Freedom's Forge

Freedom's Forge

How American Business Produced Victory in World War II

Book - 2012 | 1st ed
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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.
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
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
The Battle of Kansas
Fire this time
Appendix A. Growing the arsenal of democracy, 1940-1945
Appendix B. Joining the arsenal of democracy
Publisher: New York : Random House, c2012
Edition: 1st ed
Branch Call Number: 940.531 H
Characteristics: xiv, 413 p. : ill. ; 25 cm
ISBN: 9781400069644


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Sep 23, 2012

Fascinating account that helped to address my wonder, as a Boomer born right after the war, as to how the Allies came up with enough weapons, ammo, machines and supplies to win WWII. Scary how far the U.S. had let its defense readiness fall since WWI, and how relatively helpless the nation's elected and appointed civilian leaders seemed as they faced preparation for the second one. Overall, it was an awesome collaboration of business and government/military. Thank goodness FDR had the wisdom to listen to trusted advisors, and invite the corporations in. To nycpat -- thanks for the suggestion on the Carew book.

nycpat Jun 12, 2012

Sloppily edited. Definite anti-new deal, anti-worker bias. Commuists, social democrats, liberals, trade unionists; all the same in his book. He constantly projects contemporary toxic partisanship onto the past. A shame because the Knudsen/Kaiser story is inherently interesting.
His inaccurate aside about the Japanese massacre of American construction workers on Wake Island is unforgivable, 98 were murdered after 22 months of slave labor.
A better book on this subject is "Becoming the Arsenal" by Michael G. Carew.


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