This is a book review of MacArthur: America's General by Mitchell Yockelson. I was very interested to read this book, as I know very little about General Douglas MacArthur. Unfortunately, after trying to read it two separate times, I had to give up. I found out a little information about MacArthur, but I could not force myself to read the whole thing. As interesting a subject for a biography that General MacArthur is, this is a poorly written book. I kept being distracted and thrown out of the narrative by the writing. Rather than a researched biography, this book seems like its been cobbled together with quotes from other sources. It reminds me of a research paper from one of my students, where the quotes are simply used because they are a requirement and do not flow with the writing. If this was an occasional thing it would be okay, but it is constant. In addition, it often seems like many sections were written independently from one another because information can be presented as new in one paragraph that follows a previous paragraph where the same information was just presented. I'm sure that MacArthur is a fascinating subject and that the information contained in the book is accurate, but because of the writing I will not be reading, nor recommending, this particular book.
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