George Marshall: Defender of the Republic

George Marshall: Defender of the Republic

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 The extraordinary career of George Catlett Marshall?America?s most distinguished soldier?statesman since ...

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Title:George Marshall: Defender of the Republic
Author:David L. Roll
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Genres:Biography
ISBN:George Marshall: Defender of the Republic
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Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:704 pages pages

George Marshall: Defender of the Republic Reviews

  • Brian
    Oct 14, 2019
    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...
  • Chrissie
    Jun 25, 2019
    ******************** The Hopkins Touch: Harry Hopkins and the Forging of the Alliance to Defeat Hitler 4 stars ...
  • Linda
    Aug 22, 2019
    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 ...
  • Jimmy
    Sep 27, 2019
    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 o...
  • Randy
    Nov 04, 2019
    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 Washi...
  • Steve
    Jul 19, 2019
    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 ...
  • Bou
    Oct 08, 2019
    With 24 hours this audiobook was well worth the effort. ...
  • Philipp
    Aug 05, 2019
    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 nat...
  • Jim Kelsh
    Sep 14, 2019
    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 Ch...
  • Joe
    Jan 16, 2020
    I?ve never read such a long book about someone I knew so little about. This is a very impressive volume about George Marshall by a very talented and experience writer. It must have taken years of research to gather all of these details and is probable the defacto source of informa...
  • Steve Bookman
    Aug 13, 2019
    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. ...
  • Eric Wishman
    Jul 29, 2019
    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...
  • Joseph Sciuto
    Aug 19, 2019
    A CURIOUS VIEW: ?GEORGE MARSHALL: DEFENDER OF THE REPUBLIC,? BY DAVID L. ROLL In 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 hei...
  • Peter
    Nov 17, 2019
    David Roll's George Marshall: Defender of the Republic (2019) is the biography of one of the greatest American leaders of the twentieth century. The Early Years Marshall was known as a young man with a temper, but as he aged he developed a longer fuse. He spoke quietly, thought...
  • Andrew Carr
    Aug 16, 2019
    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'. ...
  • Kollisionwhispervortex
    Oct 18, 2019
    Not worth the price. Find it at the library. ...
  • William J.
    Aug 26, 2019
    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 soc...
  • Nathan Schmidt
    Nov 25, 2019
    I received a copy of this book through Goodreads First Reads, and I am very grateful for the opportunity to own this splendid biography. This is an exceptionally well-researched and written biography that covers Marshall's extensive life and the many interlinked chapters of history ...
  • Alexander McAuliffe
    Oct 28, 2019
    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 reflecti...
  • Chris
    Jan 16, 2020
    'George Marshall: Defender of the Republic' is aptly titled. Although he was not president of the United States, it was one of the few titles he did not hold. As a soldier, and graduate of VMI, Marshall never failed to catch the eye of a superior. When he served in the Great War in his...
  • T B
    Dec 18, 2019
    This was very good. Prior to reading this book, I knew little about Marshall other than his key roles during WWII and in the Marshall Plan. After reading this, I would rank him among the most influential Americans in the 20th Century. I had underestimated the difficulties he had in fig...
  • Liz
    Aug 18, 2019
    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 wi...
  • Reader Variety
    Sep 01, 2019
    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 alw...
  • Stuart Bobb
    Nov 25, 2019
    I felt this book went on a bit long (thus the 3 vs 4 stars) but I couldn't suggest what you would cut. The man had an amazing career of service to the United States and sets a very high standard of how a public servant should act. He put his country and its needs ahead of his own ambit...
  • Bryan Alkire
    Oct 24, 2019
    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 Penn...
  • David Shaffer
    Sep 04, 2019
    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 providin...
  • Porter Broyles
    Oct 30, 2019
    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 boo...
  • James Lurie
    Sep 26, 2019
    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 ...
  • Justin Palmer
    Aug 12, 2019
    Loved the book. Couldn?t put it down ...
  • Dizzle729
    Jul 24, 2019
    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 Americ...