Author Of New Marshall Book To Give Talk

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Bestselling author David L. Roll will discuss his new book, “George Marshall, Defender of the Republic,” on Thursday, Sept. 26, beginning at 5:30 p.m. in the Pogue Auditorium of the Marshall Foundation.

British Prime Minister Winston Churchill called Marshall World War II’s “organizer of victory.” President Harry Truman said Marshall was “the greatest military man that this country every produced.” In his book, Roll draws on newly available sources to detail how Marshall modernized combat training between the world wars, organized the largest military expansion in U.S. history, restored U.S. military morale before the Korean War, and helped shape America’s postwar emergence as a superpower.

Roll is also the author of “The Hopkins Touch: Harry Hopkins and the Forging of the Alliance to Defeat Hitler.”

He is senior counsel at Steptoe & Johnson, LLP, a Washington, D.C.-based international law firm, Nonresident Fellow at the German Marshall Fund, and founder of the Lex Mundi Pro Bono Foundation, a public interest organization that provides pro bono legal services to social entrepreneurs around the world.

This is the third lecture in “The Man for All Seasons” sequence of the Legacy Series. These talks explore aspects of George C. Marshall’s life that are often overshadowed by his achievements as chief of staff and secretary of state, including his time as a cadet at VMI, his tenure as president of the American Red Cross, and his chairmanship of the American Battlefield Monuments Commission.

Due to limited seating, RSVP no later than Monday, Sept. 23. To reserve a seat, call Leigh McFaddin at 463-7103, ext. 138, or email reservations@marshallfoundation. org. Members and students will be admitted free; nonmembers will pay $15 at the door.

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