How America Changed After Pearl Harbor

The December of 1941 radically altered America and its global role.

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What will surprise readers most about this book?

How quickly and actually, in a magnificent sort of way, we become the arsenal of democracy. Probably because of all the competing interests of today it could never happen. In December [1941], the Office of Production Management says to Detroit, says to the Big Three automakers, "You're no longer going to build cars, you're going to start building airplanes." They're doing this in less than a month out of fabricated auto parts. That was happening across America, across industry. The outpouring from American people and the faith in their government and in their military and in their president, which was bipartisan, really did exist.

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