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The Most Noble Adventure: The Marshall Plan and the Reconstruction of Post-War Europe

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In this landmark, character-driven history, Greg Behrman tells the story of the Marshall Plan, the unprecedented and audacious policy through which America helped rebuild World War II-ravaged Western Europe. With nuanced, vivid prose, Behrman recreates the story of a unique American enterprise that was at once strategic, altruistic and stunningly effective, and of a time w ...more
Hardcover, 464 pages
Published February 28th 2008 by Aurum Press (first published 2007)
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Lauren Albert
Nov 17, 2010 Lauren Albert rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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At the end of his life, in his speech accepting the Nobel Peace Prize, George Marshall said "democratic principles do not flourish on empty stomachs." The Marshall plan is one of the best examples of enlightened self-interest in action. With misery everywhere in Europe, and the communist parties gaining ground in many countries, the United States found a way to give help and hope without taking away pride. By turning the initiative over to the European countries, the US actually laid the groundw ...more
Aug 01, 2011 Matt rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book does an excellent job discussing the both the national altruism and strategic self-interest behind the Marshall Plan. The author makes a very good effort in describing the positive and negative aspects of the plan, but firmly believes that the Marshall Plan helped save post-WWII Europe from economic and political disaster. I found the beginning part of the book (development and implementation of the plan) the most interesting, but got bored with some of the bureaucratic details that fo ...more
Aug 25, 2015 J.S. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Detailed history of the plan that helped Europe get back on it's feet after WWII and kept Stalin and the communists from spreading their influence into Western Europe. Greg Behrman gives the account of how Secretary of State George Marshall's speech went from an idea to such an ambitious plan.

Following the War, Europe was in shambles. Germany had been the major manufacturing power but industry and distribution channels had been disrupted and destroyed. The people were discouraged and pessimisti
This is a wonderful book, very well explained, on an important part of 20th century history. To better appreciate the value of the Marshall Plan, this book was all the richer experience after first reading Ike: An American Hero, an equally wonderful book, which lays out the historical context that led to the dire need for implementing the Marshall Plan to save Europe from Communism. The Second World War had decimated Europe, the economy, industry, infrastructure, food production. I would encoura ...more
Feb 01, 2009 Johanna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I found this so interesting to read during our own current and recent wars; it taught me a great deal about the post-WWII hardships suffered by all Europeans, and the commitment and sacrifice Americans made, in a thoughtful and deliberate manner, to support the rebuilding effort.
Glenn Hyman
Dec 28, 2008 Glenn Hyman rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a great book for 2008/2009, given the global economic crisis and the need for practical solutions. The Marshall Plan rallied lots of pragmatic people to do the right thing to get Europe up on its feet after WWII. Europe had been devastated by the war.

Feb 27, 2008 Annie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: those interested in leadership studies, history
Engaging non-fiction account of the post-WWII Marshall Plan to help rebuild Europe. Filled in some gaps in my knowledge of this time period and initative.

Also interesting glimpse at the leadership (and quirks) of the key thinkers and doer of this age.
Feb 20, 2009 The rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very interesting stuff. The scale of the task, the dynamics involved, etc., are remarkable. And to see people in government operating from motives other than self-enrichment and self-aggrandizement is very refreshing, if bittersweet.
Sam Critchley
Mar 13, 2013 Sam Critchley rated it really liked it
Very interesting. Fascinating to find out how the Marshall Plan plugs right into the Treaty of Rome and the modern European Union.
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