The Arsenal of Democracy

The Arsenal of Democracy

FDR, Detroit, and An Epic Quest to Arm An America at War

eBook - 2014
Average Rating:
Rate this:
In 1941, as Hitler's threat loomed ever larger, President Roosevelt realized he needed weaponry to fight the Nazis—most important, airplanes—and he needed them fast. So he turned to Detroit and the auto industry for help. The Arsenal of Democracy tells the incredible story of how Detroit answered the call, centering on Henry Ford and his tortured son Edsel, who, when asked if they could deliver 50,000 airplanes, made an outrageous claim: Ford Motor Company would erect a plant that could yield a "bomber an hour." Critics scoffed: Ford didn't make planes; they made simple, affordable cars. But bucking his father's resistance, Edsel charged ahead. Ford would apply assembly-line production to the American military's largest, fastest, most destructive bomber; they would build a plant vast in size and ambition on a plot of farmland and call it Willow Run; they would bring in tens of thousands of workers from across the country, transforming Detroit, almost...
Publisher: 2014
ISBN: 9780547834443

Related Resources


From the critics

Community Activity


Add a Comment

May 13, 2018

A reminder that the "greatest generation" was not as simple as the history books make it seem.

Nov 10, 2015

This book is less about the role of Detroit as the arsenal of democracy, and more about the discord between Edsel Ford and his father, Henry, and Harry Bennett (head of the Service Department). Notwithstanding this point, the book is a real page turner and is well written and researched. Definitely worth a read if you are interested in military history.

Aug 27, 2015

Great read!

Jun 16, 2014

A very good book.


Add Age Suitability

There are no ages for this title yet.


Add a Summary

There are no summaries for this title yet.


Add Notices

There are no notices for this title yet.


Add a Quote

There are no quotes for this title yet.

Explore Further

Browse by Call Number


BPL owns a similar edition of this title.

View originally-listed edition

Report edition-matching error

To Top