It's hard to imagine sometimes and easy to forget that once America was truly transformative as a nation. Through the Marshall plan, we saved Europe from the grip of crippling poverty and the encroach of Communism. In many ways, as this book points out, the Marshall plan was the very best of America and America at its true apogee, at least when it comes to American foreign policy during peacetime. The brightest, most creative, and most idealistic and noble of an American generation answered the call and gave their all for their country. Their story is the story of the Marshall plan and the story of this book.