This is Donald Nelson's story from the time he was called to Washington in 1940 by Secretary Morgenthau (a second choice, by...

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ARSENAL OF DEMOCRACY

This is Donald Nelson's story from the time he was called to Washington in 1940 by Secretary Morgenthau (a second choice, by the way) to assist in the airplane production program until June, 1944, when he laid down the reins as Chairman of the War Production Board, after having made the United States actually the Arsenal of Democracy. It's a fascinating story, simply told by a great and humble executive, and helps to recall those tragic days of 1941 and 1942 when we were producing little but tremendous plans. How those plans were accomplished so that the military -- and civilian --needs were satisfied, is Nelson's story and he gives credit where deserved, blame where it is merited. Full of personal anecdotes and experiences, of the great and war great -- Roosevelt, Churchill, Stalin, Morgenthau, Henderson, General Somervell, etc., and an account of fine organizational work. A book to make the United States proud of its war production record, that should give a clearer picture of the man who made it possible. Not merely a book for the record, but one that records the greatness of management and labor during a critical period.

Pub Date: Sept. 5, 1946

ISBN: N/A

Page Count: -

Publisher: Harcourt, Brace

Review Posted Online: N/A

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Sept. 1, 1946