A CALL TO ARMS by Maury Klein

July 19, 2013

Maury Klein spoke about his book, A Call to Arms, at Politics & Prose on Friday, July 19, 2013. In this clip, Klein explains the inspiration for his new book and importance of entrepreneurs and the working man.

The colossal scale of World War II required a mobilization effort greater than anything attempted in all of the world's history. The United States had to fight a war across two oceans and three continents-and to do so it had to build and equip a military that was all but nonexistent before the war began. Never in the nation's history did it have to create, outfit, transport, and supply huge armies, navies, and air forces on so many distant and disparate fronts. The Axis powers might have fielded better trained soldiers, better weapons, better tanks and aircraft. But they could not match American productivity. America buried its enemies in aircraft, ships, tanks, and guns; in this sense, American industry, and American workers, won World War II. The scale of effort was titanic, and the result historic. Not only did it determine the outcome of the war, but it transformed the American economy and society. Maury Klein's A Call to Arms is the definitive narrative history of this epic struggle, told by one of America's greatest historians of business and economics, and renders the transformation of America with a depth and vividness never available before.

You can watch the entire Politics & Prose event below.

A Call to Arms: Mobilizing America for World War II Cover Image
ISBN: 9781608195008
Availability: Special Order—Subject to Availability
Published: Bloomsbury Press - May 5th, 2015