In December the World at War Forum welcomed Daniel Zeiser, who discussed the life and military career of General George C. Marshall. The library has several books about General Marshall’s life and military career. Several of these titles are available digitally as either an audiobook or eBook and also as a physical book.


George Marshall: Defender of the Republic by David L. Roll

“The extraordinary career of George Catlett Marshall–America’s most distinguished soldier-statesman since George Washington–whose selfless leadership and moral character influenced the course of two world wars and helped define the American century. Winston Churchill called him World War II’s “organizer of victory.” Harry Truman said he was “the greatest military man that this country ever produced.” Today, in our era of failed leadership, few lives are more worthy of renewed examination than Marshall and his fifty years of loyal service to the defense of his nation and its values. Even as a young officer he was heralded as a genius, a reputation that grew when in WWI he planned and executed a nighttime movement of more than a half million troops from one battlefield to another that led to the armistice. Between the wars he helped modernize combat training, and re-staffed the U.S. Army’s officer corps with the men who would lead in the next decades. But as WWII loomed, it was the role of army chief of staff in which Marshall’s intellect and backbone were put to the test, when his blind commitment to duty would run up against the realities of Washington politics. Long seen as a stoic, almost statuesque figure, he emerges in these pages as a man both remarkable and deeply human, thanks to newly discovered sources. Set against the backdrop of five major conflicts–two world wars, Palestine, Korea, and the Cold War–Marshall’s education in military, diplomatic, and political power, replete with their nuances and ambiguities, runs parallel with America’s emergence as a global superpower. The result is a defining account of one of our most consequential leaders”–


Partnership : George Marshall, Henry Stimson, and the extraordinary collaboration that won World War II  by  Edward Farley Aldrich

The Partnership shines a spotlight on two giants of U.S. history, Army Chief of Staff Gen. George Marshall and Secretary of War Henry Stimson, telling the fascinating stories of each man, the dramatic story of their collaboration to defeat the Axis-a master class in leadership and teamwork-and the epic story of the United States in World War II.


The generals : Patton, MacArthur, Marshall, and the winning of World War II by Winston Groom

Groom tells the intertwined and uniquely American tales of George Patton, Douglas MacArthur, and George Marshall. These three remarkable men-of-arms who rose from the gruesome hell of the First World War to become the finest generals of their generation during World War II redefined America’s ideas of military leadership and brought forth a new generation of American soldier. Against the backdrop of the most dramatic moments of the twentieth century, you’ll discover new insights into the lives of America’s most celebrated warriors.


Masters and commanders : how four titans won the war in the west, 1941-1945 by Andrew Roberts

An epic joint biography of four titanic figures-a President, a Prime Minister, and two Generals-who shaped the grand strategy of the Allies during World War II.


Team America : Patton, MacArthur, Marshall, Eisenhower, and the world they forged by Robert L. O’Connell

An acclaimed military historian presents this powerful history of four military leaders–Douglas MacArthur, George Patton, George Marshall and Dwight “Ike” Eisenhower–who exhibited unparalleled military leadership that led the U.S. victoriously through two World Wars.


The Washington war : FDR’s inner circle and the politics of power that won World War II by James Lacey

“A Team of Rivals for World War II, here is the inside story of how FDR and the towering personalities around him waged war in the corridors of Washington D.C. to secure ultimate victory on the battlefields of Europe and the Pacific. Faced with the unprecedented challenges posed by a global war against entrenched and implacable totalitarian forces, Franklin Delano Roosevelt surrounded himself with a colorful group of strong-minded counselors, including Army Chief of Staff George Marshall, Secretary of the Treasury Henry Morgenthau, Secretary of War Henry Stimson, power broker James Byrnes, Chief of Naval Operations Ernest King, the ubiquitous Harry Hopkins, and many others. Given these forceful personalities and their equal dedication to the war effort, vicious clashes and Machiavellian maneuvering were inevitable. The outcome at many critical junctures turned on a dime. With unprecedented scope and intimacy, based on exhaustive research and newly discovered sources, The Washington War by renowned military historian James Lacey delivers fresh insights into FDR’s innermost circles–and the fascinating behind-the-scenes machinations and power plays that won the greatest war in history”–

Join us for the next World at War Forum: 1914: Europe Goes to War on Wednesday, January 3, 2024 at 7 p.m.