George Marshall

George Marshall

A Biography

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A major biography of the World War II general, secretary of state and Nobel Peace Prize winner discusses his essential role in America's wartime logistics, relationships with international leaders and Cold War contributions. 100,000 first printing.


A major historical biography of George C. Marshall—the general who ran the U.S. campaign during the Second World War, the Secretary of State who oversaw the successful rebuilding of post-war Europe, and the winner of the Nobel Peace Prize—and the first to offer a complete picture of his life.

While Eisenhower Patton, Bradley, Montgomery, MacArthur, Nimitz, and Leahy waged battles in Europe and the Pacific, one military leader actually ran World War II for America, overseeing personnel and logistics: Chief of Staff of the U.S. Army from 1939 to 1945, George C. Marshall.

This interpretive biography of George C. Marshall follows his life from his childhood in Western Pennsylvania and his military training at the Virginia Military Institute to his role during and after World War II and his death in 1959 at the age of seventy-eight. It brings to light the virtuous historical role models who inspired him, including George Washington and Robert E. Lee, and his relationships with the Washington political establishment, military brass, and foreign leaders, from Harry Truman to Chiang Kai-shek. It explores Marshall’s successes and failures during World War II, and his contributions through two critical years of the emerging Cold War—including the transformative Marshall Plan, which saved Western Europe from Soviet domination, and the failed attempt to unite China’s nationalists and communists.

Based on breathtaking research and filled with rich detail, George Marshall is sure to be hailed as the definitive work on one of the most influential figures in American history.

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Presents a complete picture of the life of George C. Marshall, from his childhood and military training through his role as chief of staff of the U.S. Army during World War II and his leadership efforts as Secretary of State in rebuilding post-war Europe.

Publisher: New York : Harper, [2014]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2014
ISBN: 9780060577193
Branch Call Number: 973.918092 Marsh-U
Characteristics: 552 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: Unger, Irwin
Hirshson, Stanley P. 1928-


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Feb 14, 2017

Probably like most people, I only knew about General Marshall as the author of the Marshall Plan for stabilizing Europe after WWII. This well-researched book presents an unvarnished portrait of George Marshall's life and persona. It turns out that Marshall was not the sole author of the Marshall Plan, but certainly was instrumental in getting its approval and in its implementation. Like every leader, Marshall was not successful in all his efforts, but this book lays out an astonishing number of tasks that he undertook that required a genuinely unique personality and skill set. The authors help us to appreciate Marshall's organizational skills in taking a woefully inadequate 1940 armed forces from 275,000 to over 8 million men. They also let us empathize with the Herculean task that Marshall faced to keep the WWII alliance together given the very stressful wartime conditions and the bigger-than-life personalities of FDR, Churchill, Stalin and all the prima donna generals and admirals. This biography is an excellent read.

Nov 12, 2016

Easy read, honest, informative, yet fair. I came away still impressed with the man and his accomplishments. 'Paper-pushers' are sometimes more important then they're given credit for.

Nov 13, 2015

A right wing screed. If one did not know better one would read this waste of time and conclude the US lost the war.

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