(EBOOK FREE) [The General and the President MacArthur and Truman at the Brink of Nuclear War] AUTHOR H.W. Brands

On the military as the next seven countries combined This is not necessarily a criticism only an observation but it means the strength of the military in terms of budget and political capital is enormous That makes the threat of praetorianism very very realTruman stood up to that As Brands writes Truman s bold stroke in firing MacArthur ended his own career as surely as it terminated MacArthur s but it sustained hope that humanity might survive the nuclear age We are right now in a very different set of circumstances still hoping that humanity might survive the nuclear age The General vs the President illustrates some of the difficult decisions reuired to make that possible Interesting and informative ook 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 s ego certainly played a great part in what happened In some ways the situation reminded of that experienced between McClellan and Lincoln during the Civil War MacArthur seemed to have the same contempt for the civilians who ran the government Perhaps the fact that he was thousands of miles from Washington gave MacArthur a feeling of being the one in control the one who SHOULD be making the decisionsThe author does a good job explaining the politics of the time and the investigation following the firing All in all I So B. It learned a great deal from this book Fast paced never dull this is a fascinating and intriguing story of the rivalry and tension between President Truman and General MacArthur America s commanding general in Asia and the UN s commanding general in the Korean War The author is not perceptibly biased toward either man and I found myself switching sides several times In the In his book The General Vs The President MacArthur and Truman at the Brink of Nuclear War renowned historian HW Brands takes an in depthook 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 elsewhere The General Vs The President is exceptionally well written and HW Brands proves to be a masterful storyteller The narrative is engaging and entertaining as the author tells the history of events through the eyes 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 Cabaret limited victory are still being felt today Ultimately both men had tremendous egos 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 even if a bit partial I was given a free copy from the publisher in exchange for my honest review This is a great comparison study Professor Brands is a master storyteller I thoroughly enjoyed reading this bookAfter World War II MacArthur was extremely popular Theessons he earned from WWII were absolute appeasement eads to disaster and a showdown with the communists was inevitable and as far as Douglas MacArthur was concerned the sooner the better At the time Truman was an unpopular president Truman faced a struggling economy a ruined Europe and increasing hostilities with the Soviet Union Senator Joseph McCarthy was in full swing and he had a hostile divided Congress Also Truman A detailed readable and engaging history of Truman and MacArthur s relationship Brands treats Truman favorably but his treatment of both men is fair and evenhanded 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 ack of concern for Chiefs on the other along with the Joint Chief s apparent ack of concern for "possibility of MacArthur advancing northward Truman also comes off as in over his head at times MacArthur s "of MacArthur advancing northward Truman also comes off as in over his head at times MacArthur s 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 imitations 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 coverage of Truman s motives ike the police action declaration or Republican criticism of him being soft on communism or on his background before the war Brands also suggests that MacArthur s decisions En plein coeur led to American deaths but doesn t really explain why Oddly many 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 If you don t know much about the relationship between Truman and MacArthur then this is a good overview I only had a cursory knowledge so Iearned a The Bookshop on the Shore lot from Brands His writing is good his pace is uick However if you have strong knowledge of the subject then this book might not be for you. Ute appeasementeads to disaster and a showdown with the communists was inevitable the sooner the better In the nuclear era when the Soviets too had the bomb the specter of a catastrophic third World War Dance Real Slow lurked menacingly close on the horizonThe contest of wills between these two titanic characters unfolds against the turbulent backdrop of a faraway war and terrors conjured at home by Joseph McCarthy From the drama of Stalin's blockade of West Berlin to the daringanding of MacArthur's forces at Inchon to the shocking entrance of China into the war The General and the President vividly evokes the making of a new American er. 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 the end 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 The Art of Memoir late choice to serve as Roosevelt s running mate in the 44 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 wouldiaise 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 the early 1950s and the speed at which things moved from a Korean Conflict into a potential Third World War all eyes were watching what might happen China and the Soviets began arming troops and the entire region seemed ready to host the ultimate ideological war with nuclear weapons at the fingertips of both sides MacArthur whose eyes were solely focussed on the war effort made decisions he felt were best at times ignoring the political chess game taking place This contradiction in commands sent by Truman The Day Christ Was Born: The True Account of the First 24 Hours of Jesus's Life left the White House fuming as the president was apparently unable to keep his own general inine Press reports emerged from both arenas making a mockery of the American control of the situation and eaving 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 repercussions by the American people was astoundingly in favour of the general while vilifying Truman A ticker tape parade awaited MacArthur who also testified to his actions in front of Congress only further creating tension within the American sphere The final blow came as the 1952 Presidential Election oomed Had Truman soured the hopes of any Democrat Could MacArthur ride the wave of his popularity into something even arger Only time would tell Brands offers a wonderfully detailed account of this with the Korean War as a sensational backdrop and presents the reader with the ability to choose for themselves who was right in this most intense stand off A captivating piece that will pull the reader to the centre of what could have been a disaster and the end of the world as we know it Perfect for history and war buffs alike Brands shows off his superior abilities with this well paced pieceAdmittedly I have been trying to secure a piece of historical fiction that relates to the Korean War While patiently twiddling my thumbs I thought I ought to invest in a ittle historical background reading which would offer up some facts and a better understanding of the regional struggle Brands not only provides a wonderful backgrounder but he brings the story to ife pulling on history as it relates to all the key players MacArthur China USSR Truman as well as a slew of others who influenced central characters Using a wonderfully alternating chapter seuence begin the reader earns not only the thoughts of one man but a contrast between the two as they synthesised the same information When the two came together on Wake Island the reader could see the clash of titans and the apparent unspoken dislike the two had for one another Brands pulls on historical documents to create this seamless narrative that offers than factual presentation but serves to ay the groundwork for the On June 25 1950 North Korea unleashed groundwork for the On June 25 1950 North Korea unleashed attack against its southern neighbor that set off a war that resulted in 36914 American casualties Many This is the best way to earn historyread The General vs The President HW Brands MustRead 5 parts 68 chapters 416 pages MustListen audio book is alsoexcellent 15 hrs 22 min Review We know what we are in for The Americans can bomb us they can destroy our industries but they cannot defeat us on The Taste of Night (Signs of the Zodiac, landThey may even drop atom bombs on us What then They may kill a few million people Without sacrifice a nation s independence cannot be upheld General Nieh Yen jung Chief of Staff of China s People s Liberation Army to Indian Ambassador KM Panikkar September 1950 North Korea best not make any threats to the United States They will be met with fire and furyike the world has never seen President Donald J Trump August 2017The ast several weeks have seen a drastic increase in tension between the United States and North Korea with each nation s respective eadership treating the delicate art of nuclear diplomacy with all the subtlety of a schoolyard brawl Am I worried Not actively Nuclear war with North Korea does not make my very extensive ist of anxiety inducers However whenever there is a non zero chance of a world altering perhaps ending war it is at the very east worth paying attention Of course nuclear tensions on the Korean Peninsula are nothing new Rather it is a reality that stretches back all the way to the Korean War which began in June 1950 This is the story told by HW Brands in The General vs the President his ively fast paced account of Douglas MacArthur in Korea and the forbidden weapons the President his ively fast paced account of Douglas MacArthur in Korea and the forbidden weapons wanted to use to turn the tide In 1950 No. 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 entry 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 Rth Korean troops poured across the 38th Parallel steamrolling the South Korean troops that stood in their way The United Nations Security Council voted to repel the invasion and UN troops including US soldiers were dispatched to do just that General MacArthur hero of World War II the Supreme Allied Commander in Japan and the commander in chief of the UN command rose to the occasion At Inchon he unleashed a brilliant counteroffensive with a daring amphibious that almost immediately flipped the table on North Korea Suddenly what began as an ignominious route showed signs of being the capstone to MacArthur s career His troops pushed inland driving the NKA north of the 38th Parallel right back from where they d come Not content with the status uo ante bellum MacArthur pursued the fleeing NKA with permission north towards the Yalu a river on the border of North Korea and China This triggered a massive Chinese response tens of thousands of troops reversed the course of the war once again The Chinese intervention which MacArthur had discounted dramatically changed the calculus of the conflict To counter it MacArthur wanted to try a variety of stratagems including using Formosan troops under Chiang Kai shek making cross border aerial attacks into China and even fatefully using atomic weapons This did not sit well in Washington DC which was trying to imit rather than widen the conflict MacArthur unsurprising given his ego believed that President Harry Truman s administration hampered his conduct in Korea But instead of fuming about that in his diary Dear Journal Harry is a jerk MacArthur always his own worst enemy took his grievances public openly advocating for contrary policies The image of a general dictating political uestions did not sit well with Truman Eventually the President fired MacArthur dramatically ending both MacArthur s illustrious military career as well as Truman s own political ife Brands tackles this whole jam packed tale in 398 pages of text In that sense the book s title is a bit misleading While it promises a very narrow focus Brand s coverage is actually pretty broad This is popular history written in narrative fashion with a thriller s pace It gives you the full context starting with mini bios of both MacArthur and Truman a recounting of the events eading to the Korean War and a macro sketch of the ebb and flow of battle before finally getting to the central clash of character between the Old Soldier and the Man from Independence The General vs the President also includes the aftermath of MacArthur s termination including his appearance before the Senate Armed Services and Foreign Relations committees The wake of the firing with MacArthur making famous speeches while unknowingly undermining his own chance at the presidency is as fascinating as any of the stuff that happened while he was still in uniform I iked this I really did But there is a part of me that wanted much In my opinion Brands sacrifices depth for scope and in doing so never uite fulfills the promise in the subtitle of explaining how or even if we got to the brink of nuclear war Part of the reason the book reads so fast is that Brands is narrating from the points of view of his characters As Brands jumps back and forth between MacArthur and Truman you see things through their eyes and get the perspectives and rationalizations For Their Decisions It Should their decisions It should noted that Brands is pretty non partisan here he is not out to destroy either the General or the President In tone Brands as is his wont is rather dispassionate What Brands doesn t really the President In tone Brands as is his wont is rather dispassionate What Brands doesn t really and which I consider a rather important failing is analyze the decisions of Truman or MacArthur with any sort of hindsight We know a ot about the Cold War today than we ever did before Historians have access to files and documents that Korean War contemporaries could only have imagined I wanted Brands to use that expanded knowledge to amplify his narrative I wanted a bit critical analysis of the situation Certain Uestions I Had Such As The Actual Extent Of Soviet I had such as the actual extent of Soviet much debated at the time went unanswered Moreover the central hook of The General vs the President is that MacArthur s actions brought us close to the use of nuclear weapons an act that might have turned a imited war into an uncontainable holocaust of infinitely splitting atoms Brands narrative is so concerned with its central dramatic arc that it never takes the time to explore this facet I wanted details including what contingency plans if any were being made for the use of nuclear arms Too often I sensed that Brands was telling me what happened but not why he provides a good iterary ride but one that acks deeper insights With that said I recognize this was probably aimed at a general audience Certainly it succeeds on the evel of clarity and readability I m confident that someone who has never read a sentence about the Korean War could finish this without getting ost or bogged down The General vs the President also contains important essons As I ve said here and elsewhere Brands is not an axe grinder or a firebrand and this is not a polemic His writing is carefully balanced If he has a strong opinion about Doug MacArthur and most people interested in this era do he is careful to hide it Brands does however come to the very reasonable conclusion that MacArthur s firing was not only justified but important From the founding of the republic Americans saw the wisdom in putting a civilian in charge of the Armed Forces It s hard to believe in this day and age but America used to harbor a powerful skepticism about funding a permanent army That skepticism has of course eroded to an almost comical degree A nation that relied almost entirely on a modest internal constabulary until the 20th century now spends as much. 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 economy a ruined Europe and increasing tension with the Soviet Union on no issue was the path ahead clear and easy General MacArthur by contrast was incredibly popular as untouchable as any officer has ever been in America The essons he drew from World War II were absol. .


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