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The Most Noble Adventure: The Marshall Plan and How America Helped Rebuild Europe (review)

The Most Noble Adventure: The Marshall Plan and How America Helped Rebuild Europe (review) Book Reviews abbreviations, glossary, illustrations, maps, and general organization of the book all serve the reader well. For those interested in French and Basque history, and those intrigued by historical memory and issues of justice during war and occupation in particular, I highly recommend this book. john bieter Boise State University The Most Noble Adventure: The Marshall Plan and How America Helped Rebuild Europe. By greg behrman. New York: Free Press, 2007. 464 pp. $16.00 (paper). More than sixty years since its inception, the Marshall Plan, which provided some $13 billion in U.S. economic assistance to Western and Southern Europe from 1947 to 1952, continues to fascinate. It is a potent symbol of a bold foreign aid program that largely worked as advertised. Policymakers and pundits regularly invoke the plan as a metaphor for ambitious schemes to tackle poverty, climate change, and other intractable problems. Scholarly interest also remains high. The Most Noble Adventure is one of four new studies--three monographs and a conference volume--published in the past two years on the Marshall Plan.1 A key concern in this new literature is whether the plan offers useful lessons for the present. Behrman, in this engagingly written narrative account http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of World History University of Hawai'I Press

The Most Noble Adventure: The Marshall Plan and How America Helped Rebuild Europe (review)

Journal of World History , Volume 20 (4) – Dec 23, 2009

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Book Reviews abbreviations, glossary, illustrations, maps, and general organization of the book all serve the reader well. For those interested in French and Basque history, and those intrigued by historical memory and issues of justice during war and occupation in particular, I highly recommend this book. john bieter Boise State University The Most Noble Adventure: The Marshall Plan and How America Helped Rebuild Europe. By greg behrman. New York: Free Press, 2007. 464 pp. $16.00 (paper). More than sixty years since its inception, the Marshall Plan, which provided some $13 billion in U.S. economic assistance to Western and Southern Europe from 1947 to 1952, continues to fascinate. It is a potent symbol of a bold foreign aid program that largely worked as advertised. Policymakers and pundits regularly invoke the plan as a metaphor for ambitious schemes to tackle poverty, climate change, and other intractable problems. Scholarly interest also remains high. The Most Noble Adventure is one of four new studies--three monographs and a conference volume--published in the past two years on the Marshall Plan.1 A key concern in this new literature is whether the plan offers useful lessons for the present. Behrman, in this engagingly written narrative account

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Published: Dec 23, 2009

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