The Arsenal of Democracy by A J Baime

The Arsenal of Democracy

By A J Baime

  • Release Date: 2015-05-05
  • Genre: United States
Score: 4.5
From 44 Ratings
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“A touching and absorbing portrait of one of the forgotten heroes of World War II . . . A. J. Baime has given us a memorable portrait not just of an industry going to war but of a remarkable figure who helped to make victory possible.”—Wall Street Journal
As the United States entered World War II, the military was in desperate need of tanks, jeeps, and, most important, airplanes. Germany had been amassing weaponry and airplanes for five years—the United States for only months. So President Roosevelt turned to the American auto industry, specifically the Ford Motor Company, where Edsel Ford made the outrageous claim that he would construct the largest airplane factory in the world, a plant that could build a “bomber an hour.” And so began one of the most fascinating and overlooked chapters in American history.
Drawing on unique access to archival material and exhaustive research, A. J. Baime has crafted a riveting narrative that hopscotches from Detroit to Washington to Normandy, from the assembly lines to the frontlines, and from the depths of professional and personal failure to the heights that Ford Motor Company and the American military ultimately achieved in the sky.
“Wars are fought on many fronts, and A. J. Baime chronicles this little-known, but terrifically important battle to build America's bomber force with narrative zest and delicious detail. Put simply, it's a great read.”—Neal Bascomb, best-selling author of The Perfect Mile
“Fast-paced . . . the story certainly entertains.”—New York Times


  • The Arsenal of Democracy

    By Jimmy V38
    A truly outstanding chronically of one of American industry's most outstanding achievements in a time of critical wartime need. Baime's telling of the relationship between Henry Ford and his son Edsel is excellent. All America should know of Edsel's accomplishments, inspite of his father's meddling, and honor him as an industrialist who gave his all to his country in its darkest hour. Once started I could not put the book down. It is on my personal list of "MUST READS."
  • Inspiring. Intriguing.

    By d8th
    Enjoyed this book and learned much. However, as with most ebooks, the photo section is hit or miss. In my case, definitely a miss. Other than that, I recommend this book. You'll find yourself saying, "I didn't know that", time and time again.
  • The Arsenal of Democracy

    By nachamm
    You wouldn't think that a book about America's war preparations for the Second World War would be a page turner-but it is!
  • Great Read

    By tookieman14
    This is an excellent book, hard to out down. Much has been written about the B-17 (deservedly so), so it's interesting to hear a history of the B-24, particularly when it is intertwined with our industrial potential and the Ford family intrigue.
  • The arsenal of democracy

    By MaDDawgTennis
    Excellent read! One suggestion would be to include images of the characters and factory.