In this engrossing work, Weintraub (The Stillness Heard Round the World) portrays Douglas MacArthur as a man who distinguishes himself far more in political rhetoric and strategies than the military plans he lays for his troops in Korea. Though celebrated for his contributions to the American effort in WWII, MacArthur here comes across as arrogant, headstrong and, often, wrong. The smart, challenging voice of actor Herrmann aptly matches a text that attempts a fair and frank assessment of an outstanding American general whose shortcomings are too often glossed over. Weintraub deftly brings the story alive with sources that range from the testimonies of soldiers on the ground, to conversations from Truman's inner sanctum and among joint chiefs of staff. And listeners will find that the inclusion of a map of the area is an invaluable addition to an already excellent production. Based on the Free Press hardcover (Forecasts, Apr. 17). (May)
Reviewed on: 05/01/2000 Release date: 05/01/2000 Genre: Nonfiction
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