H. W. Brands: 'The General Versus The President'

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Town Hall Seattle says
At the height of the Korean War, President Harry S. Truman set off massive international consternation when he was asked by a reporter about the possible use of atomic weapons in response to China’s entry into the war. He replied, “The military commander in the field will have charge of the use of the weapons, as he always has,” suggesting that General Douglas MacArthur, the willful, fearless, and highly decorated commander of the American and U.N. forces, had his finger on the nuclear trigger. A correction quickly followed, but the damage was done. Master storyteller and historian H. W. Brands, twice a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, brings us the riveting story of Truman, one of the most unpopular presidents in American history, in a battle of wills against the egotistical, popular MacArthur. Evoking a time rocked by polarizing forces from McCarthy’s rampant fear-mongering to Stalin’s blockade of West Berlin, The General vs. the President captures a period of intense turmoil and change in America.
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By: Town Hall Seattle

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