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|Description:||xiii, 897 pages,  pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm|
|Contents:||Preface: The unluckiest generation --
Prologue: The world unraveling, again --
1940: the year of denial. The man and the hour ; The wherewithal of war ; The possibilities of production ; The onus of organization ; Making haste slowly --
1941: the year of turmoil. A house divided ; To have and have not ; Getting shipshape ; The season of discontent ; Material gains and losses ; The business of war ; The rush of events --
1942: the year of despair. First reactions ; A sea of troubles ; The manpower muddle ; Intramural wars ; The feasibility follies ; Old Frank comes to call ; General Max takes command ; Mixed signals --
1943: the year of production. City of paper ; The stuff of victory ; Weapons of mass production ; The new West ; Ironing out the wrinkles ; Feeding frenzies ; The sliding scale of sacrifice --
1944: the year of hope. The winter of disconnect ; The changing face of war ; Days of reckoning ; Life in the days of ; The sweet scent of victory --
1945: the year of triumph. The fear of faltering --
Epilogue: The payoff.
"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"--
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- Industrial mobilization -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
- United States -- Armed Forces -- Mobilization -- History -- 20th century.
- World War, 1939-1945 -- Economic aspects -- United States.
- United States -- Economic policy -- 1933-1945.
- HISTORY / Military / World War II.
- HISTORY / United States / 20th Century.