First edition of The Marshall Story by Robert Payne, inscribed by George C. Marshall. Octavo, xii, 344pp. Gray cloth, title printed on spine in black. Top edge yellow. Stated “first edition” on copyright page. In publisher’s first state dust jacket, $5.00 on front flap, chipping along top edge, light toning to spine, closed tear along top edge of back panel, a scarce dust jacket. Inscribed by General George C. Marshall on the front free endpaper: “George C. Marshall. Pinehurst, N.C. December 10-55.” An exceptionally scarce book signed by George C. Marshall.
Comments: General George C. Marshall was one of the most influential military and political leaders of the 20th Century. He rose through the ranks to serve as Army Chief of Staff during World War II. President Truman would ask Marshall to serve as the 50th Secretary of State, where he advocated for the rapid rebuilding of Europe, known as the Marshall Plan. After resigning as Secretary of State, he served for one year as the Secretary of Defense. He retired in 1951, retiring to Leesburg, Virginia.