Supreme Commander

MacArthur's Triumph in Japan
CD - unabridged
Audio (9 discs)
Product Number: DD12608
Released: Apr 15, 2014
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781483005942
Narrator/s: Charles Constant
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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, a man 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.

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Author(s): Seymour Morris
Genre: History

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Author(s): Seymour Morris
Narrator(s): Charles Constant
Genre: History
Product Number Z100080063
Released: Apr 15, 2014
Business Term: Purchase
Publisher: HarperAudio
ISBN: #9780062354594
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Author(s): Seymour Morris
Genre: History
Product Number EB00235157
Released: Apr 22, 2014
Business Term: 26 Circ
Publisher: Harper
ISBN: #9780062287953

Professional reviews

"This audio version of MorrisÕs history of General Douglas MacArthurÕs virtual dictatorship over Japan following WWII exceeds its text, and most other versions of this story, in particular the lame rendition in the recent film "The Emperor." Morris is a fine researcher but a somewhat plodding writer, and Charles ConstantÕs steady delivery carries his text through its inevitable dry patches. The story is complicated, full of legal and historical niceties, and its protagonist is larger-than-life and greatly flawed but in many ways an admirable figure. Constant holds together these somewhat disparate and contradictory elements and delivers a narrative that is rewarding both as a character study and a reconstruction of a vital period in twentieth-century history. D.A.W. © AudioFile 2014, Portland, Maine"

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