Marshall’s China Mission

July 26, 2018

Please join us for

“Marshall’s China Mission”
with author Daniel Kurtz-Phelan

A part of the George C. Marshall Legacy Series sponsored by Carnegie Corporation of New York

Thursday, July 26, 2018
5:30 pm with reception to follow.

Pogue Auditorium
George C. Marshall Museum
VMI Parade, Lexington, Virginia

In between George Marshall’s achievements as Army Chief of Staff during World War II and Secretary State at the start of the Cold War came a less renowned but equally consequential episode — a 13-month mission to China, where Marshall was charged with brokering an end to a long-running civil war and laying the groundwork for U.S.-allied Chinese democracy that would avert a victory by Mao’s Communists. The story of that mission is not only essential to understanding Marshall’s role as a strategist and statesman; it also shaped the course of Marshall’s career, the Cold War, and the U.S.-China relationship in underappreciated yet profound ways.

“Thoroughly researched and compellingly written, [The China Mission] is at once a revealing study of character and leadership, a vivid reconstruction of a critical episode in the history of the early Cold War and an insightful meditation on the limits of American power even at its peak.” – New York Times
“Deeply researched and written with verve, the book ought to be read by any U.S. foreign-policy maker practicing diplomacy in Asia. . . . Mr. Kurtz-Phelan has performed a service in reviving this important episode with such aplomb, rigor and pace.”- Wall Street Journal


Reservations required by email to or by calling Leigh McFaddin at 540-463-7103. Seating will be first come, first served. Members and students will be admitted free; non-members will pay $15 at the door.

You are invited to walk through the new exhibition, “Friend of Today; Enemy of Tomorrow,” that will be open that night in the Lower Gallery.