In his book The General Vs The President MacArthur and "Truman At The Brink Of Nuclear War Renowned Historian HW " at the Brink of Nuclear War renowned historian HW takes an in depth look at the Korean War and the dominating personalities behind US involvement in the conflict With World War II five years past Communism is on the march as North Korea invades South Korea and America must face this new threat Caught off guard and ill prepared President Truman must respond and do so uickly while MacArthur already has plans total victory Will the President and his General be able to subdue the threat before Communism spreads in Asia and lsewhere The *GENERAL VS THE PRESIDENT IS EXCEPTIONALLY *Vs The President is From Notes to Narrative exceptionally written and HW Brands proves to be a masterful storyteller The narrative isngaging and Guitar Makers: The Endurance of Artisanal Values in North America entertaining as the author tells the history ofvents through the yes of Truman and MacArthur Every page has action drama and conflict far from the manuscript of a dry textbook However I find the treatment of Joseph McCarthy depicted as a fringe character troubling As history suggest with the declassification of the Venona Papers the Senator seems justified in his concern about Communist infiltration into the US government In addition President Truman may have been correct in firing General MacArthur for insubordination however it is troubling that it was Truman s piece meal police action foreign policy that caused bloodshed The conseuences of his limited victory are still being felt today Ultimately both men had tremendous gos and the American Forces were caught in the middle of a power struggle All in all The General Vs The President is written in an intriguing and interesting fashion Hard Bread (Phoenix Poets (Paper)) even if a bit partial I was given a free copy from the publisher inxchange for my honest review This is the best way to learn historyread The General vs The President HW Brands MustRead 5 parts best way to learn historyread The General vs The President HW Brands MustRead 5 parts chapters 416 pages MustListen audio book is alsoexcellent 15 hrs 22 min Review A detailed readable and ngaging history of Truman and MacArthur s relationship Brands treats Truman favorably but his treatment of both men is fair and venhanded Brands describes the course of the war and MacArthur s attitude toward the possibility of Chinese intervention as well as the schism between MacArthur on one side and the administration and the Joint Chiefs on the other along with the Joint Chief s apparent lack of concern for the possibility of MacArthur advancing northward Truman also comes off as in over his head at times MacArthur s naivety is often breathtaking Although Truman was vilified at the time of MacArthur s firing Brands argues convincingly that he has been vindicated and he describes how the limitations on US forces were reasonable and actually favored the American sideStill there isn t much new informationand some maps would have helped There is little coverage of Truman s political motives like the police action declaration or Republican criticism of him being soft on communism or on his background bef. 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 suared off to decide America's future in the aftermath of World War II At the height of the Korean War President Harry S Truman committed a gaffe that sent shock waves around the world When asked by a reporter about the possible use of atomic weapons in response to China's ntry 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 .
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ALSO SUGGESTS THAT MACARTHUR S DECISIONSsuggests that MacArthur s decisions to American deaths but doesn t really xplain why Oddly many Foraging for Survival events are described without a specific date And at one point Brands writes that Truman and Clement Attlee had never met before their 1950 meeting reallyA strong well written and compelling work overall Interesting and informative look at the controversial decision to relieve Douglas MacArthur of command during the Korean War Perhaps too much time was spent on the introductory phase but once the war began the story picked up MacArthur sgo certainly played a great part in what happened In some ways *THE SITUATION REMINDED OF THAT EXPERIENCED BETWEEN MCCLELLAN AND *situation reminded of that Fragments experienced between McClellan and during the Civil War MacArthur seemed to have the same In another of his wonderful pieces HW Brands takes the reader into the world of the Korean War alongside a battle that superseded that country s geographic and ideological fate The true clash arose between the military and political wings of the United States specifically General Douglas MacArthur and President Harry Truman Opening the narrative Brands provides the reader with context necessary to understand how both men reached their respective commands MacArthur had been working on keeping the Pacific Theatre under control as Japan surrendered at thend of the Second World War showing compassion over aggression during the victory claimed by the United States Truman on the other hand was hoisted into his position as a late choice to serve as Roosevelt s running mate in the 44 Foundations of Tropical Forest Biology: Classic Papers with Commentaries election only to ascend when the POTUS died in office a few months into the new term When the outbreak of aggression on the Korean Peninsula threatened to turn into a full war the infant United Nations turned to the military strength of the US and MacArthur in particular to head up ground troops in the region Truman held firm that he as Commander in Chief would liaise directly with the UN and his military forces though MacArthur seemed to have his own opinions working directly in the region With technology what it was in thearly 1950s and the speed at which things moved from a Korean Conflict into a potential Third World War all yes were watching what might happen China and the Soviets began arming troops and the ntire region seemed ready to host the ultimate ideological war with nuclear weapons at the fingertips of both sides MacArthur whose yes were solely focussed on the war ffort made decisions he felt were best at times ignoring the political chess game taking place This contradiction in commands sent by Truman left the White House fuming as the president was apparently unable to keep his own general in line Press reports merged from both arenas making a mockery of the American control of the situation and leaving the Communist forces to sit back if only momentarily and watch the implosion One defiance too many saw Truman remove MacArthur from command and send him stateside though the repe. He willful fearless and highly decorated commander of the American and UN forces had his finger on the nuclear trigger A correction uickly followed but the damage was done; two visions for America's path forward were clearly in opposition and one man would have to make wayTruman was one of the most unpopular presidents in American history Heir to a struggling conomy a ruined Europe and increasing tension with the Soviet Union on no issue was the path ahead clear and One Ticket To Texas easy General MacArthur by contrast was incredibly popular as untouchable as any officer hasver been in America The lessons he drew from World War II were absol.