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Great look at Production in World War II,
This review is from: The Arsenal of Democracy: FDR, Detroit, and an Epic Quest to Arm an America at War (Hardcover)
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The Arsenal of Democracy looks at the Ford Motor Company in World War II and its interactions in the war effort to fulfill Roosevelt’s promise of the United States becoming the Arsenal of Democracy. At the start of World War II it looked like the Germans could hopelessly out produce the allies using their industrial might (which ironically included Ford plants in France). The vision of FDR and Edsel Ford (son of Henry Ford) to believe American power could out produce. This book covers the long and tumultuous road to production that would cost Edsel his life. The dream of one bomber an hour (the B-24 Liberator) rolling off the production lines was born. Despite the misgivings of Henry Ford and Charles Lindbergh who would both throw themselves into this effort the plant at Willow Run was born. The struggle for the soul of the Ford Motor Company between Henry Bennett and the Ford children would play a key role in this struggle and is well told by A. J. Baime. For those interested in wartime production or just looking for a good story for World War II that is often overlooked this book will not disappoint. It is a quick read and the author does a great job of keeping the story moving.