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A Call to Arms: Mobilizing America for World War II

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and#147;Like big black umbrellas, they rain down on the fields across the way, and then disappear behind the black line of the hedges.and#8221; Silent parachutes dotting the night skyand#151;thatand#8217;s how one woman in Normandy in June of 1944 learned that the D-Day invasion was under way. Though they yearned for liberation, the French in Normandy nonetheless had to steel themselves for war, knowing that their homes and land and fellow citizens would have to bear the brunt of the attack. Already battered by years of Nazi occupation, they knew they had one more trial to undergo even as freedom beckoned.

With D-Day through French Eyes, Mary Louise Roberts turns the usual stories of D-Day around, taking readers across the Channel to view the invasion anew. Roberts builds her history from an impressive range of gripping first-person accounts of the invasion as seen by French citizens throughout the region. A farm family notices that cabbage is missing from their gardenand#151;then discovers that the guilty culprits are American paratroopers hiding in the cowshed. and#160;and#160;and#160;Fishermen rescue pilots from the wreck of their B-17, only to struggle to find clothes big enough to disguise them as civilians. A young man learns how to estimate the altitude of bombers and to determine whether a bomb was whistling overhead or silently headed straight for them. and#160;In small towns across Normandy, civilians hid wounded paratroopers,and#160; often at the risk of their own lives.and#160;and#160; When the allied infantry arrived, they guided soldiers to hidden paths and little-known bridges, giving them crucial advantages over the German occupiers. Through story after story, Roberts builds up an unprecedented picture of the face of battle as seen by grateful, if worried, civilians.

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As she did in her acclaimed account of GIs in postwar France, What Soldiers Do, Roberts here reinvigorates and reinvents a story we thought we knew. The result is a fresh perspective on the heroism, sacrifice, and achievement of D-Day.

Review:

"It's hard to imagine how a book about the sudden wartime awakening of an industrial power could be fast-paced and readable. Yet Klein (The Power Makers), an experienced historian of the 20th-century American economy (he's professor emeritus of history at the University of Rhode Island), pulls it off. His coverage of the organization of American institutional, economic, military, and governmental might for WWII is both sobering and inspiring — the former because of the obstacles to achieving wartime preparedness, the latter for the eventual success of the mobilization. All in all, the book is a comprehensive look at 'the greatest industrial expansion in modern history.' Scarcely an industry, government agency, public official, or wartime effort escapes Klein's attention, and he writes with uncommon verve and vividness — his intimate portraits of individuals are themselves worth the cost of this hefty tome. In many ways, the book is reminiscent of Arthur Schlesinger's earlier, sweeping volumes on the early New Deal (e.g., The Vital Center) — uncommonly perceptive, enjoyably readable, and authoritative. The sole fault of Klein's book is its lack of theme or unifying argument. That said, in both aspiration and execution, this fine history easily surpasses Arthur Herman's Freedom's Forge (2012) in its coverage of the same subject. (July)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Synopsis:

The sweeping, epic narrative history of the American mobilization for WWII, a titanic economic effort that changed the course of history and transformed a nation, from "endlessly entertaining and informative" historian Maury Klein

Synopsis:

The sweeping, epic narrative history of the American mobilization for WWII, a titanic economic effort that changed the course of history and transformed a nation, from "endlessly entertaining and informative" historian Maury Klein.

Synopsis:

Draws on a superb range of published and unpublished eyewitness accounts by French citizens to produce a gripping account of what it was like to be in the midst of the Norman Invasion on D-Day and immediately afterward.and#160; Though it includes many "voices," the main narrator is Roberts herself, and she has written a page turner. it is better and not nearly as corny as the sound track of a Ken Burns film.

Synopsis:

The epic narrative history of the American mobilization for World War II—a titanic economic effort that changed the course of history and transformed a nation.

Synopsis:

The colossal scale of World War II required a mobilization effort greater than anything attempted in all of the world's history. The United States had to fight a war across two oceans and three continents-and to do so it had to build and equip a military that was all but nonexistent before the war began. Never in the nation's history did it have to create, outfit, transport, and supply huge armies, navies, and air forces on so many distant and disparate fronts.

The Axis powers might have fielded better trained soldiers, better weapons, better tanks and aircraft. But they could not match American productivity. America buried its enemies in aircraft, ships, tanks, and guns; in this sense, American industry, and American workers, won World War II. The scale of effort was titanic, and the result historic. Not only did it determine the outcome of the war, but it transformed the American economy and society. Maury Klein's A Call to Arms is the definitive narrative history of this epic struggle, told by one of America's greatest historians of business and economics, and renders the transformation of America with a depth and vividness never available before.

Synopsis:

The colossal scale of World War II required a mobilization effort greater than anything attempted in all of the world's history. The United States had to fight a war across two oceans and three continents-and to do so, it had to build and equip a military that was all but nonexistent before the war began. Never in the nation's history did it have to create, outfit, transport, and supply huge armies, navies, and air forces on so many distant and disparate fronts.

The Axis powers might have fielded better-trained soldiers, better weapons, and better tanks and aircraft, but they could not match American productivity. The United States buried its enemies in aircraft, ships, tanks, and guns; in this sense, American industry and American workers, won World War II. The scale of the effort was titanic, and the result historic. Not only did it determine the outcome of the war, but it transformed the American economy and society. Maury Klein's A Call to Arms is the definitive narrative history of this epic struggle-told by one of America's greatest historians of business and economics-and renders the transformation of America with a depth and vividness never available before.

About the Author

Maury Klein is renowned as one of the finest historians of American business and economy. He is the author of many books, including The Power Makers: Steam, Electricity, and the Men Who Invented Modern America; and Rainbow's End: The Crash of 1929. He is professor emeritus of history at the University of Rhode Island. He lives in Saunderstown, Rhode Island.

Table of Contents

Introduction

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1: The Night of All Nights

2: The Paras

3: Devastation

4: The First Glimpse

5: Sharing a Battlefield

6: Making Friends

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Conclusion

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Acknowledgments

Notes

Bibliography

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9781596916074
Author:
Klein, Maury
Publisher:
Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Author:
Roberts, Mary Louise
Subject:
Military - World War II
Subject:
Military-World War II General
Subject:
United States - 20th Century
Subject:
United States/20t
Subject:
h Century
Subject:
France
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Publication Date:
20130731
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
2x 16p bandw insert
Pages:
240
Dimensions:
9 x 6 x 1 in

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "It's hard to imagine how a book about the sudden wartime awakening of an industrial power could be fast-paced and readable. Yet Klein (The Power Makers), an experienced historian of the 20th-century American economy (he's professor emeritus of history at the University of Rhode Island), pulls it off. His coverage of the organization of American institutional, economic, military, and governmental might for WWII is both sobering and inspiring — the former because of the obstacles to achieving wartime preparedness, the latter for the eventual success of the mobilization. All in all, the book is a comprehensive look at 'the greatest industrial expansion in modern history.' Scarcely an industry, government agency, public official, or wartime effort escapes Klein's attention, and he writes with uncommon verve and vividness — his intimate portraits of individuals are themselves worth the cost of this hefty tome. In many ways, the book is reminiscent of Arthur Schlesinger's earlier, sweeping volumes on the early New Deal (e.g., The Vital Center) — uncommonly perceptive, enjoyably readable, and authoritative. The sole fault of Klein's book is its lack of theme or unifying argument. That said, in both aspiration and execution, this fine history easily surpasses Arthur Herman's Freedom's Forge (2012) in its coverage of the same subject. (July)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Synopsis" by ,
The sweeping, epic narrative history of the American mobilization for WWII, a titanic economic effort that changed the course of history and transformed a nation, from "endlessly entertaining and informative" historian Maury Klein
"Synopsis" by , The sweeping, epic narrative history of the American mobilization for WWII, a titanic economic effort that changed the course of history and transformed a nation, from "endlessly entertaining and informative" historian Maury Klein.
"Synopsis" by ,
Draws on a superb range of published and unpublished eyewitness accounts by French citizens to produce a gripping account of what it was like to be in the midst of the Norman Invasion on D-Day and immediately afterward.and#160; Though it includes many "voices," the main narrator is Roberts herself, and she has written a page turner. it is better and not nearly as corny as the sound track of a Ken Burns film.
"Synopsis" by , The epic narrative history of the American mobilization for World War II—a titanic economic effort that changed the course of history and transformed a nation.
"Synopsis" by , The colossal scale of World War II required a mobilization effort greater than anything attempted in all of the world's history. The United States had to fight a war across two oceans and three continents-and to do so it had to build and equip a military that was all but nonexistent before the war began. Never in the nation's history did it have to create, outfit, transport, and supply huge armies, navies, and air forces on so many distant and disparate fronts.

The Axis powers might have fielded better trained soldiers, better weapons, better tanks and aircraft. But they could not match American productivity. America buried its enemies in aircraft, ships, tanks, and guns; in this sense, American industry, and American workers, won World War II. The scale of effort was titanic, and the result historic. Not only did it determine the outcome of the war, but it transformed the American economy and society. Maury Klein's A Call to Arms is the definitive narrative history of this epic struggle, told by one of America's greatest historians of business and economics, and renders the transformation of America with a depth and vividness never available before.

"Synopsis" by ,
The colossal scale of World War II required a mobilization effort greater than anything attempted in all of the world's history. The United States had to fight a war across two oceans and three continents-and to do so, it had to build and equip a military that was all but nonexistent before the war began. Never in the nation's history did it have to create, outfit, transport, and supply huge armies, navies, and air forces on so many distant and disparate fronts.

The Axis powers might have fielded better-trained soldiers, better weapons, and better tanks and aircraft, but they could not match American productivity. The United States buried its enemies in aircraft, ships, tanks, and guns; in this sense, American industry and American workers, won World War II. The scale of the effort was titanic, and the result historic. Not only did it determine the outcome of the war, but it transformed the American economy and society. Maury Klein's A Call to Arms is the definitive narrative history of this epic struggle-told by one of America's greatest historians of business and economics-and renders the transformation of America with a depth and vividness never available before.
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