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Macarthur's Coalition: US and Australian Military Operations in the Southwest Pacific Area, 1942-1945 Hardcover – 3 April 2018

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"MacArthur's Coalition contains new insights into the military-to-military relationship between the United States and Australia during the Second World War. The author carefully examines the coalition from its ad hoc origins to its high point of cooperation and (sometimes) mutual respect in 1942-1943, into its decline in 1944-1945."--Peter Williams, author of The Kokoda Campaign 1942: Myth and Reality

"Drawing upon a wide range of primary and secondary sources, Dean explores the long-neglected topic of Australian-American military cooperation during World War II. This highly original and superb book has much to say not only about how military strategy was created and executed but also about the important topic of alliance politics under the pressures of wartime conditions."--Kevin C. Holzimmer, author of General Walter Krueger: Unsung Hero of the Pacific War

"Peter Dean's standout study of coalition warfare in the Southwest Pacific provides intriguing new perspectives on Australia's outsize contributions to MacArthur's campaigns. Dean's fascinating multilevel analysis, anchored in extensive research across multiple archives, emphasizes the critical interplay of personalities from strategic through tactical echelons as well as the importance of intercultural communications as allies adapted to differing command cultures and military doctrines. This fresh reassessment of coalition leadership depicts MacArthur and his cohorts in the sweeping fashion they deserve."--Edward J. Drea, author of Japan's Imperial Army: Its Rise and Fall, 1853-1945

"MacArthur's Coalition provides a deeply researched, innovative, and authoritative study of how the United States and Australia fought together to achieve victory in the Second World War. The book holds important lessons for the conduct of present-day coalition operations--a key feature of modern warfare."--David Horner, emeritus professor, Strategic & Defence Studies Centre, Australian National University

"MacArthur's Coalition is a superb work enormously extending our understanding of that controversial figure and those who served with him. It is deeply researched, vigorously narrated, and admirably evenhanded. It casts brilliant illumination over the full span of relationships from MacArthur and the heights of Australian political and military leadership down to the sharp edge where Australians and Americans confronted a formidable enemy."--Richard B. Frank, author of Downfall: The End of the Imperial Japanese Empire

"Dean provides a balanced account of the evolving relationship between Australia and the United States in the Pacific theater."--Michigan War Studies Review

"Dean has written an excellent book that provides a different perspective on MacArthur along with much information on Australia, its military and SWPA than many readers know. Dan has given a balanced treatment of MacArthur by letting MacArthur's words and deeds speak for themselves along with the opinions of what appears to be a fairly selected set of his contemporaries. His writing is lively, especially in tracing arguments and battle scenes, and his scholarship is superb."--U.S. Military History Review

"In this fine piece of scholarship, Peter Dean moves seamlessly back and forth from the elevated levels of grand strategy--"national interest"--and strategic deliberation to the details of operational planning and tactical action. The result is a comprehensive account of the joint US-Australian campaign in the Southwest Pacific Area from 1942 to 1945."--H-Net Reviews

"An excellent read for anyone interested in the Pacific War or in command problems in a coalition."--New York Military Affairs Symposium

"For an examination of the Southwest Pacific Area and of the roles and interactions of the Americans and Australians in command there, MacArthur's Coalition is an excellent resource."--America in WWII

About the Author

Peter J. Dean is senior fellow at the Strategic and Defence Studies Centre at the Australian National University in Canberra. His many books include The Architect of Victory: The Military Career of Lieutenant-General Sir Frank Horton Berryman, Australia 1942: In the Shadow of War, and, most recently, as editor, Australia 1944-45: Victory in the Pacific.

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