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Supreme Commander: MacArthur's Triumph in Japan

 
 
Author
Seymour Morris Jr.
Publisher Harper  
Format hardcover
Product Dimensions 9.25 x 6.25 x 1.2 inches
ISBN 9780062287939
Pages/Publication Date 364/2014
Daedalus Item Code 51657
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He is the most decorated general in American history—the only five-star general to receive the Medal of Honor—yet Douglas MacArthur's greatest victory was not in war. As Supreme Commander for the Allied Powers in postwar Japan, MacArthur was charged with transforming the defeated militarist empire into a peace-loving democracy, a task he called "the greatest gamble ever attempted." He achieved his objectives so brilliantly that the postwar bond established between Japan and the United States survives to this day. Combining political history, military biography, and business management analysis, Seymour Morris gives us a sterling portrait of a flawed man at his best—one who treated a defeated enemy with respect and made informed and thoughtful decisions, yet could also be brash and stubborn when necessary, and proved to be an outstanding and effective leader under extraordinary circumstances.

"Morris tells in dramatic fashion how this ultimate warrior, almost overnight, became the ultimate peacemaker, turning a devastated, militarized Japan into a functioning democracy in five years without firing a shot. Considering how we have recently squandered billions of dollars attempting to rebuild Iraq, one wishes the man with the corncob pipe had been in charge. Or that someone in government had bothered to open a history book."—James Bamford

 
 
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