Author Daniel Kurtz-Phelan Kicks Off New Marshall Legacy Series

Author Daniel Kurtz-Phelan will discuss “Marshall’s China Mission” on July 26, 2018, beginning at 5:30 PM in the Pogue Auditorium at the Marshall Foundation.

Kurtz-Phelan became Executive Editor of Foreign Affairs in October 2017. He previously served as a member of the Secretary of State’s Policy Planning Staff and, before that, as a senior editor at the magazine. His writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, and The New Yorker, and his narrative history of George Marshall’s post-World War II mission to China, The China Mission, was published by W. W. Norton in April 2018.

The focus of Kurtz-Phelan’s presentation will be Marshall’s 13-month mission to China, a less renowned but equally consequential episode, in between George C. Marshall’s achievements as Army Chief of Staff during World War II and Secretary of State at the start of the Cold War. 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.

The new sequence of the Marshall Legacy Series, “Friends” in High Places explores Marshall’s ever-changing relationships with some of the most prominent leaders of the early 20th century and the patience with which he navigated difficult diplomatic experiences at home and abroad. In some cases, Marshall had to lose ground in order to keep the peace.

The new special exhibition, Frenemies: Friend of Today, Enemy of Tomorrow, will be open to visitors in the museum’s lower gallery. The sequence “Friends” in High Places is made possible through the generous support of the Carnegie Corporation of New York.

In advance of Kurtz-Phelan’s appearance, the George C. Marshall Museum Shop is selling his recently published book The China Mission: George C. Marshall’s Unfinished War, 1945-1947. Anyone who purchases the book in person will receive FREE admission to Kurtz-Phelan’s presentation on July 26. Marshall Foundation members can apply their museum shop discount toward their purchase of the book.

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