Reading a great biography allows a reader to stand on the shoulders of giants. George C. Marshall was one such giant. His character defined him as someone who could be trusted by colleagues, subordinates and superiors. It was one reason why Congress supported his many requests for funding and superiors listened to his thoughtful, yet strong, arguments. His characteristics of honesty, integrity, and selfless service stand as shining examples for those who study the past and for those generations who will learn about him in the future. The insight gleaned from his biographies grants access into his life, his decisions and how they affected those around him. A short list of biographies about Marshall is listed below:
Kids and Young Adults
Growing Up, By George by Mary Sutton Skutt
This covers his years growing up in Pennsylvania through his graduation from the Virginia Military Institute.
George C. Marshall, Reporting For Duty by Mary Sutton Skutt
Reporting for Duty relates the Army career of General Marshall, in which he served from 1901-1945. Includes 50 black and white photgraphs. For grades 6 through 10.
George C. Marshall, Man Behind The Plan by Mary Sutton Skutt
This book covers Marshall’s years as a statesman and eventually into retirement. This book is for middle and high school students and focuses on his achievements as secretary of state and of the Marshall Plan, for which he won the Nobel Peace Prize.
George C. Marshall: A General for Peace by Alan Saunders
Saunders examines the life of the man who was an army general, secretary of state, and secretary of defense. A few black-and-white photographs are scattered throughout.
Marshall, World Leader By Wendy Lubetkin
This biography discusses his roles in both World Wars and his service as a cabinet officer. Part of the Chelsea House series of World Leaders Past and Present. Reading level ages 9-12.
George C. Marshall: Soldier-Stateman of the American Century by Mark A. Stoler
This is perhaps the best of the single-volume biographies. It was intended as a collateral reading in college undergraduate courses, and a paperback edition is still in print.
George C. Marshall by Forest C. Pogue
This is the standard against which all work on Marshall is judged. The series includes: Education of a General, 1880–1939; Ordeal and Hope, 1939–1942; Organizer of Victory, 1943–1945; and Statesman, 1945–1959.
George C. Marshall Interviews and Reminiscences
The edited transcripts of Forrest Pogue’s tape-recorded interviews and his notes on unrecorded interview. This is a key source for understanding Marshall. Pogue contributed a seventeen-page introduction on the background to the interviews.
Memoirs of My Service in the World War, 1917–1918 by George C. Marshall
Marshall drafted this manuscript while he was in Washington, D.C., between 1919 and 1924 as aide-de-camp to General of the Armies John J. Pershing. Given the growing bitterness of the “memoirs wars” of the period, however, he decided against publication, and the draft sat unused until the 1970s when Marshall’s step-daughter and her husband decided to publish it.
Together: Annals of an Army Wife by Katherine Marshall
Mrs. Marshall’s autobiography, which covers the years 1930 to 1945, was begun after the General departed for his mission to China in late 1945 and completed after she joined him there. General Marshall edited the manuscript in China, and in some instances reduced her defense of his actions. The book was widely reprinted in the late-1940s, and there are several editions.