George Marshall by David L. Roll

George Marshall

The extraordinary career of George Catlett Marshall—America’s most distinguished soldier–statesman since George Washington—whose selfless leadership and moral character influenced the course of two world wars and helped define the American century. Winston Churchill called him World War II's "organizer of victory." Harry Truman said he was "the greatest military man that this country ever produced." Today, in our era of failed leadership,...

Details George Marshall

TitleGeorge Marshall
Release DateJul 9th, 2019
PublisherDutton Caliber
GenreBiography, History, War, Military Fiction, Nonfiction, Politics, Leadership

Reviews George Marshall

  • Eric Wishman
    I’ve always thought that George C. Marshall deserved a great, one volume account of his life that would interest a broad audience. While Forrest Pogue is Marshall’s definitive biographer, his four volumes might be too much for most so I’ve been hoping for something like Truman by McCullough for Marshall. I was excited to pick up George Marshall: Defender of the Republic by David L. Roll when it was released earlier this month. While I haven...
  • Joseph Sciuto
    A CURIOUS VIEW: “GEORGE MARSHALL: DEFENDER OF THE REPUBLIC,” BY DAVID L. ROLLIn President John F. Kennedy’s 1961 inaugural address he famously asks, “And so my fellow Americans, ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country?”In the heightened political environment we are currently living in and with a Presidential election a little over a year away I will ask the presidential candidates, in a slightly de...
  • Philipp
    A new biography of George Marshall, who, let's say, had a long life: WW1 veteran, head of a military school, lived in China for a few years, then Chief of Staff in WW2, then Secretary of State, later Defense, the guy who came up with the Marshall Plan (still a positive figure in my native Germany for that), had a significant hand in the partitioning of Palestine, was sent to China to try and get Mao and Chiang Kai-shek to form a government togeth...
  • Steve
    I never read a full biography of George Marshall, until now. I have read about him in other books but this is the first full biography I read about him. This was an interesting book. George Marshall was chief of staff of the United States Army during World War II and worked behind the scenes in planning invasions with other top military leaders and the President of the United States, Franklin Roosevelt. Before World War II, Marshall had experienc...
  • Porter Broyles
    What an incredible book. For months I kept putting this book off, it had been auto checked out of my library twice without my listening to it. When it popped up in my audio library a third time, I decided to read it now or never. How I regret not reading it the first time! This book captured my attention from the beginning. I did not know much about George Marshall. I knew that he was Chief of Staff under Franklin Roosevelt and later Secretary of...
  • Kollisionwhispervortex
    Not worth the price. Find it at the library.
  • Bou
    With 24 hours this audiobook was well worth the effort.
  • Dizzle729
    A thorough, in-depth, and fair review of a complex man. His contributions to 20th Century American military and foreign policy response cannot be understated. This book did a very nice job of highlighting both his strengths and flaws. This was a deep, engaging look at a man more American should be aware of and admire.
  • Bryan Alkire
    I was disappointed with this book. It’s not a biography, rather, it’s a book about Marshall’s role in the various wars of the United States.First, there is nothing about Marshall’s childhood or development as a young man, other than scattered references to coming from Pennsylvania and disliking authority or being an indifferent student. According to this biography, Marshall might as well have been born at VMI and there’s not much about ...
  • Jim Kelsh
    General of the Army George C. Marshall is one of my top three heroes of the 20th Century. Harry Truman is quoted as simply saying...” He won the war”...and he was right.Someone had to hire the generals we all know...Eisenhower, Patton, Bradley, Clark, Truscott; and Marshall as Chairman of the Joint Chiefs did just that.Already a hero in WW I, during the interregnum, he codified training, tactics, and fought for keeping the Army at strength.A ...
  • Justin Palmer
    Loved the book. Couldn’t put it down
  • Steve Bookman
    Masterful, sometimes genuinely surprising biography of one of the true indispensable American statesmen and soldiers of the 20th Century. Buttressed by a full bibliography and set of footnotes.
  • Jimmy
    I remember learning about the Marshall Plan in AP US History class and how critical it was to repairing the world after WWII. I did not realize until years later that General George C. Marshall was individual who lent his name to the plan. I've been in the Army for thirteen years, as of yesterday, and I've developed opinions on many famous generals from our history. Most of those opinions are demonstrably leery of anyone who receives unadulterate...
  • Linda
    I really enjoyed learning the details of this great American's life; probably more so because I live in a community that honors him in many ways, although he lived here for just brief two years 1936-38 (the happy years, his wife described) overseeing a somewhat insignificant Army post in the Pacific Northwest--and also because of the seeming lack of honorable, selfless leadership among most of the newsmakers influencing our nation today. A quote ...
  • Randy
    I’m going to guess that folks a generation or two behind me don’t know who George Marshall was or how important his contribution to American history in the first half of the twentieth century. Conferring an honorary degree, the president of Harvard compared Marshall to George Washington. High praise and probably deserved based on his contributions to the US Army beginning in WW!, through WWII when he was the top military leader, the rebuildin...
  • Scott Pierce
    No matter how much the reader knows about the period of time WWI to Korea, there are nuggets to be learned here. Remarkable how Marshall was involved in every major world event of this period. My only criticism of Roll is that while he does consider criticism of Marshall, he almost always summarizes by coming to Marshall's defense in concluding the issue (with one exception that I saw when he gives Marshall some share of blame for not acting more...
  • Alexander McAuliffe
    An inspiring book about a lifetime of complete, selfless dedication to public service. Marshall had a gift and a discipline for "keeping the main thing". I am grateful to David Roll for writing such an accessible and lively biography of an exemplary American I knew only by the reflection he cast on his time - as the mastermind of the Army according to Cave Brown or Atkinson, Ricks (in my recent experience) or any other historian to treat of WWII....
  • Andrew Carr
    When the US President Franklin Delano Roosevelt was weighing up who to give command of Operation Overlord to (the D-Day invasion of Europe to defeat the Nazis), he mused that it should deservedly go to George Marshall so that 'he may be remembered by history as the great man he is'.Marshall did not get the command. FDR offered it, Marshall a stoic in all but name, refused to ask for it or self-promote. He offered only to serve where it most benef...
  • William J.
    This is the most informative biography of George Marshall that I have read. David Roll does an outstanding job detailing the life of the General and Secretary. There were a couple of issues identified by the author that caused me to reexamine my understanding of them. One aspect of society that General Marshall could have influenced more effectively than he did was the integration of the US Military. I understand that he had many important things...
  • James Lurie
    I was born in 1947, so I have no direct recall of the Second World War; my recollection of Korea is limited to having listened to the reading of casualty lists on local television. However my father was an Air Force officer in WWII and he remained in the reserves through the time when he administered my enlistment oath and my own ultimate commissioning. The old man repeatedly said that the most important general in WWII was not Eisenhower or MacA...
  • Liz
    This is a long and detailed book about the life of a very accomplished man. Just when you think he couldn't attain anything more, he does and does it with finesse and commitment. He was an extraordinary figure; not perfect in some ways but his accomplishments are amazing. I doubt we will see another like him. I learned a lot about character and leadership in reading this. Because of the depth and length of his story, this book does require some t...
  • David Shaffer
    A well balanced full life biography, that champions the strengths of one of the great military leaders of the 20th century who had the foresight to see that through the Marshall Plan, communism and the Soviet Union could be combated by strengthening Europe both financially and providing hope in their future. Unlike the recent biography on Admiral William Leahy, The Second Most Powerful Man in the World: The Life of Admiral William D. Leahy, Roose...
  • Brian
    Well researched, very informative, and mostly unbiased, I felt I learned much from this book that I was not already aware of about George Marshall. His role in the War Department during Roosevelt's presidency, and his unflagging service during Truman's years in office from 1945 to 1952, are already very well documented; but even here I learned much about Marshall that I did not know. His earlier years before and during WWI and in the years betwee...
  • Joseph
    The first in depth biography of George C. Marshall in over 20 years, this book delves deeply into one of America's most influential soldier/statesman. I found the book to be well written, but occasionally pedantic in style. The author goes into deep detail almost on a day-to-day chronicle of Marshall's life experiences. More of a WW2/Cold War dialogue than a true biography, this book fills an important gap in our knowledge of one of the 20th cent...
  • Bill Linton
    I always knew George Marshall was an extraordinary man. However, I didn’t realize just how extraordinary. There are very few men like George Marshall, and this is regrettable. He is a man with an incredible legacy. We know so little about him because he was so humble and never a self promoter. This is a great story of not just a great man but a historical perspective of how what he did helped save Europe after the second world war not just econ...
  • Jim
    An outstanding look at the life and long service to our country of a selfless individual.  While for many decisions he made history has judged him harshly, maybe too harshly is some cases, this book presents his service as above reproach in a clear and honest manner. We all should be grateful such men exist or have existed. A highly recommended read for history bluffs everywhere.
  • John Bohnert
    I'm so glad that I read this biography of George Marshall. Wow, I'm very impressed with all that he accomplished. He deserves to be remembered today for his outstanding service to America.
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  • Ken Luehrsen
    Outstanding book about a great man. My only complaint is the mentions of Trump and Obama, neither name deserves be in the same pages as Marshall.