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George Marshall: Defender of the Republic, David Roll

“I read David Roll’s masterful (and also massive) biography, George Marshall: Defender of the Republic, this summer, and it was the perfect antidote to what was going on in the news. Marshall was a master at taming his own emotions and ambitions in service of the greater good—a true servant leader. That’s what enabled him to become the principal architect of the postwar world, and led one commentator to say—with justification—that his ‘ability and character brook only one comparison in the history of this nation—George Washington.’”

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Acknowledgments

It takes a village to curate amazing lists from this rather busy group of leaders from all over the world. We would like to thank Nikhil Deogun, Mitra S. Kalita, Gabriella Stern, Rebecca Lowell Edwards, Steve Lipin, Sara Blask, Karen Wickre, Ailish Campbell, Anya Schiffrin, Tom Weber, Shernaz Daver, Jose Zamora, and Judi Mackey for their help.

Within McKinsey Global Publishing, Mike Borruso, Heather Byer, Philip Mathew, Louis Vizzi, Dan Redding, and Torea Frey were instrumental in making this year’s list come alive.

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