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Heavy Metal: The Hard Days and Nights of the Shipyard Workers Who Build America's Supercarriers

Heavy Metal: The Hard Days and Nights of the Shipyard Workers Who Build America's Supercarriers

by Michael Fabey
Heavy Metal: The Hard Days and Nights of the Shipyard Workers Who Build America's Supercarriers

Heavy Metal: The Hard Days and Nights of the Shipyard Workers Who Build America's Supercarriers

by Michael Fabey

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Overview

An extraordinary story of American can-do, an inside look at the building of the most dangerous aircraft carrier in the world, the John F. Kennedy.

Tip the Empire State Building onto its side and you’ll have a sense of the length of the United States Navy’s newest aircraft carrier, the most powerful in the world: the USS John F. Kennedy. Weighing 100,000 tons, Kennedy features the most futuristic technology ever put to sea, making it the most agile and lethal global weapon of war.

Only one place possesses the brawn, brains and brass to transform naval warfare with such a creation – the Newport News Shipbuilding yard in Virginia and its 30,000 employees and shipyard workers. This is their story, the riggers, fitters, welders, electricians, machinists and other steelworkers who built the next-generation aircraft carrier. 

Heavy Metal puts us on the waterfront and into the lives of these men and women as they battle layoffs, the elements, impossible deadlines, extraordinary pressure, workplace dangers and a pandemic to complete a ship that will be essential to protect America’s way of life.

The city of Newport News owes its very existence to the company that bears its name. The shipyard dominates the town—physically, politically, financially, socially, and culturally. Thanks to the yard, the city grew from a backwater to be the home of the premier naval contractor in the United States.

Heavy Metal captures an indelible moment in the history of a shipyard, a city, and a country.



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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062996251
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 06/14/2022
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 39,823
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

Michael Fabey has reported on military and naval affairs for most of his career. In his work for National Geographic Traveler, the Economist Group, Defense NewsAviation Week, and Janes, he has collected more than two dozen reporting awards, including the prestigious Timothy White Award. Few journalists have had as much firsthand experience of America’s naval ships and aircraft and the officers who command them. He is the author of Crashback: The Power Clash Between the US and China in the Pacific. A Philadelphia native, he currently resides in Spotsylvania, Virginia. 

Table of Contents

Author's Note ix

Prologue 1

1 Steel City 7

2 Outclassed 27

3 Steel Vets 50

4 Labor Gains 64

5 Metal Data 90

6 Setting Precedents 121

7 Trade Wars 134

8 Weapons Await 153

9 Trump Card 173

10 The Flood Cometh 188

11 Blame Game 210

12 Caroline, Again 222

13 On Course 235

14 Covid Carrier 246

15 A Matter of Culture 263

16 Ship Shape 284

Abbreviations Glossary 303

Acknowledgments 305

Photo Insert Credits 307

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