How America Saved the World

How America Saved the World

The Untold Story of U.S. Preparedness Between the World Wars

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In 1932, less than fifteen years after proving itself a world power in the Great War, the United States could muster its entire active duty army in Chicago’s Soldier Field with room to spare.And yet, within months of the December 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor, the United States had once again emerged as the mightiest--and best armed--fighting force in the world.However remarkable it seems, this unprecedented turnaround was not the miracle many have declared it to be.In this book acclaimed military historian Eric Hammel uncovers the facts behind this powerful re-awakening to finally give a full account of how America so suddenly and “miraculously” became World War II’s “Arsenal of Democracy.”

The story begins with decline of the American military after World War I.Hammel then turns his focus to a pivotal “aircraft meeting” of November 1938.Here we see how the decision to put the nation’s prodigious resources into rearming was in fact made well before Pearl Harbor.How America Saved the World documents the workings of the remarkable alliance of government, industry, and military community behind the United State’s orderly transformation into an invincible military power.The result is the first detailed picture of a vast human endeavor, conceived and overseen by the best minds in the nation--an accomplishment unparalleled in the conduct of war.



Book News
Hammel, a noted military historian and author, analyzes the military build-up in the United States just prior to World War II and notes how this strategy was "deliberate, orderly and integrated." Written for history buffs and general readers, this volume characterizes the US as a "sleeping giant" after the end of World War I as a new shift toward an expanded military-industrial complex was implemented, creating an "Arsenal of Democracy" that would ultimately decide the outcome of World War II. Appendices include a list of the armies, corps, regiments and divisions in the Army and Navy as well as a list of major naval and aircraft hardware. Annotation ©2009 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Mbi Pub Co

The first full account of how the “sleeping” U.S. transformed itself into the “Arsenal of Democracy” before the attack on Pearl Harbor.


In 1932, less than fifteen years after proving itself a world power in the Great War, the United States could muster its entire active duty army in Chicago’s Soldier Field with room to spare. And yet, within months of the December 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor, the United States had once again emerged as the mightiest--and best armed--fighting force in the world. However remarkable it seems, this unprecedented turnaround was not the miracle many have declared it to be. In this book acclaimed military historian Eric Hammel uncovers the facts behind this powerful re-awakening to finally give a full account of how America so suddenly and “miraculously” became World War II’s “Arsenal of Democracy.”

The story begins with decline of the American military after World War I. Hammel then turns his focus to a pivotal “aircraft meeting” of November 1938. Here we see how the decision to put the nation’s prodigious resources into rearming was in fact made well before Pearl Harbor. How America Saved the World documents the workings of the remarkable alliance of government, industry, and military community behind the United State’s orderly transformation into an invincible military power. The result is the first detailed picture of a vast human endeavor, conceived and overseen by the best minds in the nation--an accomplishment unparalleled in the conduct of war.



Publisher: Minneapolis : Zenith Press/MBI Pub. Co., 2009
ISBN: 0760335117 (hbk.)
9780760335116 (hbk.)
Branch Call Number: 355.033273 HAM
Characteristics: viii, 392 p. ; 24 cm

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