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George C. Marshall: Statesman, 1945-1959 by Forrest C. Pogue (foreword by Drew Middleton; 250,000 words, 24 illustrations)

Other eBooks in this 4-volume biography:

eBook 1:
George C. Marshall: Education of a General, 1880-1939
eBook 2:
George C. Marshall: Ordeal and Hope, 1939-1942
eBook 3:
George C. Marshall: Organizer of Victory, 1943-1945

“Army chief of staff from 1939 to 1945, Marshall directed the organization and training of US land and air forces during World War II. The fourth and final volume of Pogue’s biography deals with Marshall’s ‘other dimension’ as statesman, humanitarian and peacemaker during his tenure as Secretary of State, head of the American Red Cross and Secretary of Defense during the middle period of the Korean War. This remarkable later career included Marshall’s struggle to bring peace to China in the postwar years; his initiation and implementation of the European Recovery Program (the Marshall Plan); his role in the establishment of NATO and the State of Israel; his reaction to assaults by the radical right led by Sen. Joseph McCarthy; and his working relationship as defense secretary with Secretary of State Dean Acheson, probably the most successful collaboration in the history of the two departments. Pogue, former director of the Marshall Library, thus rounds off his monumental study of one of the great leaders of the 20th century.” —
Publishers Weekly

“In a supremely apt way,
George C. Marshall: Statesman 1945-1959 possesses the same characteristics as its subject: it is thoughtful, mature, balanced and full of humanity and intelligence. It is also a very large and detailed work... [it is] not only important for its author’s emphatic and fully-rounded portrayal of a ‘Great Man.’ It is also vital for the reminder it provides of the qualities of statesmanship and character that Western leaders ought to be emulating today.” — Paul Kennedy, The New York Times

“Forrest Pogue has written a grand book about a grand person, the concluding volume in an authorized four-part biography that will likely be the definitive study of Marshall. This is history at its very best.” — Guy Halverson,
Christian Science Monitor

“In this fourth and final volume of his definitive biography of Marshall... Forrest Pogue... has indeed performed a valuable service in faithfully portraying the outsized talent and dedication of one old soldier who never faded away.“ — Theodore C. Sorensen,
Washington Post

“Throughout his life, [Marshall] counted his country’s interests higher than his own, placed his duties before his desires and his honor before all else. Duty, honor, country: a triad more often patronized than esteemed in our Aquarian age. Nonetheless, reading Pogue’s biography provides a suitable reminder that it was just those values that formed the life of perhaps the greatest American our nation has produced in this century.” — Larry Collins,
Los Angeles Times

“Under Pogue’s clear lens, Marshall comes across as a man who gave unselfishly of himself for over 50 years of government service: a fitting conclusion to this definitive biography.” —
Kirkus Reviews

“Pogue’s account of the China mission is fascinating... This fine work is exhaustively researched and written with care and balance. The author has conducted extensive interviews with the men and women who knew and worked with Marshall.” — Edward Hawley,
Chicago Tribune

“This book is great biography.” —
Infantry Journal

“Relying upon interviews with Marshall and his contemporaries as well as more than thirty years of research in the Marshall papers, government documents, memoirs, biographies and monographs, Pogue has now completed a truly great biography, fully worthy of its extraordinary subject, that reveals and explains his character as well as the numerous issues with which he was associated... life. All four [of Pogue's] volumes stand as a model in the field of biography, and a fitting tribute to the author as well as the subject.“ — Mark A. Stoler,
The Historian

“With this volume, Forrest Pogue cements his place alongside such giant biographers as Douglas Southall Freeman and Carl Sandburg... throughout this volume Pogue elegantly portrays Marshall the soldier, Marshall the statesman, and Marshall the man.“ — Albert M. Bottoms,
Naval War College Review

“Pogue rightly stresses Marshall's importance in the transition from the Pax Britannica to the Pax Americana.“ — Callum A. MacDonald,
Reviews in American History

“This is political biography at its best. Pogue has mined the Marshall Papers and various government archives and private manuscript collections, and he has mastered the vast secondary literature of the postwar period. A pioneer in the field of oral history, he fills in crucial details and adds telling anecdotes from hours of interviews with Marshall and his associates... in its mastery of detail, its clarity and simplicity of style, even in its understatement, this is a biography worthy in every respect of the man generally acknowledged to be the greatest American statesman of this century.“ — George C. Herring,
The Register of the Kentucky Historical Society

“[Pogue] provides an excellent, sometimes meticulous, tracing of the general course of events and American decision-making... [He] has contributed a massive amount of information and produced a lengthy but readable account of American foreign and military policy during the Truman administration.“ — James L. Gormly,
The History Teacher

“Pogue's selection and use of sources is impeccable... [he] skillful[ly] blend[s] traditional documentary evidence and oral history interviews.“ — Ronald E. Marcello,
The Oral History Review