Monday, May 24, 2010

Presidents and Generals: For the History Buff in You

Lincoln vs. McClellan/ Truman vs. MacArthur
Lincoln and McClellan: The Troubled Partnership Between a President and his General by John C. Waugh highlights the differences between the Commander in Chief and his selected second in command of the Army of the Potomac. The title neatly summarizes the content of this highly readable, yet well researched historical treatment of the early years of the Civil War.

Compare and contrast this pair of Civil War personalities with the controversy that occurred years later with President Truman's and his general, Douglas MacArthur's disagreements over policy.

MacArthur's War: Korea and the Undoing of an American Hero by Stanley Weintraub relates how despite MacArthur's WW II successes, Korea changed the image of his career. Writing with insight (the author is a Korean War veteran), Weintraub describes the well publicized controversy that existed between General MacArthur and his boss, the Commander in Chief of all the military forces in Korea.

Readers who enjoy making historical comparisons will find both of these books worthy reads. Also great for fans of military history, biographies, and well written non-fiction.

Post by Bev Simmons