MacArthur and Defeat in the Philippines by Richard Connaughton

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By an expert on the war in the Philippines, a riveting portrait of perhaps America's greatest and very likely most controversial generals at one of the critical moments of World War II.

For many, Douglas MacArthur was a general to be ranked with Grant and Lee; for others he was much bluster and some cowardice. The truth, according to military historian Richard Connaughton, lies somewhere in the middle. MacArthur and Defeat in the Philippines is a judicious and hard-headed portrait of a courageous general and deeply flawed man.

Douglas MacArthur was born into a military family in 1880, and the need to measure up to the heroic example set by his father drove MacArthur. MacArthur's best qualities would be undone by his arrogance, vanity, deviousness and a truly breathtaking capacity for making enemies-FDR chief among them-and so when MacArthur arrived in the Philippines in the mid-30s it was as an exile from Roosevelt's anger.

The Philippines were something of a family business for the MacArthur clan (his father had distinguished himself there at the turn of the century). Against all the odds, he assured Washington and the Philippine government of the islands' defensibility against a Japanese attack. In holding this view, Connaughton argues, MacArthur was proceeding on a notion with as much romance to it as military good sense. Willfully blind to the impending crisis, MacArthur and his troops were vulnerable to attack when it came finally in late December of 1941.

MacArthur and Defeat in the Philippines is a fascinating study of Douglas MacArthur and the crisis of leadership as well as a focussed study of one of the pivotal moments in World War II.
 

About Richard Connaughton

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Romance author Jayne Ann Krentz was born in Borrego Springs, California on March 28, 1948. She received a B.A. in history from the University of California at Santa Cruz and a Masters degree in library science from San Jose State University. Before becoming a full-time author, she worked as a librarian. Her novels include: Truth or Dare, All Night Long, and Copper Beach. She has written under seven different names: Jayne Bentley, Amanda Glass, Stephanie James, Jayne Taylor, Jayne Castle, Amanda Quick and Jayne Ann Krentz. Her first book, Gentle Pirate, was published in 1980 under the name Jayne Castle. She currently uses only three personas to represent her three specialties. She uses the name Jayne Ann Krentz for her contemporary pieces, Amanda Quick for her historical fiction pieces, and Jayne Castle for her futuristic pieces. She has received numerous awards for her work including the 1995 Romantic Times Reviewer's Choice Award for Trust Me, the 2004 Romantic Times Reviewer's Choice Award for Falling Awake, the Romantic Times Career Achievement Award, the Romantic Times Jane Austen Award, and the Susan Koppelman Award for Feminist Studies for Dangerous Men and Adventurous Women: Romance Writers on the Appeal of the Romance.
 
Published September 10, 2001 by Overlook Hardcover. 352 pages
Genres: History, Travel, War. Non-fiction

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During his putative retirement, MacArthur, sporting many ribbons and a baton, became field marshal of the Philippine military—and assumed command of all US forces in the region when WWII broke out.

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A retired colonel in the British army, Connaughton (The Battle for Manila) finds the famed WWII general was so governed by his flaws that even when faced with evidence to the contrary, MacArthur persisted in his belief that the Japanese military was both undertrained and inferior and that the Phi...

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