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George C. Marshall: Ordeal and Hope: 1939-1942 (George C. Marshall #2)

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1966: by Forrest C. Pogue - 491 pages - Marshall is seen here in all his public and private dealing with the other soldiers, statesmen, and politicians who shaped the course of the war.
Hardcover, 512 pages
Published December 7th 1966 by Viking Adult (first published January 1st 1966)
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David
Apr 07, 2015 David rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Anyone interested in WW II
Recommended to David by: found Vol 1 at sale, reading others to follow
This second volume of four is a big improvement over volume One. Probably most of the difference comes from the much more interesting work in which Marshall was involved -- the vast and difficult job of getting a next-to-disarmed US Army ready for what was ahead. Pogue's writing isn't exciting but it's clear and the book moves along smoothly. The first-person interviews that inform much of the research is illuminating.

The first year of WW Two probably is the least-known period of the war but tha
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Feb 26, 2015 Jeff rated it liked it
The second of a four book series on Marshall is much like the first, it provides a lot of back story and Detail to historical events leading up to Pearl Harbor attacks and our foray into WWII. It's my opinion that some of the detail included is unnecessary to relate the history of the times and Marshall's role as an actor in it. However, the book is well worth the read to those who enjoy reading about history and this influential figure of his time.

I would also recommend Thomas Rick's book "The
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lengthy, but full of insight and back story. It's been my back burner book for a while and I'm glad to have finished it. Now two more books in the four volume set.
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Forrest Carlisle Pogue Jr. was an official United States Army historian during World War II. He was a proponent of oral history techniques, and collected many oral histories from the war under the direction of chief Army historian S. L. A. Marshall. He also served for many years as the Executive Director of the George C. Marshall Foundation as well as Director of the Marshall Library located on ...more
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