American Caesar: Douglas MacArthur 1880 - 1964

American Caesar: Douglas MacArthur 1880 - 1964

William Manchester

Language: English

Pages: 611

ISBN: 0316024740

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


MacArthur, the public figure, the private man, the soldier-hero whose mystery and appeal created a uniquely American legend, portrayed in a brilliant biography that will challenge the cherished myths of admirers and critics alike.

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as the Japanese were pictured as a blinky-eyed, toothy Gilbert and Sullivan race, so the South Seas was an exotic world where lazy breezes whispered in palm fronds, and Sadie Thompson seduced missionaries, and native girls dived for pearls wearing fitted sarongs, like Dorothy Lamour. In reality, the proportions of the women there were closer to those of duffel bags. It is quite true that most Pacific veterans could later recollect scenes of great natural beauty—the white orchids and screaming

Japan, where Americans owned no stock and the General had time to devise his own civil policies, MacArthur would execute a spectacular about-face. In the early 1940s, however, he was busy with the war. In addition, the newcomer exploited his vanity. “Whitney was a consummate flatterer,” another former aide recalls. “He poured it on and the General ate it up.”11 In Manila the shifting political kaleidoscope had the undivided attention of Manuel Roxas y Acuna, the most fascinating and enigmatic

Philippines and then move south into the Dutch East Indies. Who gave you that rumor, anyhow?” Kenney replied, “A man named Franklin Delano Roosevelt.” He recalls, “MacArthur tried to keep the same expression, but it was no use. He was as pleased as I was … . I didn’t have anything against Nimitz, but I thought MacArthur was the better man for the job.”117 On April 3 the Pentagon, having received its marching orders from FDR, announced a reorganization of Pacific commands. The old geographical

sank into a peaceful coma. He died at 2:39 P.M. Sunday from acute kidney and liver failure.50 At 5:07 P.M. a twelve-car autocade left Walter Reed for New York—there was a touching scene between Jean and a nurse, both red-eyed, consoling each other—and a police escort led the hearse and the rest of the cavalcade through the dank evening to Manhattan’s Seventh Regiment Armory at Park Avenue and Sixty-sixth Street. By 10:47 P.M. when the coffin was carried into the armory’s Clark Room, the tributes

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