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The Resource George Marshall : a biography, Debi and Irwin Unger with Stanley Hirshson

George Marshall : a biography, Debi and Irwin Unger with Stanley Hirshson

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George Marshall : a biography
Title
George Marshall
Title remainder
a biography
Statement of responsibility
Debi and Irwin Unger with Stanley Hirshson
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Language
eng
Summary
Presents a complete picture of the life of George C. Marshall, from his childhood and military training through his role as chief of staff of the U.S. Army during World War II and his leadership efforts as Secretary of State in rebuilding post-war Europe
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Review
  • The Ungers (LBJ: A Life ) complete a project, conceived by the late Hirshson (General Patton ), for a full-scale biography of this great soldier-statesman that is both comprehensively researched and highly readable, but fundamentally misunderstands its subject. WWI gave Marshall practice in managing a large army and dealing with “difficult allies.” In 1939, a combination of talent and influence brought him to the post of chief of staff, placing him at the center of a greater war where his success brought promotion to General of the Army. Marshall’s capacities as a manager fitted perfectly the requirements of a global war waged by a grand alliance of temporary convenience. His fundamental skills involved balancing military, political, and economic tensions at the highest levels in a context of strong personalities. Marshall was less adept at the level of operations, like the timing of D-Day, but it was his ability as a manager that defined his postwar career: a secretary of state whose defining and brokering of the economic reconstruction plan that bears his name was recognized by a Nobel Peace Prize. The authors nevertheless present Marshall as a man whose “austere persona” inspired respect and confidence, and conclude his performance as soldier and statesman was “less than awe-inspiring,” reflecting “sterling character but unremarkable powers.” The authors’ conclusion that Marshall’s reputation was the construction of America’s longing for a military leader above politics and ambition defies the weight of evidence and scholarship, the reasoned judgment of Marshall’s contemporaries, and his role as a decisive and positive factor in 20 crucial years of national policy. Agent: Alex Hoyt, Alexander Hoyt Assoc. (Nov.) --Staff (Reviewed October 6, 2014) (Publishers Weekly, vol 261, issue 40, p)
  • Queens College history professor Hirshson was just starting this biography when he died in 2003. His work was taken up by Irwin Unger, a Pulitzer Prize-winning professor emeritus at New York University, and journalist Debi Unger. A big biography on the chief of staff of the U.S. Army from 1939 to 1945 and postwar secretary of state. --Barbara Hoffert (Reviewed May 1, 2014) (Library Journal, vol 139, issue 8, p57)
  • A biography of George Marshall (1880-1959) focusing on the general's overall decency rather than his strategic brilliance. Having inherited this project after the death of historian Hirshson, the Ungers (The Guggenheims, 2005, etc.) make a valiant attempt to cover Marshall's accomplished military career and his years as President Franklin Roosevelt's chief of staff and President Harry Truman's secretary of state. A graduate of Virginia Military Institute and a protégé of Gen. John Pershing, with early postings in the Philippines and China, Marshall, laconic and humorless, could never garner the kind of position as commander of troops that would have ensured a glorious career. He was most effective at training officers in the late 1920s, organizing Roosevelt's Civilian Conservation Corp in preparation for his move to Washington to take up a position with the War Plans Division and eventually become chief of staff. This indeed is what the authors believe he should best be remembered for: "creating the American World War II army virtually out of nothing." As Roosevelt's wartime right arm, Marshall pushed for the "Europe First" agenda and was deemed too valuable at home to spare as supreme commander of the Allied Expeditionary Forces, yet Marshall's "complacency" about Japan's threats on the eve of the Pearl Harbor attack lent his right-wing critics fodder for the rest of his life. The Ungers find him naà ̄ve in dealing with the Chinese when sent to negotiate a truce between the Nationalists and the Communists in late 1945; they do not credit him with coming up with the so-called Marshall Plan to help Europe get back on its feet, for which he won a Nobel Peace Prize in 1953. However, Marshall always remained a devoted and dutiful officer. A yeoman's effort in service of an admirable subject in need of more good studies about him.(Kirkus Reviews, October 15, 2014)
Biography type
individual biography
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10358477
Cataloging source
PNX
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Unger, Debi
Dewey number
  • 973.918092
  • B
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
E745.M37
LC item number
U54 2014
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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1928-2003
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  • Unger, Irwin
  • Hirshson, Stanley P.
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True
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  • Marshall, George C.
  • United States
  • United States
  • Generals
  • Statesmen
  • Cabinet officers
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an interpretive biography
Label
George Marshall : a biography, Debi and Irwin Unger with Stanley Hirshson
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 519-526) and index
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volume
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rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
1051123
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
552 pages
Isbn
9780060577193
Isbn Type
(hardcover)
Lccn
2014036128
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780060577193
  • (OCoLC)892858663
Label
George Marshall : a biography, Debi and Irwin Unger with Stanley Hirshson
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 519-526) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
1051123
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
552 pages
Isbn
9780060577193
Isbn Type
(hardcover)
Lccn
2014036128
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780060577193
  • (OCoLC)892858663

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