Subtitled A Precis in Limited War, this is a dry and dusty document whose 496 footnotes are calculated to stupefy even the most intrepid reader. Each of the 12 chapters is introduced by a number of quotations from such military worthies as Gen. Marshall, Theodore Roosevelt, Joseph Stalin, and Gen. MacArthur himself. A certain respect for Clausewitz, and a brash lack of it for the General, are evidenced in Higgins' recital of events culminating in MacArthur's dismissal and the great deal that has been said and written about it since. Those who admire MacArthur will find this a peculiarly captious treatment of the case; those who dislike their memories of the military personality may take some dour satisfaction in Higgins' use of ""ambivalent"", ""absolutist"", ""headstrong"", to describe the intemperance of the man's last months as an army officer. Scholars will find nuggets of fact and conflicting opinions buried under a welter of names and dates.