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American Caesar: Douglas Macarthur, 1880-1964
American Caesar: Douglas Macarthur, 1880-1964
By William Manchester
Little, Brown, 1978, 793 pp
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The fullest biography yet of America's most dramatized (by himself and others) military leader. Ideologues of the Right will find the portrait too disparaging and those of the Left, too flattering. That is the price the author pays for presenting MacArthur as he was: simultaneously hateful and inspiring, direct and untrustworthy, realistic and obsessively romantic.