History Book Club: Freedom's Forge: How American Business Produced Victory in World War II

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Date & Time: Tuesday, June 23, 2020
6:00 PM-7:00 PM
Suggested Audiences: Elders, Adult, College, High School
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Milton Branch Library
Meeting Room A/B
855 Mayfield Road
Alpharetta, GA 30009-3035
Cost: All programs are free and open to the public.

Freedom's Forge: How American Business Produced Victory in World War II by Arthur Herman

Freedoms Forge reveals how two extraordinary American businessmenGeneral Motors automobile magnate William Big Bill Knudsen and shipbuilder Henry J. Kaiserhelped 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 Americas army from a hollow shell into a truly global force, laying the foundations for the countrys rise as an economic as well as military superpower. Freedoms Forge vividly re-creates American industrys finest hour, when the nations business elites put aside their pursuit of profits and set about saving the world.

Praise for Freedoms 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 historys 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 . . . Its 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)
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