Fighting Wars, Planning for Peace: The Story of George C. Marshall

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At the turn of the twentieth century, the forty-five states that constituted the United States of America were on the brink of change. No longer a second-rate nation behind the old European countries, America was emerging from its Wild West frontier days, becoming a major commercial power and military force. For the majority of the century, the United States would be the world’s dominant nation.

In many respects, what defined the American Century was the work of George C. ...

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Overview

At the turn of the twentieth century, the forty-five states that constituted the United States of America were on the brink of change. No longer a second-rate nation behind the old European countries, America was emerging from its Wild West frontier days, becoming a major commercial power and military force. For the majority of the century, the United States would be the world’s dominant nation.

In many respects, what defined the American Century was the work of George C. Marshall. Though he shunned publicity and self-promotion, seeking instead to do his job quietly and well, he was twice selected as Time magazine’s Man of the Year, stood at the top of the U.S. Army, and won a Nobel Peace Prize for the Marshall Plan. Marshall prided himself on his lack of emotion and, unlike his protégé, Dwight D. Eisenhower, Marshall never had any desire to be president--though others lobbied him to be a candidate. His careful command in World War II made Marshall a leading force in transforming the United States into the reigning world power. Later, Marshall served as Secretary of State during the Berlin Airlift and then served as Secretary of Defense during the Korean War.

It was all quite a lot for a boy who was a mediocre student, and whose brother feared he would disgrace the family name when he went away to military school. Fighting Wars, Planning for Peace: The Story of George C. Marshall showcases the incredible accomplishments of the modest man who shaped a world at war—and at peace.

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Gr 8 Up-Although Roosevelt publicly credited Marshall for the allied victory in World War II, the general remains much less well known than his more colorful contemporaries, whose battlefield successes made them national heroes. This biography includes material about Marshall's education and personal life as well as his lengthy and successful military and diplomatic careers. Gimpel is admiring of his subject, explaining how the man's intelligence, diligence, and endless devotion to his country gave him the patience to accept the slow promotions and bureaucratic strictures he encountered in the shrunken post-World War I army. He describes how Marshall used those years as a learning period, and how he used his knowledge to create an effective fighting machine when he commanded all American forces during the Second World War, and to rebuild Europe and Japan when he served as Secretary of State under Truman. Gimpel places him in the larger perspective of 20th-century military history. The lengthy background sections slow the narrative and make for dry reading. Average-quality color photos of Marshall, his family, and world leaders are included.-Mary Mueller, Rolla Junior High School, MO Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781931798662
  • Publisher: Morgan Reynolds Incorporated
  • Publication date: 7/28/2005
  • Series: Morgan Reynolds World Leaders Series
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Pages: 176
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.16 (w) x 9.36 (h) x 0.60 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 23, 2005

    Highly useful insights about wars, peace, and leadership

    This book is worth buying. It's packed full of information, yet uses simple explanations and includes amusing touches, making it easy and enjoyable to follow. Detailing the chronological path of Marshall's life and work, Gimpel provides insight not just into what Marshall accomplished but also how he grew as a person. This allows readers to learn or brush up on the last century's history while feeling like part of Marshall's quest to make the right choices for himself and our country. Both younger and older readers will likely find themselves inspired by Marshall's persistence in the face of obstacles, his assertiveness in making the most of opportunities, his adaptability when he gets what he wants but finds it different than expected, and his forthright and humble character. Gimpel provides a solid overview of the progression of 20th century history, including descriptions of many other great historical leaders of that time. The sections about WW II and the Marshall Plan are particularly good. I imagine that any reader would see the relevance of Marshall's strategies to our present-day international affairs. Truman said of George C. Marshall: ¿He was the greatest of the great of our time.¿ After reading this book, you'll know why.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 25, 2005

    Best book on Marshall!

    A fascinating man and a remarkably well constructed novel, this is a must read. The story invites you into Marshall¿s life and you will quickly be taken aback by his strength of character and determination. I don't often take the time to write reviews, but after finishing this book I was so impressed I wanted others to experience it for themselves.

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