Fighting Wars, Planning for Peace: The Story of George C. Marshall
by Lee Gimpel
At the turn of the twentieth century, the forty-five states that constituted the United States of America were on the brink of change. No longer a second-rate nation behind the old European countries, America was emerging from its Wild West frontier days, becoming a major commercial power and military force. For the majority of the century, the United States would be the world's dominant nation. In many respects, what defined the American Century was the work of George C. Marshall. Though he shunned publicity and self-promotion, seeking instead to do his job quietly and well, he was twice selected as Time magazine's Man of the Year, stood at the top of the U.S. Army, and won a Nobel Peace Prize for the Marshall Plan. Marshall prided himself on his lack of emotion and, unlike his protege Dwight D. Eisenhower, Marshall never had any desire to be president-though others lobbied him to be a candidate. His careful command in World War II made Marshall a leading force in transforming the United States into the reigning world power. Later, Marshall served as Secretary of State during the Berlin Airlift and then served as Secretary of Defense during the Korean War.
Passing Through India
It is no big secret that India is the next big thing; increases in economic output are staggering and hardly a day goes by now without India in the headlines. Inbound tourism is also up significantly. Reading accounts like those by Thomas L. Friedman of The New York Times is one thing but I wanted to get a sense of what it's really like on the ground -- to truly experience the good, the bad and the ugly of India. My trip blog, PassingThroughIndia.com, catalogs my experiences. I am currently working on a book about the trip.
A complementary project to my India travel blog, IndiaTravelInsights.org is an interview forum about travel and tourism in India. It brings together experts and on-the-ground travelers from around the world. While interviewing sources for articles I write, I often find that I must leave out a lot of what people say that is both interesting and insightful. Such is the nature of writing to a confined word count. IndiaTravelInsights.org endeavors to give experts the opportunity to share their expertise in their own words. The site offers conversations not sound bites and, in so doing, provides a more accurate and complete picture.