A Call to Arms: Mobilizing America for World War II

A Call to Arms: Mobilizing America for World War II

by Maury Klein


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ISBN-13: 9781608195008
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
Publication date: 05/05/2015
Pages: 912
Sales rank: 1,198,982
Product dimensions: 9.60(w) x 6.30(h) x 2.60(d)

About the Author

Maury Klein is renowned as one of the finest historians of American business and economy. He is the author of many books, including The Power Makers: Steam, Electricity, and the Men Who Invented Modern America; and Rainbow's End: The Crash of 1929. He is professor emeritus of history at the University of Rhode Island. He lives in Saunderstown, Rhode Island.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Abbreviations xi

Preface: The Unluckiest Generation 1

Prologue: The World Unraveling-Again 7

1940: The Year of Denial

Chapter 1 The Man and the Hour 27

Chapter 2 The Wherewithal of War 45

Chapter 3 The Possibilities of Production 63

Chapter 4 The Onus of Organization 85

Chapter 5 Making Haste Slowly 107

1941: The Year of Turmoil

Chapter 6 A House Divided 133

Chapter 7 To Have and Have Not 153

Chapter 8 Getting Shipshape 176

Chapter 9 The Season of Discontent 192

Chapter 10 Material Gains and Losses 215

Chapter 11 The Business of War 239

Chapter 12 The Rush of Events 263

1942: The Year of Despair

Chapter 13 First Reactions 289

Chapter 14 A Sea of Troubles 313

Chapter 15 The Manpower Muddle 333

Chapter 16 Intramural Wars 355

Chapter 17 The Feasibility Follies 377

Chapter 18 Old Frank Comes to Call 399

Chapter 19 General Max Takes Command 419

Chapter 20 Mixed Signals 438

1943: The Year of Production

Chapter 21 City of Paper 463

Chapter 22 The Stuff of Victory 486

Chapter 23 Weapons of Mass Production 511

Chapter 24 The New West 536

Chapter 25 Ironing Out the Wrinkles 554

Chapter 26 Feeding Frenzies 576

Chapter 27 The Sliding Scale of Sacrifice 597

1944: The Year of Hope

Chapter 28 The Winter of Disconnect 623

Chapter 29 The Changing Face of War 649

Chapter 30 Days of Reckoning 673

Chapter 31 Life in the Days of 695

Chapter 32 The Sweet Scent of Victory 717

1945: The Year of Triumph

Chapter 33 The Fear of Faltering 743

Epilogue: The Payoff 767

Notes 777

Bibliography 853

Index 867

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A Call to Arms: Mobilizing America for World War II 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
DTParker More than 1 year ago
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. 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.
dhircock More than 1 year ago
I first read War Forge, which I thought was excellent, then Call to Arms, which deals in more detail the political to labour to societal issues. An excellent book, hard work to read but very rewarding. It also dispels many myths of the war economy.
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Just read it
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