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The General vs. the President - MacArthur and Truman at the Brink of Nuclear War

H. W. Brands

From master storyteller and historian H. W. Brands comes the riveting story of how President Harry Truman and General Douglas MacArthur squared off to decide America's future in the aftermath of World War II. At the height of the Korean War, President Harry S. Truman committed a gaffe that sent shock waves around the world. When asked by a reporter about the possible use of atomic weapons in response to China's entry into the war, Truman replied testily, "The military commander in the field will have charge of the use of the weapons, as he always has." This suggested that General Douglas MacArthur, the willful, fearless, and highly decorated commander of the American and U.N. forces, had his finger on the nuclear trigger. A correction quickly followed, but the damage was done; two visions for America's path forward were clearly in opposition, and one man would have to make way. Truman 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 absolute: 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 horizon. The 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 era. From the Hardcover edition.

From master storyteller and historian H. W. Brands comes the riveting story of how President Harry Truman and General Douglas MacArthur squared off to decide America's future in the aftermath of World War II. At the height of the Korean War, President Harry S. Truman committed a gaffe that sent shock waves around the world. When asked by a reporter about the possible use of atomic weapons in response to China's entry into the war, Truman replied testily, "The military commander in the field will have charge of the use of the weapons, as he always has." This suggested that General Douglas MacArthur, the willful, fearless, and highly decorated commander of the American and U.N. forces, had his finger on the nuclear trigger. A correction quickly followed, but the damage was done; two visions for America's path forward were clearly in opposition, and one man would have to make way. Truman 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 absolute: 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 horizon. The 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 era. From the Hardcover edition.
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From master storyteller and historian H. W. Brands comes the riveting story of how President Harry Truman and General Douglas MacArthur squared off to decide America's future in the aftermath of World War II. At the height of the Korean War, President Harry S. Truman committed a gaffe that sent shock waves around the world. When asked by a reporter about the possible use of atomic weapons in response to China's entry into the war, Truman replied testily, "The military commander in the field will have charge of the use of the weapons, as he always has." This suggested that General Douglas MacArthur, the willful, fearless, and highly decorated commander of the American and U.N. forces, had his finger on the nuclear trigger. A correction quickly followed, but the damage was done; two visions for America's path forward were clearly in opposition, and one man would have to make way. Truman 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 absolute: 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 horizon. The 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 era. From the Hardcover edition.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Scott Brick

Length:

15h 25m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

00:16


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

06:08


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

07:16


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

04:33


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

04:59


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

06:34


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

07:33


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

04:05


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

05:12


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

03:24


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

06:37


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

06:32


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

05:07


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

07:43


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

03:09


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

03:08


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

05:17


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

04:10


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

03:18


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

06:36


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

06:18


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

04:47


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

07:20


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

06:16


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

05:28


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

06:20


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

04:52


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

03:31


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

07:03


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

05:08


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

04:55


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

04:34


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

07:10


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

06:38


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

05:06


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

07:25


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

06:08


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

06:41


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

08:00


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

07:14


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

08:41


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

02:57


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

03:27


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

07:32


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

03:53


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

08:21


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

03:19


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

07:14


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

06:48


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

03:06


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

06:42


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

05:36


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

03:22


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

06:06


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

04:29


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

04:59


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

01:49


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

04:41


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

04:07


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

07:51


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

04:14


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

06:44


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

05:46


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

03:54


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

08:40


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

05:29


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

04:54


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

06:08


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

05:53


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

04:01


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

03:36


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

03:18


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

04:06


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

07:16


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

05:49


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

04:39


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

06:38


Chapter 78
Chapter 78

06:57


Chapter 79
Chapter 79

04:52


Chapter 80
Chapter 80

04:24


Chapter 81
Chapter 81

04:27


Chapter 82
Chapter 82

04:14


Chapter 83
Chapter 83

04:14


Chapter 84
Chapter 84

04:09


Chapter 85
Chapter 85

03:34


Chapter 86
Chapter 86

04:57


Chapter 87
Chapter 87

04:29


Chapter 88
Chapter 88

01:34


Chapter 89
Chapter 89

03:54


Chapter 90
Chapter 90

04:41


Chapter 91
Chapter 91

04:20


Chapter 92
Chapter 92

05:49


Chapter 93
Chapter 93

06:03


Chapter 94
Chapter 94

04:37


Chapter 95
Chapter 95

06:08


Chapter 96
Chapter 96

06:35


Chapter 97
Chapter 97

06:30


Chapter 98
Chapter 98

04:56


Chapter 99
Chapter 99

05:12


Chapter 100
Chapter 100

07:03


Chapter 101
Chapter 101

03:34


Chapter 102
Chapter 102

06:32


Chapter 103
Chapter 103

06:38


Chapter 104
Chapter 104

07:07


Chapter 105
Chapter 105

06:03


Chapter 106
Chapter 106

05:44


Chapter 107
Chapter 107

06:08


Chapter 108
Chapter 108

05:37


Chapter 109
Chapter 109

08:05


Chapter 110
Chapter 110

03:40


Chapter 111
Chapter 111

04:50


Chapter 112
Chapter 112

05:39


Chapter 113
Chapter 113

07:47


Chapter 114
Chapter 114

04:25


Chapter 115
Chapter 115

04:40


Chapter 116
Chapter 116

06:05


Chapter 117
Chapter 117

06:09


Chapter 118
Chapter 118

04:44


Chapter 119
Chapter 119

07:58


Chapter 120
Chapter 120

03:35


Chapter 121
Chapter 121

05:16


Chapter 122
Chapter 122

04:28


Chapter 123
Chapter 123

04:37


Chapter 124
Chapter 124

04:22


Chapter 125
Chapter 125

03:14


Chapter 126
Chapter 126

07:20


Chapter 127
Chapter 127

03:05


Chapter 128
Chapter 128

06:26


Chapter 129
Chapter 129

04:40


Chapter 130
Chapter 130

05:05


Chapter 131
Chapter 131

07:51


Chapter 132
Chapter 132

04:46


Chapter 133
Chapter 133

04:44


Chapter 134
Chapter 134

04:28


Chapter 135
Chapter 135

03:05


Chapter 136
Chapter 136

03:45


Chapter 137
Chapter 137

05:51


Chapter 138
Chapter 138

05:41


Chapter 139
Chapter 139

07:41


Chapter 140
Chapter 140

06:58


Chapter 141
Chapter 141

07:48


Chapter 142
Chapter 142

05:37


Chapter 143
Chapter 143

06:21


Chapter 144
Chapter 144

05:00


Chapter 145
Chapter 145

05:25


Chapter 146
Chapter 146

06:03


Chapter 147
Chapter 147

05:54


Chapter 148
Chapter 148

06:58


Chapter 149
Chapter 149

05:52


Chapter 150
Chapter 150

05:18


Chapter 151
Chapter 151

04:51


Chapter 152
Chapter 152

06:58


Chapter 153
Chapter 153

07:22


Chapter 154
Chapter 154

09:00


Chapter 155
Chapter 155

08:50


Chapter 156
Chapter 156

05:51


Chapter 157
Chapter 157

05:43


Chapter 158
Chapter 158

03:41


Chapter 159
Chapter 159

03:42


Chapter 160
Chapter 160

05:22


Chapter 161
Chapter 161

05:20


Chapter 162
Chapter 162

06:57


Chapter 163
Chapter 163

04:46


Chapter 164
Chapter 164

06:13


Chapter 165
Chapter 165

04:11


Chapter 166
Chapter 166

04:38


Chapter 167
Chapter 167

04:55


Chapter 168
Chapter 168

03:58


Chapter 169
Chapter 169

04:07


Chapter 170
Chapter 170

07:47


Chapter 171
Chapter 171

00:34