Partners in Command: George Marshall and Dwight Eisenhower in War and Peace

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9781594201059: Partners in Command: George Marshall and Dwight Eisenhower in War and Peace

The depth and significance of the relationship between George Marshall and Dwight Eisenhower has eluded historians for years. In Partners in Command, acclaimed historian and journalist Mark Perry gets to the heart of arguably the most fateful partnership in American military history, a union of two very different men bound by an epic common purpose. He follows Marshall and Eisenhower's collaboration from the major battles in North Africa and Italy to the planning and execution of the D-Day invasion, the crisis of the Battle of the Bulge, and the postwar implementation of the Marshall Plan, and the establishment of Eisenhower's leadership of NATO. erry shows that Marshall and Eisenhower were remarkably close colleagues who brilliantly combined strengths and offset each other's weaknesses in their strategic planning, on the battlefields, and in their mutual struggle to overcome the bungling, political sniping, and careerism of both British and American commanders that infected nearly every battle and campaign. Finally, Marshall and Eisenhower collaborated in crafting the foreign policy and military infrastructure that became the foundation for winning the Cold War.

From their first meeting after Pearl Harbor in 1941, Marshall and Eisenhower recognized in each other an invaluable military partner-by February 1942, Marshall, who was Army chief of staff, had promoted Eisenhower to head the War Plans Division, where his first job was to write the initial plan to win the war against Japan. Within a few months, Marshall selected Eisenhower as commander of all U.S. forces in the European theater. By early 1944, however, a subtle but major shift had occurred: Marshall the teacher had become Eisenhower's student, Eisenhower having developed the superior grasp of command challenges.

Partners in Command is an extraordinary portrait of an often ignored alliance between two iconic military figures and the ways in which their unusual collaboration would ultimately shape fifty years of successful American foreign policy.

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About the Author :

Mark Perry is a military, intelligence, and foreign policy analyst and the co-director of Conflicts Forum, an international political advocacy organization. He is the author of six critically acclaimed books, and his articles have appeared in The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, St. Louis Post Dispatch, and Newsday. He served as the editor of Washington's City Paper and as the editor of The Veteran, the largest circulation newspaper for veterans in the country. He helped research and write the BBC's award-winning documentary The Intelligence War Against Iraq in 1991 and has appeared regularly on CNN's The International Hour, Special Assignment, and the Saturday- and Sunday-morning news shows.

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Perry is a military, intelligence, and foreign-policy analyst and a coordinator of Conflicts Forum, an international political advocacy organization. His absorbing account follows the alliance between two men who must be credited with a substantial role in winning World War II in Europe as well as laying the foundation for postwar foreign policy as the cold war commenced. Alliance is the key word here, since Marshall and Eisenhower never became close friends. Both men disdained pomp and formality. But Marshall was often withdrawn and distant, and he rarely praised subordinates. Eisenhower was outgoing and comfortable in social situations, and he made a point of showing appreciation for those working for him. Yet their personalities seemed to complement each other superbly. This book will be an excellent addition to military-history collections. Freeman, Jay
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