O'Reilly logo

The Reckoning by David Halberstam

Stay ahead with the world's most comprehensive technology and business learning platform.

With Safari, you learn the way you learn best. Get unlimited access to videos, live online training, learning paths, books, tutorials, and more.

Start Free Trial

No credit card required

6. THE VICTOR

THE FIRST AMERICAN VISION of Japan in the postwar years was a liberal one. It came, ironically, from a deeply conservative man, Douglas MacArthur, the Supreme Commander for the Allied Powers. His was the first and last American raj. He had a powerful sense of both his nation’s destiny and his own; like Charles de Gaulle, whom as a leader he greatly resembled, he saw no difference between the two. Difficult, egocentric, vainglorious, he demanded complete loyalty from those beneath him but did not always bestow comparable loyalty on those above him. He saw himself without living peers; the only men, he thought, from whom he might learn were Lincoln and Washington. His belief in his own vision and fate was so strong that few other ...

With Safari, you learn the way you learn best. Get unlimited access to videos, live online training, learning paths, books, interactive tutorials, and more.

Start Free Trial

No credit card required