Roosevelt and Marshall: Partners in Politics and War

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Provides a provocative portrait of two larger-than-life leaders who orchestrated the Allied victory in World War II, changed the role of the American military, and controlled the fate of American politics

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In 1939 President Franklin D. Roosevelt picked Brigadier General George C. Marshall as army chief of staff over some 30 other competitors. During their six-year partnership, they set a high standard of civilian-military cooperation. Parrish ( The Ultra Americans ) describes the evolution of Roosevelt and Marshall's relationship with new insight into FDR's dominance of wartime strategy and Marshall's skill in working with Congress. The chief of staff yearned to lead the Allied Forces in Europe, but Roosevelt claimed Marshall was indispensable to him at home, and appointed Dwight Eisenhower to the European theater. Marshall swallowed his disappointment and continued to serve the president; When FDR died shortly before the German surrender, he took charge of arrangements for the president's journey to Hyde Park for burial. In his excellent "tandem" biography, Parrish conveys the enormous accomplishments of two very different men and their invaluable service as a team throughout most of WW II. Photos.
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This is a study of the human dimensions of a relationship Parrish regards as seminal. If Roosevelt remained from first to last in control of America's war effort, he also saw the need for counsel. During the war, he turned in particular to General George C. Marshall. Marshall's horizons were broader, his abilities greater, than those of his counterparts among the Joint Chiefs. At the same time, he believed his ultimate duty involved implementing rather than challenging the will of his commander in chief. Roosevelt expanded Marshall's roles, fostering his development into a soldier-statesman--and setting, Parrish argues, a dangerous precedent for involving military men in policy-making. The thesis remains unproven in a book whose narrative strengths nonetheless supplement such works as Eric Larrabee's Commander in Chief ( LJ 5/1/87).
- Dennis E. Showalter, Colorado Coll., Colorado Springs
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