The Marshall Plan by Benn Steil

The Marshall Plan

The award-winning author of Battle of Bretton Woods reveals the gripping history behind the Marshall Plan—told with verve, insight, and particular resonance for today.In the wake of World War II, with Britain’s empire collapsing and Stalin on the rise, US officials under new secretary of state George C. Marshall set out with a plan to reconstruct Western Europe as a bulwark against communist authoritarianism. Their massive, costly, and ambiti...

Details The Marshall Plan

TitleThe Marshall Plan
Release DateFeb 13th, 2018
PublisherSimon & Schuster
GenreHistory, Nonfiction, Politics, North American Hi..., American History, War, World War II

Reviews The Marshall Plan

  • Aaron Finestone
    As a Cold War junkie, I always wondered how East and West Germany came to be.  At the Yalta Conference in February 1945, the Allies agreed to govern Germany as a whole, with the United States, the Soviet Union, the United Kingdom and France, each to temporarily administer a zone.  How did this arrangement break down?  How did two rival German republics emerge?  What caused the Berlin blockade?  Why were the United States and the Soviet Union...
  • Ron
    The Marshall Plan by Benn SteilThe Marshall Plan is an extremely well documented and extensively researched examination of how the plan changed the world in the late 1940’s, 50’s and even today. After World War II our European allies were on the verge of economic collapse. Those allies were ripe for Russian takeover but with great forethought, the Marshall Plan thwarted Russian dreams by helping Europe rebuild economically, reinforcing the st...
  • Terri Wangard
    President George Washington bid his countrymen to steer clear of foreign entanglements, especially with Europe, whose interests were remote from the United States. After World War II, President Harry Truman took seriously Washington’s warning against foreign alliances, but he was convinced the realities of the late 1940s dictated the necessity of involvement. The Marshall Plan: Dawn of the Cold War is over 600 pages, packed with the heroes and ...
  • John Plowright
    “The most unsordid act in history” is how Churchill famously described the Marshall Plan (recycling a phrase he’d originally applied to the Lend-Lease Bill) and there’s no denying that in offering financial assistance to war-ravaged Europe, the United States was moved in part by compassion. This was, however, far from the full story and at least as important was the economic desire to regenerate Europe as a market for American exports and...
  • Italo Italophiles
    The Marshall PlanThe author of this fascinating book uses clear, concise prose, packed with details (at times dull details), and shows a wide grasp of history on both the micro and macro levels. New research is used well to provide the Russian (Soviet) perspective on many events. Actually, the subtitle could well have been: How We Got Here Concerning Russia. This is a scholarly work with a glossary of people, appendices, references, notes and an ...
  • Casey Wheeler
    I received a free Kindle copy of  The Marshall Plan: Dawn of the Cold Warby Benn Steil courtesy of Net Galley and Simon and Shuster, the publisher. It was with the understanding that I would post a review to Net Galley, Goodreads, Amazon, Barnes and Noble and my nonfiction book review blog. I also posted it to my Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and Google Plus pages.I requested this book as I am a an avid reader of American History and have not re...
  • Margaret Sankey
    Steil uses his skills explaining economic policy (the Bretton Woods book was excellent) and a wave of newly available documents from eastern Europe to position the Marshall plan as early Cold War policy. At 400 pages, the details are rich and illustrative, and allow for full discussion of things like the initial wording of the proposal (casting the plan as being against poverty, chaos and despair rather than anti-communism, allowing the US to wag...
  • Jason Park
    An epic exploration of the plan that shaped the Cold War and still shapes the world. My full review:
  • Meghan
    I did it -- I read the beast! Five hundred plus pages detailing a specific time period and specific policy, in which I was disabused of the notion that The Marshall Plan was merely a large airdrop of food to Berlin and a front to siphon off funds for the CIA. I don't know why I had the food-drop impression, but before reading Steil's book, literally, the Marshall Plan, in my brain, was a huge crate of food suspended from a helicopter and dropped ...