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Local historian honored for account of Gen. Douglas MacArthur’s presidential aspiration

John McManus

West St. Louis County resident John C. McManus has won the Thomas Fleming Award for outstanding military history writing.

McManus is the Curators’ Distinguished Professor of history and political science at Missouri University of Science and Technology; however, during this academic year, he is serving as the Leo A. Shifrin Distinguished Chair of Military History at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland.

McManus’ award is for a magazine article on Gen. Douglas MacArthur’s stealth campaign for the 1944 Republican presidential nomination. Entitled “The Man Who Would Be President,” the piece is the cover story in the Winter 2019 issue of MHQ: The Quarterly Journal of Military History.

The magazine is available on newsstands through Feb. 12, 2019.

The award honors the legacy of Thomas Fleming, a noted historian who died in July 2017.

“Tom Fleming was my dear friend and mentor for over 25 years,” McManus said. “To me, he embodied true greatness as a writer, a historian and a man.

The award includes a $5,000 cash prize.

McManus is the author of more than a dozen books, including the forthcoming “Fire and Fortitude: The United States Army in the Pacific War, 1941-1943,” which is the first of a two-volume series.

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