Examines George Marshall and his long career as a U.S. leader -- from Chief of Staff of the U.S. Army, Secretary of State, developer of the "Marshall Plan," Secretary of Defense, and President of the Red Cross.
"The cost of war is constantly spread before me, written neatly in many ledgers whose columns are gravestones. For that reason, I am constantly moved to find the means to prevent the calamity of war." -- George Marshall
He built the mightiest army in history and selected its leaders. Eisenhower, MacArthur, and Patton all obeyed his commands. When victory was won, he bound up the world's wounds with a plan for European recovery that bore his name - The Marshall Plan. The only soldier ever to receive the Nobel Peace Prize, he served during his long career as Chief of Staff of the U.S. Army, Secretary of State, Secretary of Defense and President of the Red Cross.
Soldier and statesman, a powerful yet modest patriot, George Marshall is today an almost forgotten hero -- a private and introspective man whose influential role in matters of war and peace helped determine the course of the twentieth century. George Marshall and the American Century features rare historical footage and recordings of Marshall and Presidents Roosevelt and Truman, as well as exlusive interviews with General Matthew B. Ridgway, journalist Eric Sevareid, former Secretary of Defense Clark Clifford and many others. It brings to life the tenacious diplomat and strategist who won battles in both the European theater and on Capitol Hill, and recalls the military leader who recognized the somber legacy of war.
Other credits: Produced by Daniel B. Polin and Kenneth Mandel Directed by Kenneth Mandel and Ken Levis Narrated by E.G. Marshall A Production of Great Projects Film Company, Inc. in association with the South Carolina Educational Television Network
"A stunningly beautiful story about a great American." --General Colin L. Powell