General Douglas MacArthur

The task of reconstructing Europe after World War II was divvied up among the handful of victorious nations. But in the Pacific, the job of rebuilding Japan fell, effectively, to a single man: U.S. General Douglas MacArthur. And for five-and-a-half years, the Supreme Commander for the Allied Powers ruled from his office at the Dai-Ichi Life Insurance Building in central Tokyo with an imperiousness to make emperors blush as he sought to transform Japan from a theocratic military dictatorship into a liberal capitalist democracy. It was an exercise without precedent and, more than half a century later, it remains the most...

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