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

By:  A. J. Baime

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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER. The story of the dramatic transformation of Detroit from "motortown" to the "arsenal of democracy," featuring Edsel Ford, who rebelled against his pacifist father, Henry Ford, to build a manufacturing complex that was crucial to winning WWII.

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.

“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

“Fast-paced . . . the story certainly entertains.” ??—?? New York Times

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  • Format: Paperback

  • ISBN-13/EAN: 9780544483873

  • ISBN-10: 0544483871

  • Pages: 400

  • Price: $17.99

  • Publication Date: 05/05/2015

  • Carton Quantity: 24

A. J. Baime
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A. J. Baime

A. J. BAIME is the New York Times bestselling author of The Arsenal ofDemocracy: FDR, Detroit, and an EpicQuest to Arm an America at War, GoLike Hell: Ford, Ferrari, and Their Battlefor Speed and Glory at Le Mans, TheAccidental President: Harry S. Trumanand the Four Months That Changed the World, and Dewey Defeats Truman: The1948 Election and the Battle for America's Soul. Baime is a longtime regular contributor to the Wall Street Journal and his articles have also appeared in TheNew York Times, Popular Science, and Men's Journal. He holds an MA in literature from NYU and currently lives in northern California. 
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  • Format: Paperback

  • ISBN-13/EAN: 9780544483873

  • ISBN-10: 0544483871

  • Pages: 400

  • Price: $17.99

  • Publication Date: 05/05/2015

  • Carton Quantity: 24

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