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Freedom's forge : how American business produced victory in World War II (Book, 2012) [WorldCat.org]

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Freedom's forge : how American business produced victory in World War II

Author:Arthur Herman Publisher:New York : Random House, ©2012. Edition/Format:  Print book : English : 1st edView all editions and formats Summary:Assesses the pivotal role of American big business in building weapons and enabling industrial dominance for Allied forces in World War II, tracing the contributions of Danish immigrant William Knudsen and shipbuilding industrialist Henry Kaiser. Rating:

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Genre/Form:History Document Type:Book All Authors / Contributors:Arthur Herman ISBN:9781400069644 1400069645 9780812982046 0812982045 9780679604631 0679604634 OCLC Number:756377562 Description:xiv, 413 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm Contents:The gentle giant --
The master builder --
The world of tomorrow --
Getting started --
Call to arms --
Arsenal of democracy --
Ships, strikes, and the Big Book --
Countdown --
Going all out --
Ships for liberty --
The production express --
Steel men and Cast-iron Charlie --
Agony at Willow Run --
Victory is our business --
The man from Frisco --
Superbomber --
The Battle of Kansas --
Fire this time --
Reckoning --
Appendix A. Growing the arsenal of democracy, 1940-1945 --
Appendix B. Joining the arsenal of democracy. Responsibility:Arthur Herman.

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For admirers of books by Erik Larson and Stephen Ambrose, here's a great, meaty, and untold story of World War II-how American big business set out to build the weapons and create the industrial muscle to arm the Allies and defeat the Axis, from the author of the Pulitzer Prize finalist Ghandi & Churchill.  Read more...

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"A rambunctious book that is itself alive with the animal spirits of the marketplace."--"The Wall Street Journal" "A rarely told industrial saga, rich with particulars of the growing pains and eventual triumphs of American industry . . . Arthur Herman has set out to right an injustice: the loss, down history's memory hole, of the epic achievements of American business in helping the United States and its allies win World War II."--"The New York Times Book Review" "Magnificent . . . It's not often that a historian comes up with a fresh approach to an absolutely critical element of the Allied victory in World War II, but Pulitzer finalist Herman . . . has done just that."--"Kirkus Reviews" (starred review) "A compulsively readable tribute to 'the miracle of mass production.' "--"Publishers Weekly" "The production statistics cited by Mr. Herman . . . astound."--"The Economist" "[A] fantastic book."--"Forbes" ""Freedom's Forge" is the story of how the ingenuity and energy of the American private sector was turned loose to equip the finest military force on the face of the earth. In an era of gathering threats and shrinking defense budgets, it is a timely lesson told by one of the great historians of our time."--Donald Rumsfeld "World War II could not have been won without the vital support and innovation of American industry. Arthur Herman's engrossing and superbly researched account of how this came about, and the two men primarily responsible for orchestrating it, is one of the last great, untold stories of the war."--Carlo D'Este, author of "Patton: A Genius for War" "It takes a writer of Arthur Herman's caliber to make a story essentially based on industrial production exciting, but this book is a truly thrilling story of the contribution made by American business to the destruction of Fascism. With America producing two-thirds of the Allies' weapons in World War II, the contribution of those who Advance praise for "Freedom's Forge" ""Freedom's Forge" is the story of how the ingenuity and energy of the American private sector was turned loose to equip the finest military force on the face of the earth. In an era of gathering threats and shrinking defense budgets, it is a timely lesson told by one of the great historians of our time."--Donald Rumsfeld "World War II could not have been won without the vital support and innovation of American industry. Arthur Herman's engrossing and superbly researched account of how this came about, and the two men primarily responsible for orchestrating it, is one of the last great, untold stories of the war."--Carlo D'Este, author of "Patton: A Genius for War" "It takes a writer of Arthur Herman's caliber to make a story essentially based on industrial production exciting, but this book is a truly thrilling story of the contribution made by American business to the destruction of Fascism. With America producing two-thirds of the Allies' weapons in World War II, the contribution of those who played a vital part in winning the war, yet who never once donned a uniform, has been downplayed or ignored for long enough. Here is their story, with new heroes to admire--such as William Knudsen and Henry Kaiser--who personified the can-do spirit of those stirring times."--Andrew Roberts, author of "The Storm of War" Advance praise for "Freedom's Forge" "World War II could not have been won without the vital support and innovation of American industry. Arthur Herman's engrossing and superbly researched account of how this came about, and the two men primarily responsible for orchestrating it, is one of the last great, untold stories of the war."--Carlo D'Este, author of "Patton: A Genius for War" "It takes a writer of Arthur Herman's caliber to make a story essentially based on industrial production exciting, but this book is a truly thrilling story of the contribution made by American business to the destruction of Fascism. With America producing two-thirds of the Allies' weapons in World War II, the contribution of those who played a vital part in winning the war, yet who never once donned a uniform, has been downplayed or ignored for long enough. Here is their story, with new heroes to admire--such as William Knudsen and Henry Kaiser--who personified the can-do spirit of those stirring times."--Andrew Roberts, author of "The Storm of War" Praise for Arthur Herman's "Gandhi & Churchill" "A fine history . . . Mr. Herman has researched "Gandhi & Churchill" meticulously and written it fluently.""--The Wall Street Journal"" " "A fast-paced narrative history . . . Herman brings to life the twilight of the British Empire and reminds us how the twists and turns of fate helped propel these two men to their places in history."--Pramit Pal Chaudhuri, "Hindustan Times, " and Bernard Schwartz Fellow, Asia Society "Brilliant . . . a masterful and superbly well-researched account of the lives of two men who have had a profound influence on the world in which we live today."--Carlo D'Este, author of "Eisenhower: A Soldier's Life" "Scrupulous, compelling, and unfailingly instructive."--"Commentary" "The perfect summer book.""--USA Today" Read more...

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