In This Review

George C. Marshall: Statesman 1945-1959
George C. Marshall: Statesman 1945-1959
By Forrest C. Pogue
Viking, 1987, 603 pp.

This is the fourth and final volume of Forrest Pogue's magisterial biography, the product of half a lifetime's work. There is less zest and tension here than in the three military volumes, because Marshall the statesman, for all his grasp of world conditions, was tired and aging. He approved the broad course of policy, including the plan that bears his name, but the implementation was the work of subordinates. There was nothing secret about his goals and methods at this time, hence no revelations here.