Review: The Arsenal of Democracy

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The Arsenal of Democracy: FDR, Detroit, and an Epic Quest to Arm an America at Warby A.J. Baime

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2014.  Hardcover, 384 pages.  Now also available in paperback.Cover Arsenal of Democracy

To begin with, be forewarned that the title is deceptive. The Arsenal of Democracy focuses in on just one producer and one product; all others mentioned are minimal. That producer is the Ford Motor Company and the product the B-24 Liberators.
The book opens to a history of Henry Ford, the foundation of his company, and its pre-war history. Also discussed in-depth is his son, Edsel, and Edsel’s desire to create an aviation division within the company. This segment also shows the first divisions between father and son, as their relationship was tumultuous. For example, even after Henry stepped down as president in favor of Edsel, he kept undermining his son and trying to run the company. And this…

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  1. Thank you for reblogging my book review!

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