MACARTHUR: 1941-1951 by

MACARTHUR: 1941-1951

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KIRKUS REVIEW

One of the biggest ""do's"" on MacArthur since the end of his career as a soldier who is- as he predicted- ""fading away"", this is being primed for wide publicity and an approving audience. Willoughby, a close friend, and MacArthur's Chief of Intelligence during the war and Chamberlain, an established magazine writer, pay him tribute in an account that is extensively documented and detailed, but it is exhibitive of a one-sided and romanticized expression that should put even the already convinced on guard. For it is MacArthur all the way, and though the chain of events from Bataan and Corregidor to the Korean recall is clearly forged, it has been done with a hero worship often accorded a man grown to legend in our time. Throughout, MacArthur always did the right things the right way. He fought a splendid delaying action in the Philippines without which the Japanese would have gotten south disastrously sooner. In New Guinea his quick strikes were masterpieces of evasion. During the occupation of Japan his aloofness was excellent psychology for a god-minded people, and in Korea his first winning streak an unrecognized victory that should itself have led to political settlement and instead turned into a stalemate botched by mismanagement from Washington, etc., etc. Even granted these are true, they are related in a political and military vacuum that, in its failure to discuss all sides of the question, is its own kind of discredit. A disappointment.

Pub Date: Sept. 29th, 1954
Publisher: McGraw-Hill