When: Tue., Nov. 6, 6-7 p.m. 2018
During World War II, as chief of staff of the Army, Gen. George C. Marshall successfully met the enormous challenges of creating the largest army the United States has ever sent into battle. As a colonel, Marshall developed those skills during World War I, when he helped transform the men of the 1st Infantry Division of the American Expeditionary Force from largely raw, untrained, and underequipped troops into first rate soldiers who would form the core of the professional army that played a vital role in ending that conflict. Winston Groom is the bestselling author of numerous books, including the novel "Forrest Gump," which was adapted into an Academy Award–winning film in 1994 and became a cultural phenomenon. He has also written numerous nonfiction works on diverse subjects, including "Shiloh, 1862," "A Storm in Flanders: The Triumph and Tragedy on the Western Front," and "The Generals: Patton, MacArthur, Marshall, and the Winning of World War II."