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Marshall, hero for our times by Leonard…

Marshall, hero for our times (1982)

by Leonard Mosley

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This is a very detailed biography of the top ranking US Army general in WWII. Excellent reading. Covers multiple facets of the experiences of a long career of public service.

I believe the Source Notes at the back of the book are also worth reading to describe all of the various resources the author utilized in writing this book.

One of my favorite passages in the book is from Chapter 31, Final Chores:

King George VI of England had died at the beginning of 1952, and there was general pleasure and approval in Britain when it was announced that General George Marshall would head the U.S. delegation the following summer to the coronation of his daughter, Queen Elizabeth II. It was typical of Marshall that when he walked to his place in the front stalls of Westminster Abbey, he noticed that the throng of richly clad and bejeweled princes and princesses, lords and ladies, and envoys from all over the world rose to the their feet as if to pay homage to someone among them, and he whispered to his fellow delegate General [Omar] Bradley, "Who are they rising for?"

"You," said Bradley.

That passage says it all about the respect that Marshall had earned for his career of achievements and service.

This is an excellent book to learn in depth about Marshall. Must read. ( )
  usma83 | Jun 17, 2012 |
General George C. Marshall deliberately maintained a cold and formal manner. Observers in his lifetime, and historians since, have had difficulty describing him as a personality or explaining his greatness. Mosley, a prolific biographer, succeeds. Although the book contains little new on matters of high policy, it brings the General alive. Here is a portrait of courage, patience, controlled but powerful emotion, and sharp analytical intelligence.
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