The Arsenal of Democracy

The Arsenal of Democracy

FDR, Ford Motor Company, and Their Epic Quest to Arm An America at War

eBook - 2014
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"A 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."-- 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 years--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 "bomber an hour." 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.

"Wars 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."--Neal Bascomb, best-selling author of The Perfect Mile

"Fast-paced . . . the story certainly entertains."-- New York Times
Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, [2014]
ISBN: 9780547834443
Characteristics: 1 online resource
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Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc. - Distributor

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May 13, 2018

A reminder that the "greatest generation" was not as simple as the history books make it seem.

Nov 10, 2015

This book is less about the role of Detroit as the arsenal of democracy, and more about the discord between Edsel Ford and his father, Henry, and Harry Bennett (head of the Service Department). Notwithstanding this point, the book is a real page turner and is well written and researched. Definitely worth a read if you are interested in military history.

Aug 27, 2015

Great read!

Jun 16, 2014

A very good book.


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