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Giant man revisited
I couldn't stand it any more so looked at UC Berkeley library. Joe's book
is there and so is Ed's. Looked at local Contra Costa libraries and Joe's
book is there too, but not Ed's :-( Decided to check Joe's book out locally
and what a pleasure. Spent the whole afternoon and evening reading it. It's
not outdated and written in such a way that it will never be out of date.
Joe has a very readable style and now I want to get another of his books
to read. I think The Best Years will be next but I want to study this one a
little more first. 1945-1950 is an era I haven't read much about but those
were my High School years and I wasn't interested in much more than football,
girls, and pheasant and duck hunting.
Joe undresses just about every public figure he writes about except one
who I have heard deserves it more than anyone. I have heard some very
uncomplimentary things about General Mark Clark from people who knew him. My
information is that he was a real light weight.
But his real ire is spent on General MacArthur and if Joe is right
MacArthur was a real slime ball, and sleazy to boot. My question is how did
the General earn his long impressive record if he was such a jerk? But Joe's
book is pretty well researched so I'm inclined to believe what he has to say.
Joe says MacArthur would invite 4 or 5 prostitutes up to his room to party
for the night but wouldn't screw any of them, he just wanted adulation.
Hmmm...a bit of double entente here Joe?
I don't want to reveal the plot but I don't think Joe likes MacArthur
much. And I'm not sure of the title; Korea, the untold story of the War. I
kept looking for the untold story.