George C. Marshall: Organizer of Victory, 1943-1945

George C. Marshall: Organizer of Victory, 1943-1945

by Forrest C. Pogue

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"This [volume] covers the Allied shift to the offensive in early 1943 to the defeat of Germany in May 1945. During this period, the indomitable Chief of Staff gained growing respect and trust from Roosevelt and Churchill and unparalleled respect from Congress and the country. The profound differences with our British Allies, the selection of Eisenhower to command the invasion force, the Mac-Arthur-Nimitz feud in the Pacific, the machinations at Yalta, the decision not to try to beat the Russians to Berlin, and the establishment of the occupation zones are covered in detail." — The Military Engineer

"The years 1943-45 were years of fulfillment, during which the greatest of American Chiefs of Staff saw the army that he had raised committed to the struggle against the Axis, in accordance with the strategical plan that he had devised and persuaded his allies to accept... there is little doubt that the decision [to keep Marshall in Washington and send Eisenhower to command the 1944 Normandy invasion] was fortunate for the nation, and Mr. Pogue's substantial volume is filled with material to show why this was so... [a] rewarding volume." — Gordon A. Craig, The New York Times

"For those who wish to understand the American war effort, this is the place to begin... Also the book for those who want to meet an old-fashioned hero... In sum, a magnificent book about a magnificent man." — Stephen E. Ambrose, Washington Post

"An outstanding example of modern biography." — Robert Kirsch, Los Angeles Times

"This book is a careful, sensitive evaluation of an individual whose contribution to the Allied victory in World War II was unsurpassed. In addition, it is a fine description of the events and personalities of that conflict. As such, this book is a valuable addition to the literature of recent military history." — David J. Alvarez, Military Affairs

"In this [volume], scholars see Marshall at his best as soldier and statesman and Pogue at his best as biographer and historian. The product of this happy combination is a basic and indispensable work on World War II... It will be difficult to equal, let alone surpass, the excellence of this volume." — Harry L. Coles, The Journal of American History

"The best volume of biography I have ever been privileged to read... If any student of the future, or any citizen for that matter, can read but one book in his effort to get a clear understanding of the most climactic period in our history, this is the one." — Ira Eaker, Aerospace Historian

"This is biography at its best... A first-rate history of the two climactic years of the war... One of the best works yet written about the war. It is global in scope, deeply researched, thorough, written with clarity and forcefulness..." — Louis Morton, The American Historical Review

"Pogue provides a well-documented and readable account of [Marshall's] career from 1943-45... Pogue makes an important contribution to World War II historiography." — John M. Carroll, The Review of Politics

"For understanding the great decisions and personalities of the war that began the Cold War, this may be the most stimulating and the most indispensable book. Marshall would be proud of what Pogue has written, not because it is favorable but because it is fair." — Noel F. Parrish, The Journal of Southern History

"[An] excellent account... Pogue does [Marshall] justice." — Willard F. Barber, Military Affairs

"The... surely definitive George C. Marshall biography... a heavily documented text which incorporates or quotes from the Marshall papers and related material... the emphasis on the professional career continues while still attempting to build a portrait of the human being behind the braid... this continues the detailed, stately march through that calm, dedicated, supersubstantial call to national service which here ends with the German surrender in May of 1945 but is to be continued on the diplomatic shoals." — Kirkus Reviews

Product Details

BN ID: 2940162924579
Publisher: Plunkett Lake Press
Publication date: 06/08/2020
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 886,263
File size: 9 MB

About the Author

Born in Eddyville, Kentucky, Forrest Carlisle Pogue Jr. (1912-1996) attended Murray State College in Oklahoma, received his master's degree from the University of Kentucky, and a doctorate from Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts in 1939. Pogue worked at Murray State, teaching history from June 1933 to May 1942, was drafted into the Army in 1942 and promoted to sergeant. After basic training, he was reassigned to a historical unit and made responsible for writing a history of the Second United States Army; in 1944 he was sent to England and to Normandy where he interviewed wounded soldiers over a period of eleven months; he was present at the Battle of the Bulge. For his work, he was awarded the Bronze Star Medal and Croix de Guerre. He was discharged in October 1945, and hired as a civilian, with the pay of a colonel.

Pogue was first assigned to write a history of the Supreme Headquarters Allied Expeditionary Force from 1945 to 1946. In July he was assigned by Dwight D. Eisenhower to write an official history of the Supreme Command in Europe, for which he interviewed Dwight D. Eisenhower, Omar Bradley, Charles de Gaulle, Alan Brooke and others. Pogue then spent seven years as a military historian, and two years conducting operations research at United States Army Garrison Heidelberg with the Operations Research Office at Johns Hopkins University. He contributed to The Meaning of Yalta among several other books, returning to Murray State in 1954.

In 1956, Pogue was hired by the George C. Marshall Foundation to write the official biography of George C. Marshall in four volumes on which he worked from 1963 to 1987. He became director of the Marshall Foundation in 1956, leaving in 1974 to become director of the Eisenhower Institute for Historical Research. Pogue retired in 1984. He served as a guest lecturer at George Washington University and the United States Army War College, held the Mary Moody Northen chair in Arts and Sciences at Virginia Military Institute in 1972. Pogue was on the Advisory boards for the Office of Naval History, the Naval Historical Office, the United States Army Center of Military History, the Air Force Historical Research Agency, president of the Oral History Association and the American Military Institute and other organizations. The Pogue Library at Murray State is named after him.

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