George Marshall: A Biography

George Marshall: A Biography


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A major historical biography of George C. Marshall—the general who ran the U.S. campaign during the Second World War, the Secretary of State who oversaw the successful rebuilding of post-war Europe, and the winner of the Nobel Peace Prize—and the first to offer a complete picture of his life.

While Eisenhower Patton, Bradley, Montgomery, MacArthur, Nimitz, and Leahy waged battles in Europe and the Pacific, one military leader actually ran World War II for America, overseeing personnel and logistics: Chief of Staff of the U.S. Army from 1939 to 1945, George C. Marshall.

This interpretive biography of George C. Marshall follows his life from his childhood in Western Pennsylvania and his military training at the Virginia Military Institute to his role during and after World War II and his death in 1959 at the age of seventy-eight. It brings to light the virtuous historical role models who inspired him, including George Washington and Robert E. Lee, and his relationships with the Washington political establishment, military brass, and foreign leaders, from Harry Truman to Chiang Kai-shek. It explores Marshall’s successes and failures during World War II, and his contributions through two critical years of the emerging Cold War—including the transformative Marshall Plan, which saved Western Europe from Soviet domination, and the failed attempt to unite China’s nationalists and communists.

Based on breathtaking research and filled with rich detail, George Marshall is sure to be hailed as the definitive work on one of the most influential figures in American history.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780060577193
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 10/21/2014
Pages: 560
Sales rank: 637,321
Product dimensions: 6.50(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.60(d)

About the Author

Stanley P. Hirshson is professor of history at Queens College and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. The author of biographies of Brigham Young and General William T. Sherman, he worked on General Patton for eleven years.

Together Irwin and Debi Unger have authored LBJ: A Life and several other books. They live in New York City.

Irwin Unger has won the Pulitzer Prize in history for The Greenback Era as well as two Guggenheim fellowships. Together Irwin and Debi Unger have authored LBJ: A Life and several other books. They live in New York City.

Table of Contents

Chapter l Childish Things 1

Chapter 2 Learning and Yearning 23

Chapter 3 Between the Wars 45

Chapter 4 Preparing for War 87

Chapter 5 Retreat 131

Chapter 6 "Underbelly" 183

Chapter 7 Pacific Woes 237

Chapter 8 Europe at Last 277

Chapter 9 Japan-China 341

Chapter 10 Affairs of State 389

Chapter 11 Envoi 453

Acknowledgments 491

Notes 493

Bibliography 519

Index 527

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George Marshall: A Biography 2.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Contrary to the Barnes and Noble description, this book is NOT "the definitive work" on General George Marshall. The authors’ thesis seems to be that Marshall was an over rated figure in WWII and history. Throughout their biography, the Ungers seem hell bent on making that point at every turn. However, their rigor is poor, and their rationale is often weak and based more on opinion than fact. Worst of all, for historians, they seem to have an alarming under appreciation for the enormity of the task faced by Marshall in 1939-1945, as he led the Army to transform itself from a small, inexperienced, and ill equipped fighting force to an 8 million man, global Army that defeated the Nazis and the Japanese. Readers interested in Marshall would be much better off reading Pogue, Cray, or Stoler's biographies.
texas2012 More than 1 year ago
Book jacket "hailed as the definitive work on" This book is very superficial with lots of innuendo. Superficial covering of Marshalls experiences {page 25} and WW I {page 41} are so scanty that they cannot be a part of a definitive work. Not stating that the words in the book did not say anything about his life. Page 46 Marshall was 40 yrs. old after WW I.   Page 161 Marshall is disparaged  "in fact the selection process did not work as well" for his WW II selection of leaders, without considering the limited people he had to select from. Page 166 Marshall is being disparaged for not meeting 2014 standards of racial equality This book is written by a present day anti/war personage.  I stopped reading at page 166. I am not entirely up on all the facts of Marshall, but I do know a con job when I read one...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The authors were too quick to criticize and failed to understand the times Marshall lived. Judging him by today's standards is not fair to the General. Marshall had his faults, but glossing over his vast accomplishments is not fair to the readers .
In-Quest More than 1 year ago
This is the third book I have read on Marshall and I was disappointed with how poorly they rank his service to America. Sure he was not perfect but I don't think they could name anyone in American history who showed better how one can serve his country. When you see the quotes of people like FDR, Winston Churchill, Eisenhower, Trueman and others who are telling you that this guy is great the authors must think they did not know what they were talking about. Who are you going to believe, the authors or the people who worked with him and knew him?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Disappointing in that the authors did not really tell us anything new. Their criticisms reflect modern values rather than the times the General lived. There are better works about his life than this.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Too slow. Typos!
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