Supreme Commander

Supreme Commander


Seymour Morris Jr. combines political history, military biography, and business management to tell the story of General Douglas MacArthur's tremendous success in rebuilding Japan after World War II in Supreme Commander, a lively, in-depth work of biographical history complementary to The Generals, The Storm of War, and Truman.

He is the most decorated general in American history—and the only five five-star general to receive the Medal of Honor. Yet Douglas MacArthur's greatest victory was not in war but in peace.

As the uniquely titled Supreme Commander for the Allied Powers, he was charged with transforming a defeated, militarist empire into a beacon of peace and democracy—“the greatest gamble ever attempted,” he called it. A career military man, MacArthur had no experience in politics, diplomacy, or economics. A vain, reclusive, and self-centered man, his many enemies in Washington thought he was a flaming peacock, and few, including President Harry Truman's closest advisors, gave him a chance of succeeding. Yet MacArthur did so brilliantly, defying timetables and expectations.

Supreme Commander tells for the first time, the story of how MacArthur's leadership achieved a nation-building success that had never been attempted before—and never replicated since. Seymour Morris Jr. reveals this flawed man at his best who treated a defeated enemy with respect; who made informed and thoughtful decisions yet could be brash and stubborn when necessary, and who lead the Occupation with intelligence, class, and compassion.

Morris analyzes MacArthur's key tactical choices, explaining how each contributed to his accomplishment, and paints a detailed picture of a true patriot—a man of conviction who proved to be an outstanding and effective leader in the most extraordinary circumstances.

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  • 001 Supreme Commander
    Duration: 10min
  • 002 Chapter 1
    Duration: 15min
  • 003 Chapter 2
    Duration: 38min
  • 004 Chapter 3
    Duration: 13min
  • 005 Chapter 4
    Duration: 36min
  • 006 Chapter 5
    Duration: 23min
  • 007 Chapter 6
    Duration: 17min
  • 008 Chapter 7
    Duration: 18min
  • 009 Chapter 8
    Duration: 19min
  • 010 Chapter 9
    Duration: 37min
  • 011 Chapter 10
    Duration: 31min
  • 012 Chapter 11
    Duration: 22min
  • 013 Chapter 12
    Duration: 20min
  • 014 Chapter 13
    Duration: 27min
  • 015 Chapter 14
    Duration: 19min
  • 016 Chapter 15
    Duration: 25min
  • 017 Chapter 16
    Duration: 30min
  • 018 Chapter 17
    Duration: 29min
  • 019 Chapter 18
    Duration: 15min
  • 020 Chapter 19
    Duration: 37min
  • 021 Chapter 20
    Duration: 28min
  • 022 Chapter 21
    Duration: 32min
  • 023 Chapter 22
    Duration: 10min
  • 024 Chapter 23
    Duration: 41min
  • 025 Chapter 24
    Duration: 16min
  • 026 Chapter 25
    Duration: 36min
  • 027 Chapter 26
    Duration: 14min
  • 028 Credits
    Duration: 32s
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