General Douglas MacArthur's storied career is inextricably
linked to Asia. His father, Arthur, served as Military Governor of
the Philippines while Douglas was a student at West Point, and the
younger MacArthur would serve several tours of duty in that country
over the next four decades, becoming friends with several
influential Filipinos, including the country's future president,
Emanuel L. Quezon. In 1935, he became Quezon's military advisor, a
post he held after retiring from the U.S. Army and at the time of
Japan's invasion of 1941. As Supreme Commander for the Southwest
Pacific, MacArthur led American forces throughout the Pacific War.
He officially accepted Japan's surrender in 1945 and would later
oversee the Allied occupation of Japan from 1945 to 1951. He then
led the UN Command in the Korean War from 1950 to 1951, until he
was dismissed from his post by President Truman.
In MacArthur in Asia, the distinguished Japanese
historian Hiroshi Masuda offers a new perspective on the American
icon, focusing on his experiences in the Philippines, Japan, and
Korea and highlighting the importance of the general's staff-the
famous "Bataan Boys" who served alongside MacArthur throughout the
Asian arc of his career-to both MacArthur's and the region's
history. First published to wide acclaim in Japanese in 2009 and
translated into English for the first time, this book uses a wide
range of sources-American and Japanese, official records and oral
histories-to present a complex view of MacArthur, one that
illuminates his military decisions during the Pacific campaign and
his administration of the Japanese Occupation.
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