MacArthur, America's General by Mitchell Yockelson, it tells about his life and what makes him who he is. The book also tells about his ups and downs.
In this book the author wrote about his career path and does not only focus on the army life. He came from a strong military family and Christian back ground. The battle ground is well written and easy to comprehend. He was at the right place and time during World War 2.
Wonder what America would have been had he became US president?
I would recommend this book to young cadets that is entering military service and history buff who enjoys reading.
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MACARTHUR by Mitchell Yokelson and Stephen Mansfield is definitely for those who love history and politics. Even though those two areas are not my favorites, I found some tidbits of interesting things in this book. One is regarding his mother. Amazingly, she had a huge influence on him and, at times, a very controling influence! That seems contradictory to the "America's General" aura of this great man from America's history. There were several other surprising bits of information about him and his life. But you will have to read it to find out. But only if you love history and politics, remember?
The history buff in me couldn't wait to get his hands on this book. I wasn't disappointed. Yockelson's prose is easy to read and made this biography of one of America's most iconic heroes an easy page-turner. Yockelson starts with the childhood of Douglas MacArthur, detailing how he grew up as a military kid, moving from post to post whenever his father was transferred. MacArthur grew up seeing the west while it was still wild in many ways and loved the military life.
Yockelson then describes MacArthur's West Point days, as well as his adventures in WWI during which he would earn 7 silver stars, two distinguished service crosses, a Purple Heart and be recommended (though denied) for the Medal of Honor twice. From there MacArthur served as Chief of Staff under Hoover and FDR before being assigned to serve in the Philippines. It was while he was there that the U.S. was drawn into WWII by Japan's bombing of Pearl Harbor.
Again, Yockelson tells of MacArthur's wartime exploits with enough detail to keep the story moving, but not so much to bog the reader down. After WWII came MacArthur's time to serve Japan by rebuilding it's government. Of all his accomplishments, it was his treatment of the Japanese people that I found most noble about this great general. As they describe, he did not treat them as vanquished foes, but as allies in need of help. YOckelson concludes with MacArthur's brilliance in the Korean War, his clashing with Truman and subsequent firing, and his final speeches to congress, and then a decade later to West Point. Sprinkled throughout was the story of a man who tried to honor God the best way he knew how, by honoring his country.
I found the book informative, easy to read and fair. Yockelson doesn't sugarcoat over some of the messier details of MacArthur's life (like the mistress he had while serving as Chief of Staff or his surly attitude towards Truman over Korea and China), but he does treat the life of MacArthur with the respect deserved of a man who gave so much for his country. A must-read for any history fan out there.
Many people know of General Douglas MacArthur because of World War II and his leadership during the war. And, having heard about MacArthur in that almost "hero-worship" sense (the one that you tend to get from those who think of him as the best thing since sliced bread) throughout my school years and from history buffs, I guess I expected a bit more from this book.
MacArthur: America's General by Mitchell Yockelson and Stephen Mansfield is a book that begins by describing General MacArthur's family history and heritage, diving straight into the fact that his own grandfather was a judge and his father had a successful career in the military, as well. Throughout this book, we are given a glimpse into the life and career of General MacArthur.
As much respect as I have for a man like General Douglas MacArthur, I would love to say that I thoroughly enjoyed this book. However, that isn't the case. To be completely honest, I found this book a bit dull at times. I found myself simply having a hard time "getting into" this book and an even harder time staying into it...keeping my attention on the book. 84 As far as most biographies go, I am saddened to say that I was not satisfied with MacArthur: America's General.
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As a homeschooling mom always on the lookout for good materials and resources to add to our library, I was thrilled with the opportunity to receive this book for review. In a world where our country's history is being rewritten in most textbooks and most of our Christian heritage is being left out, I wish to provide my children with ample examples of true accounts of our leader's ~ current and past ~ lives and beliefs.
While no man in history is perfect and MacArthur was no exception, I felt the author did a very thorough job of depicting his strengths and weaknesses, revealing the challenging leader he was who embodied strong character and perseverance. The reader is taken into battle with the general, and also privileged to take a look at his personal life and the beliefs and family that helped to shape the man of excellence and strong leader that he became.
I am glad to add this book to our collection, and know that with two boys who are fascinated with the military and war-related facts and information that it will be read again by them.....and I can feel good about them reading it.
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