George Marshall

George Marshall

A Biography

Book - 2014
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Examines the life and career of the general who ran the U.S. campaign during the Second World War, the secretary of state who oversaw the successful rebuilding of postwar Europe, and the winner of the Nobel Peace Prize.
Publisher: New York, NY : Harper, [2014]
New York, NY : Harper, [2014]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780060577193
Branch Call Number: B MARSHALL 2014
Characteristics: 552 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm

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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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