American Caesar, Douglas MacArthur, 1880-1964 Themes

William Manchester
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One of the relevant themes of the book is ego, basically MacArthur's ego. Ego, obviously, determines personality and this determines how an individual reacts with other people. MacArthur's personality demanded obedience and basically, reverence. He very rarely acknowledged mistakes no matter how serious they were, and his mistakes were frequently overlooked by others, such as the lapses after Pearl Harbor that led to the destruction of the air fleet at the Philippines.

MacArthur, like everyone else, had a flawed personality, and his flow was ego. He rarely used the pronoun "I" when referring to himself and referred to himself as the general or MacArthur. It is almost as if he was in awe of himself.Because of MacArthur's personality, people either loved him or hated him. There was no middle ground. To many people he appeared arrogant and outrageous and his made him hard for them to accept...

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