Education of a General 1880-1939 is the first of the four-volume, definitive biography of George C. Marshall (1880-1959). It offers an intimate portrait of the background and experiences that shaped the outlook and character of the man who, in General Omar Bradley’s words, “contributed more to our efforts from 1939 to 1951 than any other individual.”
Education of a General is also a picture of America’s end of innocence, her altered course toward world power, away from isolation, and the part played by a great American in shaping his country for her new role in world affairs.
Vol. I Education of a General 1880-1939, Vol. II Ordeal and Hope 1939-1942, Vol. III Organizer of Victory 1943-1945, Vol. IV Statesman 1945-1959