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0 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 5 0.00 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Debi Unger, Irwin Unger Narrator: Johnny Heller Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2014 ISBN: 9780062362131
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A major historical biography of George C. Marshall—the general who ran the US campaign during the Second World War, the Secretary of State who oversaw the successful rebuilding of postwar Europe, and the winner of the Nobel Peace Prize—and the first to offer a complete picture of his life

While Eisenhower, Patton, Bradley, Montgomery, McArthur, Nimitz, and Leahy waged battles in Europe and the Pacific, one military leader actually ran World War II for America, overseeing personnel and logistics: Chief of Staff of the US Army from 1939 to 1945, George C. Marshall.

This interpretive biography of George C. Marshall follows his life from his childhood in Western Pennsylvania and his military training at the Virginia Military Institute to his role during and after World War II and his death in 1959 at the age of seventy-eight. It brings to light the virtuous historical role models who inspired him, including George Washington and Robert E. Lee, and his relationships with the Washington political establishment, military brass, and foreign leaders, from Harry Truman to Chiang Kai Shek. It explores Marshall’s successes and failures during World War II and his contributions through two critical years of the emerging Cold War—including the transformative Marshall Plan, which saved Western Europe from Soviet domination, and the failed attempt to unite China’s nationalists and communists.

Based on breathtaking research and filled with rich detail, George Marshall is sure to be hailed as the definitive work on one of the most influential figures in American history.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Integrity, honor, humility—how quaint, and how sorely missed, these virtues seem today. They were embodied in George Marshall, the great World War II army chief of staff and Cold War secretary of state. Marshall’s leadership style drives this grand but judicious biography of a fascinating man.”

    Evan Thomas, New York Times bestselling author of John Paul Jones

  • “By any standard, George C. Marshall looms large over the twentieth century. Debi and Irwin Unger’s in-depth biography will raise an eyebrow or two over the man we thought we knew and provide an intriguing look at Marshall’s guarded personality, his complicated relationships, and his turbulent times.”

    Walter R. Borneman, award-winning author of The Admirals

  • “[An] elegant and iconoclastic biography, which pokes innumerable holes in Marshall’s reputation for leadership and raises intriguing questions about how such reputations get made…The Ungers’ vision of Marshall is persuasive. Praise for the general has soared so high over the years that the reality is bound to lie closer to the ground. The book also offers a useful reminder that glorification of the World War II era may tell us more about the disappointments of our own times than about an increasingly remote past when—no surprise—American leaders stumbled and were sometimes saved from their errors by the scale of the American war machine and the endurance of their allies.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • George Marshall: A Biography renders the extraordinary story of an obsessive overachiever.”

    Barnes&Noble.com, editorial review

  • “This biography provides an excellent overview…Their research draws richly on a depth and breadth of primary and secondary sources.”

    Library Journal

  • “A biography of George Marshall focusing on the general’s overall decency rather than his strategic brilliance.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “Johnny Heller delivers an engaging and consistently solid narration of this portrait of General George Marshall…Despite the detailed approach, Heller makes the writing easy on the ear. When the authors use complex sentence structure, Heller renders it easy to follow without awkward pauses…He does the work justice and makes it easy to listen to.”


  • A New York Times Editor’s Choice
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About the Narrator

Johnny Heller, winner of dozens of AudioFile Earphones Awards, is a two-time winner of the prestigious Audie Award for best narration and was named a top voice of 2008 and 2009 and selected as one of the Top 50 Narrators of the Twentieth Century by AudioFile magazine. He has been a Publishers Weekly Listen-Up Award winner from 2008 through 2013.