Book Review: MacArthur: America’s General

This work on the enigmatic and polarizing giant General Douglas MacArthur by Mitchell Yockelson is part of “The Generals” series. MacArthur was a man who, through his sheer force of nature, played a big role in shaping the geopolitical realities of the 1940s and 50s, both here at home and abroad. In this book, Yockelson looks at the man’s family life (although not as much attention is paid to his private life as one might hope), his military career, and what made him loved by some and despised by others.

Be ready for a lot of military terminology, necessarily so… but while the book is short the reader should be aware that its heavy in this regard.

One of the critiques of this book that I share with some others who have reviewed it is that the authors seem to assume a Christianity based on relatively little, even though they do not hide all of what some might say were negative aspects of his character. The best one could assume based upon all we know about the man is that his was a cultural Christianity, not unlike many today.

All in all, if you are looking for a full-on, in depth biography of Douglas MacArthur there are probably better places to look than this book. That said, for a relatively basic sketch of the man in his times, I would recommend it with the aforementioned caveats.

This book provided for free by Booksneeze through Thomas Nelson – I was not required to give a positive review of the book.

Author: Matt Privett

Christian. Husband. Father. Pastor.

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