Overview

General George C. Marshall was a skillful and compassionate leader with a unique legacy. He never fired a shot during WWII and led no troops into battle--his brilliance was purely strategic and diplomatic, and incredibly effective. He was responsible for the building, supplying, and, in part, the deployment of over eight million soldiers. In 1947, as Secretary of State, he created the Marshall Plan, a sweeping economic recovery effort that pulled the war-shattered European nations out of ruin, and gave impetus to...

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Marshall: Lessons in Leadership

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Overview

General George C. Marshall was a skillful and compassionate leader with a unique legacy. He never fired a shot during WWII and led no troops into battle--his brilliance was purely strategic and diplomatic, and incredibly effective. He was responsible for the building, supplying, and, in part, the deployment of over eight million soldiers. In 1947, as Secretary of State, he created the Marshall Plan, a sweeping economic recovery effort that pulled the war-shattered European nations out of ruin, and gave impetus to NATO and the European Common Market. It was for the Marshall Plan that he won the Nobel Peace Prize--the only time in history a military commander has ever been awarded this honor.


Marshall's skilled combination of military strategy and politics, emphasis on planning as well as execution, and his expertise in nation-building holds lessons for military and civilian leaders today.

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"Jeffers presents a compelling portrait of one of our nation’s most accomplished and inspirational leaders.  His book should be studied by students of military history, diplomacy and leadership alike."—Brian D. Shaw, President, The George C. Marshall Foundation

 

“Jeffers adds to an already stellar reputation with this concise biography of one of the nations’ top military figures.  Jeffers shows how Marshall’s love of country and emphasis on teamwork held together a wartime coalition often threatened by the explosive personalities of Patton, Montgomery, and others.  In doing so, Marshall made as significant a contribution to victory as any field commander.”—John Wukovits, author of One Square Mile of Hell: The Battle for Tarawa

"An excellent introduction to a man whose service to his nation will remain the measure for generations to come."—Kenneth Mandel, Emmy-winning director of George Marshall and the American Century

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780230109452
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 6/8/2010
  • Series: Great Generals
  • Sold by: Macmillan
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 762,373
  • File size: 968 KB

Meet the Author

H. Paul Jeffers (1934-2009) was an established military historian and author of seventy books. He worked as an editor and producer at ABC, CBS and NBC, and was the news director at both of New York City's all-news radio stations. This was his last book.


Alan Axelrod is the author of numerous popular history and historically rooted business and management books, including Bradley and Patton in The Great Generals Series, and the BusinessWeek bestsellers Patton on Leadership and Elizabeth I, CEO. He lives in Atlanta, Georgia.


General Wesley K. Clark was NATO's Supreme Allied Commander, Europe, and the recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom. He is the author of A Time to Lead, as well as the best selling books Waging Modern War and Winning Modern Wars.


H. Paul Jeffers is an established military historian and author of seventy books. He has worked as an editor and producer at ABC, CBS and NBC, and is the only person to have been news director of both of New York City's all-news radio stations. He has taught journalism at New York University, Syracuse University, and Boston University. He lives in New York, NY.

Historian Alan Axelrod is the author of the business bestsellers Patton on Leadership and Elizabeth I, CEO, the Great Generals series books Patton, Bradley, and Marshall, and many books on American and military history. He lives in Atlanta, Georgia.
General Wesley K. Clark served in the United States Army for thirty-four years and rose to the rank of four-star general as NATO's Supreme Allied Commander, Europe. He is author of the best selling books Waging Modern War and Winning Modern Wars. He lives in Little Rock, Arkansas.
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Table of Contents

Foreword; General Wesley K. Clark

Introduction: This Ghastly Game

The Beast

Junior Officer

This Little Village

The Wizard

Little Black Book

America the Unready

Rainbow

Lighting a Flame

Blood and Sand

Victory is Certain

Mighty Endeavor

Marshall's Boys at Work

'We Can Still Lose This War'

Warrior Statesman

War and Peace

Soldier Statesman

Notes

Index

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  • Posted December 17, 2010

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    Biography of US statesman and soldier George Catlett Marshall Jr.

    George Catlett Marshall Jr., a revered soldier and statesman, served as US Army chief of staff during World War II and later as secretary of state and secretary of defense. A born leader, Marshall was, as Sir Winston Churchill described him, "the noblest Roman of them all." He stood resolute for what he believed and, as authors H. Paul Jeffers and Alan Axelrod make clear, the world is a better place because he did. Indeed, Europe would not exist in its present state if not for the Marshall Plan that rebuilt its shattered nations after World War II. getAbstract recommends Jeffers and Axelrod's short, readable biography to those interested in the attributes that leadership demands, as demonstrated by the luminous life of George Marshall.

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