Rise of the G.I. Army 1940-1941

September 24, 2020

Paul Dickson examines General George C. Marshall’s role in building the U.S. Army in his latest book, Rise of the G.I. Army: The Forgotten Story of How America Forged a Powerful Army Before Pearl Harbor.

A link to Dickson’s pre-recorded Virtual Legacy Lecture will be emailed directly to Foundation members on September 24, 2020 at 5:30PM.

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A part of the George C. Marshall Legacy Series

Purchase Dickson’s book here.

About the Lecture

Celebrated as “one of the best treatments to date of America’s rapid transition from the Depression to the wartime power it became” by Kirkus Review, “The Rise of the G.I. Army” details President Franklin Roosevelt’s steps to revitalize the military, which stood at just 120,000 men strong when Hitler invaded Poland in 1939. From FDR’s selection of George C. Marshall as Chief of Staff of the Army, to the peacetime draft in 1940, and the pre-Pearl Harbor war games that displayed the Army’s might and skill and gave rise to future icons like Eisenhower,  Dickson chronicles America’s urgent mobilization, as political, social and racial unrest sparked tensions at home.

About the Speaker

Paul Dickson is the author of more than sixty nonfiction books, including Sputnik: The Shock of the Century and The Bonus Army: An American Epic (with Thomas B. Allen), and books on electronic warfare and war slang. He concentrates on writing about the American language, baseball, and 20th century history. He lives in Garrett Park, Maryland.