Books: Possessed in Patience

GEORGE C. MARSHALL: EDUCATION OF A GENERAL, 1880-1939, by Forrest C. Pogue. 421 pages. Viking. $7.50.

Once, when George Catlett Marshall was offered $1,000,000 to write his autobiography, he stiffly replied: "The Government of the United States has already paid me for my services." Three years before he died in 1959, the soldier-statesman agreed to tell his story for nothing. On the condition that his biography would not be published during his lifetime, Marshall gave 52 hours of interviews to a nonprofit foundation created for the sole purpose of documenting the remarkable career of the boy from Uniontown, Pa., who grew up...

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