The General vs. the President: MacArthur and Truman at the Brink of Nuclear War
H. W. Brands. New York: Doubleday, 2016. 448 pp. Notes. Photos. Illus. $30.
Reviewed by D. M. Giangreco
As 1950 dawned, both General Douglas MacArthur and President Harry S Truman were at the peak of their careers. Truman had won an upset victory in the previous election, while MacArthur had successfully implemented a comprehensive policy of social, economic, and political reforms in Japan that was the envy of even some New Deal Democrats. Within six months, however, the outbreak of war on the Korean Peninsula would lead to a series of events that ultimately forced each of them from public service.