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Posted August 22, 2013
I'm still getting through it. It's a long book. I am a fan of WW
I'm still getting through it. It's a long book. I am a fan of WW11 history and the work is very detailed but takes a lot of time to develop. Acronyms need more clarification after first used. Does seem to move ahead a year and then back a year. Overall I find it very interesting as I grew as a child during this period. I've taken a break from it but look forward to getting on with my reading. Now just reading something lighter.
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Posted August 3, 2014
An excellent book on a fascinating topic. No war was more indust
An excellent book on a fascinating topic. No war was more industrialized than World War II. It was won as much by machine shops as by machine guns. For example, during the war, we produced as many planes in one year as had been produced in all the pre-war years since the Wright brothers invented the airplane in 1903, combined. It was an astonishing industrial achievement.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
As William S. Knudsen of the National Defense Advisory Commission put it, "We won because we smothered the enemy in an avalanche of production, the like of which he had never seen, nor dreamed possible."
Or, as Donald Douglas wrote, "Here's proof that free men can out-produce slaves."
Mr. Klein's book is the comprehensive version of this great story. Three other books on the subject are also excellent (and shorter):
- "Freedom's Forge: How American Business Produced Victory in World War II," by Arthur Herman
- "Masters of Mass Production," by Christy Borth
- "Why the Allies Won," by Richard Overy
If you are interested in aircraft, I recommend:
- "Climb to Greatness: The American Aircraft Industry, 1920-1960," by John B. Rae
Enjoy this adventure into the greatest production job in history.
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