George Marshall

George Marshall

A Biography

eBook - 2014
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This biography, the first to offer a complete picture of his life, follows George C. Marshall from his childhood in western Pennsylvania and his 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 casts light on the inspiration he took from historical role models, such as George Washington and Robert E. Lee, and his relationships with military brass, the Washington political establishment, and world leaders, from Harry Truman to Chiang Kai-shek. It explores Marshall's triumphs and defeats 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 his failed attempt to unite China's Nationalists and Communists.
Publisher: ©2014
New York, NY :, Harper, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers,, 2014.
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2014
ISBN: 9780062365743
0062365746
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Summary: This biography, the first to offer a complete picture of his life, follows George C. Marshall from his childhood in western Pennsylvania and his 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 casts light on the inspiration he took from historical role models, such as George Washington and Robert E. Lee, and his relationships with military brass, the Washington political establishment, and world leaders, from Harry Truman to Chiang Kai-shek. It explores Marshall's triumphs and defeats 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 his failed attempt to unite China's Nationalists and Communists.

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BurqueExpat
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.

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daileydan
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.

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richmondbch
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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