Drafting top talent from companies like chrysler, GE, Republic Steel, Lockheed, Boeing, and Frigidaire, Knudsen and Kaiser turned auto plants into aircraft factories and civilian assembly lines into fountains of munitions. In four short years they transformed america’s army from a hollow shell into a truly global force, laying the foundations for the country’s rise as an economic as well as military superpower.
Freedom's Forge: How American Business Produced Victory in World War II - Herman. Has done just that. Kirkus reviews starred review“A compulsively readable tribute to ‘the miracle of mass production. Publishers weekly“The production statistics cited by Mr. It’s not often that a historian comes up with a fresh approach to an absolutely critical element of the Allied victory in World War II, but Pulitzer finalist Herman.
The Big Roads: The Untold Story of the Engineers, Visionaries, and Trailblazers Who Created the American SuperhighwaysMariner Books - Discover the twists and turns of one of America’s great infrastructure projects with this “engrossing history of the creation of the U. S. Though officially named after President Dwight D. Interstate system” Los Angeles Times. Eisenhower, this network of roadways has origins that reach all the way back to the World War I era, and The Big Roads—“the first thorough history of the expressway system” The Washington Post—tells the full story of how they came to be.
But during the twentieth century, the interstate highway system dramatically changed the face of our nation. These interconnected roads—over 47, uniquely American symbols of escape and freedom, agents of sprawl, 000 miles of them—are man-made wonders, economic pipelines, and an unrivaled public works accomplishment.
The Big Roads: The Untold Story of the Engineers, Visionaries, and Trailblazers Who Created the American Superhighways - . A fast-paced history filled with fascinating detours, “the book is a road geek’s treasure—and everyone who travels the highways ought to know these stories” Kirkus Reviews. From the speed demon who inspired a primitive web of dirt auto trails to the largely forgotten technocrats who planned the system years before Ike reached the White House to the city dwellers who resisted the concrete juggernaut when it bore down on their neighborhoods, this book reveals both the massive scale of this government engineering project, and the individual lives that have been transformed by it.
It’s become a part of the landscape that we take for granted, the site of rumbling eighteen-wheelers and roadside rest stops, a familiar route for commuters and vacationing families.
A Splendid Exchange: How Trade Shaped the WorldGrove Press - A financial times and economist best Book of the Year exploring world trade from Mesopotamia in 3, 000 BC to modern globalization. How did trade evolve to the point where we don’t think twice about biting into an apple from the other side of the world? In A Splendid Exchange, William J. An entertaining and greatly enlightening book.
The new york times “a work of which Adam Smith and Max Weber would have approved. Foreign affairs “Weaves skillfully between rollicking adventures and scholarship. Pietra rivoli, author of The Travels of a T-Shirt in the Global Economy. Journey from ancient sailing ships carrying silk from china to rome in the second century to the rise and fall of the Portuguese monopoly on spices in the sixteenth; from the American trade battles of the early twentieth century to the modern era of televisions from Taiwan, lettuce from Mexico, and T-shirts from China.
A Splendid Exchange: How Trade Shaped the World - Bernstein, bestselling author of The Birth of Plenty, traces the story of global commerce from its prehistoric origins to the myriad controversies surrounding it today. Bernstein conveys trade and globalization not in political terms, but rather as an ever-evolving historical constant, like war or religion, that will continue to foster the growth of intellectual capital, shrink the world, and propel the trajectory of the human species.
Washington: The Indispensable ManOpen Road Media - An amateur soldier, he prepared for his role as commander in chief of the Continental army by sending out to Philadelphia bookshops for treatises on military strategy. In graceful and dramatic prose, Flexner peels back the myths surrounding Washington to reveal the true complexity of his character. As president, john adams, he set many democratic precedents—including the two-term limit and the appointment of an advisory cabinet—yet routinely excluded his vice president, from important decisions.
The only founding father from virginia to free all his slaves, Washington was a faithful husband who harbored deep romantic feelings for his best friend’s wife. This “perceptive” and “satisfying” biography of george Washington by an award-winning historian “deserves a place on every American’s bookshelf” The New York Times Book Review.
Washington: The Indispensable Man - In this single-volume edition, flexner brilliantly distills his sweeping study to offer readers “the most convincing evocation of the man and his deeds written within the compass of one book” Los Angeles Times. James thomas flexner’s masterful four-volume biography of america’s first president, which received a special Pulitzer Prize citation and a National Book Award for its concluding installment, is the definitive chronicle of Washington’s life and a classic work of American history.
The george washington that emerges in these pages is a shrewd statesman, and above all, a brave patriot, a wise commander, “an ordinary man pushed to greatness by the extraordinary times in which he lived” The Christian Science Monitor. . In tracing washington’s evolution from privileged son of the landed gentry to “the indispensable man” without whom the United States as we know it would not exist, Flexner presents a hero worthy of admiration not only for his remarkable strengths, but also for his all-too-human weaknesses.
The ReckoningOpen Road Media - Different in every way—from their reactions to labor problems to their philosophies and leadership styles—the two companies stand as singular testaments to the challenges brought by the rise of the global economy. New york times bestseller: “a historical overview of the auto industry in the United States and Japan and the gradual decline of U.
S. From the pulitzer prize–winning author of the fifties and the coldest Winter, The Reckoning remains a powerful and enlightening story about manufacturing in the modern age, and filled with intriguing vignettes about Henry Ford, and other visionary industrial leaders, Lee Iacocca, and how America fell woefully behind.
The Reckoning - Manufacturing” Library Journal. This ebook features an extended biography of David Halberstam. After generations of creating high-quality automotive products, American industrialists began losing ground to the Japanese auto industry in the decades after World War II. David halberstam, with his signature precision and absorbing narrative style, traces this power shift by delving into the boardrooms and onto the factory floors of the America’s Ford Motor Company and Japan’s Nissan.
Skunk Works: A Personal Memoir of My Years of LockheedLittle, Brown and Company - As recounted by ben rich, the operation's brilliant boss for nearly two decades, the chronicle of Lockheed's legendary Skunk Works is a drama of cold war confrontations and Gulf War air combat, of extraordinary feats of engineering and human achievement against fantastic odds. Filled with telling personal anecdotes and high adventure, with narratives from the CIA and from Air Force pilots who flew the many classified, risky missions, this book is a riveting portrait of the most spectacular aviation triumphs of the twentieth century.
Here are up-close portraits of the maverick band of scientists and engineers who made the Skunk Works so renowned. From the development of the u-2 to the stealth fighter, the never-before-told story behind America's high-stakes quest to dominate the skies Skunk Works is the true story of America's most secret and successful aerospace operation.
California: A History Modern Library Chronicles Series Book 23Modern Library - In a rapid-fire epic of discovery, most fascinating, Starr gathers together everything that is most important, and triumph, innovation, catastrophe, and most revealing about our greatest state. California, it should be remembered, was very much the wild west, having to wait until 1850 before it could force its way into statehood.
Kevin starr covers it all: spain’s conquest of the native peoples of california in the early sixteenth century and the chain of missions that helped that country exert control over the upper part of the territory; the discovery of gold in January 1848; the incredible wealth of the Big Four railroad tycoons; the devastating San Francisco earthquake of 1906; the emergence of Hollywood as the world’s entertainment capital and of Silicon Valley as the center of high-tech research and development; the role of labor, both organized and migrant, in key industries from agriculture to aerospace.
California: A History Modern Library Chronicles Series Book 23 - . Starr’s answer is a combination of great men, great ideas and great projects. The economistfrom the age of exploration to the age of Arnold, the Golden State’s premier historian distills the entire sweep of California’s history into one splendid volume. Praise for california“A fast-paced and wide-ranging history.
. A california classic. Starr accomplishes the feat with skill, grace and verve. Los angeles times book review“kevin starr is one of california’s greatest historians, and California is an invaluable contribution to our state’s record and lore.
The Best and the Brightest: Kennedy-Johnson Administrations Modern LibraryModern Library - . This is in all ways an admirable and necessary book. Newsweek“A story every American should read. St. David halberstam’s masterpiece, the defining history of the making of the Vietnam tragedy, with a new Foreword by Senator John McCain. A rich, entertaining, and profound reading experience. The new york times using portraits of america’ s flawed policy makers and accounts of the forces that drove them, The Best and the Brightest reckons magnificently with the most important abiding question of our country’ s recent history: Why did America become mired in Vietnam, and why did we lose? As the definitive single-volume answer to that question, this enthralling book has never been superseded.
Louis post-Dispatch. Dramatic and tragic, confusions and courage, a distant war embodying illusions and myths, pride, blindness, terror and violence, a chain of events overwhelming in their force, and arrogance. Los angeles times“A fascinating tale of folly and self-deception.
The Battle for Leyte Gulf: The Incredible Story of World War II's Largest Naval BattleSkyhorse - It also ended in their greatest defeat—and a tremendous victory for the United States Navy. A new york times best Seller!Pulitzer-Prize-winner and bestselling author C. For the japanese, it represented their supreme effort; they committed to action virtually every operational fighting ship on the lists of the Imperial Navy, including two powerful new battleships of the Yamato class.
Features a new introduction by Evan Thomas, author of Sea of Thunder. Skyhorse publishing, the third reich, conspiracies, are proud to publish a broad range of books for readers interested in history--books about World War II, the American Civil War, ancient Rome, Hitler and his henchmen, as well as our Arcade imprint, medieval times, Vikings, the American Revolution, the old West, the JFK assassination, gladiators, and much more.
The Battle for Leyte Gulf: The Incredible Story of World War II's Largest Naval Battle - While not every title we publish becomes a national bestseller, we are committed to books on subjects that are sometimes overlooked and to authors whose work might not otherwise find a home. Vann woodward recreates the gripping account of the battle for Leyte Gulf—the greatest naval battle of World War II and the largest engagement ever fought on the high seas.
How the Scots Invented the Modern World: The True Story of How Western Europe's Poorest Nation Created Our World and Everything in It: The True Story of ... Created Our World and Ever ything in ItBroadway Books - Constitution; and how thousands of scottish immigrants left their homes to create the American frontier, the Australian outback, and the British Empire in India and Hong Kong. Here is the untold story of how john knox and the Church of Scotland laid the foundation for our modern idea of democracy; how the Scottish Enlightenment helped to inspire both the American Revolution and the U.
S. How the scots invented the modern world reveals how scottish genius for creating the basic ideas and institutions of modern life stamped the lives of a series of remarkable historical figures, and how Scottish heroes continue to inspire our contemporary culture, from James Watt and Adam Smith to Andrew Carnegie and Arthur Conan Doyle, from William “Braveheart” Wallace to James Bond.
How the Scots Invented the Modern World: The True Story of How Western Europe's Poorest Nation Created Our World and Everything in It: The True Story of ... Created Our World and Ever ything in It - An exciting account of the origins of the modern worldWho formed the first literate society? Who invented our modern ideas of democracy and free market capitalism? The Scots. And no one who takes this incredible historical trek will ever view the Scots—or the modern West—in the same way again. As historian and author arthur herman reveals, philosophy, literature, in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries Scotland made crucial contributions to science, medicine, commerce, education, and politics—contributions that have formed and nurtured the modern West ever since.
Herman has charted a fascinating journey across the centuries of Scottish history.
Thomas Jefferson - Revolutionary: A Radical's Struggle to Remake AmericaSt. Martin's Press - While he argued for the assimilation of native Americans into society, he did not assume the same for Africans being held in slavery while—at the same time—insisting that slavery should cease to exist. In this lively and clearly written book, Kevin Gutzman makes a compelling case for the broad range and radical ambitions of Thomas Jefferson's commitment to human equality.
Alan taylor, 1750-1804though remembered chiefly as author of the declaration of independence and the president under whom the Louisiana Purchase was effected, Thomas Jefferson was a true revolutionary in the way he thought about the size and reach of government, Pulitzer Prize winning author of American Revolutions: A Continental History, which Americans who were full citizens and the role of education in the new country.
Jefferson’s true character, is more complex than that as Kevin Gutzman shows in his new book about Jefferson, though, a revolutionary whose accomplishments went far beyond the drafting of the Declaration of Independence. His forceful advocacy of religious freedom was not far behind, as were attempts to incorporate Native Americans into American society.
Thomas Jefferson - Revolutionary: A Radical's Struggle to Remake America - His establishment of the university of Virginia might be one of the most important markers of the man’s abilities and character. He was not without flaws. In his new book, kevin gutzman gives readers a new view of Jefferson—a revolutionary who effected radical change in a growing country. Jefferson’s philosophy about the size and power of the federal system almost completely undergirded the Jeffersonian Republican Party.