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The General vs. the President: MacArthur and Truman at the Brink of Nuclear War

Condition: BRAND NEW
ISBN: 9780385540575
Author(s): H.W. Brands
Format: Hardcover
Year: 2017
Publisher: Doubleday Books
Dimensions: 156 x 0 x 235 (w x l x h)
Pages: 448

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From master storyteller and historian H. W. Brands, twice a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, comes the riveting story of how President Harry Truman and General Douglas MacArthur squared off to decide America's future in the post-World War II order. At the height of the Korean War, President Harry S. Truman committed a gaffe that sent shockwaves around the world. When asked by a reporter about the possible use of atomic weapons in response to China's entry into the war, Truman replied testily, 'The military commander in the field will have charge of the use of the weapons, as he always has.' This suggested that General Douglas MacArthur, the willful, fearless, and highly decorated commander of the American and UN forces, had his finger on the nuclear trigger. A correction quickly followed, but the damage was done; two visions for America's path forward were clearly in opposition, and one man would have to make way. Truman was one of the most unpopular presidents in American history. Heir to an economy struggling off its war footing, a ruined Europe, and increasing tension with the Soviet Union, on no issue was the path ahead clear and easy.
General MacArthur, by contrast, was incredibly popular, as untouchable as any officer has ever been in America. The lessons he drew from World War II were absolute: appeasement leads to disaster, and a showdown with the communists was inevitable-the sooner Please click here to ask a question
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