Marshall Salon Book Discussion

New York
7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Private Location 43 West 13th Street, Apt 2
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Please join author David Roll in conversation with Matthew Spence (Marshall class of 2000 and former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense) to discuss his new book “George Marshall: Defender of the Republic.” David Roll’s definitive account of Marshall’s life and service to his nation, places Marshall as one of America’s most essential leaders and offers up a portrait of the man that is far more authentic and nuanced than previous biographies. Tapping into a deep array of primary sources, many revealed for the first time, Roll breaks new ground not just on Marshall’s WWII legacy, but in his roles as special envoy to China, secretary of state, and secretary of defense at the dawn of the Cold War.


“Mr. Roll’s literary monument to one of America’s most devoted soldiers is a powerful antidote to a Twitter-glutted era when political cynicism has reached its nadir and civic virtue has become a punch line.”—The Wall Street Journal

“George Marshall was the model of what a general and statesman should be: wise and nonpartisan and honorable. That is why it is so timely that this judicious biography brings him back to life for us. Using papers and material that have become available in the past three decades, David L. Roll helps reveal Marshall’s human side and how it relates to his public image and momentous achievements.”—Walter Isaacson, New York Times bestselling author of Steve Jobs and Leonardo da Vinci

“A hugely significant book on an American leader to whom freedom around the world owes an enormous debt… David Roll provides a portrait of Marshall that is far more penetrating and nuanced than past biographies and establishes very clearly that George C. Marshall was an extraordinary defender of the republic at one of the most perilous times in our history.”—General David Petraeus (US Army, Ret.)

About the Author

David L. Roll is the author of multiple books on World War II and he is Senior Counsel at Steptoe & Johnson LLP, a Washington DC-based international law firm, Nonresident Fellow at the German Marshall Fund, and founder of the Lex Mundi Pro Bono Foundation, a public interest organization that provides pro bono legal services to social entrepreneurs around the world. His earlier books include The The Hopkins Touch: Harry Hopkins and the Forging of the Alliance to Defeat Hitler and the coauthor of Louis Johnson and the Arming of America, a biography of Harry Truman’s defense secretary.

About the Moderator 

Dr. Matthew Spence is a Non-Resident Senior Fellow at the NYU Law School Reiss Center on Law and Security, and a Managing Director at Guggenheim Partners, where he focuses on technology and security investment banking. He was previously a Partner at Andreessen Horowitz in the Bay Area.

From 2012 to 2015, Dr. Spence served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Middle East Policy, where he was the principal advisor to three Secretaries of Defense for U.S. policy towards 14 countries in the Middle East. Prior to that, he was Special Assistant to President Obama and Senior Director for International Economic Affairs and as Senior Advisor to two National Security Advisors at the National Security Council at the White House. Dr. Spence additionally contributed to the Obama-Biden Presidential Transition Team. 

Dr. Spence also served in a senior role on Secretary of Defense Ash Carter’s confirmation and transition team. He received the Secretary of Defense Award for Outstanding Public Service.

He was a Marshall Scholar in 2000, and received his D.Phil. in International Relations from Oxford.


  • For further reading, please visit The George Marshall book page
  • Books will be available for purchase
  • Drinks and Light Hors d’oeuvres will be served
  • Spouses/Partners welcome
  • Dress: Business Attire

Hosted by: Jackie and Andrew Klaber (2004)

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