Book explores Detroit's role during World War II

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

DETROIT A new book focuses on how Detroit's transformation from making cars to military aircraft proved vital to the Allies' effort during World War II.

In "The Arsenal of Democracy: FDR, Detroit, and an Epic Quest to Arm an America at War," A.J. Baime delves into how the city answered President Franklin Roosevelt's call to action.

It centers on Henry Ford and his son, Edsel, who, when asked if they could deliver 50,000 airplanes, said their auto company could produce a bomber an hour. And they pulled it off.

Baime relied on research from the Ford Archives, the National Archives and the FDR Library to write the recently released book.

Baime also is the author of "Go Like Hell: Ford, Ferrari and their Battle for Speed and Glory at Le Mans."


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