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During World War II, the United States helped vanquish the Axis powers by converting its enormous economic capacities into military might. Producing nearly two-thirds of all the munitions used by Allied forces, American industry became what President Franklin D. Roosevelt called "the arsenal of democracy." Crucial in this effort were business leaders. Some of these captain

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Published July 6th 2016 by University of Pennsylvania Press
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Casey
Oct 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A great book, providing a detailed economic history of America’s WWII public and private sectors. The author, Mark Wilson, presents a thesis of American wartime industry, closely and efficiently controlled by government actors. He presents these policy makers as in a state of constant tension against both the market forces of the competitive private firms and the criticality of maintaining positive relations with organized labor. Unlike many other books on this topic and period, Wilson’s work do ...more
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Mar 28, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mark Wilson’s work in Destructive Creation aims to provide a fresh perspective on business and government relations during World War II. His work challenges current historiography by focusing on the pro-business agenda pushed during the war and highlighting the tensions that developed between business leaders and government in the 1940s. Wilson is quick to point out that many historians have failed to evaluate the complexity of wartime economics and instead have glossed over business involvement ...more
Sally
Nov 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A very well researched book about the role of business in WWII. Although the usual narrative about the war is that all aspects of society of worked together, this book puts the lie to it. Business leaders didn't want to appear that they were profiting from the war, although they wanted to. There was great tension between the government and business leaders about how to produce everything needed for the war effort. Business leaders wanted to demonstrate that the war was being won by private enter ...more
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From the author: "During World War II, the United States helped vanquish the Axis powers by converting its enormous economic capacities into military might. Producing nearly two-thirds of all the munitions used by Allied forces, American industry became what President Franklin D. Roosevelt called 'the arsenal of democracy.' Crucial in this effort were business leaders. Some of these captains of industry went to Washington to coordinate the mobilization, while othe
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