Dr. William A. Taylor, an associate professor of global security studies at Angelo State University and holder of the Lee Drain Endowed University Professorship, has published his fourth book, titled “George C. Marshall and the Early Cold War: Policy, Politics, and Society.”
Published through University of Oklahoma Press, Taylor’s book highlights George C. Marshall’s critical role in the early Cold War. Though best known for his central part in the American war effort from 1939-45, Marshall was at least as important in shaping the policies and politics of the postwar western world – and in cementing his place as a pivotal figure in 20th century American history. This book examines his tenure in key policymaking positions, including Army chief of staff, special presidential envoy to China, secretary of state and secretary of defense, among others.
As editor, Taylor brings together a diverse and accomplished group of scholars – including military, diplomatic and institutional historians – to explore how Marshall, Time magazine’s “Man of the Year” in both 1943 and 1947 and the 1953 Nobel Peace Prize winner, molded debates on all the major issues of his day, such as universal military training, China’s civil war, an independent air force, the National Security Act of 1947, nuclear weapons, European Recovery Program, North Atlantic Treaty, Korean War, and racial integration of the U.S. military.
With a focus on Marshall’s public service at the intersection of American policy, politics and society, the authors provide a comprehensive historical account of his central role in shaping America during a tumultuous yet formative period in the nation’s history. Their work fills a void in the scholarship of American military history and American history generally, providing context for the consideration of broader questions about American power and the place of the military within American society.
“George C. Marshall and the Early Cold War” is available in paperback and e-book through University of Oklahoma Press, Amazon, Barnes & Noble and other online booksellers.