Fascinating account that helped to address my wonder, as a Boomer born right after the war, as to how the Allies came up with enough weapons, ammo, machines and supplies to win WWII. Scary how far the U.S. had let its defense readiness fall since WWI, and how relatively helpless the nation's elected and appointed civilian leaders seemed as they faced preparation for the second one. Overall, it was an awesome collaboration of business and government/military. Thank goodness FDR had the wisdom to listen to trusted advisors, and invite the corporations in. To nycpat -- thanks for the suggestion on the Carew book.
Sloppily edited. Definite anti-new deal, anti-worker bias. Commuists, social democrats, liberals, trade unionists; all the same in his book. He constantly projects contemporary toxic partisanship onto the past. A shame because the Knudsen/Kaiser story is inherently interesting.
His inaccurate aside about the Japanese massacre of American construction workers on Wake Island is unforgivable, 98 were murdered after 22 months of slave labor.
A better book on this subject is "Becoming the Arsenal" by Michael G. Carew.
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