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General of the Army: George C.Marshall, Soldier and Statesman (Englisch) Taschenbuch – Juni 2000

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" General of the Army " enhances our ability to perceive both the man and his monumental reputation....Cray's biography commends itself not least because he does not paper over Marshall's errors.--Russell F. Weigley "The New York Times Book Review "

General of the Army enhances our ability to perceive both the man and his monumental reputation....Cray's biography commends itself not least because he does not paper over Marshall's errors.--Russell F. Weigley "The New York Times Book Review "

Cray's biography ...tells you everything you want to know about Marshall....[It] will serve as the standard 'popular' biography and reference.--Clay Blair, Jr. "Chicago Sun-Times "

The comprehensive, masterful biography that Marshall deserves....Cray gives us insight into the private man as well as an understanding of his crucial role in an extraordinary period in world history.--Digby Diehl "Playboy "

Impressively researched, delightfully written, and judiciously argued, General of the Army is the best one-volume life of Marshall to date. It deserves to be read by anyone interested in recent American history.--Robert Dallek, Author of " Lone Star Rising " and " Flawed Giant: Lyndon B. Johnson and his Times "

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A captivating and fanatically thorough reevaluation of Marshall's life and times.

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Obwohl ein Umfang von knapp 800 Seiten abschreckend wirken mag, versteht es der Autor, durch seine lebendigen Schilderungen an keiner Stelle Mühsal in der Lektüre aufkommen zu lassen. Dabei zieht das Werk ganz besonders seine Stärke aus dem Umstand, dass es sich nicht allein um eine Biographie über George C. Marshall handelt, auch wenn dies allein ausreichend Raum für intensive Erörterungen liefern würde. Vielmehr handelt es sich gleichzeitig um eine sehr umsichtige Darstellung der historischen Hintergründe und Zusammenhänge jener Zeiten, in denen Marshall wirken konnte.
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Ich kann mich meinem Vorredner nur anschließen. In Europa, und in Teilen vom Rest der Welt, ist George C. Marshall nur bekannt für den sogenannten Marshall-Plan, der ja bekanntermaßen dem kriegszerstörten Westeuropa auf die Beine geholfen hat. Dass Marschall aber wesentlich dazu beigetragen hat, dass die USA im 2. WK gesiegt haben, dürfte außerhalb den USA nur wenigen bekannt sein. Auch aufgrund seiner Bescheidenheit unterscheidet sich Marshall wohltuend von seinen 5-Sterne-Generals-Kollegen Eisenhower und McArthur.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen A gem -- an extraordinarily rich, unsentimental biography of a forgotten 30. Januar 2015
Von Colin G. - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Churchill called him "the Organizer of Victory," FDR needed him, Truman revered him, Stalin respected (admired?) him, and Eisenhower obeyed him. Many have heard of the "Marshall Plan" that rebuilt Europe after WWII, but only the Plan -- few can identify the "Marshall" in question.

General George Catlett Marshall, Jr., was perhaps the central figure of American strategy in WWII, yet largely forgotten today. (For those who only know General Eisenhower, read the excellent -- and shorter -- "Partners in Command" by Mark Perry first, to gain an appreciation for the vital role and immense talents of General Marshall). He also set the enduring standard for military leadership. He was denied the chance to command the invasion of Europe which he had planned and advocated for years, yet never said a public word about it -- he refused to even ask for it, believing that would cross the line in civil-military relations. The Army he inherited in 1938 was 18th in military power; during his tenure as chief of staff of the army, it became the formidable fighting force we know today, sustained by efficient logistics put in place by General Marshall.

This biography sets a standard to which all biographies should aspire -- the depth of the research is incredible, with the ability to focus closely on details without getting lost. It allows the reader to understand and appreciate General Marshall, possibly the greatest American of the 20th century, by being much like the General himself: simple, straightforward, sticking to facts. The writing is superb, with few stylistic excesses.

Moreover, the book does not retreat from or attempt to gloss over some episodes, such as General Marshall's attitude during the Korean War, as Secretary of Defense, when he advocated deferring to the commander in the field, MacArthur. It does however tend at time to minimize the tense relationship he had with Admiral King, Chief of Naval Operations (for more on admiral King, and that relationship seen from the Naval side, check out "The Admirals" by Walter Boneman), who was his counterpart in the Navy.

General Marshall is sadly unrecognized today; reading this book will go a long way to gain appreciation for the general, for the statesman, for the man. Students of WWII, of strategy, of military history; officers; aspiring policymakers; and statesmen, should all read this fascinating biography of a defining figure.
5.0 von 5 Sternen A magnificent biography of one of the towering figures in American history. 19. November 2016
Von Mike Powers - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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“General of the Army: George C. Marshall, Soldier and Statesman” by Ed Cray is an outstanding one-volume biography of one of the greatest Americans of the second half of the twentieth century. General of the Army George Catlett Marshall dedicated his long life to serving the country he loved, and he served in many positions. First, he was a U.S. Army officer, eventually rising to the position of Army Chief of Staff and the five-star rank of General of the Army during World War II. Later, he served as Secretary of State and Secretary of Defense in the Truman Administration. He was a winner of the Nobel Peace Prize for developing the Marshall Plan for the economic recovery of Europe in the postwar years.

Ed Cray takes readers much further into Marshall’s life than these simple facts. Cray shows us a highly complex man who was outwardly very reserved – Cray likens him to George Washington – and of such high rectitude that when President Roosevelt called him “George” during a meeting, Marshall corrected him: “it is General Marshall, Mr. President.” Few people knew of Marshall’s hot temper, which he found difficult to control in his youth and early military career, but which he eventually mastered. Marshall was unafraid to speak truth to power, as he spoke bluntly with Roosevelt, Truman, and Truman aide Clark Clifford on more than one occasion.

I first read “General of the Army: George C. Marshall, Soldier and Statesman” a few years ago after I discovered a used paperback edition of it in a used bookstore. I’ve always been fascinated by military history, and I knew almost nothing about Marshall except what I read in other World War II histories. Ed Cray does an absolute masterful job of bringing George C. Marshall to light. Cray’s narrative flows beautifully in elegant prose. This is certainly a very favorable biography, but Cray is unafraid to criticize Marshall and show his faults.

George C. Marshall may not be as well known as other World War II American generals, namely Eisenhower, Patton, and MacArthur. As Cray points out, one reason for this is that Roosevelt felt he needed Marshall to remain as Chief of Staff instead of being appointed the commanding general of Overlord (D-Day). Eisenhower got the D-Day command and eventuallyserved two terms as President of the United States; both Patton and MacArthur saw their careers end on sour notes; and Marshall went on to serve quietly but brilliantly in the Truman Administration, where he made his mark on history with the plan named for him.

“General of the Army: George C. Marshall, Soldier and Statesman” is a magnificent biography of one of the towering figures in American history. Most highly recommended.
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What a treat. My experience with ponderous biographies is that eventually they wear me down, and I end up finishing them out of a sense of obligation rather than enjoyment. Not so here. This is compelling reading all the way through. As a lifelong student of history, I was thrilled to be able to add crucial missing elements to my understanding of why the world is the way it is today.
This was quite a man. He was absolutely revered by most Americans, and certainly could have succeeded Truman had he wished to do so. What wonderful lessons for us all: dignity and morality achieved through unwavering adherence to high personal principles; self awareness and understanding that allowed him to always stay within himself; and an ability to look at the facts dispassionately,resulting not only in accurate interpretation of events and potential problems, but confidence in the path he should follow for optimal resolutions.
A truly great American who had an enormous impact on 20th century and beyond world history.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen A Panoramic View of a Great American Soldier and Statesman 2. Februar 2014
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This is an expertly written account of one of America's greatest men. Marshall's career and influence spanned WWI through the early stages of the Cold War. His role was always understated in the press due to his low-key nature and sense of duty to his country instead of himself. Marshall paints an interesting contrast to his junior, but more famous headline grabbing generals such as Patton and MacArthur.

The book makes clear that Marshall was probably the most respected and strategic of wartime generals and politicians. The story of how Marshall overcame isolationist US policy to field the pivotal force that conquered the Axis on two fronts is outlined in graphic detail.

The importance of Marshall's contributions to WWII and post-war policy are explained in fascinating detail. The book makes a credible and convincing case that there is no other person that shaped the outcome of WWII and the developments afterward more than Marshall. The book should be read by anyone who wants to gain an understanding of how WII developed from a US perspective and how Marshall was key to the ultimate Allied victory in both theaters. His respected and influential role as Statesman described in the book, following multiple requests by Truman, is perhaps the most fascinating and little appreciated aspect of his distinguished career.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Truly Excellent and a must read for any student of WWII. 5. Oktober 2014
Von Clifford Ribaudo - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Truly excellent and a must read for any student of WWII. Marshall was "the Architect of victory", and a true "Power behind the throne" who was perhaps the only person regarded by FDR and Churchill as an "equal". Having just finished a bunch of Biographies on Patton and Eisenhower, I found this to be imperative to answering some questions and understanding some of the thinking at the "center" which the biographers of the subordinates left out.

One gets the sense that Marshall had an aura and air of power, authority and integrity which is not entirely communicated by this book due to the fact that it does not include many of Marshall's words. That is my one regret, and I find myself wishing for a better way to know the true measure of the man. Be that as it may, this is a really excellent book for understanding him, his thinking and how he helped win the war.
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