Thursday, June 30, 2011

"MacArthur: America's General" by Mitchell Yockelson ~ Book Review

552921: MacArthur: America"s General MacArthur: America's General

By Mitch Yockelson / Thomas Nelson


During a military career that spanned fifty-two years and included service in three major wars, Douglas MacArthur was adored by the publoc and the soldiers who served under his comman on the battlefields of the Western Front, the Pacific Theater, and Korea.

Living in the shadow of his famous father, Arthur MacArthur, Douglas set forth on a path to achieve greatness as a gentleman, scholar, and hero. Such aspirations earned him more than 100 military decorations, including the Medal of Honor. His life was not without flaws, however, and this intimate biography critically examines controversies such as MacArthur's response to the Bonus Marchers in 1932, and his outspoken criticism of President Truman that led to his dismissal from the Army he so dearly loved. Douglas MacArthur was a national icon, and this book is a fitting tribute.

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As a homeschooling mom  always on the lookout for good materials and resources to add to our library, I was thrilled with the opportunity to receive this book for review.  In a world where our country's history is being rewritten in most textbooks and most of our Christian heritage is being left out, I wish to provide my children with ample examples of true accounts of our leader's ~ current and past ~ lives and beliefs.

While no man in history is perfect and MacArthur was no exception, I felt the author did a very thorough job of depicting his strengths and weaknesses, revealing the challenging leader he was who embodied strong character and perseverance.  The reader is taken into battle with the general, and also privileged to take a look at his personal life and the beliefs and family that helped to shape the man of excellence and strong leader that he became.

I am glad to add this book to our collection, and know that with two boys who are fascinated with the military and war-related facts and information that it will be read again by them.....and I can feel good about them reading it.  

This book was provided by BookSneeze in exchange for my honest review.  

2 comments:

Warren Baldwin said...

I liked your review. Gen. MacArthur has been and still is one of my favorite military figures to read about. He was a great man for this country.

Jill said...

Thank you ~ so glad to have you stop by again! It's so good to have quality resources available....a freedom I don't take for granted!!