George Marshall: Defender of the Republic

George Marshall: Defender of the Republic

The extraordinary career of George Catlett Marshall—America’s most distinguished soldier–statesman since George Washington—whose selfless leadership and moral character influenced the course of two world wars and helped define the American century.

Winston Churchill called him World War II's "organizer of victory." Harry Truman said he was "the greatest military man that this country ever produced." Today, in our era of failed leadership, few lives are more worthy of renewed examination than Marshall and his fifty years of loyal service to the defense of his nation and its values.

Even as a young officer he was heralded as a genius, a reputation that grew when in WWI he planned and executed a nighttime movement of more than a half million troops from one battlefield to another that led to the armistice. Between the wars he helped modernize combat training, and re-staffed the U.S. Army's officer corps with the men who would lead in the next decades. But as WWII loomed, it was the role of army chief of staff in which Marshall's intellect and backbone were put to the test, when his blind commitment to duty would run up against the realities of Washington politics. Long seen as a stoic, almost statuesque figure, he emerges in these pages as a man both remarkable and deeply human, thanks to newly discovered sources.

Set against the backdrop of five major conflicts—two world wars, Palestine, Korea, and the Cold War—Marshall's education in military, diplomatic, and political power, replete with their nuances and ambiguities, runs parallel with America's emergence as a global superpower. The result is a defining account of one of our most consequential leaders.

Title:George Marshall: Defender of the Republic
ISBN:9781101990971
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  • Eric Wishman

    I’ve always thought that George C. Marshall deserved a great, one volume account of his life that would interest a broad audience. While Forrest Pogue is Marshall’s definitive biographer, his four...

  • Joseph Sciuto

    A CURIOUS VIEW: “GEORGE MARSHALL: DEFENDER OF THE REPUBLIC,” BY DAVID L. ROLLIn President John F. Kennedy’s 1961 inaugural address he famously asks, “And so my fellow Americans, ask not what y...

  • Philipp

    A new biography of George Marshall, who, let's say, had a long life: WW1 veteran, head of a military school, lived in China for a few years, then Chief of Staff in WW2, then Secretary of State, later ...

  • Steve

    I never read a full biography of George Marshall, until now. I have read about him in other books but this is the first full biography I read about him. This was an interesting book. George Marshall w...

  • Dizzle729

    A thorough, in-depth, and fair review of a complex man. His contributions to 20th Century American military and foreign policy response cannot be understated. This book did a very nice job of highligh...

  • Chrissie

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  • Justin Palmer

    Loved the book. Couldn’t put it down ...

  • Steve Bookman

    Masterful, sometimes genuinely surprising biography of one of the true indispensable American statesmen and soldiers of the 20th Century. Buttressed by a full bibliography and set of footnotes....

  • Linda

    I really enjoyed learning the details of this great American's life; probably more so because I live in a community that honors him in many ways, although he lived here for just brief two years 1936-3...

  • Scott Pierce

    No matter how much the reader knows about the period of time WWI to Korea, there are nuggets to be learned here. Remarkable how Marshall was involved in every major world event of this period. My only...