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The Most Noble Adventure

The Marshall Plan and How America Helped Rebuild Europe

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“Admirable for bringing all the literary verve and drama one associates with the best military and diplomatic history . . . a timely book.” —The New Yorker

The Marshall Plan was a four-year, $13 billion (more than $100 billion in today’s dollars) plan to provide assistance for Europe’s economic recovery after World War II. More than an aid program, it sought to modernize Western Europe’s economies and launch them on a path to prosperity and integration; to restore Western Europe’s faith in democracy and capitalism; to enmesh the region firmly in a Western economic association and eventually a military alliance. It was the linchpin of America’s strategy to meet the Soviet threat. It helped to trigger the Cold War and, eventually, to win it.

Through detailed and exhaustive research, Behrman brings this vital and dramatic epoch to life and animates the personalities that shaped it. The narrative follows the six extraordinary American statesmen—George Marshall, Will Clayton, Arthur Vandenberg, Richard Bissell, Paul Hoffman and W. Averell Harriman—who devised and implemented the Plan, as well as some of the century’s most important personalities—Winston Churchill, Josef Stalin, Joseph McCarthy—who are also central players in the drama told here.

More than a humanitarian endeavor, the Marshall Plan was one of the most effective foreign policies in all of American history, in large part because, as Behrman writes, it was born and executed in a time when American “foreign policy was defined by its national interests and the very best of ideals.”

“A splendid narrative history of the Marshall Plan, perhaps the best foreign-policy idea America ever had.” —Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

Politics & Current Events
August 7
Simon & Schuster
OpenRoad Integrated Media, LLC

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