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Description - Freedom's Forge by Arthur Herman

"SELECTED BY THE ECONOMIST AS ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR Remarkable as it may seem today, there once was a time when the president of the United States could pick up the phone and ask the president of General Motors to resign his position and take the reins of a great national enterprise. And the CEO would oblige, no questions asked, because it was his patriotic duty. In Freedom's Forge, bestselling author Arthur Herman takes us back to that time, revealing how two extraordinary American businessmen-automobile magnate William Knudsen and shipbuilder Henry J. Kaiser helped corral, cajole, and inspire business leaders across the country to mobilize the of democracy ; that propelled the Allies to victory in World War II. I want to see you in Washington. I want you to work on some production matters. With those words, President Franklin D. Roosevelt enlisted Big Bill Knudsen, a Danish immigrant who had risen through the ranks of the auto industry to become president of General Motors, to drop his plans for market domination and join the U.S. Army. Commissioned a lieutenant general, Knudsen assembled a crack team of industrial innovators, persua

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780812982046
ISBN-10: 0812982045
Format: Paperback / softback
(201mm x 135mm x 24mm)
Pages: 432
Imprint: Ballantine Books Inc.
Publisher: Random House USA Inc
Publish Date: 2-Jul-2013
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Arthur Herman

Arthur Herman, visiting scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, is the author of How the Scots Invented the Modern World, which has sold more than half a million copies worldwide. His most recent work, Gandhi, Churchill, was the 2009 finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in General Nonfiction.

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