MacArthur at War

World War II in the Pacific


By Walter R. Borneman

Read by David Baker

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The definitive account of General Douglas MacArthur’s rise during World War II, from the author of the bestseller The Admirals.

World War II changed the course of history. Douglas MacArthur changed the course of World War II. Macarthur at War will go deeper into this transformative period of his life than previous biographies, drilling into the military strategy that Walter R. Borneman is so skilled at conveying, and exploring how personality and ego translate into military successes and failures.

Architect of stunning triumphs and inexplicable defeats, General MacArthur is the most intriguing military leader of the twentieth century. There was never any middle ground with MacArthur. This in-depth study of the most critical period of his career shows how his influence spread far beyond the war-torn Pacific.

A Finalist for the Gilder Lehrman Prize for Military History at the New York Historical Society

  • "A first-rate account of its subject and an excellent history of the less-known half of the American experience in the Pacific."
    Robert Messenger, Wall Street Journal
  • "More than any other book I have read, MacArthur at War gives readers a unique portrait of the great general with his almost incredible combination of admirable and detestable qualities. Nearly as important are the insights into unflappable General George C. Marshall, who managed MacArthur's gifts and flaws to wrest victory from near defeat in a global war."
    Thomas Fleming, author of The New Dealers' War: FDR and the War Within World War II
  • "The special quality of MacArthur at War is its combination of research in relevant literature and archives with a fairness of presentation and judgment often missing when MacArthur is the subject."
    Gerhard L. Weinberg, History Book Club
  • "As he did with his previous WWII narrative, The Admirals, Walter Borneman does full justice to yet another colossus of WWII. It took flawed giants to forge victory and this account of the legendary Douglas MacArthur, warts and all, is superb history and an enormously enjoyable read. You can't ask for more."
    Alex Kershaw, New York Times bestselling author of The Bedford Boys and The Longest Winter
  • "A no-holds-barred portrait of a controversial figure and a feast for World War II aficionados."
    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
  • "This balanced account of one of the most notorious Allied World War II generals should be well received by readers interested in World War II history, specifically the ­Pacific Theater."
    Matthew Wayman, Library Journal
  • "Irresistible.... A necessary read for anyone who attempts to understand the man."
    Joseph C. Goulden, Washington Times
  • "[One of the] best examples of the middle ground lying between hero-worship and derision."
    Jonathan W. Jordan, Wall Street Journal
  • "Borneman has found a sweet spot... a worthwhile and commendable addition to military writing."
    Raymond Leach, The Virginian-Pilot

On Sale
May 10, 2016
Hachette Audio

Walter R. Borneman

About the Author

Walter R. Borneman is the author of nine works of nonfiction, including MacArthur At War, The Admirals, Polk, and The French and Indian War. He holds both a master's degree in history and a law degree. He lives in Colorado.

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