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Engineers of Victory: The Problem Solvers Who Turned the Tide in the Second World War

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Publisher Comments:

Paul Kennedy, award-winning author of The Rise and Fall of the Great Powers and one of today’s most renowned historians, now provides a new and unique look at how World War II was won. Engineers of Victory is a fascinating nuts-and-bolts account of the strategic factors that led to Allied victory. Kennedy reveals how the leaders’ grand strategy was carried out by the ordinary soldiers, scientists, engineers, and businessmen responsible for realizing their commanders’ visions of success.

In January 1943, FDR and Churchill convened in Casablanca and established the Allied objectives for the war: to defeat the Nazi blitzkrieg; to control the Atlantic sea lanes and the air over western and central Europe; to take the fight to the European mainland; and to end Japan’s imperialism. Astonishingly, a little over a year later, these ambitious goals had nearly all been accomplished. With riveting, tactical detail, Engineers of Victory reveals how.

Kennedy recounts the inside stories of the invention of the cavity magnetron, a miniature radar “as small as a soup plate,” and the Hedgehog, a multi-headed grenade launcher that allowed the Allies to overcome the threat to their convoys crossing the Atlantic; the critical decision by engineers to install a super-charged Rolls-Royce engine in the P-51 Mustang, creating a fighter plane more powerful than the Luftwaffe’s; and the innovative use of pontoon bridges (made from rafts strung together) to help Russian troops cross rivers and elude the Nazi blitzkrieg. He takes readers behind the scenes, unveiling exactly how thousands of individual Allied planes and fighting ships were choreographed to collectively pull off the invasion of Normandy, and illuminating how crew chiefs perfected the high-flying and inaccessible B-29 Superfortress that would drop the atomic bombs on Japan.

The story of World War II is often told as a grand narrative, as if it were fought by supermen or decided by fate. Here Kennedy uncovers the real heroes of the war, highlighting for the first time the creative strategies, tactics, and organizational decisions that made the lofty Allied objectives into a successful reality. In an even more significant way, Engineers of Victory has another claim to our attention, for it restores “the middle level of war” to its rightful place in history.

Review:

"Kennedy takes a fresh and stimulating approach to the history of WWII in his latest, wherein he focuses on the war's middle years and its middle level: the implementation of strategies, doctrines, and policies as devised by Churchill and FDR in Casablanca in January 1943 and carried out into 1944. Before the North African conference, the Anglo-American alliance had not mounted decisive operations against the Axis powers. Five operational obstacles were in the way: 'get convoys safely across the Atlantic,' 'win command of the air, 'stop the Nazi blitzkrieg,' securing and developing a European beachhead, and defeating Japan quickly and economically. In as many chapters, Kennedy (The Rise and Fall of the Great Powers) demonstrates how, over the course of 18 months, the U.K. and the U.S. developed and implemented a system for addressing these problems pragmatically and focused on incremental progress. This process worked through a 'culture of encouragement' based on 'feedback loops' connecting all levels of planning and execution among the Allies, while allowing freedom to experiment, explore ideas, and cross institutional boundaries. Thus were intentions transformed to realities; thus was the tide of war turned. B&w photos, maps." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Synopsis:

The story of the dramatic transformation of Detroit from "motortown" to the "arsenal of democracy," featuring Edsel Ford, who rebelled against his pacifist father, Henry Ford, to build the industrial miracle Willow Run, a manufacturing complex capable ofand#160;producing B-24 Liberator bombers at a rate of one per hourand#8212;a crucial component in winning the war.

Synopsis:

In 1941, as Hitlerand#8217;s threat loomed ever larger, President Roosevelt realized he needed weaponry to fight the Nazisand#8212;most important, airplanesand#8212;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 and#8220;bomber an hour.and#8221; Critics scoffed: Ford didnand#8217;t make planes; they made simple, affordable cars. But bucking his fatherand#8217;s resistance, Edsel charged ahead.and#160;Ford would apply assembly-line production to the American militaryand#8217;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 and#8220;great arsenal of democracy.and#8221; And eventually they would help the Allies win the war.

Drawing on exhaustive research from the Ford Archives, the National Archives, and the FDR Library, A. J. Baime has crafted an enthralling, character-driven narrative of American innovation that has never been fully told, leaving readers with a vivid new portrait of Americaand#8212;and Detroitand#8212;during the war.

Synopsis:

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About the Author

Paul Kennedy is internationally known for his writings and commentaries on global political, economic, and strategic issues. He earned his B.S. at Newcastle University and his doctorate at the University of Oxford. He is a former Fellow of the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton University and the Alexander von Humboldt Stiftung Foundation, Bonn. He is on the editorial board of numerous scholarly journals and writes for The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, The Atlantic, and many foreign-language newspapers and magazines. Kennedy is the author and editor of nineteen books, including The Rise and Fall of the Great Powers, which has been translated into more than twenty languages, and Preparing for the Twenty-first Century. He helped draft a report for an international commission on “The United Nations in Its Second Half-Century,” which was prepared for the fiftieth anniversary UN debate on how to improve the world organization.

Table of Contents

and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;Introductionand#8195;xi

and#160; and#160; Prologueand#8195;xiii

PART I. The Motor City

and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;1.and#160;Henryand#8195;3

and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;2.and#160;The Machine Is the New Messiahand#8195;9

and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;3.and#160;Edseland#8195;16

and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;4.and#160;Learning to Flyand#8195;23

and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;5.and#160;Father vs. Sonand#8195;31

and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;6.and#160;The Ford Terrorand#8195;39

and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;7.and#160;The Nazi Connectionand#8195;50

PART II. The Liberator

and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;8.and#160;Fifty Thousand Airplanesand#8195;65

and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;9.and#160;and#8220;Gentlemen, We Must Outbuild Hitlerand#8221;and#8195;75

and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;10.and#160;The Liberatorand#8195;86

and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;11.and#160;Willow Runand#8195;99

and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;12.and#160;Awakeningand#8195;106

and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;13.and#160;Strike!and#8195;115

and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;14.and#160;Air Raid!and#8195;122

PART III. The Big One

and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;15.and#160;The Grim Raceand#8195;129

and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;16.and#160;and#8220;Detroitand#8217;s Worries Are Right Nowand#8221;and#8195;141

and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;17.and#160;Will It Run?and#8195;150

and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;18.and#160;Bomber Ship 01and#8195;160

and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;19.and#160;Roosevelt Visits Willow Runand#8195;167

and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;20.and#160;A Dying Manand#8195;175

PART IV. The Rise of American Airpower

and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;21.and#160;Unconditional Surrenderand#8195;185

and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;22.and#160;Taking Flightand#8195;195

and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;23.and#160;and#8220;The Arsenal of Democracy Is Making Goodand#8221;and#8195;206

and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;24.and#160;Death in Dearbornand#8195;215

PART V. The Battle of Dearborn

and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;25.and#160;Operation Tidal Waveand#8195;229

and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;26.and#160;The Detroit Race Riot of 1943and#8195;239

and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;27.and#160;and#8220;The United States Is the Country of Machinesand#8221;and#8195;250

and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;28.and#160;Ford War Production Exceeds Dreamsand#8195;258

and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;29.and#160;D-Dayand#8195;269

and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;30.and#160;The Final Battleand#8195;278

and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;Epilogueand#8195;285

and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;A Note on the Text and Acknolwedgmentsand#8195;293

and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;Notesand#8195;297

and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;Indexand#8195;343

Product Details

ISBN:
9781400067619
Subtitle:
The Problem Solvers Who Turned The Tide in the Second World War
Author:
Kennedy, Paul
Author:
Baime, A. J.
Publisher:
Random House
Subject:
Military - World War II
Subject:
Military-World War II General
Subject:
United States - 20th Century
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20130129
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
8-page b/w insert
Pages:
464
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in 1 lb

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Kennedy takes a fresh and stimulating approach to the history of WWII in his latest, wherein he focuses on the war's middle years and its middle level: the implementation of strategies, doctrines, and policies as devised by Churchill and FDR in Casablanca in January 1943 and carried out into 1944. Before the North African conference, the Anglo-American alliance had not mounted decisive operations against the Axis powers. Five operational obstacles were in the way: 'get convoys safely across the Atlantic,' 'win command of the air, 'stop the Nazi blitzkrieg,' securing and developing a European beachhead, and defeating Japan quickly and economically. In as many chapters, Kennedy (The Rise and Fall of the Great Powers) demonstrates how, over the course of 18 months, the U.K. and the U.S. developed and implemented a system for addressing these problems pragmatically and focused on incremental progress. This process worked through a 'culture of encouragement' based on 'feedback loops' connecting all levels of planning and execution among the Allies, while allowing freedom to experiment, explore ideas, and cross institutional boundaries. Thus were intentions transformed to realities; thus was the tide of war turned. B&w photos, maps." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Synopsis" by , The story of the dramatic transformation of Detroit from "motortown" to the "arsenal of democracy," featuring Edsel Ford, who rebelled against his pacifist father, Henry Ford, to build the industrial miracle Willow Run, a manufacturing complex capable ofand#160;producing B-24 Liberator bombers at a rate of one per hourand#8212;a crucial component in winning the war.
"Synopsis" by ,
In 1941, as Hitlerand#8217;s threat loomed ever larger, President Roosevelt realized he needed weaponry to fight the Nazisand#8212;most important, airplanesand#8212;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 and#8220;bomber an hour.and#8221; Critics scoffed: Ford didnand#8217;t make planes; they made simple, affordable cars. But bucking his fatherand#8217;s resistance, Edsel charged ahead.and#160;Ford would apply assembly-line production to the American militaryand#8217;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 and#8220;great arsenal of democracy.and#8221; And eventually they would help the Allies win the war.

Drawing on exhaustive research from the Ford Archives, the National Archives, and the FDR Library, A. J. Baime has crafted an enthralling, character-driven narrative of American innovation that has never been fully told, leaving readers with a vivid new portrait of Americaand#8212;and Detroitand#8212;during the war.

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