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George C. Marshall: Soldier Statesman of the American Century

(Twayne's Twentieth-Century American Biography Series #10)

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In a career that paralleled the emergence of the United States as an international power, Marshall was a participant in every significant event contributing to the nation's status as a superpower. From his first combat duty in the Philippines at the turn of the century, through both World Wars, into the cold war and the Korea conflict, Marshall was a key figure in devising ...more
Paperback, 208 pages
Published February 1st 1989 by Twayne Publishers
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Florence Millo
Mar 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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George Catlett Marshall was born on December 31, 1880 in Uniontown, PA. He did not attend West Point but followed his brother Stuart to VMI. He was spurred to achievement when he overheard a conversation in which Stuart did not want him to attend VMI for fear of his embarrassing the family. Not only did he not embarrass the family but he went on to become a campus leader at VMI. Thus began his military life in service to his country. He was mentored during WW I by General Pershing with whom he r ...more
Peter Harrington
Mar 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
I gave this book four stars as it was a well written biography about George Marshall by Mark Stoler. I would have given it five stars but it lacked a lot of personal background information about George Marshall. For example, there were hardly any details about his first wife that dies...she just dies...he seems to miss her and that is all said about that. The book is more focused on his political impacts after WWII, which were very significant.
Roger
Feb 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
A very impressive soldier / statesman likened to George Washington - which is fair considering his decades of service as a soldier / general, followed by stints as emissary to China, Secretary of State and Secretary of Defense. I visited his residence / quarters in Vancouver, Washington a couple of years ago and the museum there piqued my interest in reading more about him. He was the glue that held America’s efforts together through World War II, besides his many other accomplishments.
Charlie Canning
Apr 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Like most people with only a cursory knowledge of American history, I had thought that Marshall's claim to fame was largely based on the celebrated plan to rebuild Europe after the Second World War. I'd never realized that it had been Marshall's managerial and planning skills that had made victory possible in the first place. But Stoler's George C. Marshall: Soldier Statesman of the American Century sets the record straight: No single person in the twentieth centu ...more
Paul
Dec 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
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Interesting read about how powerful the Army's Chief of Staff was during WWII. Thankfully we had his skillset and reputation to guide the creation of the Army during that timeframe. Starts with Marshall's experience in the Philippines and goes through the details of WWII.
Katie Sloan
Sep 26, 2007 rated it it was amazing
This was a fascinating book about an often overlooked, but critical, World War II leader. General Marshall was responsible for the Marshall Plan to restore economic vitality to Western Europe, and the first pick, before Eisenhower, to lead Overlord.
Rod Zemke
Mar 08, 2010 rated it really liked it
This an excellent short and readable biography by one of the preeminent Marshall scholars. Had the opportunity to hear a lecture by Professor Stoler. Recently Stoler was named the Director of the Marshall Library at VMI.
Mimi Berkshire
Jun 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
George Marshall was involved in most of the 20th century foreign affairs. His clear mind and careful decisions made all the difference. A true hero.
Stephen
Sep 09, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This is the best soldier in American history. God bless George C Marshall.
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