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V is for victory : Franklin Roosevelt's American Revolution and the triumph of World War II  Cover Image Book Book

V is for victory : Franklin Roosevelt's American Revolution and the triumph of World War II / Craig Nelson.


"New York Times bestselling historian Craig Nelson reveals how FDR confronted an American public disinterested in going to war in Europe, skillfully won their support, and pushed government and American industry to build the greatest war machine in history, "the arsenal of democracy" that won World War II. As Nazi Germany began to conquer Europe, America's military was unprepared, too small, and poorly supplied. The Nazis were supported by robust German factories that created a seemingly endless flow of arms, trucks, tanks, airplanes, and submarines. The United States, emerging from the Great Depression, was skeptical of American involvement in Europe and not ready to wage war. Hardened isolationists predicted disaster if the country went to war. In this fascinating and deeply researched account, Craig Nelson traces how Franklin D. Roosevelt steadily and sometimes secretively put America on a war footing by convincing America's top industrialists such as Henry Ford Jr. to retool their factories, by diverting the country's supplies of raw materials to the war effort, and above all by convincing the American people to endure shortages, to work in wartime factories, and to send their sons into harm's way. Within a few years, the nation's workers were producing thousands of airplanes and tanks, hundreds of warships and submarines. Under FDR's resolute leadership, victory at land and sea and air across the globe began at home in America--a powerful and essential narrative largely overlooked in conventional histories of the war but which, in Nelson's skilled, authoritative hands, becomes an illuminating and important work destined to become an American history classic." -- Provided by publisher.

Record details

  • ISBN: 9781982122911
  • ISBN: 1982122919
  • Physical Description: x, 437 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
  • Edition: First Scribner hardcover edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Scribner, an imprint of Simon & Schuster, Inc., 2023.

Content descriptions

Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Formatted Contents Note:
Pt. 1. Foundation -- Like the first chapter of Genesis -- The world at your feet -- pt. 2. The road to Pearl Harbor -- When the light falls -- The Amazon and the apple of their eyes -- How to make America first -- Let sleeping dogs lie through their teeth -- pt. 3. From sacrifice to victory -- The gun in her purse -- Infamy, and aftermath -- The first victories -- Have you considered a career in supply-chain management? -- Into the land of the Normen.
Subject: Roosevelt, Franklin D. (Franklin Delano), 1882-1945.
World War, 1939-1945 > United States.
Industrial mobilization > United States > History > 20th century.
World War, 1939-1945 > Economic aspects > United States.
United States > Politics and government > 1933-1945.
Genre: Informational works.

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  • 7 of 7 copies available at Missouri Evergreen. (Show)
  • 1 of 1 copy available at North Kansas City.


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North Kansas City Public Library 973.917 NELSON 2023 (Text) 0001012514218 Nonfiction Available -

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