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, 2010, 204 pages, $22.00.

Marshall: Lessons in Leadership is the last book by historian H. Paul Jeffers (who died in December 2009), and is part of a Palgrave series on great generals.

Marshall joins numerous other biographies of General George C. Marshall, who is universally recognized as one of the greatest generals the United States ever produced. For example, Amazon.com lists over 300 books with George Marshall in their titles.

So, what does Jeffers' book have to say that has not been said in other books on Marshall, including the four-volume biography by the offi cial U.S. Army World War II historian, Forrest Pogue?

Probably 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. Organized chronologically, beginning with his 1880 birth in Uniontown, Pennsylvania, the book provides enough information about his childhood and youth to give a sense of him 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. Jeffers gets there quickly, recounting Marshall's early experience as a junior offi cer in "an army that had no enemy. …

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