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Arsenal of Democracy: The American Automobile Industry in World War II

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Throughout World War II, Detroit’s automobile manufacturers accounted for one-fifth of the dollar value of the nation’s total war production, and this amazing output from “the arsenal of democracy” directly contributed to the allied victory. In fact, automobile makers achieved such production miracles that many of their methods were adopted by other defense industries, particularly the aircraft industry. In Arsenal of Democracy: The American Automobile Industry in World War II, award-winning historian Charles K. Hyde details the industry’s transition to a wartime production powerhouse and some of its notable achievements along the way.

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Series: Great Lakes Books Series
Hardcover: 264 pages
Publisher: Wayne State University Press (October 1, 2013)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0814339514
ISBN-13: 978-0814339510
Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 7.2 x 10 inches

Author

Charles K. Hyde is professor emeritus of history at Wayne State University. He is the author of Storied Independent Automakers: Nash, Hudson, and American Motors (Wayne State University Press, 2009), The Dodge Brothers: The Men, the Motor Cars, and the Legacy (Wayne State University Press, 2005), and Riding the Roller Coaster: A History of the Chrysler Corporation (Wayne State University Press, 2003).

2 reviews for Arsenal of Democracy: The American Automobile Industry in World War II

  1. 4 out of 5

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    I thought the book was very well researched. The story telling was good. You got a real sense of that war time urgency with all of the aspects of production; labor, matériel, and engineering coming together in a way that probably could never happen again. I find this aspect of ww2 to be a fascinating adjunct to the story of the war.

  2. 5 out of 5

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    Very thorough, detailed book, with many, many production statistics, which will be of much interest to readers who desire such details.

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