The Arsenal of Democracy

The Arsenal of Democracy

FDR, Detroit, and An Epic Quest to Arm An America at War

eBook - 2014
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Tells the incredible story of how Detroit answered the call to arms during WWII, centering on Henry Ford and his tortured son Edsel, who, when asked if they could deliver 50,000 airplanes, made an outrageous claim: Ford Motor Company would erect a plant that could yield a "bomber an hour."
Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2014.
ISBN: 9780547834443
0547834446
Characteristics: 1 online resource (xviii, 364 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates) : illustrations.
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc

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tjdickey
Sep 10, 2018

The title is a bit misleading - the real content here is a case study in how FDR and Detroit (specifically, the Ford motor company and the extended Ford family, and their extensive B-24 Liberator plant) helped the United States overpower the military might of Nazi Germany. The story is no less compelling.

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Arthur12_0
Aug 02, 2018

This book is fantastic - it reads like a riveting novel, but, it is true! I never realized the extent of the "backstory" of FDR's America being "The Arsenal of Democracy."

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patcarstensen
May 13, 2018

A reminder that the "greatest generation" was not as simple as the history books make it seem.

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Supermarine
Nov 10, 2015

This book is less about the role of Detroit as the arsenal of democracy, and more about the discord between Edsel Ford and his father, Henry, and Harry Bennett (head of the Service Department). Notwithstanding this point, the book is a real page turner and is well written and researched. Definitely worth a read if you are interested in military history.

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Bsmart68
Aug 27, 2015

Great read!

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dhomer1
Jun 16, 2014

A very good book.

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