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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (2,980 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: William Manchester Narrator: Grover Gardner Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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“[Douglas MacArthur] was a great thundering paradox of a man, noble and ignoble, inspiring and outrageous, arrogant and shy, the best of men and the worst of men, the most protean, most ridiculous, and most sublime. No more baffling, exasperating soldier ever wore a uniform. Flamboyant, imperious, and apocalyptic, he carried the plumage of a flamingo, could not acknowledge errors, and tried to cover up his mistakes with sly, childish tricks. Yet he was also endowed with great personal charm, a will of iron, and a soaring intellect. Unquestionably he was the most gifted man-at-arms this nation has produced.”—William Manchester

Virtually all Americans above a certain age hold strong opinions about Douglas MacArthur. They either worship him or despise him. And they are all wrong, because their premises are rooted in apocrypha. Now, one of our most outstanding writers, after a meticulous three-year examination of the record, presents his startling conclusions in this superb book. The narrative is gripping because the General’s life was fascinating. It is moving because he was a man of vision. It finally ends in tragedy because his character, though majestic, was tragically flawed.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Gracefully written, impeccably researched and scrupulus in every way—a thrilling and profoundly ponderable piece of work.”

    Newsweek

  • “[Douglas MacArthur] was a great thundering paradox of a man, noble and ignoble, inspiring and outrageous, arrogant and shy,t he best of men and the worst of men, the most poretean, most ridiculous, and most sublime.”

    William Manchester

  • “A blockbuster of a book…It reads like a novel, but all of it is based firmly on the complex but fascinating record.”

    New York Magazine

  • “A through and spellbinding book...a dramatic chronicle of one of America’s last epic heroes.”

    Saturday Review

  • “Listening to [Gardner], one imagines a jovial uncle delivering a slap on the back and sitting down to describe war experiences in a rich voice filled with humor and pathos. The ‘you-are-there’ quality grabs and holds. This is a carefully done, seamless audio presentation.” 

    AudioFile

  • ANew York Times Bestseller in Nonfiction in 1978

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Guy Arledge | 2/9/2014

    " Good, to be sure. MacArthur's autobiography, "Reminiscences," a worthy companion. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by George | 2/8/2014

    " A very well-written biography that makes Douglas MacArthur come to life. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by John | 1/24/2014

    " Harry Picket gave me this book to read. He was on MacArthurs staff in WW11. He was the owner of a printing shop in DC when i worked there. very good book if you liked AacArthur. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Grahambo | 1/18/2014

    " Perhaps the most brilliant piece of biography I have read. A book as spectacular as the enigma it describes. "

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