George Marshall: Defender of the Republic
George C. Marshall was a soldier’s soldier. He was an unassuming and stoic figure who rarely questioned orders, and when he did, he respected the chain of command. The life of a career soldier was not envisioned by his family, particularly his older brother. Marshall had a strong desire to go to VMI, where despite mediocre academics, intangible qualities could distinguish him. Marshall would make a notable impression in the Philippines during mock battles. Marshall’s dogged determination would garner him a commission. He would see battle in World War I, where the safety of his fellow troops would lead him to question higher-ups. Marshall would come to the attention of General John Pershing. Marshall’s deft maneuvers during perilous battles in France led to strategic successes. His path would be set for future government work, a career that would span another thirty-five years. Marshall would serve as Army Chief of Staff, Secretary of State and Secretary of Defense. His service was exemplary, despite the dreary fog of war and the even murkier times of tenuous peace.
David Roll tackled a herculean feat with the subject of George Marshall. Despite six decades since Marshall’s passing, contradictory previous biographies about Marshall, Roll skillfully tells the life with a documentarian’s skill and ease. Marshall is a tough character but comes off as intelligent, brave and possessing deep loyalty, admirable qualities more absent with the passage of time. A+
|Author||David L. Roll|
|Page Count||704 pages|
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|Category||Biographies & Memoirs|