- Publisher: Viking Pr (December 1999)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0140153977
- ISBN-13: 978-0140153972
- Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 5.9 x 1.4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,879,856 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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George C. Marshall, Vol. 2: Ordeal and Hope, 1939-1942 Paperback – December, 1999
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Marshall's role in Pearl Harbor was exhaustively researched by Pogue. Marshall is stronly questioned by Pogue but it is uncharacteristic for Marshall to have sacraficed people to enter the war. Marshall didn't have a very strong relationship with FDR as history alluedes to. I'm up to the Sicily campaign and Marshall seems to have as much say as Stimson on the war and less access to the President than Harry Hopkins.
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By the end of 1942, the allies had landed in North Africa, conducted the Doolittle Raid, won decisively at Midway, and were winning the brutal war of attrition on Guadalcanal. In the meantime, the U S government had formed the Joint Chiefs of Staff, developed plans and policies to provide logistics support for China and Russia's respective war efforts, forged a plan to work with Free French Forces, and built the largest military in American history.
Ordeal and Hope is the day-to-day story of how George Marshall oversaw that transformation. Unlike the first volume, this book paints a fairly realistic picture of a man with normal personality quirks. Indeed, the Marshall portrayed in this biography is not only very political but at times downright devious.
One of the key takeaways from this book is how complex and fast-paced the early days of World War II were. While they had some models of what had worked in World War I and twenty years of academic thought on how it might be fought, leading a multi-national coalition against Fascism was a new experience for this generation.
The real power of this book is that it shows the complexity and difficulty of real change.Read more ›
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It is rather sad that these books appear to be going out of print! As a serious student of WW2 History I found these to be invaluable. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Clifford Ribaudo
I bought this as a two part set for my husband and he really enjoyed it but not as much as the Education of a General volume.Published on April 14, 2013 by Janice Greenwood