Gift Quality Book in Excellent Condition. Bookseller Inventory #
Synopsis: NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER · SELECTED BY THE ECONOMIST AS ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR
Remarkable as it may seem today, there once was a time when the president of the United States could pick up the phone and ask the president of General Motors to resign his position and take the reins of a great national enterprise. And the CEO would oblige, no questions asked, because it was his patriotic duty.
In Freedom’s Forge, bestselling author Arthur Herman takes us back to that time, revealing how two extraordinary American businessmen—automobile magnate William Knudsen and shipbuilder Henry J. Kaiser—helped corral, cajole, and inspire business leaders across the country to mobilize the “arsenal of democracy” that propelled the Allies to victory in World War II.
“Knudsen? I want to see you in Washington. I want you to work on some production matters.” With those words, President Franklin D. Roosevelt enlisted “Big Bill” Knudsen, a Danish immigrant who had risen through the ranks of the auto industry to become president of General Motors, to drop his plans for market domination and join the U.S. Army. Commissioned a lieutenant general, Knudsen assembled a crack team of industrial innovators, persuading them one by one to leave their lucrative private sector positions and join him in Washington, D.C. Dubbed the “dollar-a-year men,” these dedicated patriots quickly took charge of America’s moribund war production effort.
Henry J. Kaiser was a maverick California industrialist famed for his innovative business techniques and his can-do management style. He, too, joined the cause. His Liberty ships became World War II icons—and the Kaiser name became so admired that FDR briefly considered making him his vice president in 1944. Together, Knudsen and Kaiser created a wartime production behemoth. Drafting top talent from companies like Chrysler, Republic Steel, Boeing, Lockheed, GE, and Frigidaire, they turned auto plants into aircraft factories and civilian assembly lines into fountains of munitions, giving Americans fighting in Europe and Asia the tools they needed to defeat the Axis. In four short years they transformed America’s army from a hollow shell into a truly global force, laying the foundations for a new industrial America—and for the country’s rise as an economic as well as military superpower.
Featuring behind-the-scenes portraits of FDR, George Marshall, Henry Stimson, Harry Hopkins, Jimmy Doolittle, and Curtis LeMay, as well as scores of largely forgotten heroes and heroines of the wartime industrial effort, Freedom’s Forge is the American story writ large. It vividly re-creates American industry’s finest hour, when the nation’s business elites put aside their pursuit of profits and set about saving the world.
Praise for Freedom’s Forge
“A rambunctious book that is itself alive with the animal spirits of the marketplace.”—The Wall Street Journal
“A rarely told industrial saga, rich with particulars of the growing pains and eventual triumphs of American industry . . . Arthur Herman has set out to right an injustice: the loss, down history’s memory hole, of the epic achievements of American business in helping the United States and its allies win World War II.”—The New York Times Book Review
“Magnificent . . . It’s not often that a historian comes up with a fresh approach to an absolutely critical element of the Allied victory in World War II, but Pulitzer finalist Herman . . . has done just that.”—Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
About the Author: Arthur Herman, visiting scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, is the author of How the Scots Invented the Modern World, which has sold more than half a million copies worldwide. His most recent work, Gandhi & Churchill, was the 2009 finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in General Nonfiction.
Title: Freedoms Forge: How American Business ...
Book Condition: New
Book Description Book Condition: Good. This is a hard cover book. The dust jacket shows normal wear and tear. The cover has visible markings and wear. Book cover has some corner dings. The pages have normal wear. We ship Monday-Saturday and respond to inquries within 24 hours. Bookseller Inventory # 3O6C9A002EZR
Book Description Random House Publishing Group. Hardcover. Book Condition: Good. Only lightly used. Book has minimal wear to cover and binding. A few pages may have small creases and minimal underlining. Bookseller Inventory # G1400069645I3N00
Book Description Random House Publishing Group. Hardcover. Book Condition: Good. Ex-Library Book - will contain Library Markings. Light shelf wear and minimal interior marks. Bookseller Inventory # G1400069645I3N10
Book Description Random House. Hardcover. Book Condition: Fair. 1400069645 Ships promptly. Bookseller Inventory # GAT4475KAGG081317H0174A
Book Description Random House, 2012. Hardcover. Book Condition: Used: Very Good. Clean nice pages with no marks or inscriptions. Shelf wear. Bookseller Inventory # 146909
Book Description Random House, New York, 2012. Hardcover. Book Condition: Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Fine. 1st. xiv, 413 pages, illustrations; 24 cm. Good+. Tight, clean copy. Front free endpaper (blank) removed. Stated "First Edition." Fine DJ. CONTENTS: The gentle giant; The master builder; The world of tomorrow; Getting started; Call to arms; Arsenal of democracy; Ships, strikes, and the Big Book; Countdown; Going all out; Ships for liberty; The production express; Steel men and Cast-iron Charlie; Agony at Willow Run; Victory is our business; The man from Frisco; Superbomber; The Battle of Kansas; Fire this time; Reckoning; Appendix A. Growing the arsenal of democracy, 1940-1945; Appendix B. Joining the arsenal of democracy. Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Bookseller Inventory # 086658
Book Description Random House, 2012. Hardcover. Book Condition: Good. Bookseller Inventory # 2297805
Book Description Random House, 2012. Hardcover. Book Condition: Near Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine. 1st Edition. Near Fine/Near Fine condition. No markings to text block. No marks of previous ownership or inscriptions. Bookseller Inventory # 37018
Book Description Random House, 2012. Hardcover, photos. Book Condition: As New. Dust Jacket Condition: Fine+. First Edition; First Printing. Book with NO notes. A small owner Inscription at 1st page, else NO other markings. Corners bumped else book and DJ As New. DJ not price clipped ($28) ; 413 pages. Bookseller Inventory # 54606
Book Description Random House, New York, 2012. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. First Edition. how american business produced victory in world war 2. also note story and footnote about the widow of confederate general james longstreet. Size: 8vo. Bookseller Inventory # 018906