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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • SELECTED BY THE ECONOMIST AS ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR

“A rambunctious book that is itself alive with the animal spirits of the marketplace.”—The Wall Street Journal

Freedom’s Forge reveals how two extraordinary American businessmen—General Motors automobile magnate  William “Big Bill” Knudsen and shipbuilder Henry J. Kaiser—helped corral, cajole, and inspire business leaders across the country to mobilize the “arsenal of democracy” that propelled the Allies to victory in World War II. Drafting top talent from companies like Chrysler, Republic Steel, Boeing, Lockheed, GE, and Frigidaire, Knudsen and Kaiser turned auto plants into aircraft factories and civilian assembly lines into fountains of munitions. In four short years they transformed America’s army from a hollow shell into a truly global force, laying the foundations for the country’s rise as an economic as well as military superpower. Freedom’s Forge vividly re-creates American industry’s finest hour, when the nation’s business elites put aside their pursuit of profits and set about saving the world.

Praise for Freedom’s Forge

“A rarely told industrial saga, rich with particulars of the growing pains and eventual triumphs of American industry . . . Arthur Herman has set out to right an injustice: the loss, down history’s memory hole, of the epic achievements of American business in helping the United States and its allies win World War II.”The New York Times Book Review

“Magnificent . . . It’s not often that a historian comes up with a fresh approach to an absolutely critical element of the Allied victory in World War II, but Pulitzer finalist Herman . . . has done just that.”Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

“A compulsively readable tribute to ‘the miracle of mass production.’ ”Publishers Weekly

“The production statistics cited by Mr. Herman . . . astound.”The Economist

“[A] fantastic book.”Forbes

Freedom’s Forge is the story of how the ingenuity and energy of the American private sector was turned loose to equip the finest military force on the face of the earth. In an era of gathering threats and shrinking defense budgets, it is a timely lesson told by one of the great historians of our time.”—Donald Rumsfeld

GENRE
History
RELEASED
2012
May 8
LANGUAGE
EN
English
LENGTH
432
Pages
PUBLISHER
Random House Publishing Group
SELLER
Penguin Random House LLC
SIZE
9.5
MB

Customer Reviews

Mark22314 ,

The untold story of how American industry helped win WW II

Arthur Herman’s gripping and sweeping story of the private sector renaissance that created the “arsenal of democracy” in WW II and enabled the Allies to defeat the Axis is filled with lessons learned relevant today. By focusing on the personal stories of Bill Knudsen, a legendary automotive industrialist, and Henry Kaiser, a giant in the construction and later ship building industries, Herman illustrates the incredible hurdles each man overcame to rise to leadership in their commercial endeavors and then help craft the strategies for harnessing America’s private sector to build the materiel needed to win the war.

number one gearhead ,

Freedoms Forge

A most engaging and informative read.
Hard to put down. A magnificent tribute to American Enterprise!

flyersphan16 ,

American Exceptionalism

Anyone who doesn't believe in American Exceptionalism or the power of capitalism or still thinks gov't is the answer should take the time to read this book.

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