he believed that all orders were advisory only, and seemed to think himself almost infallible, one of history s indispensable Some of MacArthur s worst traits remind me of Donald Trump Although he was not a blithering idiot like the President, and many competent people th...

  2. Betsy says:

    This is another of those stories about wars that will be over by Christmas, which seem to permeate history 1861, 1914, 1944, and as this book illustrates 1950 From the debacle of the North Korean invasion below the 38th Parallel in June of 1950, UN forces rallied to take Inchon and push on to the Yalu Most of the troops believed they were destined to be home by Christmas, but they weren t.It is also the story of ego and hubris, when a military commander believed his way was the right way This is another of those stories about wars that will be over by Christmas, which seem to permeate history 1861, 1914, 1944, and as this book illustrates 1950 From the debacle of the North Korean invasion below the 38th Parallel in June of 1950, UN forces ral...

  3. GoldGato says:

    The Korean War is sometimes referred to as the forgotten war of the 20th Century The casualty rate was high and 21 countries of the United Nations fought for the South, yet it inevitably gets passed by in the lapse of memory This book concentrates on the main man in that war s spotlight, Douglas MacArthur, showing it to be both his high point Inchon and his low point forced retirementThis is the damndest war We can t win, we can t lose, and we can t quit After WWII finished, Korea, The Korean War is sometimes referred to as the forgotten war of the 20th Century The casualty rate was high and 21 countries of the United Nations fought for the South, yet it inevitably gets passed by in the lapse of memory This book concentrates on the main man in that war s spotlight, Douglas MacArthur, showing it to be both his high point Inchon and his low point forced retirementThis is the damndest war We can t win, we can t lose, and we can t quit After WWII finished, Korea, which had been ruled ...

  4. Jerome says:

    A detailed, readable and well documented if not always well written history of MacArthur s tenure as commander in Korea, although it can be a little dull at times and is never really put into the proper strategic context Weintraub does a fine job portraying MacArthur s personality and character, and showing how the interplay between MacArthur and his superiors affected the conduct and outcome of the war.Weintraub s MacArthur sometimes comes off as a genius but always as a self aggrandizing A detailed, readable and well documented if not always well written history of MacArthur s tenure as commander in Korea, although it can be a little dull at times and is never really put into the proper strategic context Weintraub does a fine job portraying MacArthur s personality and character, and showing how the interplay between MacArthur and his superiors affected the conduct and outcome of the war.Weintraub s MacArthur sometimes comes off as a genius but always as a self aggrandizing egotist MacArthur was ill served by his staff, who were unswervingly loyal to him but played a large part in reinforcing MacArthur s view of things, notably Charles Willoug...

  5. Jack says:

    Too mighty, too powerful, for too long Lots of too s there, but I believe that is what happened to MacArthur regarding his stellar career and his downward spiral to dismissal We do not have MacArthur career paths any He was Chief Of Staff of the Army He then took over command of the Filipino forces and was de facto head of the Filipino Army The Pacific War 1941 War broke out too soon for the unready joint American Filipino forces A disastrous retreat and surrender A flight to Too mighty, too powerful, for too long Lots of too s there, but I believe that is what happened to MacArthur regarding his stellar career and his downward spiral to dismissal We do not have MacArthur career paths any He was Chief Of Staff of the Army He then took over command of the Filipino forces and was de facto head of the Filipino Army The Pacific War 1941 War broke out too soon for the unready joint American Filipino forces A disastrous retreat and surrender A flight to Australia The reconquest of the Pacific The United States created two prongs for the Pacific to handle Army and Navy rivalry, one for MacArthur and one for Nimi...

  6. John Shedd says:

    Great information and detail regarding MacArthur and the complicated Korean War, but I found it hard to finish A lot of detail about correspondence or lack thereof between the military leaders that was obviously important, but just not that interesting to read about.

  7. Evan Tolas says:

    Over Sixty five years from today a war happened on the scale of no other of its time It was not as significant and memorable as the wars that occurred around it but has major effects on what we see as the american foreign policy that has defined the 1900 s and the early 2000 s One notable man stepped to the duty of overseeing the operations in this war in korea and his name was Douglas MacArthur In the span of two yeats he went form one of the most respected individuals in american history to Over Sixty five years from today a war happened on the scale of no other of its time It was not as significant and memorable as the wars that occurred around it but has major effects on what we see as the american foreign policy that has defined the 1900 s and the early 2000 s One notable man stepped to the duty of overseeing the operations in this war in korea and his name was Douglas MacArthur In the span of two yeats he went form one of the most respected individuals in american history to an insane war mongering general that stood again...

  8. Justin Tapp says:

    I give this one 4.5 stars out of 5 It was well researched, easy listening, and I learned a lot I guess all I previously knew about the Korean war came from books I d read from the GIs perspectives and some documentaries based on 1950 s newsreels which were mostly uninformed propaganda This gave a much broader view of the conflict from the view of the generals.Korea was a fiasco from start to finish MacArthur s hubris as America s greatest general was quite costly His poor decisions I give this one 4.5 stars out of 5 It was well researched, easy listening, and I learned a lot I guess all I previously knew about the Korean war came from books I d read from the GIs perspectives and some documentaries based on 1950 s newsreels which were mostly uninformed propaganda This gave a much broader view of the conflict from the view of the generals.Korea was a fiasco from start to finish MacArthur s hubris as America s greatest general was quite costly His poor decisions probably cost us the war while his political statements kept the nation fiercely behind him, calling for an impeachment of the President that fired him Most people probably remember the firing as being because of his threats to drop A bombs on mainland China, but that would be inaccurate The Chairm...

  9. Kirk Bower says:

    Written in a fair non biased angle Portrays MacArthur at all levels hero, legend, ego, strategic, risking, and all knowing.

  10. Philip Girvan says:

    In addition to painting a vivid portrait of MacArthur, still in his role as Supreme Commander for the Allied Powers, serving as the first ever Commander in Chief of the United Nations Command UNCOM , conducting the war from the Dai Ichi Seimei Building in Tokyo, the book details the setback and advances made by UNCOM forces, as well as good information on the movement of the Korean People s Army and, later, the Chinese People s Volunteer Army Weintraub also informs the reader of the goings on In addition to painting a vivid portrait of MacArthur, still in his role as Supreme Commander for the Allied Powers, serving as the first ever Commander in Chief of the United Nations Command UNCOM , conducting the war from the Dai Ic...

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