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The Arsenal of Democracy: FDR, Detroit, and an Epic Quest to Arm an America at War

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 26, 2014

    Being born in the post war period, I assumed from "the Movi

    Being born in the post war period, I assumed from "the Movies" WW2 was a black and white affair. You had the good guys (the Allies) and (the Bad Guys).
    It seems life was much more complicated, this book is a fascinating way to delve into life, as it was, in the forties. So much of it has shaped out world today, labor unions, aviation etc and family tragedy a la Shakespeare.
    Great read for men, for women, for young and old.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 8, 2014

    A.J. Baime's beautifully written story tells the tale of Henry a

    A.J. Baime's beautifully written story tells the tale of Henry and Edsel Ford and the Ford motor plant.  Who knew there was such drama and suspense behind the mass production of aircraft used to win WWII?

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 12, 2014

    Narrative non-fiction at its best

    I’ve read about the car companies that, during World War II, re-tooled their factories – and went from producing cars to producing planes, tanks, and military paraphernalia galore. It sounds sooooooo simple. A.J. Baime documents, in a fascinating narrative, what it took to actually do the job … and the toll it took on one man in particular, Edsel Ford, son of Henry and a key player in the supplying of war materiel to the U.S. military. Mr. Baime makes storytelling look easy, with a fluid writing style, great sourcing and with an eye to the detail that makes the story come alive for readers. The story of Willow Run, the factory built by Ford from the ground up to produce B-24 Liberators to the U.S. Army Air Force, is particularly fascinating. Mr. Baime also goes into detail about what it took to fly the B-24s, especially under war conditions. The Arsenal of Democracy is narrative non-fiction at its best … a compelling read that I could not put down. My only complaint is that, although the book contains back notes and an index, it lacks a proper bibliography. To me, only non-fiction books with all three are truly complete.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 22, 2015

    Arsenal of democracy

    Even if you have read numerous factual books about WW ll, this is still a book worth reading. It skillfully puts you in the factory and office of Ford, and into the minds of diverse cultures during the war years.

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  • Posted November 1, 2014

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    Amazing story of the American war effort in Detroit in the war years.

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  • Posted August 29, 2014

    Very good story.

    The story was excellent. Very good detail and research. It is a shame that Edsel Ford was shackled by his opinionated father and his death at an early age. Few people are not aware of his tremendous strength and courage to oversee the large task to help the US with huge amounts of war supplies and equipment. I recommend this book for all people who are interested in history especially WWII.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 11, 2014

    I am glad I read this amazing account. I learned a lot about Hen

    I am glad I read this amazing account. I learned a lot about Henry Ford. I am so glad that his wife, Clara, talked Henry into helping with the war effort. I didn't realize until reading this book that Henry's son, Edsel was such an extraordinary person. Now, I have a great appreciation for what he endured and for what he accomplished. I would highly recommend this book to anyone.
    Jeannie Walker (Award-Winning Author) 

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 15, 2014

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    superb. Very informative on Ford legacy Recommended

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