The Arsenal of Democracy


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A.J. BAIME is the award-winning New York Times bestselling author of The Arsenal of Democracy (2014) and Go Like Hell (2009). Both books are in development for major motion pictures. Baime is a longtime regular contributor to the Wall Street Journal, and his articles have also appeared in The New York Times, Popular Science, and Men's Journal. Visit A.J. at


"A.J. Baime's prose is an amazing magic lantern shining through the flawed, frustrating and mesmerizing lives of an epic cast of characters; FDR; the anti-semitic Henry Ford; his gargoyle of a henchman Harry Bennett; the workers who would become America's middle class; and, as well, Henry's tragic son, Edsel, who lost his health and, ultimately, his life, trying to make good on his promise to deliver a "bomber an hour" during WWII. This is captivating history told at its most intimate level of detail; at the same time, Baime's scope is grand and humane, even when he is bringing to life the most inhumane of people or moments. An engrossing, highly researched page-turner." --Doug Stanton, author of In Harm's Way and Horse Soldiers "When you talk the history of Detroit, it's usually the stuff about beavers, the Model T, the '57 Chevy, the '67 riots and bankruptcy. But what A.J. Baime has done with a precise and entertaining pen is resurrect Detroit's most important era - WWII - and the obscure and tortured man who may have saved the world." --Charlie LeDuff, author of Detroit: An American Autopsy "Wars are fought on many fronts, and A.J. Baime chronicles this little known, but terrifically important battle to build America's bomber force with narrative zest and delicious detail. Put simply, it's a great read." --Neal Bascomb, bestselling author of Hunting Eichmann and The Perfect Mile "Fast-moving and rich with detail, Baime's book shows how the Fords worked a World War II miracle with rivets and steel. Engrossing." --Stephan Talty, author of Agent Garbo and Empire of Blue Water "A.J. Baime has a great way of telling a story. We didn't just win World War II because we had the best soldiers.We did it because we could build airplanes literally faster than the Germans could shoot them down. An exciting read." --Jay Leno "[Edsel Ford] has deserved a better legacy, and A.J. Baime has given it to him . . . The Arsenal of Democracy is a touching and absorbing portrait of one of the forgotten heroes of World War II . . . A.J. Baime has given us a memorable portrait not just of an industry going to war but of a remarkable figure who helped to make victory possible." --Wall Street Journal "Accessible, surprising history . . . Forthright and absorbing." --Publishers Weekly "A.J. Baime has a gift for taking stories about cars and turning them into epic tales of man and his machine versus other man and his machine... The Arsenal of Democracy shows how capitalism and the American spirit really won WWII. You'll never look at Detroit or our flag the same again." --Inked --

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