New York Times best-selling author and Pulitzer Prize finalist Arthur Herman pens this fascinating look at how two businessmen turned the U.S. into a military powerhouse during World War II. In 1940, FDR asked General Motors CEO William Knudsen to oversee the production of guns, tanks, and planes needed for the war. Meanwhile, industrialist Henry J. Kaiser presided over the building of “Liberty ships” - vessels that came to symbolize America’s great wartime output.
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- Sher from Provo
Enlightening. Amazing, Great Narration
I have been waiting for this book to come out on audio since I saw the author's on TV promoting it.
WWII has always fascinated me and I have always wondered how quickly after the attack on Pearl Harbor the U.S. was able to convert its factories to producing the materials needed for war. The surprising fact I learned from this book was planes, ships, tanks, and guns were already being produced and production was on the upswing.
Yes I will be listening to this book several times. Today we have no clue how primitive our factories were and how long it took to retool machines. It took the foresight of a few political leaders to start early to save Britain by getting the best individuals (regardless of party affiliations) and ask them to serve (for no salary).
This book is great for WWII enthusiasts and business historians. It illustrates what can be done when there is a will to do it.
A fascinating miss link in the annals of WWII literature.
I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.
It is a straight read for the most part but the narrator is outstanding.
- G. Sanders