The Years of MacArthur, Volume 1 Book Summary and Study Guide

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This first volume of a trilogy dedicated to the life of General of the Army Douglas MacArthur covers the years from his birth in 1880 until America's entry into World War II in 1941. MacArthur, the son of a Medal of Honor winning Union officer during the Civil War, is himself a brilliant, egotistical, vainglorious man who is his father's equal as a military leader. After graduating first in his class from West Point, he rises from relative obscurity in the Army during the years before World War I. During the "war to end wars" (1917-18), MacArthur proves himself a brilliant strategist and tactician, and an uncommonly brave field officer. He is promoted from Captain to Major General during the war, and wins several decorations, including the Distinguished Service Cross.
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Between the World Wars, MacArthur continues his steady rise in rank. By 1941, when he is 61 years old, MacArthur has retired from the Army and has decided to remain in the Philippines, where he has served for several years as America's military governor. On the eve of America's entry into World War II, with the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor having already been completed, MacArthur is found impatiently awaiting the expected attack on Manila.

D. Clayton James, the author of this masterful three-volume "Years of MacArthur," is widely recognized as the foremost authority on the life of this brilliant and controversial army general. These volumes are well researched and written and highly readable, although they lack the narrative flair of William Manchester's "American Caesar."   

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Plot & Themes

job/profession:    -   soldier, infantry Job/profession/poverty story    -   Yes Period of greatest activity?    -   1900+

Subject of Biography

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   infantry soldier Ethnicity    -   White Nationality    -   American


How much descriptions of surroundings?    -   3 () United States    -   Yes Asia/Pacific    -   Yes Asian country:    -   Southeast Asia    -   Pacific Islands Misc setting    -   fort/military installation Century:    -   1930's-1950's

Writing Style

Book makes you feel?    -   thoughtful Pictures/Illustrations?    -   A lot 11-15 B&W How much dialogue in bio?    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog How much of bio focuses on most famous period of life?    -   26-50% of book

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