General of the Army: George C. Marshall, Soldier and Statesman

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As the U.S. Army's Chief of staff through World War II, George Catlett marshall (1880-1959) organized the military mobilization of unprecedented number of Americans and shaped the Allied strategy that defeated first Nazi Germany, then Imperial Japan. As President Truman's Secretary of State, and later as his Secretary of Defence during the Korean War, Marshall the statesman created the European Recovery Act (known as the Marshall Plan) and made possible the Berlin Airlift. Ed Cray in this masterful biography brings us face-to-face with a genuine American hero and the winner of the Nobel Peace Prize.

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Editorial Reviews

The New York Times Book Review - Russell F. Weigley
General of the Army enhances our ability to perceive both the man and his monumental reputation....Cray's biography commends itself not least because he does not paper over Marshall's errors.
Chicago Sun-Times - Clay Blair
Cray's biography ...tells you everything you want to know about Marshall....[It] will serve as the standard 'popular' biography and reference.
Playboy - Digby Diehl
The comprehensive, masterful biography that Marshall deserves....Cray gives us insight into the private man as well as an understanding of his crucial role in an extraordinary period in world history.
Robert Dallek
Impressively researched, delightfully written, and judiciously argued, General of the Army is the best one-volume life of Marshall to date. It deserves to be read by anyone interested in recent American history.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780815410423
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 7/1/2000
  • Edition description: 1ST COOPER
  • Pages: 864
  • Sales rank: 277,092
  • Product dimensions: 6.08 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 1.67 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: A Place in History 3
Pt. I The Soldier
I A Very Simple Life 17
II The Long Years 31
III Remarkably Gallant Fellows 49
IV The Steamroller 64
V The Company of Generals 84
VI A Very Slow Thing to Improve 96
VII The Make 112
VIII The Last Lessons 126
Pt. II The Chief of Staff
IX The Island Alone 143
X The Most Businesslike Manner 164
XI The Common Law Alliance 181
XII The Summer's Storms 197
XIII Oranges, Purples, and Rainbows 218
XIV The Throw of the Die 236
XV The Sword Drawn 259
XVI The Pacific Deeps 277
XVII Modicum's Success 304
XVIII Lighting the Torch 320
XIX A Pile of Brickbats 337
XX The Wife's Legacy 354
Pt. III The Victor
XXI A Very Vicious War 373
XXII The Great Prize 395
XXIII Threshers 402
XXIV A Rainbow Discerned 418
XXV Losses 438
XXVI A Lesson in Geometry 451
XXVII End Game 468
XXVIII The Winterkill 482
XXIX The Argonauts 497
XXX The Battle Day Past 516
XXXI A Second Coming in Wrath 533
Pt. IV The Statesman
XXXII The Chinese Midwife 553
XXXIII The Tiger of Peace 569
XXXIV Going to the Yar 586
XXXV A Fair Prospect of Success 607
XXXVI The Crowded Days 627
XXXVII Playing with Fire 644
XXXVIII Active Duty 667
XXXIX Positions Reversed 679
XL Imperator 691
XLI The Shatter of Icons 706
XLII Sunset 726
Notes 737
Bibliography 807
Index 823
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 8, 2013

    General of the Army

    I always wanted a good biography and this was a great one on General George Marshall. This book deals with his time as chief of staff, secretary of defense and secretay of state.

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  • Posted August 6, 2009

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    Great American

    I read this book in early 2001. Ever since then I marvel at how little the average American knows or remembers what he did for his country. He ran the American military for President Roosevelt from just prior to America entering World War II until the War was won. He later served as Secretary of State. He came close to commanding the Allied invasion at Normandy but, Roosevelt felt he was more valuable to him in Washington. Many believe if had gotten that command instead of Eisenhower he may have become President of the United States.

    There was a very unscientific internet poll of the 100 greatest Americans. I recently saw the list. I think it sad that George Marshall is not listed.

    If you want to read about a person who served his country, this is a great story.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 30, 2000

    A Fascinating First Glimpse of Greatness

    Shows Marshall as a Prime Mover. He was not always at center stage on the world scene but he was the one that enabled others to be there. WWII, Korea, the Cold War would had been radically different had Marshall not been there with possibly catastrophic consequences. His influence extends beyond his lifetime in the way he shaped the State Department and Defense. He was a model for Dean Acheson and Eisenhower strove very hard to duplicate his way of doing business.

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