Item description for Cast A Giant Shadow: The Story of Mickey Marcus Who Died to Save Jerusalem by Ted Berkman...
The First General Of Israel In 2,000 Years, He Brought West Point To The Middle East In this dramatic account of a colorful life is the warm and energetic personality of a courageous man, loved by nearly all who knew him. American to the core, Mickey Marcus after serving his country with distinction in World War II responded to the appeal of a beleaguered democracy in the Middle East and became one of the truly great heroes of modern Israel, the only soldier interred at West Point who was killed fighting under a foreign flag. First published in 1962, Kirk Douglas starred as the legendary Mickey, whose gravestone bears the quiet legend: Colonel David Marcus - a Soldier for All Humanity. Critical Comment: At long last, the gallant story of Mickey Marcus. May it be a light and inspiration to us all. David Ben-Gurion Fascinating, unforgettable. Hal Lehrman, N.Y. Times Books A rattling good yarn, presented with skill in clear, free-wheeling style - N.Y. Herald-Tribune Heart-warming and often thrilling. St. Louis Post-Dispatch Magnificent biography. Marcus emerges as a marvelous human being, in addition to having been a great military hero, in this splendidly-compiled story. Detroit Jewish News A wonderful book and a very important contribution. Leon Uris A powerfully told testament to a man's integrity and a woman's faith. Mickey Marcus represented the finest synthesis of patriotic Americanism and a meaningful Zionism. Rabbi Balfour Brickner, Stephen Wise Synagogue, New York Ted Berkman is a remarkable reporter and a brilliant writer whose biography breathes with the life of Mickey Marcus from preface to epilogue. Intermountain Jewish News (Denver) Truly a most touching biography. I would have missed something fine in life had I not read this absorbing history. I was thrilled. Major Gen. R.N. Danforth (retired), former Superintendent, U.S. Military Academy Easily the best story in a long time. Fast moving action, vivid word pictures, reading one cannot lay down till the end. A magnificent book, to be read twice and shared with others. New England Farmer
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.7" Width: 6.2" Height: 0.84" Weight: 0.99 lbs.
Release Date Oct 1, 1999
Publisher Manifest Publications
ISBN 1929354002 ISBN13 9781929354009
Availability 88 units. Availability accurate as of Jan 17, 2017 03:59.
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More About Ted Berkman
Berkman was educated at Cornell University, and has had a long career as a newspaperman, screenwriter, composer, and United Nations official.
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Cast A Giant Shadow Jun 28, 2007
A fast reading biography of a truly unusual and remarkable man. I recommend the book highly.
Every year, during May, The United States Military Academy (West Point) has a memorial service commemorating Col. David "Mickey" Marcus. If you are anywhere near West Point, you owe it to yourself to attend the service.
The story of a hero of freedom May 12, 2007
I was surprised at how good this book is, and how much work must have gone into writing it. Berkman who for most of his professional life was a screenwriter did a tremendous amount of research to tell this story. As a screenwriter he increases its readability by casting a great deal of it in dialogue, though this raises questions about his 'fictionalizing' at certain points. Nonetheless there is a strong sense of the overall reliability and authenticity of the narrative. The story is a fascinating one. Marcus was a true hero , a person of tremendous personal courage and ability. He was a fighter and a man of many accomplishments. Born to a poor Jewish family, and orphaned of his father in his early years he worked hard to win entry to West Point where he was intercollegiate welterweight boxing champion. He had a successful Army career including a stretch as head of phystical training for the Army's elite Ranger unit, and was mustered out only to become Corrections Comissioner of the City of New York. But when the Second World War began he returned to the Army .He did important administrative work but eager to contribute to the battle on the ground, parachuted into the Normandy battlefield where his sense of command and battlefield savvy were vital . For his actions he won the Distinguished Service Medal, and the Bronze Star. . At the end of the war he was with Patton's forces and was among those who visited liberated Dachau. The horrors of the concentration camp deeply effected him, and were part of his decision when later called upon by emissaries from Israel, to go and volunteer and help the Jews in their fight for a homeland. Marcus made important contributions to the disorganized and beleaguered Jewish forces. He aided Ben- Gurion , and argued for the building of conventional forces and not simply guerilla units. He urged thus that the units of the Palmach lose their independent decision- making power and become part of the overall force of the Haganah. Marcus also made a great contribution to the Israeli forces in the battle for Jerusalem by pushing for the building of an alternative route, the Burma road to Jerusalem. It was while doing this that he was killed when a guard mistook him for an enemy soldier. Marcus was a character of great energy, imagination, and flair. Berkman tells how he too was a person of great humanistic ideals, a fighter for freedom and human dignity. One other central theme of the story is his relation to his wife Emma who suffered his long absences but remained the anchor of his existence. The book is filled with moving excerpts of his letters to her. Berkman's tone in this work is upbeat and promotional. He tells the story in an exciting way. Here it is possible to wonder whether he might have done more in exposing the critical opposition to Marcus. But the book is an overwhelmingly positive and convincing one. In the course of it not only is Marcus' story told, but we have the sense of a different time, a different world and different values. This is most apparent in Marcus description of and feeling about the Israelis he serves with. He finds them to be energetic, idealistic, youthful , innovative , and above all courageous. Marcus himself came to beleaguered Yishuv, an underdog in its war against five Arab Armies, and made a major contribution to its victory.
EXCELLENT BIOGRAPHY Nov 22, 2006
A well written story of one of the most unusual American war heroes as well as a stirring account of the birth of Israel.
MICKEY MARCUS WAS A MAN WHO LOVED FREEDOM Aug 14, 2005
This book is a fantastic biography of an amazing man. He is a man who should be loved by those who love freedom, and hated by those who despise freedom. This book intimately details the sacrifices of this war hero in both WWII and the Israeli War of Independence. Ted Berkman does a superb job in documenting the feats of this man, enabling David Mickey Marcus to serve as a role model for future generations.
BEST HISTORICAL BIOGRAPHY AVAILABLE!!! May 29, 2001
An unusual, rather bold title; however, 'Mickey' Marcus was an unusual, incredibly bold man. The author keeps you turning each page with disbelief that this book is covering the shortened lifetime of ONE man! His list of accomplishments would look like a who's who list, only they were all accomplished by ONLY him. No matter how avid a reader, you will find yourself saying "How could one guy pull ALL this off and How come I've never heard of him before" I usually read a biography a day. This is by all means the most unforgettable and without a doubt my highest recommendation for anyone interested in the flame within man. And once you have heard of him (for this is not a book that you could put down without finishing) you will find there are thousands of web pages honoring multitudes of his individual achievements; but, this is THE book about ALL his achievements and his biographer is a GREAT writer allowing us an intimate look at an amazing person.