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The General vs. the President: MacArthur and Truman at the Brink of Nuclear War Audio CD – Unabridged, October 11, 2016

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Editorial Reviews


"The General vs. The President is that rare military chronicle that becomes an instant page-turning classic."
San Antonio Express-News

"Fast-paced, dramatic, and amply illustrates why Truman’s stock has been on the rise in recent decades."
Boston Globe

"A vivid accounting of an event that was, on the surface, a personality conflict between two strong-minded figures and, at the bottom, a courageous act that solidified civilian authority over the military in wartime."
Dallas Morning News

"Brands spikes the shadowboxing between [Truman and MacArthur] with vivid dispatches from the battlefield that give his tale a get-along kick."

"A highly readable take on the clash of two titanic figures in a period of hair-trigger nuclear tensions . . . History offers few antagonists with such dramatic contrasts, and Brands brings these two to life."
Los Angeles Times
“Two American heroes tested and tried at their most inspired hours . . . An exciting, well-written comparison study of two American leaders at loggerheads during the Korean War crisis.”
Kirkus Reviews, starred review

About the Author

H. W. BRANDS holds the Jack S. Blanton Sr. Chair in History at the University of Texas at Austin. A New York Times bestselling author, he was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in biography for The First American and Traitor to His Class.

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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Random House Audio; Unabridged edition (October 11, 2016)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0735284954
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0735284951
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 9.6 ounces
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 5.07 x 1.13 x 5.84 inches
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.6 out of 5 stars 654 ratings

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H.W. Brands taught at Texas A&M University for sixteen years before joining the faculty at the University of Texas at Austin, where he is the Dickson Allen Anderson Centennial Professor of History. His books include Traitor to His Class, Andrew Jackson, The Age of Gold, The First American, and TR. Traitor to His Class and The First American were finalists for the Pulitzer Prize.

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4.0 out of 5 stars President deals with an hubristic General
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of History's Greatest Conflicts and the Important Lessons Learned From It
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5.0 out of 5 stars Evidently there was no love no love between MacArthur and Ike Eisenhower so Mac ...
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