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An intemperate general. An unpopular war. A military and diplomatic team in disarray. Those are the challenges President Obama has faced as he attempts to make a success of U.S involvement in Afghanistan. They are also the challenges President Truman surmounted in the winter of 1950 as he began managing a war in Korea that risked becoming bigger and more costly. It was th An intemperate general. An unpopular war. A military and diplomatic team in disarray. Those are the challenges President Obama has faced as he attempts to make a success of U.S involvement in Afghanistan. They are also the challenges President Truman surmounted in the winter of 1950 as he began managing a war in Korea that risked becoming bigger and more costly. It was the first significant armed conflict of the Cold War: United States troops under the command of General Douglas MacArthur came to the aid of the South Koreans after North Korea invaded. When Communist China entered the conflict on the side of the North Koreans, the crisis seemed on the verge of flaring into a world war. Truman was determined not to let that happen. MacArthur kept urging a widening of the war into China itself and ignoring his Commander in Chief. On April 11, 1951, after MacArthur had “shot his mouth off,” as one diplomat put it, one too many times, Truman fired him. The story of their showdown—one of the most dramatic in U.S. history between a Commander in Chief and his top soldier in the field—is captured in all its detail by David McCullough in his biography Truman, and presented here in a e-book called Truman Fires MacArthur (an excerpt of Truman, McCullough’s Pulitzer Prize-winning biography), which was the headline carried in many newspapers around the country the next day. Truman Fires MacArthur will continue to ride the headlines. It will go on sale as an ebook just as the Rolling Stone profile that exposed General Stanley McChrystal’s insurrection and forced his resignation hits newsstands, and media coverage of the showdown continues to draw historical analogies between Truman and Obama.


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An intemperate general. An unpopular war. A military and diplomatic team in disarray. Those are the challenges President Obama has faced as he attempts to make a success of U.S involvement in Afghanistan. They are also the challenges President Truman surmounted in the winter of 1950 as he began managing a war in Korea that risked becoming bigger and more costly. It was th An intemperate general. An unpopular war. A military and diplomatic team in disarray. Those are the challenges President Obama has faced as he attempts to make a success of U.S involvement in Afghanistan. They are also the challenges President Truman surmounted in the winter of 1950 as he began managing a war in Korea that risked becoming bigger and more costly. It was the first significant armed conflict of the Cold War: United States troops under the command of General Douglas MacArthur came to the aid of the South Koreans after North Korea invaded. When Communist China entered the conflict on the side of the North Koreans, the crisis seemed on the verge of flaring into a world war. Truman was determined not to let that happen. MacArthur kept urging a widening of the war into China itself and ignoring his Commander in Chief. On April 11, 1951, after MacArthur had “shot his mouth off,” as one diplomat put it, one too many times, Truman fired him. The story of their showdown—one of the most dramatic in U.S. history between a Commander in Chief and his top soldier in the field—is captured in all its detail by David McCullough in his biography Truman, and presented here in a e-book called Truman Fires MacArthur (an excerpt of Truman, McCullough’s Pulitzer Prize-winning biography), which was the headline carried in many newspapers around the country the next day. Truman Fires MacArthur will continue to ride the headlines. It will go on sale as an ebook just as the Rolling Stone profile that exposed General Stanley McChrystal’s insurrection and forced his resignation hits newsstands, and media coverage of the showdown continues to draw historical analogies between Truman and Obama.

30 review for Truman Fires MacArthur: (ebook excerpt of Truman)

  1. 4 out of 5

    Bill Polson

    A quick read but an enjoyable one. I'm sure one of the reasons I enjoyed it was that it fed my own bias regarding Truman and McArthur. Truman did what was right rather than the right thing (politically expedient). This book exposes thee true character of one of our greatest presidents, a man who protected the office at great cost to his political career. A quick read but an enjoyable one. I'm sure one of the reasons I enjoyed it was that it fed my own bias regarding Truman and McArthur. Truman did what was right rather than the right thing (politically expedient). This book exposes thee true character of one of our greatest presidents, a man who protected the office at great cost to his political career.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Raymond Medrano

    Superman This is an event in history which occurred during my lifetime. Therefore I was anxious to relive the event. The author did not let me down. I have read many of his books and he did not let me down. In his works the reader is immersed into the events.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Eurydicegirlgmail.Com

    Too short This treatment misses the larger historical context: the bumpy evolution of America's economic and security policies in Asia. In particular, using a narrow, rather artificial framework of civilian /state dept command/control over military edits out our naivety and appeasement of a ruthless totalitarian ideology inflamed w messianic zeal to expand statist communism as we observe today in the US, the same dymamic, , an entrenched caste of corrupted politicos are exempt from punishment an Too short This treatment misses the larger historical context: the bumpy evolution of America's economic and security policies in Asia. In particular, using a narrow, rather artificial framework of civilian /state dept command/control over military edits out our naivety and appeasement of a ruthless totalitarian ideology inflamed w messianic zeal to expand statist communism as we observe today in the US, the same dymamic, , an entrenched caste of corrupted politicos are exempt from punishment and secure their power by leftist manipulation of younger frustrated geneations

  4. 4 out of 5

    Chris Blair

    Fascinating and quick read David McCullough writes as to grab the reader and not let go. A great piece of writing and history on a not well known struggle during the "forgotten" war. Fascinating and quick read David McCullough writes as to grab the reader and not let go. A great piece of writing and history on a not well known struggle during the "forgotten" war.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Linda

    I really enjoyed it. This author is talented and made learning the history easy and interesting. There were several times I thought, "I didn't know that!". I want to read more! I really enjoyed it. This author is talented and made learning the history easy and interesting. There were several times I thought, "I didn't know that!". I want to read more!

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