The Arsenal of Democracy

The Arsenal of Democracy

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a€œA touching and absorbing portrait of one of the forgotten heroes of World War II . . . A. J. Baime has given us a memorable portrait not just of an industry going to war but of a remarkable figure who helped to make victory possible.a€a€”Wall Street Journal As the United States entered World War II, the military was in desperate need of tanks, jeeps, and, most important, airplanes. Germany had been amassing weaponry and airplanes for five yearsa€”the United States for only months. So President Roosevelt turned to the American auto industry, specifically the Ford Motor Company, where Edsel Ford made the outrageous claim that he would construct the largest airplane factory in the world, a plant that could build a a€œbomber an hour.a€ And so began one of the most fascinating and overlooked chapters in American history. Drawing on unique access to archival material and exhaustive research, A. J. Baime has crafted a riveting narrative that hopscotches from Detroit to Washington to Normandy, from the assembly lines to the frontlines, and from the depths of professional and personal failure to the heights that Ford Motor Company and the American military ultimately achieved in the sky. a€œWars are fought on many fronts, and A. J. Baime chronicles this little-known, but terrifically important battle to build America's bomber force with narrative zest and delicious detail. Put simply, it's a great read.a€a€”Neal Bascomb, best-selling author of The Perfect Mile a€œFast-paced . . . the story certainly entertains.a€a€”New York TimesMein Kampf(Hitler), 34, 60 Menzies, Agnes, 157 Merlin aircraft engines (Rolls- Royce), building of, 76, 79a€“80, 82, 87, 253 ... 233, 237 Metal Molding Company, Detroit, production of parts for the B-24, 196 metals, in the B24 Liberator, 96 Meyer, ... 67 resistance to producing, 102a€“3 display of, for FDR, 172a€“73 importance to Allied success, 70a€“71, 73, 133, 186, 276 ... 288 Model A Ford, 37 Model T Ford brake system problems, 31 concept for, 11 engine, EFa#39;s use in prototype airplane, anbsp;...

Title:The Arsenal of Democracy
Author:A. J. Baime
Publisher:Houghton Mifflin Harcourt - 2014-06-03


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