Andrew Jackson Higgins and the Boats That Won World War II

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Allied commander-in-chief Dwight Eisenhower called him ``the man who won the war for us''--Andrew Higgins 1886-1952, who designed and mass-produced the landing craft that carried American troops ashore in the Pacific and European theaters of WW II. Strahan's rousing story is about the New Orleans businessman who, while fighting the Navy bureaucracy to assure that U.S. forces had the finest amphibious craft possible, became head of one of the largest industrial complexes in the world. Strahan discusses Higgins's enlightened hiring practices many of his shipyard workers were black, female or disabled, his long-running battle with the AFL and CIO, and his postwar struggle to stay in business as designer/builder of commercial and pleasure craft. Strahan's biography will appeal both to students of American business and to general readers; Higgins was a brash, colorful, dynamic man. Strahan is a New Orleans businessman; this is his first book. Illustrations. June
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780807123393
  • Publisher: Louisiana State University Press
  • Publication date: 10/28/1998
  • Edition description: REPRINT
  • Pages: 400
  • Sales rank: 451,917
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Jerry E. Strahan is the author of Managing Ignatius: The Lunacy of Lucky Dogs and Life in the Quarter.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1
1 The Formative Years 5
2 The Competition Begins 26
3 Round Two 49
4 The Statement 66
5 Victory and Defeat 88
6 Complex Times 128
7 Blood Is on Their Hands 153
8 The Competition of Michaud 178
9 Labor Rackets 204
10 Politics 220
11 The Beginning of the End 255
12 The Transition Begins 283
13 "Give Me Liberty" 293
14 Useful Things for Peaceful Times 315
15 Demise and Rebirth 334
16 Korea and Beyond 350
Bibliography 357
Index 369
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