Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “The Most Noble Adventure: The Marshall Plan and the Reconstruction of Post-War Europe” as Want to Read:
The Most Noble Adventure: The Marshall Plan and the Reconstruction of Post-War Europe
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating

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

3.89 of 5 stars 3.89  ·  rating details  ·  62 ratings  ·  8 reviews
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)
more details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about The Most Noble Adventure, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about The Most Noble Adventure

This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Add this book to your favorite list »

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30 of 165)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  rating details
Lauren Albert
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
Matt
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
Johanna
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
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.

Annie
Feb 27, 2008 Annie rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  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.
The
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
Very interesting. Fascinating to find out how the Marshall Plan plugs right into the Treaty of Rome and the modern European Union.
JaNel
Jun 14, 2012 JaNel marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: interest, novel
This book is at SLC.
Bozz
Bozz marked it as to-read
Sep 22, 2014
Gina
Gina added it
Sep 09, 2014
Katie
Katie marked it as to-read
Sep 04, 2014
Dj
Dj marked it as to-read
Aug 26, 2014
Sumit
Sumit marked it as to-read
Aug 25, 2014
Amanda
Amanda is currently reading it
Aug 17, 2014
Montana Jillian
Montana Jillian marked it as to-read
Aug 12, 2014
Jeff
Jeff marked it as to-read
Aug 04, 2014
Megan
Megan marked it as to-read
Jul 11, 2014
Dennis
Dennis marked it as to-read
Jul 03, 2014
Jay Verhorevoort
Jay Verhorevoort marked it as to-read
Apr 22, 2014
Thomas M Olson
Thomas M Olson marked it as to-read
Apr 06, 2014
David
David added it
Mar 14, 2014
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »
The Invisible People: How the U.S. Has Slept Through the Global AIDS Pandemic, the Greatest Humanitarian Catastrophe of Our Time The Invisible People: How the U.S. Has Slept Through the Global AIDS Pan

Share This Book