The Arsenal of Democracy: FDR, Detroit, and an Epic Quest to Arm an America at War


The Arsenal of Democracy: FDR, Detroit, and an Epic Quest to Arm an America at War Author A. J. Baime
ISBN-10 0544483871
ISBN-13 9780544483873
Year 2015-05-05
Pages 400
Language English
Publisher Mariner Books
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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 yearsthe 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

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