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We know what we are in for The Americans can bomb us they can destroy our industries but they cannot defeat us on 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 fury like the world has never seen President Donald J Trump August 2017The last several weeks have seen a drastic increase in tension between the United States and North Korea with each nation s respective leadership 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 list of anxiety inducers However whenever there is a non zero chance of a world altering perhaps ending war it is at the very least 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 lively fast paced account of Douglas MacArthur in Korea and the forbidden weapons he wanted to use to turn the tide In 1950 North 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 limit 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 life 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 leading 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 liked 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 be 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 do and which I consider a rather important failing is analyze the decisions of Truman or MacArthur with any sort of hindsight We know a lot 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 participation 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 limited 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 literary ride but one that lacks deeper insights With that said I recognize this was probably aimed at a general audience Certainly it succeeds on the level of clarity and readability I m confident that someone who has never read a sentence about the Korean War could finish this without getting lost or bogged down The General vs the President also contains important lessons 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 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 The Test of My Life use of atomic weapons in response to China's entry into the war Truman 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We know what we are in for The Americans can bomb Verliebt in Hollyhill Hollyhill #2 us on landThey may even drop atom bombs on Nepalese economy and India us What then They may kill a few million people Without sacrifice a nation s independence cannot be De padre a hija 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 fury like the world has never seen President Donald J Trump August 2017The last several weeks have seen a drastic increase in tension between the United States and North Korea with each nation s respective leadership 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 list of anxiety inducers However whenever there is a non zero chance of a world altering perhaps ending war it is at the very least 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 lively fast paced account of Douglas MacArthur in Korea and the forbidden weapons he wanted to Patria o suerte venceremos use to turn the tide In 1950 North 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 Las puertas del Edén 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 Desencanto 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 PorVenir Caminos al desarrollo argentino using Formosan troops Peueña flor using atomic weapons This did not sit well in Washington DC which was trying to limit rather than widen the conflict MacArthur Ashenden 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 Starstruck Fame Failure My Family and Me 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 life 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 leading 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 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FREE READ The General and the President MacArthur and Truman at the Brink of Nuclear War FREE DOWNLOAD The General and the President MacArthur and Truman at the Brink of Nuclear War î PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB H.W. Brands × 6 FREE DOWNLOAD 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 lessons he drew from World War II were absol. 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 lack of concern for the possibility of MacArthur advancing northward Truman also comes off as in over his head at times MacArthur s naivety 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 limitations 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 political motives like 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 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 A lingua de fora 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

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FREE READ The General and the President MacArthur and Truman at the Brink of Nuclear War FREE DOWNLOAD The General and the President MacArthur and Truman at the Brink of Nuclear War î PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB H.W. Brands × 6 FREE DOWNLOAD Ute appeasement leads 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 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 daring landing 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. 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 I learned a 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 The Strain uick However if you have strong knowledge of the subject then this book might not be for you


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  • Hardcover
  • 416
  • The General and the President MacArthur and Truman at the Brink of Nuclear War
  • H.W. Brands
  • English
  • 02 April 2020
  • 9780385540575