American Arsenal: A Century of Waging War by Patrick Coffey

By Patrick Coffey

Whilst the USA declared warfare on Germany in 1917, the us had merely 200,000 males less than fingers, a 20th of the German army's energy, and its planes have been no fit for the German air strength. lower than a century later, the USA at the present time has by means of a long way the world's biggest army funds and offers over forty% of the world's armaments. In American Arsenal Patrick Coffey examines America's army transformation from an isolationist kingdom to a global superpower. targeting fifteen particular advancements, Coffey illustrates the unplanned, frequently haphazard nature of this modification, which has been pushed by means of political, army, technological, and advertisement pursuits. starting with Thomas Edison's paintings on submarine expertise, American Arsenal strikes from international battle I to the current conflicts within the center East, overlaying issues from chemical guns, strategic bombing, and the nuclear standoff with the Soviet Union, to "smart" bombs, hand held anti-aircraft missiles, and the Predator and different drone aircrafts. Coffey lines the tale of every enhance in weaponry from strategy planning stage to battlefield, and comprises interesting pictures of the boys who invented and deployed them -Edward Teller, "the father of the hydrogen bomb", Robert Oppenheimer, head of atomic bomb layout at Los Alamos; Curtis LeMay, who led the fire-bombing of Japan; Herman Kahn, nuclear strategist and a version for Stanley Kubrick's Dr. Strangelove; Abraham Karem, inventor of the Predator, etc. Coffey additionally examines the more and more indifferent nature of contemporary American war- the last word objective is to take away squaddies from the battlefield fullyyt- which limits casualties (211,454 in Vietnam and merely 1,231 within the Gulf conflict) but additionally lessens the political and mental expenses of going to struggle. interpreting the backstories of each significant American guns improvement, American Arsenal is key studying for a person attracted to the ongoing evolution of the U.S. safety application.

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By 1901 there were over 11,000 McCormick machines in use in Russia. 21 Three other American firms had a major presence in Europe. Standard Oil became synonymous with America’s power in the increasingly important world oil industry. It transported, refined, and marketed oil across Europe and had ties to foreign subsidiaries in Britain and Germany. The United States was far from the sole power in the diverse and decentralized oil industry, however, for Britain and the Netherlands had major oil firms, and Galicia was the world’s third largest oil producer, with wells financed by the French, British, and Belgians.

9 billion. As Kristin Hoganson argues, these imports reshaped everyday life. While immigrants brought their own European foods with them, cookbooks and women’s magazines introduced middle-class American women to a host of exotic dishes ranging from Hungarian goulash and German liver dumplings to Chinese rice and French hors d’oeuvres. 30 29 30 Domosh, American Commodities, 42. Kristin Hoganson, Consumers’ Imperium: The Global Production of American Domesticity, 1865–1920 (Raleigh: University of North Carolina, 2007).

McCormick Reaper moved into Europe tentatively in the 1870s and aggressively thereafter, focusing on both areas with large-scale grain agriculture similar to the American Great Plains, and those with more diversified farming. By 1902 International Harvester, formed by a merger of 19 20 Wilkins, Emergence of Multinational Enterprises, 64, 67, 101, 212–13. Quote 207, italics in original. Chandler, Scale and Scope, 160. Mona Domosh, American Commodities in an Age of Empire (New York: Routledge, 2006), 24, 32, 36.

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