George Marshall: A Biography

George Marshall: A Biography


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“Elegant and iconoclastic . . . refreshing . . . persuasive.”—NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW

Here is the first biography to offer a complete picture of the life of George C. Marshall, chief of staff of the U.S. Army from 1939 to 1945 and the military leader who actually ran World War II for America as he oversaw all personnel and logistics.

Following Marshall from his childhood in western Pennsylvania and his 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, this biography casts light on the inspiration he took from historical role models, such as George Washington and Robert E. Lee, and his relationships with military brass, the Washington political establishment, and world leaders, from Harry Truman to Chiang Kai-shek. It also explores Marshall’s triumphs and defeats 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 his failed attempt to unite China’s Nationalists and Communists.

Based on exhaustive 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.

“A grand but judicious biography of a fascinating man.”—Evan Thomas, author of Ike’s Bluff

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062385796
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 11/24/2015
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 576
Sales rank: 519,111
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.70(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

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.

Stanley P. Hirshson was professor of history at Queens College and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. He is the author of biographies of Brigham Young, Gen. William T. Sherman, and Gen. George Patton, and died in 2003.

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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