AUTHORCray, Ed
TITLEGeneral of the Army: George C. Marshall, Soldier and Statesman
PUBLISHERSimon & Schuster
CITYNew York, NY
DATE PUBLISHED1990
ISBN0-671-74124-1


This biography depicts General George C. Marshall’s role as Chief of Staff of the United States Army during World War II and later as Secretary of State under President Truman. The book begins with a description of his childhood and education. Actions and events that shaped his career and United States policy are examined, including his responsibility for building of an army of 9 million people, his role in the decision for atomic bombing of Japan, his work as ambassador to China, and his participation in international control of atomic energy in the late 1940s. As a military leader and a diplomat, he was dedicated to the pursuit of peace, and helped to mold the post-war global environment with his famous European Recovery Act (Marshall Plan). The author asserts that during World War II, “[Marshall] alone had the global vision to balance competing European and Pacific theaters and commanders, the personal reputation to keep such headstrong men as Douglas MacArthur and Joseph Stilwell in line, and the sheer physical presence to convince Congress and the public the war was in good hands” (p. 5).


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