Academic journal article Military Review

MARSHALL: Lessons in Leadership

Academic journal article Military Review

MARSHALL: Lessons in Leadership

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MARSHALL: Lessons in Leadership, H. Paul Jeffers with Alan Axelrod, Palgrave MacMillan, New York, 20 1 0, 204 pages, $22.00.

Marshall: Lessons in Leadership (part of Palgrave's series on great generals) is the last book by historian H. Paul Jeffers, who died in December 2009. Jeffers' book joins other biographies of General George C. Marshall, who is universally recognized as one of America's greatest generals.

So, what does this book have to say that others, including Forrest Pogue's four-volume biography, have not?

Little new historical information about Marshall's life has been unearthed in this new biography. Nevertheless, it is an engaging, colorful, and eminently readable story about Marshall's life, his military career, and his triumphs. The book is organized chronologically, beginning with Marshall's 1880 birth in Uniontown, Pennsylvania. It provides enough information about his childhood and youth to give the reader a sense of Marshall prior to his military career, but not so much as to detract from the part of the story the reader wants to get to - his Army career. The author gets there quickly. In Chapter 2, Jeffers recounts Marshall's early experience as a junior officer in "an army that had no enemy."

Like most military officers before World War I, Marshall progressed slowly. …

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