But, a new book depicting the horrors of the 1945 liberation of Manila shatters both MacArthur's
image as an invincible American Caesar as well as that of his Japanese military counterpart General Tomoyuki Yamashita as a monolithic villain.
The two sequestered themselves in MacArthur's
suite, then posed for photographers, the young president obviously proud to appear with the aging legend.
I suspect those men had never learned General MacArthur's
true history in detail.
landing at the Lingayen Gulf 73 years ago, the park named in his honor along the beach in Barangay Bonuan here melted back into obscurity.
tenure, his forces first conducted a delay against attacking North Korean forces, then began a counteroffensive with the amphibious landing at Inchon and subsequent push deep into North Korea.
Brands highlights another lesser-known aspect of the Korean War: MacArthur's
desire to bring Chinese Nationalist forces into the fight.
Herman's examples of MacArthur's
willingness to expose himself to bullets in order to inspire others to kill and die take us from Mexico in 1914 to Korea in 1951.
Through memoirs, personal diaries, official histories, and a large number of secondary sources, Borneman weaves together the pieces of his book with special emphasis placed on MacArthur's
mercurial manner of commanding and on his relationship with his staff and with other military commanders, domestic and foreign.
accomplishments in war and in peace are legendary: he bravely and repeatedly led troops across "no man's land" during the First World War; as superintendent, he dragged West Point into the 20th century; he headed-up the U.S.
Even the liberation of MacArthur's
beloved Philippines during 1944-1945 had a little impact on Japan's defeat.
Roosevelt, mainly for political reasons, extended MacArthur's
term as Army chief of staff, but the two repeatedly clashed over budget matters.
The latter is a misunderstood American general, whose promise to find his way back to the Philippines in the 1940s, continues to evoke Hollywood-like allure, complete with a movie poster and catchphrase in the infamous water-wading image and "I Shall Return!" Upon invitation by the US Embassy, James Zobel (not to be mistaken with Jaime Zobel!) is in Manila to tell us the behind-the-scenes details of the movie on MacArthur's
life, in conjunction with the 70th year commemoration of the liberation of the Philippines.