Rowayton native Ted Aldrich will be giving a presentation on his book The Partnership, a dual biography of General George C. Marshall and Henry L. Stimson focusing on the five years just before and throughout World War II when these men together ran the U.S. Army and Air Force as Army Chief of Staff and Secretary of War respectively.
Aldrich will discuss why he believes their joint effort in creating, preparing, equipping, and then running the Army and Air Force represented the single greatest feat of management in the history of the world. Incorporating nearly 100 photos into his presentation and weaving in all the major characters of the Second World War (e.g., Roosevelt, Churchill, Stalin, Eisenhower, MacArthur) as well as lessor known figures (Dill, McCloy, Lovett, Brooke, and Patterson), Aldrich will also describe the remarkably contrasting paths to power that each man took prior to being paired by Franklin Roosevelt in July 1940. Stimson emerged from Manhattan, Phillips of Andover, Yale (Skull and Bones), and Harvard Law School to spend his life moving between his top shelf Wall Street law firm (Winthrop & Stimson) and successful public service stints (including US Attorney to the Southern District of NY in 1906, Secretary of War in 1911, Secretary of State in 1929, and Secretary of War again in 1940). By contrast, Marshall was an "Army Lifer” from Uniontown, PA who spent 37 years moving between one assignment after another, impressing practically every individual he worked for or with. The dazzling synergy released when these two men took adjoining offices in July 1940 (where the door between them was never closed) was, Aldrich will argue, one of the principal reasons the Allies won World War II.
There is no fee to attend, but we ask you to register here. Refreshments will also be served and books will available for purchase and signing the night of!
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