General of the Army: George C. Marshall, Soldier and Statesman

General of the Army George C Marshall Soldier and Statesman As the U S Army s Chief of staff through World War II George Catlett marshall organized the military mobilization of unprecedented number of Americans and shaped the Allied strategy that de

  • Title: General of the Army: George C. Marshall, Soldier and Statesman
  • Author: Ed Cray
  • ISBN: 9780815410423
  • Page: 222
  • Format: Hardcover
  • As the U.S Army s Chief of staff through World War II, George Catlett marshall 1880 1959 organized the military mobilization of unprecedented number of Americans and shaped the Allied strategy that defeated first Nazi Germany, then Imperial Japan As President Truman s Secretary of State, and later as his Secretary of Defence during the Korean War, Marshall the statesmaAs the U.S Army s Chief of staff through World War II, George Catlett marshall 1880 1959 organized the military mobilization of unprecedented number of Americans and shaped the Allied strategy that defeated first Nazi Germany, then Imperial Japan As President Truman s Secretary of State, and later as his Secretary of Defence during the Korean War, Marshall the statesman created the European Recovery Act known as the Marshall Plan and made possible the Berlin Airlift Ed Cray in this masterful biography brings us face to face with a genuine American hero and the winner of the Nobel Peace Prize.

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    1. One of the most trite expressions of faux patriotism that is rampant in the U.S. today is when people reflexively say to soldiers or veterans, "Thank you for your service." It represents a fetishism for militarism. It doesn't ask just exactly what their "service" entails. It absolves people from actually engaging in the citizenship needed make democracy function that would not send troops to war in the first place. At least that's my opinion. But George Marshall is the exception to the rule. Of [...]

    2. This book is a magnificent achievement by the author in delineating the life and career of George Marshall. He is quite possibly the third most important individual, after Churchill and Roosevelt, who are responsible for Allied victory (I deliberately omit anyone from the Soviet Union). Marshall took an army of less than 250,000 in 1940 and expanded it, so that by war’s end, it had grown to over 8 million men. Marshall understood more than anyone the overall logistics of a modern mechanized ar [...]

    3. “General of the Army” by Ed Cray is a biography of General George C. Marshall who arguably is the most important general of World War II…and the least remembered. I struggled for only a moment to decide between 4 and 5 stars because there is a bit of repetition in the text and Cray does seem to go on and on in parts…but this earned 5 stars as it was really entertaining and informative reading. This biography takes in all of George Marshall’s life but spends most of its effort on World [...]

    4. “Ike, you and I know who was Chief of Staff during the last years of the Civil War but practically no one else knows, although the names of the field generals – Grant, of course, and Lee and Jackson, Sherman, Sheridan and the others – every schoolboy knows them. I hate to think that fifty years from now practically nobody will know who George Marshall was.” – President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, November 1943As often happens when reading a tome such as this, usually on the bus to or fr [...]

    5. As the back cover of my edition says, "George Marshall the soldier oversaw the vast mobilization of troops and shaped the strategies that defeated Nazi Germany and then Imperial Japan as Truman's Secretary of State he created the European Recovery Plan that saved Europe from ruins (and that he steadfastly refused to call the Marshall Plan), and became the only military man ever to win the Nobel Peace Prize."A few details - the author shines the light on the challenges of building a coalition of [...]

    6. At an intimidating 800 pages, this book read much easier than I expected. Mr. Cray needed every page to reflect on the life of quite posibly the greatest American. Marshall's life was so facinating, and his legacy so influential to the way the world is shaped today, it's a travesty that he is only briefly mentioned in school text books. I got a glimpse of the man Marshall was while touring the Pentagon, where there is a hallway dedicated to him. I decided right then that I needed to know more ab [...]

    7. Superior biography of THE man of our WW II armed forces. He was the genius behind the scenes doing the politics, the industrial ramp up, the drafting, training and forming new armed forces groups. He could have had command of the invasion of Europe, but was so scrupulous of civilian control that he refused to lobby Pres. Roosevelt. Finally, the pressure on the president to appoint a supreme commander grew so intense he could not procrastinate any longer. He must have been aware how much Gen. Mar [...]

    8. While reading about Roosevelt, Ike, Truman, MacArthur and others, General George Marshall's name constantly comes up. Unlike the others, his name is not as recognized today and doesn't come with as much prestige today. It turns out he might've been the most important figure in the success of WWII and the global landscape that followed. To list all of the major accomplishments in his life from WWI to the beginning of the Cold War would take much longer than I'm prepared for. General Marshall sacr [...]

    9. I knew little about George Marshall until I read this book, though I knew the surrounding history. Marshall deserves a greater spotlight in American history and culture. He represented all that is best in public service, and not just in a contemporary American context. His values and character would shine forth in any epoch and context. He was highly regarded, perhaps even with a little awe, by characters as diverse as Stalin, Churchill and Roosevelt. Congress certainly sat in awe of him. Unlike [...]

    10. A fascinating look at one of the great statesmen of our time. Very admiring, with little criticism of the subject. However, the subject really was one of those truly selfless Americans.There's some interesting things to be gleaned from the book on leadership. Two quotes in particular that stood out at me were:"Gentlemen, it is my experience an enlisted man may have a morale problem. An officer is expected to take care of his own morale.""I don't want you fellows sitting around asking me what to [...]

    11. If you care about history, and the people who have shaped it, George Marshall is arguably one of the greatest men in contemporary history. His loyalty, humility, leadership, and human traits are exemplary in nature and examples to emulate. These traits have eroded greatly in today's society, even when we most desperately need them again.Not many people know about this man who led Eisenhower, Patton, Bradley, and the other military greats because he shied away from the spotlight. There is a reaso [...]

    12. A very workmanlike biography of General Marshall. I was woefully ignorant and looking for a basic biography rather than an in-depth look from some particular angle. Unfortunately, I just don't have the time for Forrest Pogue's multivolume opus, so I settled on this. The details on every single wartime summit can get a little tedious, but overall it did a thorough job of covering Marshall's life. It's not hagiography, but it's hard to write about Marshall without becoming somewhat smitten. Cray c [...]

    13. I really enjoyed this book and the level of detail it goes into to describe General Marshall's varied life. The only reason I can't give it 5 stars is because I think it was a bit too hagiographic and perhaps too lengthy. Some 20 page descriptions of events that took 20 minutes were really a struggle.

    14. A well written and outstanding account of the life of a great man. I've read hundreds of books about WW II but this book provided numerous insights into the high level machinations involved in organizing a democracy to fight Total War. Throughout the account my admiration for the man grew.

    15. Fewer men have served this nation more in so many critical junctures in history than General George C. Marshall. US Army Chief of Staff during WWII, Secretary of State during the post war era, and Secretary of Defense at the start of the Cold War. He literally gave his life for his country.

    16. I always thought Marshall was one of the great Americans - but I truly respected him on a new level after reading this book. He was the definition of sacrificing individual fame and glory for the betterment of America.

    17. A great look at Marshall's military career but rather disappointing on his tenure as secretaries of state and defense. Incredibly, this is the only single volume biography of Marshall, perhaps the most important general since the Civil War, in the last 30 years.

    18. One of the greatest Americans!I started reading this book to learn about General Marshall:in addition I got a wonderful history of the Twentieth Century. I highly recommend this book!

    19. Didn't know much about Marshall before reading this. Terrific book. And what a tower of a man and inspiration Marshall was.

    20. Excellent read. Important lessons from history. The book reviews many important historical events from the perspective of a selfless and dedicated man.

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