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.
Drawing on exhaustive research from the Ford Archives, the National Archives and the FDR Library, A.J. Baime, tells the incredible story of how Detroit answered the call. Baime focuses 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, but 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 overnight, from Motor City to the "great arsenal of democracy." And eventually they would help the Allies win the war.
A. J. Baime will be selling and signing copies of The Arsenal of Democracy: FDR, Detroit, and an Epic Quest to Arm an America at War following the event.
A. J. Baime is the author of The Arsenal of Democracy: FDR, Detroit, and an Epic Quest to Arm an America at War and Go Like Hell: Ford, Ferrari, and their Battle for Speed and Glory at Le Mans, which is currently in development for a major motion picture by 20th Century Fox. A magazine editor, Baime has written for numerous publications, including New York Times Magazine, Popular Science and the Wall Street Journal.
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