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George Marshall
Defender of the Republic
By (author): David L. Roll
9781101990971 Hardcover English General Trade BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Military Jul 09, 2019
$45.00 CAD
Active 6.4 x 9.52 x 2.17 in | 2.22 lb 704 pages 16-PG B&W INSERT; MAPS Dutton Dutton Caliber
The life of America’s most distinguished soldier-statesman, General George C. Marshall, who 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, few lives are more worthy of examination than Marshall and his fifty years of loyal service to his nation.

Even as a young officer he was heralded as a genius, a reputation that grew when in WWI he planned a battlefield maneuver that evaded the enemy and led to Germany’s surrender. Between the wars he helped modernize combat training, and re-staffed the U.S. Army’s officer corps with the men who would lead in the next decades. But as WWII loomed, it was the role of Army chief of staff in which Marshall’s intellect and backbone were put to the test, when his blind commitment to duty would run up against the realities of Washington politics. Long seen as a stoic, almost statuesque figure, he emerges in these pages as a man both remarkable and human thanks to newly discovered sources.

Set against the backdrop of four major conflicts—two world wars, Korea, and the Cold War—Marshall’s education in military, diplomatic, and political power, replete with their nuances and ambiguities, runs parallel with America’s emergence as a global superpower. The result is a defining account of one of our most consequential leaders.

ENGAGING AND GROUNDBREAKING: With new sources, Roll challenges generations of historical assumptions, offering a deeper portrait and demonstrating how George Marshall held a key role not just in WWII, but in the postwar emergence of the United States as a global superpower.

GREAT AMERICAN: George Marshall has been a central focus of many books, but recent historians have attempted to downplay or even dismiss his influence, to the frustration of readers; by considering the full scope of his career, this book definitively restores Marshall as an essential American leader.

ACCLAIMED AUTHOR: Roll’s previous book, The Hopkins Touch, earned endorsements from the likes of Lynne Olson, Jean Edward Smith, Evan Thomas, and Chris Matthews, as well as rave reviews from The Washington Times and The Wall Street Journal.

David L. Roll is the author of The Hopkins Touch and the coauthor of Louis Johnson and the Arming of America (Indiana University Press, 2005), a biography of Harry Truman’s defense secretary. He is a partner at Steptoe & Johnson LLP and founder of the Lex Mundi Pro Bono Foundation, a public interest organization that provides pro bono legal services to social entrepreneurs around the world.

Author Residence: Washington, D.C.; Glen Arbor, Michigan

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Praise for George Marshall:

“Well-researched, well-written and enthralling…The psychological insights are penetrating.”—Andrew Roberts, New York Times bestselling author of Churchill: Walking with Destiny

“A book as necessary as it is great. At a time when Americans are struggling to define what real leadership looks like, David Roll’s brilliant new portrait of George Marshall offers valuable clarity.”—General Stanley McChrystal

“David Roll has brilliantly brought George Marshall to life in a biography chock full of revealing and inspiring moments, reminding us what real leadership can be.”—Evan Thomas, author of Being Nixon

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