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Douglas MacArthur: America's Most Controversial Hero (Jules Archer History for Young Readers)

Jules Archer, Iain C. Martin (Foreword by)


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At twenty-six, Douglas MacArthur was military aide to President Theodore Roosevelt. His courageous leadership of the Rainbow Division during World War I made him a general. At the same time, his reluctance to heed any authority but his own gained him a reputation of arrogance and insubordination that was to shadow his entire career.

As MacArthur helped guide a defeated Japan to democracy, it was remarked that he himself tolerated no democratic questioning of his commands. When he was summoned from Japan to take command of the desperately beleaguered forces in Korea, the conflict between duty and pride brought his career to a dramatic conclusion. With brilliant generalship he saved his army from defeat, only to be removed from his post when he refused to obey the president himself. Douglas MacArthur’s deeds were of heroic proportion, but he is, and will continue to be, one of America’s most controversial figures.

Sky Pony, 9781634501682, 208pp.

Publication Date: January 10, 2017

About the Author

Jules Archer was one of the most respected names in nonfiction for young people. During his lifetime he published more than seventy books, which have been translated into twelve languages throughout the world. He lived in Scotts Valley, California, until his death in 2008.

Iain C. Martin is a freelance writer and historian with an MA in American history from Southern Connecticut State University. Originally from Owego, New York, he now resides in Clinton, Connecticut, with his wife and two children.